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

    AngstMutt

    This submission has received 1 reply
  • Lesson 6: Applying Construction to Everyday Objects

    polarshifts

    1:11 PM, Wednesday December 1st 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
  • Lesson 6: Applying Construction to Everyday Objects

    DramaticMoon

    2:06 AM, Tuesday November 30th 2021
  • 25 Wheel Challenge

    GatoDoKapeta

    1:05 PM, Monday November 29th 2021
  • Lesson 4: Applying Construction to Insects and Arachnids

    sargentobigode

    10:43 AM, Thursday November 25th 2021

Questions/Discussions

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

  • the businesssitebook

    Johnchen9699

  • 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

Sketchbooks

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

  • Johnchen969's Sketchbook: businesssitebook

  • 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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PureRef

PureRef

This is another one of those things that aren't sold through Amazon, so I don't get a commission on it - but it's just too good to leave out. PureRef is a fantastic piece of software that is both Windows and Mac compatible. It's used for collecting reference and compiling them into a moodboard. You can move them around freely, have them automatically arranged, zoom in/out and even scale/flip/rotate images as you please. If needed, you can also add little text notes.

When starting on a project, I'll often open it up and start dragging reference images off the internet onto the board. When I'm done, I'll save out a '.pur' file, which embeds all the images. They can get pretty big, but are way more convenient than hauling around folders full of separate images.

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