How often to practice?

1:42 AM, Sunday June 6th 2021

I'm pretty busy and not always able to draw every day. How often and for how long would you say is the most beneficial for drawabox and other art to follow the 50% rule? I am not very far in and trying to establish a routine to keep me on track.

4 users agree
6:40 AM, Sunday June 6th 2021
edited at 9:28 AM, Jun 6th 2021


If you have a busy schedule, it could be a good idea to dedicate a drawing session to studying and the next drawing session, whenever available, to your fun stuff.

If you can, plan these days at the beginning of each week and don't worry about the amount of hours you can spare for each session.

When you are starting out, any kind of consistency is more important in my opinion than the amount of hours.

Happy drawing!

edited at 9:28 AM, Jun 6th 2021
1 users agree
1:53 PM, Sunday June 6th 2021

Refer to Uncomfortable's Unsolicited advice here

In general the more you draw and the more regularly you draw the better you will get. The quality of your practice also matters ( something official critique will help much more with than community critique ).

The worst thing though is procrastination. Just do it and see what happens.

0 users agree
3:44 AM, Sunday June 6th 2021

I've been working with draw a box for only the past month, so I don't know how beneficial my schedule is, but I can share it.

I try to practice whenever I have enough time in the day to fit it in. Most of the time, this is every day. For the exercises I've done (namely, exercise 1 and the 250 box challenge), I've found practicing for at least 1 hour allows me to do a proper warm up, review the exercise and previous work, and to make some meaningful new contributions to my current exercise without feeling rushed. The most I usually work for is 3 hours, with short breaks every 45 minutes or so. With a 10 - 15 minute warm up, I don't think you would get any benefits from practicing less than 30 minutes. Taking the time needed to do your best is key here though, don't feel like you have to complete a page for example in the time period that you have assigned.

I do my fun drawing whenever I feel like I'm too behind on the 50% fun rule, and when I have less than an hour of time for drawing. Sometimes I draw for fun when I don't feel like practicing, but honestly, I don't feel like practicing most times, so I don't think that's a particularly useful metric.

One suggestion that I do want to make, and this comes from reading/watching other sources of art education as well as personal experience in other areas of life, is to make time to draw every single day. Learning how to draw (and art in general) is an activity that requires a lot of commitment and discipline. An easy way to build up discipline and commit to something is to make a habit of it, and one of the best ways to make something a habit is to do it every day. You don't have to practice every day. You don't have to draw for a long time. But even just taking 10 minutes to draw something I believe will be able to get you into the habit of drawing, which will help you stick to learning how to draw. Just my 2 cents on that.

0 users agree
12:02 PM, Monday June 14th 2021

Try to dedicate one session to doing the lessons and exersises and another for drawing for 50%

ComicAd Network is an advertising platform built for comics and other creative projects to affordably get the word out about what they're making. We use them for our webcomic, and while they don't pay much, we wanted to put one of their ad slots here to help support other creatives.
The recommendation below is an advertisement. Most of the links here are part of Amazon's affiliate program (unless otherwise stated), which helps support this website. It's also more than that - it's a hand-picked recommendation of something I've used myself. If you're interested, here is a full list.
Cottonwood Arts Sketchbooks

Cottonwood Arts Sketchbooks

These are my favourite sketchbooks, hands down. Move aside Moleskine, you overpriced gimmick. These sketchbooks are made by entertainment industry professionals down in Los Angeles, with concept artists in mind. They have a wide variety of sketchbooks, such as toned sketchbooks that let you work both towards light and towards dark values, as well as books where every second sheet is a semitransparent vellum.

This website uses cookies. You can read more about what we do with them, read our privacy policy.