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Everyone keeps telling you that you need to practice your fundamentals. What the hell does that mean, and how do you do it? This subreddit is built around the free exercise-based lessons from Drawabox.com - or more accurately, Drawabox.com sprang up around this subreddit. The lessons focus on the 'core' fundamentals of drawing.

You'll find the lessons over on https://drawabox.com, and can read more about the subreddit in the stickied post.

Welcome to /r/ArtFundamentals, the official subreddit of drawabox.com. If you're interested in interacting with the community in realtime, check out the official drawabox discord server!

All of the material I convey here is based on what I learned from attending Concept Design Academy in Pasadena, CA - mostly from Vis Com: Dynamic Sketching with Peter Han. I started out regurgitating what I'd learned there, and over the years of running this subreddit and drawabox.com, I started making significant changes to focus in on the topics I felt were especially important.

If you are interested in pursuing art as a career, you may be able to get a taste from the lessons here, but I strongly urge you to look into learning from Peter Han directly, whose techniques come directly from Art Center College of Design's late Norman Schureman. Peter's course can also be taken online at CG Master Academy, though I believe now they are largely being handled by other exceptionally skilled instructors using his lecture videos.


Though the lessons are numbered, they are also separated into different groups of curriculum. Once you've completed the basics (lessons 1 and 2), you can feel free to move onto any curriculum block you like. If you are just looking to learn everything we teach, however, following them as they are numbered would be best.

  1. LESSON 0: Getting Started
  2. LESSON 1: Lines, Ellipses and Boxes
  3. LESSON 2: Organic Forms, Contour Lines, Dissections and Form Intersections
  1. LESSON 3: Drawing Plants
  2. LESSON 4: Drawing Insects and Arachnids
  3. LESSON 5: Drawing Animals
  4. LESSON 6: Drawing Everyday Objects
  5. LESSON 7: Drawing Vehicles

Figure drawing has been dropped from the curriculum, as I'm not particularly great at teaching it. There are definitely better sources out there on this topic. I'd recommend checking out Stan Prokopenko on YouTube as a start.


These have been removed as well, in favour of continually revising and updating the core fundamentals content to keep it as well developed as possible. You will however find a PDF of the old composition lesson here.

  1. 250 Box Challenge
  2. 250 Cylinder Challenge
  3. 25 Texture Challenge
  4. 25 Wheel Challenge
  5. 100 Treasure Chest Challenge


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Texture part of lesson 2

I've gone through the texture analysis part of lesson 2 and I found it pretty tedious and didn't get it. I still did it regardless (very poorly by my standards) and moved on but I realized I missed the dissections part. I just completed lesson 4 but I naturally decided I should go back and check this and it's really not clicking, as much as I'd like to just try it anyway I feel like I fundamentally don't get how I am supposed to do this. Is it worth doing badly even if it means it's barely comprehensible to the intent of the lesson? It's not something I enjoy doing but I feel like I have to for a full understanding of this course.

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23:07 UTC


How can Drawabox compare to Dynamic Sketching by Han/Hu?

I was wondering if anybody here has tried the course that Drawabox is based on. As Uncomfortable explained, the course is heavily influenced by Dynamic Sketching by Peter Han (also taught by Charles Hu), and I wanted to know if as a beginner I could be able to go through it if I were to purchase it.

I really like what Drawabox has taught me, but I would like to know if Dynamic Sketching goes further with its explanations and exercises, so I can complement my studies better.

Personally, I am not scared of a challenge even if it is not meant for absolute beginners, but I hoped to know some testimonials before deciding on my purchase, since I do not have a lot to spend. Thanks in advance for your responses.

00:06 UTC


Should i complete 250 box challenge first or rotation box ?(coz I am not able to do the rotation one)

19:14 UTC


Lesson 1: Lines, Ellipses, and Boxes


I would love some feedback. I appreciate your time. Thank you.

19:07 UTC


Do you do the 250 boxes before or after lesson 1 submission?

the title says it all pretty much, i wasn’t fully sure from reading the website. Those of you that did it did you submit them do the boxes?

14:21 UTC


Question for the lessons

Do I do every exercise in one day or do I go my own pace

19:11 UTC


Having trouble learning and following along

I’m not really getting through Draw a Box. I read and watch the lessons but am afraid of missing out on anything when I do the lessons. So I’ll rewatch the lessons over and over sometimes still not getting it. Its a lot to keep on my mind and really triggers my migranes. I was just watching a video and automatically just had to stop because I was getting exhausted trying to understand everything.

This is pretty standard for me though when watching educational videos on art because I try to not to miss out on anything. But it’s difficult when nothing clicks. Either the vocabulary or the concepts just don’t make sense and of course it probably wont for a while but I’ve been on lesson 1 for about 6 months. I mean I’ve been in school but it feels so draining. Its really hard to follow along with so much information and also try and learn other things like drawing heads or something when you really don’t know the basics but also learning them at the same time.

Maybe im overthinking art as a whole but its so much that I have no clue how people can juggle this on a daily basis and improve. If its something that requires understanding of theory and practice at the same time I start over complicating things. I mean Im a very analytical thinker when it comes to a lot of things but I can’t shift my mindset for some reason or how I learn in general. Maybe its my interest in wanting to learn it. Overall I experience this too often that my drive and motivation to continue really staggers.

18:07 UTC


Anyone have before/after drawabox art progress pics?

curious if anyone noticed significant improvement in their random day to day sketches after finishing drawabox, particularly if they stopped after the 250 box challenge and if they have any pictures of it

or just in general, for anyone that did it. do you think drawabox impacted your art/the way you think about it and if so, how?

21:09 UTC


Homework on lesson 1.4

I was just going through the lessons and I ran into this homework section.Should I do that homework before moving on or should I leave homework after the lessons? I am confused

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18:40 UTC


Not improving at superimposed lines

I am trying to learn drawing, in particular to improve my technique for the basics (drawing lines and shapes cleanly).

I try to do the following set of exercises everyday (as well as trying to draw some everyday objects and sometimes attempting to do new exercises):

  • 10 ghosted planes with ellipses inside

  • 8 or 16 superimposed lines (2 or 4 for each direction (left to right, right to left, up to down, down to up))

  • 5 or so boxes from rough perspective

I think I see some improvement in other exercises, but it seems that I'm stuck when it comes to the superimposed lines one. I just keep getting very wobbly lines or a lot of fraying. I'm not sure how to fix this problem: one of the reasons I'm doing these daily exercises is to learn how to draw smooth, straight, and accurate lines.

I do draw from arm (keeping my elbow and wrist locked), and I do ghosting, but I still end up with wobbly and inaccurate lines (I do have quite shaky hands as well, that probably contributes to that as well).

Any tips on how to improve basic drawing technique? Any exercises aimed to work on that other than the ones that I mentioned?

Thanks a lot!

19:30 UTC


250 box challenge complete!


So 250 box challenge complete. Not sure what I've learnt lol other than maybe how to draw straight lines.

So I did the boxes free hand, but the lines converging at the vanishing points with a ruler. I used different coloured pencils for the converging lines which looking back, just using one colour would've worked better.

Other than this I had a lot of fun!


14:39 UTC


Texture analysis question

I’m going to begin the texture analysis, and I was wondering if upping the contrast on reference images is allowed. I’m really struggling with keeping track of the sizing of my shadow shapes and tones to focus on and place as my cast shadows. I saw others try this but I’m curious if it’s worse in the long run to rely on this approach for this assignment. Thanks

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06:28 UTC


250 box challenge

My 250 box challenge, critique welcome

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04:38 UTC


Question: Why are the videos done in digital medium?

Mi intention is not to complain but to ask, cause I am actually very grateful by the quality of this course and I am following it and progressing the best I can.

Something that I do not understand is that the lessons are being taught by using a digital tablet, when one of the main rules of this course is to use paper and ink. I personally would like to have videos where the author uses the same medium as us so I can feel more connected to the explanations.

I have noticed that Uncomfortable uses Ctrl-Z in some traces and that bugs me a little cause it goes against the purpose of the assignments. He has stated that it is an issue of habit, and that is why I would like to see him using ink and paper and see his process of dealing with wrong traces or small mistakes. I guess the explanation of the theory and assignments could be done in any type of media, and maybe he is doing it in digital to avoid his hand to cover the sheet all the time, but still, I would not mind those issues if it lets me see the content in the way I am supposed to do it. He has linked some users on Youtube who have recorded their exercises, but they are students like me, trying to understand the exercises, so it is not the same as looking at the "teacher's demonstration".

I understand that Uncomfortable is doing this for free and that using digital media saves him some time, but I wonder if there is more to it, cause doing the same exercise on paper would take him a similar amount of time anyway. I hope my post does not come as negative, since I know Uncomfortable has delivered rational justifications for the way his course is structured. Thanks.

04:25 UTC


Any other resource (book, course, etc) to complement the Texture and Detail lesson?

It seems this lesson doesn't click for me, at least the way is explained on the web. I would like to consider other resource materials. Do you know any related book or course to this lesson that could help me?

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22:11 UTC

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