In a world full of tutorials and technical instruction on how to use computer tools to do just about anything, Drawabox simplifies everything and starts at the true beginning of developing a fundamental skill. This course teaches you how to draw. While that seems simple in presentation, the lessons are thorough and will take you from a place with absolutely no drawing skills to adeptness in physical drawing.

Created by: Irshad Karim

Produced in 2015

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Course Description

drawing Awards Best Practical Course

Drawabox is a set of free exercise-based lessons that focus on the fundamentals - the skills you'll need to make sense of all the other resources and tutorials out there. First we focus on the basic mechanics of mark making, and how to use your arm. By the end, we develop a strong understanding of form, 3D space and construction.I won't lie to you - our approach is tough and involves a lot of hard work. It's also structured and gives you a clear path with concise explanations and assignments you can complete and submit for review.



    • Unlike many other courses, this does not get lost in using tools.
    • The drawing methods are truly universal. Students will be able to apply them to virtually any drawing project.
    • Course naturally builds on previous concepts to help students develop true proficiency in drawing.
    • The teaching approach is built on rigor. Students who shy away from that rigor will fail.
    • Lessons are physical. Students will spend substantial time warming up and going through rote movements.
    • Lessons stop short of teaching portraits. Some students will be disappointed.

Instructor Details

Irshad Karim

Irshad is a concept artist and illustrator currently based out of Halifax, Nova Scotia, (though born and raised in Ottawa, Ontario) and he spends a good deal of his free time writing free drawing lessons for his website https://drawabox.com and the community /r/ArtFundamentals (https://reddit.com/r/ArtFundamentals). He also does a fair bit of programming (these days primarily game development with HTML5) but you're more likely to see art related videos from him.



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By Elaol on 01/10/2016

Drawabox is awesome, but first two exercises are very boring, but extremely useful. Also, you get feedback on your work. I highly recommend going to it and doing the exercises.

By GhrabThaar on 01/11/2016

Best resource I've found for a beginner. I learned more and progressed more in a month of lesson 1 than three months trying and failing to copy other people's lineart. The exercises are like lifting weights - keep at it and you'll get better no matter what.

By CakeMagic on 01/10/2016

Depens if it's your cup of tea. I tried it and I got stuck on form intersection and I stopped doing them.

By GorillaGear44 on 02/11/2018

It took me a month to finish lesson one but throughout that month I've seen myself grow. I can now draw straight lines and decent circles. Just remember art is a never ending journey and with each bad drawing you learn more than you do with a successfull drawing. Keep drawing and never be afraid to try new things.

By Shen_an_igator on 05/28/2018

Draw a box is a set of lessons to improve your fundamentals (line drawing) and make you aware of perspective and how objects are constructed.It's a great ressource for this. It might not fit your style, but there are other tutorials out there that are similar in approach, but different in execution (I am sorry, I can't think of one off the top of my head).

By jammastajay on 10/12/2018

Drawabox was a sort of revelation in my drawing journey. I realized the first hurdle wasnt to teach myself to draw things, but to learn how to properly teach myself how to draw.Learning the fundamentals of drawing shot my confidence through the roof and opened up my artistic world. This may be common sense to some, but as a beginner with zero experience in drawing or art classes, it helped incredibly.

By Airiq on 10/11/2018

I completed everything but the composition lesson and I think it was a great place to start learning drawing! It teaches a lot of important mechanical skills and things like perspective and intentionality. I still do different exercises as warm up a lot of the time and think learning to draw in ink was an important place to start.That said, after finishing, it was kind of intimidating where to go from there. I've done a lot of different things, from videos to textbooks and there is a huge amount of things to learn about the art of drawing itself that isn't really touched on that much in the pure construction lessons. I still very much value to the skills I picked up but feel like I didn't truly start to understand how to draw effectively in the way I wanted until I'd done a lot more exploring of different styles and teaching methods.

By thareqfarras on 10/19/2018

Drawabox is boring, sure, but it's really worth it. The problem with it is that you don't see any results in your drawing until you've actually completed it. What it directly improves, though, is your understanding of 3d space, which is really hard to get without these exercises. You can do it, but it's going to take long. In your case, the understanding of 3d space is crucial if you want to study anatomy. Though it won't be a breeze, you can understand how muscles work much better if you understand it as a 3d form, not as a flat drawing.

By Ethan Williams on 02/11/2019

Drawabox is awesome, and it's free! There are a bunch of resources, in the form of lessons. The lessons start at fundamentals and progressively and intuitively work there way through to more advanced stuff. It never gets too advanced, but that's not what the site is about. It's an incredible resource and I'm amazed how one guy could do all that - and for free.