Drawabox | A free, exercise based approach to learning the fundamentals of drawing

Anyone can learn to draw. It's not some magical talent a few people are born with. It's a skill you can train. We can help.

Drawabox is a set of free exercise-based lessons that focus on the fundamentals - the skills you'll need to make sense of all the other resources and tutorials out there. First we focus on the basic mechanics of mark making, and how to use your arm. By the end, we develop a strong understanding of form, 3D space and construction.

I won't lie to you - our approach is tough and involves a lot of hard work. It's also structured and gives you a clear path with concise explanations and assignments you can complete and submit for review.

You can read more about Drawabox and how it came about here.

Or you can join the community of thousands of beginners and professionals alike and get started.


Once you've completed a lesson, one of the best ways to refine your understanding of that material is to help others by critiquing their work. After having done thousands of critiques and having improved immensely over the last few years, I can attest to that myself.

  • Lesson 3: Applying Construction to Plants


    1:36 AM, Saturday October 1st 2022
  • Lesson 3: Applying Construction to Plants


    11:35 PM, Friday September 30th 2022
  • Lesson 2: Contour Lines, Texture and Construction


    2:03 AM, Friday September 30th 2022
  • Lesson 2: Contour Lines, Texture and Construction


    11:24 AM, Monday September 26th 2022
  • Lesson 5: Applying Construction to Animals


    10:42 PM, Sunday September 25th 2022
  • Lesson 7: Applying Construction to Vehicles


    3:47 AM, Tuesday September 27th 2022
  • Lesson 6: Applying Construction to Everyday Objects


    10:03 PM, Monday September 26th 2022
  • Lesson 3: Applying Construction to Plants


    10:08 AM, Sunday September 25th 2022
  • 250 Cylinder Challenge


    7:34 PM, Saturday September 17th 2022
  • Lesson 3: Applying Construction to Plants


    2:08 PM, Friday September 23rd 2022


Take a moment to answer someone's question, or contribute to a discussion, if you have anything to offer.

  • How does Critique Exchange


  • Your box can be set in stone in as little as 5 lines


  • The Urge To Chicken Scratch


  • Restarting Drawabox after a long break



Along with Drawabox work, our community members also post other artwork to their sketchbooks.

  • AinTsuin's Sketchbook: 50% Rule - 2

  • vortex50002's Sketchbook: 250 Box Challenge ? Animation style (55 Boxes)

  • ZaireSmithCM's Sketchbook: some lessons

  • Aturia24's Sketchbook: Attempting skulls for the first time.

  • Tjudy's Sketchbook: Lesson 1 HW

The recommendation below is an advertisement. Most of the links here are part of Amazon's affiliate program (unless otherwise stated), which helps support this website. It's also more than that - it's a hand-picked recommendation of something I've used myself. If you're interested, here is a full list.
How to Draw by Scott Robertson

How to Draw by Scott Robertson

When it comes to technical drawing, there's no one better than Scott Robertson. I regularly use this book as a reference when eyeballing my perspective just won't cut it anymore. Need to figure out exactly how to rotate an object in 3D space? How to project a shape in perspective? Look no further.

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