I quit drawabox after a month and now im trying to pick it up again. If you give me advice for the problems I described, I'll dance at your wedding.

4:38 PM, Thursday July 15th 2021

Hello peeps :),

I haven’t sit down to do drawabox in 1 month. I know it doesn’t sound like a lot, but I’m a very distratecd person, and I have this tendency to leave things unfinished. To build up the habit of drawing and getting this far in the course has taken me a lot effort. Now, the resistance to sit down and draw is strong, and when I do, I start feeling frustrated and anxious.

I fell off the wagon because halfway through lesson 3 it was clear that I was repeating my mistakes. I went to discord and got good feedback. The thing is that although there’s plenty of people in discord giving good feedback, its not as reliable and regular as I wanted. I wanted on the spot feedback to revise for my next session. And plenty of times I didn’t receive it (which is normal, I get it, its ok). However, thinking that I was just repeating my mistakes endlessly made me feel like I was going nowhere, and at a deeper level, that I was wasting my time. This frustration started to pull me away from the course, from the track I spent so much time following.

Also I want to give back to the community. I want to give feedback and correct homeworks, and I couldn’t figure out how to open time to do that as well. A big part of this is that I’m not very good at managing my time, and being consintent with schedules. This also frustrated me

I also felt like I was losing contact with the previous lessons because I wasn’t practicing properly. Practice, to me, is to refresh the knowledge and skills from previous lessons. To not forget about what you learned. The problem is that I’m slow, so doing an exercise from the past (i.e some sausages or some intersected forms) with care, ghosting and planning the lines, took me too much time and energy. By the end of the practice time, I was already kinda tired, and this affected the actual session. I feel like I don’t know how to practice.

This and what I wrote in the other paragraph made feel disconnected from the progress I already made, and unsure of how to keep going forward.

Last, but not least, I was focusing too much on the course and was leaving no time to drawing for fun. I actually stopped drawabox willingly (this was a mistake). Because I told myself that I needed to focus only on drawing for fun and going online to explore art that I liked. I didn’t see that drawing for fun (expression) and drawabox (craft) are two separate activities, and they both need their time and space. If you focus too much on drawabox you burn out (which has happened to me before), and if you focus too much on drawing for fun you lose track of the course (and it’s hard to pick it back up).

Thanks for reading this far :) Tell me, friend: Have you had similar problems? How do you practice? Do you manage to balance doing the course and giving feedback?

Drawabox is hella hard, so it's a good thing that we have our community.

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7:59 PM, Thursday July 15th 2021

Yeah, it is hard. I got stuck on animals, it just wasn't clicking. I am now struggling with cylinders in a box. But I know I will get there. I try not to grind and will happily take some time away from drawabox but I will complete it. Someday.

Thinks I can think that can help are :-

  1. Take the Patreon route if you haven't already ( I wasn't clear whether you were or not ). It gives you more clarity, and tough love, on your progress. Everything is picked up and it is done in a timely manner. Later lessons via community feedback often, to me, appear to have not absorbed fully previous lessons.

  2. Do warm ups daily. When I first started I was doing straight line, planes, ghosting practice etc everyday. Normally 2-3 sides worth of A4. These basics need to be drilled in to your brain and muscle memory.

  3. Take a while on each lesson if necessary. Sometimes it takes longer for your brain to get around something you have been taught. Trying to get something quickly just for the sake of moving on is a false economy.

  4. There is a big difference between knowing how to do something and it being second nature. That is time and purposeful practice. It's a joy when what you have been working on for ages suddenly becomes effortless ( well, much less effort at least).

  5. Foundations matter much more than getting through the lessons quickly. Not having those can render later lessons pointless.

I recently tried doing some anime again ( not my favourite style but good for practice ) and ability has gone up one or two levels in just being able to see and draw with so much less effort. My hand moves around the page freely making marks in ways it didn't before. Those are the good days.

8:35 AM, Thursday August 26th 2021

You said it best, thanks for the advice. Yeah I'm thinking I'll read over the 1st lesson to see what are 2 very fundamental exercises and i'll use those for my practice. I think the problem was that I was trying to practice more advanced exercises from lesson 2. So yeah, Ill make my life easier and just go back to the barebones basics. I'm not down to do the Patreon thing right now but I might in the future. I don't reject the idea that I would re-do this course one day with the Patreon, but first I wanna finish it on my own.

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9:07 AM, Saturday July 17th 2021

I work full time and have a spouse; time is not on my side for this.

But what can be done? I want to draw, and I want to get better - I won't do either if I don't make this enjoyable. So I let go of the expectation that every drawing will be better than thet last, because that goal-minded mentality is the enemy; we all want to be "there" making amazing art, but the journey is what matters.

in practical terms, I do lessons one day, draw for fun the next day, and post feedback whenever I can in between because by explaining lessons to someone else, I'm teaching myself. And if I need a break for a couple days, I let that happen.

8:41 AM, Thursday August 26th 2021

You're completely right, it's all about the journey. I think that's a great lesson this course and doing art in general has to give. A book you might find interesting that writes about this is Mastery by George Leonard.

I'm glad you found your rythm. Take it easy.

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12:37 PM, Monday July 26th 2021

Yellow, everything you said sounds very very familiar. I've been there a lot in the past, might still slip up but it has gotten better.

Oddly enough what really helped me was this video How To Be Creative: How an Artist Turns Pro . It clicked with me and maybe it will help you on your journey too

8:42 AM, Thursday August 26th 2021

Thanks for the resource dude :) It's good to hear that others have gone through the same!

9:33 PM, Tuesday August 31st 2021

You're welcome d=====(???*)b

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