Draw A Box For Digital Artists

11:59 PM, Saturday July 31st 2021

I'm starting draw a box to help make the transition to doing everything digitally. Would it be against the rules to submit homework done digitally? If it is, I'm fine with doing them traditionally and making a sketchbook for the digital exercises and personal work.

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9:06 AM, Monday August 2nd 2021
edited at 9:08 AM, Aug 2nd 2021

There's an article as to why the lessons should be done with traditional ink


Doesn't mean you can't do these exercises digitally, but to get critique do it with ink, like others have said

edited at 9:08 AM, Aug 2nd 2021
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10:35 AM, Sunday August 1st 2021

If you are going for official critique then you have to do it traditionally and follow the all the rules given.

If you are looking for community critique then it is possible to do digital but it may be more difficult for the reviewers. Digital produces different looking results and effects regardless of the brush or tablet used.

IMV traditional will yield better results even if you are ultimately drawing digitally. Not being able to correct or undo forces you into a different mindset and stops you fussing over stuff.

8:35 PM, Sunday August 1st 2021

I understand where you're coming from, I'll just go ahead and do the exercises both ways then.

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10:09 PM, Sunday August 1st 2021

Drawabox is a course that focuses on teaching a specific series of concepts. Specifically, confident and controlled linework, and strong spatial reasoning skills. The recommendation of working with ink on paper lines up with these goals - those tools complement the lessons and exercises, and help students get the most out of them, regardless of what their long term goals are.

I myself am a digital artist, almost exclusively - but I still push students to work in ink because that is what will yield them the best results as they work towards developing these specific skills.

Of course, if you're not opting for official (paid) critiques, then the choice is left to you in the end - but if you're intending to use Drawabox as designed, then don't worry about using it for any other purposes. Trying to pile more on, like using it to get more comfortable with digital tools, will only reduce how effective it is at what it was designed to do.

Digital tools are great, of course - so for any student who's interested in using them, I strongly recommend doing your 50% rule stuff (as explained in Lesson 0) digitally instead. It'll give you plenty of mileage to get comfortable with those tools.

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