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 2: Contour Lines, Texture and Construction

    kabachuha

    8:15 PM, Monday May 23rd 2022
  • Lesson 2: Contour Lines, Texture and Construction

    littleturtledove

    7:27 PM, Monday May 23rd 2022
  • Lesson 7: Applying Construction to Vehicles

    Photon_

    5:42 PM, Monday May 16th 2022
  • 250 Cylinder Challenge

    loadsofskeptic

    12:16 AM, Monday May 23rd 2022
  • Lesson 6: Applying Construction to Everyday Objects

    rodri_113

    1:03 PM, Saturday May 21st 2022
  • Lesson 3: Applying Construction to Plants

    Loople

    9:10 PM, Sunday May 22nd 2022
  • Lesson 5: Applying Construction to Animals

    Sparrowsky

    11:32 AM, Sunday May 22nd 2022
  • Lesson 2: Contour Lines, Texture and Construction

    Chaoticfoxtales

    7:56 AM, Monday May 23rd 2022
  • 250 Cylinder Challenge

    supers0nick

    11:41 PM, Friday May 20th 2022
  • Lesson 3: Applying Construction to Plants

    Bruh

    5:44 PM, Sunday May 22nd 2022

Questions/Discussions

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

Sketchbooks

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

  • Spikediesel's Sketchbook: Lesson 3:Applying Construction To Plants

  • Lyapka's Sketchbook: Dandelion

  • personman's Sketchbook: practicing the 50% rule since I didn't last time I started the course

  • SKOL's Sketchbook: Lesson 1 HW submission - critique welcome

  • mndlssomssn11's Sketchbook: The back of a beach shack

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Faber Castell PITT Artist Pens

Faber Castell PITT Artist Pens

Like the Staedtlers, these also come in a set of multiple weights - the ones we use are F. One useful thing in these sets however (if you can't find the pens individually) is that some of the sets come with a brush pen (the B size). These can be helpful in filling out big black areas.

Still, I'd recommend buying these in person if you can, at a proper art supply store. They'll generally let you buy them individually, and also test them out beforehand to weed out any duds.

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