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.


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


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


    2:08 PM, Friday September 23rd 2022
  • Lesson 3: Applying Construction to Plants


    1:34 AM, Thursday September 22nd 2022
  • 25 Wheel Challenge


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


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


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


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


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


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


    4:33 AM, Wednesday September 21st 2022


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

  • The Urge To Chicken Scratch


  • Restarting Drawabox after a long break


  • Tools of The Trade (Applying DAB information)


  • Lesson 3 and "Do Not Grind"



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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Staedtler Pigment Liners

Staedtler Pigment Liners

These are what I use when doing these exercises. They usually run somewhere in the middle of the price/quality range, and are often sold in sets of different line weights - remember that for the Drawabox lessons, we only really use the 0.5s, so try and find sets that sell only one size.

Alternatively, if at all possible, going to an art supply store and buying the pens in person is often better because they'll generally sell them individually and allow you to test them out before you buy (to weed out any duds).

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