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.

  • Lesson 3: Applying Construction to Plants

    Lite

    6:13 AM, Monday July 20th 2020
  • Lesson 4: Applying Construction to Insects and Arachnids

    frog

    12:18 AM, Friday August 7th 2020
  • Lesson 5: Applying Construction to Animals

    erdem2231

    4:50 PM, Thursday August 6th 2020
  • Lesson 3: Applying Construction to Plants

    DougAkio

    3:42 PM, Thursday August 6th 2020
  • Lesson 2: Contour Lines, Texture and Construction

    eggoodma

    11:23 PM, Sunday August 9th 2020
  • Lesson 2: Contour Lines, Texture and Construction

    IarinaM

    5:52 PM, Sunday August 9th 2020
  • Lesson 3: Applying Construction to Plants

    BlueBowlsHayStack

    4:09 PM, Sunday August 9th 2020
  • Lesson 3: Applying Construction to Plants

    SpaceCowboy

    3:51 PM, Sunday August 9th 2020
  • Lesson 2: Contour Lines, Texture and Construction

    havefunandimprove

    9:40 AM, Sunday August 9th 2020
  • Lesson 2: Contour Lines, Texture and Construction

    PandasEatBamboo

    1:53 AM, Saturday August 8th 2020

Questions/Discussions

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

  • Should i draw ellipses in the same direction just rotating the piece of paper?

    Haskell

  • Ghosting for texture and fur?

    anero4

  • Balancing exercises with drawing for fun

    algebrartist

  • Physically disabled and drawing from the shoulder

    systemstarsquad

Sketchbooks

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

  • jihottie's Sketchbook: Partial Lesson 1 Submission (3 / 10 exercises)

  • Jackcib's Sketchbook: Partial Lesson 1 Submission (1 / 10 exercises)

  • ButterOwlet's Sketchbook: So many doodles

  • soft_circles's Sketchbook: Partial Lesson 1 Submission (3 / 10 exercises)

  • rebeccalewis3's Sketchbook: Partial Lesson 1 Submission (9 / 10 exercises)

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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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