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

    seebfl

    9:54 AM, Thursday February 22nd 2024
  • Lesson 2: Contour Lines, Texture and Construction

    UncleHarambe69

    3:44 AM, Friday February 23rd 2024
  • Lesson 4: Applying Construction to Insects and Arachnids

    Chaoticfoxtales

    11:39 AM, Wednesday February 21st 2024
  • Lesson 5: Applying Construction to Animals

    LODGED

    9:15 PM, Wednesday February 21st 2024
  • Lesson 3: Applying Construction to Plants

    Absolute

    6:12 PM, Wednesday February 21st 2024
  • Lesson 3: Applying Construction to Plants

    HiNebula

    3:15 PM, Wednesday February 21st 2024
  • Lesson 3: Applying Construction to Plants

    cag_29

    1:09 PM, Wednesday February 21st 2024
  • Lesson 6: Applying Construction to Everyday Objects

    jose01jay

    11:09 PM, Tuesday February 20th 2024
  • Lesson 3: Applying Construction to Plants

    Fable

    8:06 PM, Wednesday February 14th 2024
  • Lesson 4: Applying Construction to Insects and Arachnids

    MrChungus

    4:03 PM, Saturday February 17th 2024

Questions/Discussions

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

  • when I can finally stop doing 50% rule?

    anstupidartist

  • How to keep track of where you are on Drawabox

    silversong

  • Including reference with homework submissions

    Danomech

  • Struggling with 25 texture challenge

    melos

Sketchbooks

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

  • iron_wing's Sketchbook: Dragon

  • DerMajk's Sketchbook: White chalk on black kraft paper

  • JesusMAndre's Sketchbook: Cobbled Street in Pen

  • GravyBanker's Sketchbook: Change

  • Kendal53's Sketchbook: Chapter 3 Construction to wards Plants

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The Art of Blizzard Entertainment

The Art of Blizzard Entertainment

While I have a massive library of non-instructional art books I've collected over the years, there's only a handful that are actually important to me. This is one of them - so much so that I jammed my copy into my overstuffed backpack when flying back from my parents' house just so I could have it at my apartment. My back's been sore for a week.

The reason I hold this book in such high esteem is because of how it puts the relatively new field of game art into perspective, showing how concept art really just started off as crude sketches intended to communicate ideas to storytellers, designers and 3D modelers. How all of this focus on beautiful illustrations is really secondary to the core of a concept artist's job. A real eye-opener.

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