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.

Homework

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.

  • 25 Wheel Challenge

    DramaticMoon

    4:14 AM, Friday December 3rd 2021
  • 250 Cylinder Challenge

    TiredGhostKing

    3:59 AM, Friday December 3rd 2021
  • Lesson 3: Applying Construction to Plants

    Spikediesel

    3:27 AM, Friday December 3rd 2021
  • Lesson 6: Applying Construction to Everyday Objects

    polarshifts

    1:11 PM, Wednesday December 1st 2021
  • Lesson 2: Contour Lines, Texture and Construction

    ArtZ

    12:57 AM, Friday December 3rd 2021
  • Lesson 3: Applying Construction to Plants

    sophistamaan

    1:52 PM, Wednesday December 1st 2021
  • Lesson 2: Contour Lines, Texture and Construction

    idrisbsart

    7:04 AM, Wednesday December 1st 2021
  • Lesson 2: Contour Lines, Texture and Construction

    KiroCosmos

    11:33 PM, Monday November 29th 2021
  • Lesson 3: Applying Construction to Plants

    Shapedrift

    8:46 PM, Tuesday November 30th 2021
  • Lesson 5: Applying Construction to Animals

    OmarCN15

    7:25 AM, Tuesday November 30th 2021

Questions/Discussions

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

  • Transitioning from drawabox to schools like CDA

    kikkiling

  • Size of near and far planes of a box

    shimone

  • I'm still very confused about head construction

    somethingX

  • When do we start doing warmups?

    Ledvi21

Sketchbooks

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

  • etcetera's Sketchbook: Lesson 3

  • HaleNo's Sketchbook: Random Old tests

  • Tri_Iris's Sketchbook: Ghosting Lines

  • Pencilmonk's Sketchbook: Doodles

  • QuirkyKitty's Sketchbook: A quick kitty

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Ctrl+Paint

Ctrl+Paint

Many of you are interested in drawing digitally, and that is a fine aspiration. You should still be learning your fundamentals in ink, but once you've gotten a grasp of things and finally feel you're ready to move onto digital media, be sure to check out Matt Kohr's Ctrl+Paint.

They're well structured and have a huge selection of free videos, so be sure to check them out.

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