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 6: Applying Construction to Everyday Objects

    Colord44

    1:10 PM, Friday July 12th 2024
  • Lesson 2: Contour Lines, Texture and Construction

    AniValentine

    5:38 AM, Friday July 12th 2024
  • Lesson 3: Applying Construction to Plants

    QriousK

    12:25 PM, Tuesday July 9th 2024
  • Lesson 2: Contour Lines, Texture and Construction

    BAGOOL

    7:35 PM, Wednesday July 10th 2024
  • Lesson 2: Contour Lines, Texture and Construction

    Pra

    1:09 PM, Saturday July 13th 2024
  • Lesson 3: Applying Construction to Plants

    Pepsiman6391

    11:41 AM, Saturday July 13th 2024
  • Lesson 2: Contour Lines, Texture and Construction

    olddesklamp

    10:04 AM, Friday July 12th 2024
  • Lesson 5: Applying Construction to Animals

    Adley

    1:23 AM, Saturday June 29th 2024
  • Lesson 4: Applying Construction to Insects and Arachnids

    Culhwch

    5:17 AM, Monday July 8th 2024
  • Lesson 6: Applying Construction to Everyday Objects

    Colord44

    3:18 AM, Thursday June 27th 2024

Questions/Discussions

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

  • How many credits for each Lesson/challenge on official critique?

    LoafyCat

  • Can I re-submit previous homework?

    luvlain4evr

  • I'm having a very hard time switching from a digital pen tablet to traditional drawing

    ZoidbergQC

  • Moving on to lesson 2

    ebrucizer

Sketchbooks

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

  • K0120's Sketchbook: Rocketship

  • dargonfyl's Sketchbook: 50% #2

  • Rankill's Sketchbook: More anime

  • AniValentine's Sketchbook: Wrong Perspective House

  • Acecat101's Sketchbook: Love To Draw Pokémon!

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