Drawabox is a business, but I am a strong believer that we can provide free resources, and cheap access to feedback, while still compensating our team well for their work.
We're able to do this while remaining viable as a business because of our credit-based pricing structure. Those who subscribe here through Patreon at any of the student tiers receive "credits" when they are charged, and those credits expire two months after their receipt. Those who can afford to allow some (and even all) of their credits to expire, allowing their contribution to go towards subsidizing the overall price for others, whereas those who have tighter budgets can maintain control by subscribing, cancelling, and re-subscribing as needed.
As we continue to grow, we are working towards constantly improving the lessons, applying what we've learned by explaining concepts in thousands of critiques to updates and rewrites of lesson content, and expanding more of the lesson critiques to our team of teaching assistants. In doing so, it will allow me to focus more on refining the material, and expanding what we're able to offer on the free side of things even further.
Along with the critiques we offer, and our smaller supporter-tier patrons, Drawabox is funded by:
Display advertisements on the website, which are disabled for those at any of the Student Patreon tiers (being logged into the website is required)
Importing and selling fineliner pens - this is primarily to provide the community with access to good quality fineliners at a far cheaper price (though we're only able to offer them with free shipping in the continental United States, so they're not necessarily as good of a deal internationally).
Affiliate link recommendations through Amazon, as well as courses on Proko.com, Skillshare and Udemy, where we earn a small commission for any sales that use our links
Course sales of additional non-fundamental content through proko.com (currently we have one course, "The Science of Deciding What You Should Draw")
If you're unable to support us through Patreon, consider disabling adblock on our website, shopping through our affiliate links, or purchasing our pens.