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We're currently holding our latest Seasonal Promptathon!

We do this every four months to give our staff a break, so we can avoid raising our prices, and, well... dying of exhaustion.

Every day for 7 days we release a new prompt for you to draw from! It's a great way to burn off your 50% rule debt.

Participants can unlock avatars unique to the event, and even get double credits next month!

Of course, it only works if everyone takes a break - so jump on in and participate. Click here for more info.

Here's today's prompt!

Family Life

Submit for this prompt in the next to earn a unique avatar!

Sure, you've got your noble heroes, and your dastardly villains... but they can't be like that all the time. It would be exhausting!

Pick a traditionally grandiose character - either of a species associated with "the bad guys" or a major villain themselves, or something known to be holier-than-thou and morally unblemished - and show us a bit about their home life. Their family, their loved ones. How do they behave when they're most vulnerable?

Bonus points for making us laugh!

Disclaimer: There are no bonus points. I ate them all.

250 Box Challenge

The Challenge

This page has student-made recordings

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They're great to draw along with, or just to see how much time these exercises really take when they're not rushed.

Hey! Stop working! The Promptathon is on, and it only works if we all take a break.

Not only do you save us from returning to a mountain of work (which would defeat the purpose of a vacation), we've found that participating in the Promptathon has helped students get a lot more comfortable with the 50% rule, and generally develop into more well-rounded artists.

Join all the students participating on our Promptathon Discord channel!

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The Art of Blizzard Entertainment

The Art of Blizzard Entertainment

While I have a massive library of non-instructional art books I've collected over the years, there's only a handful that are actually important to me. This is one of them - so much so that I jammed my copy into my overstuffed backpack when flying back from my parents' house just so I could have it at my apartment. My back's been sore for a week.

The reason I hold this book in such high esteem is because of how it puts the relatively new field of game art into perspective, showing how concept art really just started off as crude sketches intended to communicate ideas to storytellers, designers and 3D modelers. How all of this focus on beautiful illustrations is really secondary to the core of a concept artist's job. A real eye-opener.

Getting Your Work Critiqued

Having your work reviewed by others is critical, as those who are just starting out aren't in a position to properly judge their own work, and won't be for quite some time. Don't be afraid to show your struggles - it's by analyzing your mistakes that we can help you grow. Perfect homework is not what we're looking for; we just need it to be complete.

There are currently two places you can get your work critiqued by the community - Reddit and our Discord Chat Server.

Both of these are completely free.

Private Patreon Critiques

If you are interested in receiving extra help, I critique the work of those who support Drawabox on Patreon.

All of these private critiques are done through reddit, in specific threads where students post their work as a comment, including a link to their work (often hosted on Imgur, though most image hosts are okay).

My requirements are more strict than the free community critiques:

  • You must complete the lessons in order, in their entirety, starting from lesson 1
  • All work for the lesson must be completed - that means all exercises in the lesson, not just those in a given section
  • You may only move onto the next lesson once the previous has been marked complete
  • The work must be done in the tools recommended in the lesson

The minimum pledge for this lesson is $5.00/month. The orange button above will take you to the reddit thread for this lesson, you can post a link to your work there and I'll be notified. Once I catch the submission, I'll add it to this backlog spreadsheet.

Pledges are collected at the beginning of the following month, but you may start submitting your work immediately. If you're a new patron, I'll be reaching out to your shortly to collect your reddit username.

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