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.

  • 250 Cylinder Challenge

    Lupursian

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

    Farhanthenerd

    2:08 PM, Friday September 23rd 2022
  • 25 Wheel Challenge

    HFO1

    11:17 AM, Tuesday September 20th 2022
  • Lesson 2: Contour Lines, Texture and Construction

    MrRobot167

    8:16 AM, Friday September 23rd 2022
  • 25 Wheel Challenge

    aeshnabx

    1:21 AM, Monday September 12th 2022
  • Lesson 4: Applying Construction to Insects and Arachnids

    boblybob

    3:33 AM, Thursday September 22nd 2022
  • Lesson 4: Applying Construction to Insects and Arachnids

    JackC

    2:10 AM, Thursday September 22nd 2022
  • Lesson 6: Applying Construction to Everyday Objects

    Bruh

    5:06 PM, Wednesday September 21st 2022
  • Lesson 2: Contour Lines, Texture and Construction

    Awkward_Magazine

    4:33 AM, Wednesday September 21st 2022
  • Lesson 5: Applying Construction to Animals

    jmeess

    11:57 AM, Tuesday September 20th 2022

Questions/Discussions

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

  • The Urge To Chicken Scratch

    AgesLABS

  • Restarting Drawabox after a long break

    tobyhypur

  • Tools of The Trade (Applying DAB information)

    AgesLABS

  • Lesson 3 and "Do Not Grind"

    tmmillea

Sketchbooks

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

  • Aturia24's Sketchbook: Attempt #2 At rotated boxes after 250 box challenge.

  • MNXA_Sn33d's Sketchbook: 20 minute thumbnails

  • JJag's Sketchbook: Fiat 500

  • boblybob's Sketchbook: 6 plant drawings

  • Loziale's Sketchbook: Ollie my dog

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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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