Uncomfortable is creating Foundational Drawing Lessons
610

patrons

$2,813
per month
Hi there! I'm Uncomfortable, and I run Drawabox. That includes the website (drawabox.com), the subreddit where it all began (/r/ArtFundamentals) and the YouTube channel. All of the resources are completely free. You can even submit your completed work on the subreddit or in the discord server to have other members of the community look over your work.

Using these platforms, I try to help those new to drawing, those who are primarily self-taught and those who are even vaguely interested in diving in. I do so by providing structured, exercise-based lessons that start with the very basics of how to make confident, smooth marks, explore the mechanics of drawing solid forms and ultimately build up to being able to construct complex objects by first breaking them down into their simpler components.

I stress the importance of skill developed through hard work over talent, and give students the resources to get started. My lessons aren't for the faint of heart - I'll admit right now, especially at the beginning there's a lot of tedious work, and you are made to walk a road paved with mistakes and failures. Failure is important - no, it's necessary. While our successes show us how far we've come, it is through our failures that we continue to move forwards.

So if the resources are completely free, what's the patreon for?

  • Donations to support the community. I keep refining the lessons and creating new content to help explain the material. The income from the patreon campaign helps make up for the time I invest into the project.
  • Those who prefer to have me review their work directly can do so by pledging to the various tiers.

The Origins of Drawabox

When I started this community in 2014, there was no patreon. I'd recently learned a whole lot of stuff that blew my mind while studying at the Concept Design Academy in Pasadena, California under fantastic instructors like Peter Han and Kevin Chen. When I got back home to Canada, I wanted to share what I'd learned with others - so I started the subreddit, and wrote some very informal explanations of some of the basics that were covered.

Over time, the community grew and people wanted to donate. That's when the website and this patreon campaign were first created. I formalized the lessons and used patreon as a donation drive. I reviewed students' work on the subreddit, and in doing so, I gradually started to get a better grasp of what I was teaching. The lessons evolved over time, and my own goals in terms of what I wanted to teach solidified. I moved away from just regurgitating what I'd learned in class.

By the time October 2016 came around, I wasn't able to keep up with the workload, alongside my full time job (I'm an illustrator/concept artist at a game studio) and other projects, so the free critiques had to come to a close. At the same time, I made significant changes to the community to encourage others to start critiquing each other.

By using patreon as a paywall, I strive to balance a manageable workload while also keeping my services accessible to those who can't afford the more expensive mentorships and lessons. 

At the end of the day, I'm still a mediocre artist myself - but I've gotten quite good at pinpointing the areas where my students struggle, and identifying a way forward. Where other online drawing courses will easily run you hundreds of dollars, drawabox fills a rather wide gap for those who can't invest quite so much.

Of course, I want to reiterate - drawabox is just a starting point. If you find that this kind of drawing is something you'd like to turn into a career, I strongly encourage you to look into investing in more professionally-oriented instructors.
Tiers
Supporter
$1 or more per month

A kindly tip, for those who feel the free Drawabox lessons and the community as a whole have played a significant role in their development. We want our lesson material to remain completely free and accessible forever, and those of you who donate in this manner help us keep it that way.


This tier includes a special role on the Discord server, along with access to the patreon-only channel.

Includes Discord rewards
Fervent Supporter
$3 or more per month

A bigger tip, for those who feel the free Drawabox lessons and the community as a whole have played a significant role in their development. We want our lesson material to remain completely free and accessible forever, and those of you who donate in this manner help us keep it that way.


This tier includes a special role on the Discord server, along with access to the patreon-only channel.

Includes Discord rewards
Casual Student
$5 or more per month

Receives homework critiques for lessons 1 and 2, as well as the 250 box challenge.


Also receives a special role on the discord chat server and access to the patreon-only channel.


The lesson 1 and box challenge critiques are handled by teaching assistants, but is still reviewed by me before I award the completion badges.

Homework critiques are performed on /r/ArtFundamentals (on reddit), though submissions must still meet the requirements outlined in the given lesson's homework section. I will contact you directly through patreon to get your reddit username within 24 hours of pledging, though feel free to submit your work immediately if you wish. 


Don't forget - my students start at lesson 1, and should wait to have a lesson marked as 'complete' before moving onto the next. If you've completed several lessons beforehand, only your lesson 1 submission will be accepted and critiqued.


Also, remember that a student must wait 2 weeks between submissions (not including revisions requested in a critique).

Includes Discord rewards
Student
$7 or more per month

Receives homework critiques for lessons 1 and 2, as well as the 250 box challenge.


Also receives a special role on the discord chat server and access to the patreon-only channel.


The only difference between this tier and the one above is that all homework submissions at this tier are guaranteed a critique from me personally. I do want to warn you however - my teaching assistants know their stuff, and will likely give a critique that is just as good.


 Homework critiques are performed on /r/ArtFundamentals (on reddit), though submissions must still meet the requirements outlined in the given lesson's homework section. I will contact you directly through patreon to get your reddit username within 24 hours of pledging, though feel free to submit your work immediately if you wish. 


Don't forget - my students start at lesson 1, and should wait to have a lesson marked as 'complete' before moving onto the next. If you've completed several lessons beforehand, only your lesson 1 submission will be accepted and critiqued.


Also, remember that a student must wait 2 weeks between submissions (not including revisions requested in a critique).

Includes Discord rewards
Dedicated Student
$10 or more per month

Receives homework critiques for Lessons 1-7 and the 250 Box Challenge, 250 Cylinder Challenge, 25 Texture Challenge, 25 Wheel Challenge and 100 Treasure Chest Challenge.


Also receives a special role on the discord chat server and access to the patreon-only channel.


All critiques for this tier are handled by me personally.


Homework critiques are performed on /r/ArtFundamentals (on reddit), though submissions must still meet the requirements outlined in the given lesson's homework section. I will contact you directly through patreon to get your reddit username within 24 hours of pledging, though feel free to submit your work immediately if you wish. 

 

Don't forget - my students start at lesson 1, and should wait to have a lesson marked as 'complete' before moving onto the next. If you've completed several lessons beforehand, only your lesson 1 submission will be accepted and critiqued.


Also, remember that a student must wait 2 weeks between submissions (not including revisions requested in a critique).

Includes Discord rewards
Pillar of the Community
$15 or more per month

The free content on the website, YouTube channel and community over all has taken a great deal of time to produce and manage. Those pledging at this tier understand that, and seek to support that effort. Their contribution keeps the new content coming, and also helps keep the lower tiers low for others.

Receives homework critiques for lessons 1-7, as well as the 250 box challenge, 250 cylinder challenge, 25 texture challenge, 25 wheel challenge and 100 treasure chest challenge.


Also receives a special role on the discord chat server and access to the patreon-only channel.


All critiques for this tier are handled by me personally.


Homework critiques are performed on /r/ArtFundamentals (on reddit), though submissions must still meet the requirements outlined in the given lesson's homework section. I will contact you directly through patreon to get your reddit username within 24 hours of pledging, though feel free to submit your work immediately if you wish.


Don't forget - my students start at lesson 1, and should wait to have a lesson marked as 'complete' before moving onto the next. If you've completed several lessons beforehand, only your lesson 1 submission will be accepted and critiqued.


Also, remember that a student must wait 2 weeks between submissions (not including revisions requested in a critique).

Includes Discord rewards
Backbone of Society
$20 or more per month

The free content on the website, YouTube channel and community over all has taken a great deal of time to produce and manage. Those pledging at this tier understand that, and seek to support that effort. Their contribution keeps the new content coming, and also helps keep the lower tiers low for others. 


All critiques for this tier are handled by me personally.


Receives homework critiques for lessons 1-7, as well as the 250 box challenge, 250 cylinder challenge, 25 texture challenge, 25 wheel challenge and 100 treasure chest challenge.


Also receives a special role on the discord chat server and access to the patreon-only channel.


Homework critiques are performed on /r/ArtFundamentals (on reddit), though submissions must still meet the requirements outlined in the given lesson's homework section. I will contact you directly through patreon to get your reddit username within 24 hours of pledging, though feel free to submit your work immediately if you wish.  


Don't forget - my students start at lesson 1, and should wait to have a lesson marked as 'complete' before moving onto the next. If you've completed several lessons beforehand, only your lesson 1 submission will be accepted and critiqued.


Also, remember that a student must wait 2 weeks between submissions (not including revisions requested in a critique).

Includes Discord rewards
Hi there! I'm Uncomfortable, and I run Drawabox. That includes the website (drawabox.com), the subreddit where it all began (/r/ArtFundamentals) and the YouTube channel. All of the resources are completely free. You can even submit your completed work on the subreddit or in the discord server to have other members of the community look over your work.

Using these platforms, I try to help those new to drawing, those who are primarily self-taught and those who are even vaguely interested in diving in. I do so by providing structured, exercise-based lessons that start with the very basics of how to make confident, smooth marks, explore the mechanics of drawing solid forms and ultimately build up to being able to construct complex objects by first breaking them down into their simpler components.

I stress the importance of skill developed through hard work over talent, and give students the resources to get started. My lessons aren't for the faint of heart - I'll admit right now, especially at the beginning there's a lot of tedious work, and you are made to walk a road paved with mistakes and failures. Failure is important - no, it's necessary. While our successes show us how far we've come, it is through our failures that we continue to move forwards.

So if the resources are completely free, what's the patreon for?

  • Donations to support the community. I keep refining the lessons and creating new content to help explain the material. The income from the patreon campaign helps make up for the time I invest into the project.
  • Those who prefer to have me review their work directly can do so by pledging to the various tiers.

The Origins of Drawabox

When I started this community in 2014, there was no patreon. I'd recently learned a whole lot of stuff that blew my mind while studying at the Concept Design Academy in Pasadena, California under fantastic instructors like Peter Han and Kevin Chen. When I got back home to Canada, I wanted to share what I'd learned with others - so I started the subreddit, and wrote some very informal explanations of some of the basics that were covered.

Over time, the community grew and people wanted to donate. That's when the website and this patreon campaign were first created. I formalized the lessons and used patreon as a donation drive. I reviewed students' work on the subreddit, and in doing so, I gradually started to get a better grasp of what I was teaching. The lessons evolved over time, and my own goals in terms of what I wanted to teach solidified. I moved away from just regurgitating what I'd learned in class.

By the time October 2016 came around, I wasn't able to keep up with the workload, alongside my full time job (I'm an illustrator/concept artist at a game studio) and other projects, so the free critiques had to come to a close. At the same time, I made significant changes to the community to encourage others to start critiquing each other.

By using patreon as a paywall, I strive to balance a manageable workload while also keeping my services accessible to those who can't afford the more expensive mentorships and lessons. 

At the end of the day, I'm still a mediocre artist myself - but I've gotten quite good at pinpointing the areas where my students struggle, and identifying a way forward. Where other online drawing courses will easily run you hundreds of dollars, drawabox fills a rather wide gap for those who can't invest quite so much.

Of course, I want to reiterate - drawabox is just a starting point. If you find that this kind of drawing is something you'd like to turn into a career, I strongly encourage you to look into investing in more professionally-oriented instructors.

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Tiers
Supporter
$1 or more per month

A kindly tip, for those who feel the free Drawabox lessons and the community as a whole have played a significant role in their development. We want our lesson material to remain completely free and accessible forever, and those of you who donate in this manner help us keep it that way.


This tier includes a special role on the Discord server, along with access to the patreon-only channel.

Includes Discord rewards
Fervent Supporter
$3 or more per month

A bigger tip, for those who feel the free Drawabox lessons and the community as a whole have played a significant role in their development. We want our lesson material to remain completely free and accessible forever, and those of you who donate in this manner help us keep it that way.


This tier includes a special role on the Discord server, along with access to the patreon-only channel.

Includes Discord rewards
Casual Student
$5 or more per month

Receives homework critiques for lessons 1 and 2, as well as the 250 box challenge.


Also receives a special role on the discord chat server and access to the patreon-only channel.


The lesson 1 and box challenge critiques are handled by teaching assistants, but is still reviewed by me before I award the completion badges.

Homework critiques are performed on /r/ArtFundamentals (on reddit), though submissions must still meet the requirements outlined in the given lesson's homework section. I will contact you directly through patreon to get your reddit username within 24 hours of pledging, though feel free to submit your work immediately if you wish. 


Don't forget - my students start at lesson 1, and should wait to have a lesson marked as 'complete' before moving onto the next. If you've completed several lessons beforehand, only your lesson 1 submission will be accepted and critiqued.


Also, remember that a student must wait 2 weeks between submissions (not including revisions requested in a critique).

Includes Discord rewards
Student
$7 or more per month

Receives homework critiques for lessons 1 and 2, as well as the 250 box challenge.


Also receives a special role on the discord chat server and access to the patreon-only channel.


The only difference between this tier and the one above is that all homework submissions at this tier are guaranteed a critique from me personally. I do want to warn you however - my teaching assistants know their stuff, and will likely give a critique that is just as good.


 Homework critiques are performed on /r/ArtFundamentals (on reddit), though submissions must still meet the requirements outlined in the given lesson's homework section. I will contact you directly through patreon to get your reddit username within 24 hours of pledging, though feel free to submit your work immediately if you wish. 


Don't forget - my students start at lesson 1, and should wait to have a lesson marked as 'complete' before moving onto the next. If you've completed several lessons beforehand, only your lesson 1 submission will be accepted and critiqued.


Also, remember that a student must wait 2 weeks between submissions (not including revisions requested in a critique).

Includes Discord rewards
Dedicated Student
$10 or more per month

Receives homework critiques for Lessons 1-7 and the 250 Box Challenge, 250 Cylinder Challenge, 25 Texture Challenge, 25 Wheel Challenge and 100 Treasure Chest Challenge.


Also receives a special role on the discord chat server and access to the patreon-only channel.


All critiques for this tier are handled by me personally.


Homework critiques are performed on /r/ArtFundamentals (on reddit), though submissions must still meet the requirements outlined in the given lesson's homework section. I will contact you directly through patreon to get your reddit username within 24 hours of pledging, though feel free to submit your work immediately if you wish. 

 

Don't forget - my students start at lesson 1, and should wait to have a lesson marked as 'complete' before moving onto the next. If you've completed several lessons beforehand, only your lesson 1 submission will be accepted and critiqued.


Also, remember that a student must wait 2 weeks between submissions (not including revisions requested in a critique).

Includes Discord rewards
Pillar of the Community
$15 or more per month

The free content on the website, YouTube channel and community over all has taken a great deal of time to produce and manage. Those pledging at this tier understand that, and seek to support that effort. Their contribution keeps the new content coming, and also helps keep the lower tiers low for others.

Receives homework critiques for lessons 1-7, as well as the 250 box challenge, 250 cylinder challenge, 25 texture challenge, 25 wheel challenge and 100 treasure chest challenge.


Also receives a special role on the discord chat server and access to the patreon-only channel.


All critiques for this tier are handled by me personally.


Homework critiques are performed on /r/ArtFundamentals (on reddit), though submissions must still meet the requirements outlined in the given lesson's homework section. I will contact you directly through patreon to get your reddit username within 24 hours of pledging, though feel free to submit your work immediately if you wish.


Don't forget - my students start at lesson 1, and should wait to have a lesson marked as 'complete' before moving onto the next. If you've completed several lessons beforehand, only your lesson 1 submission will be accepted and critiqued.


Also, remember that a student must wait 2 weeks between submissions (not including revisions requested in a critique).

Includes Discord rewards
Backbone of Society
$20 or more per month

The free content on the website, YouTube channel and community over all has taken a great deal of time to produce and manage. Those pledging at this tier understand that, and seek to support that effort. Their contribution keeps the new content coming, and also helps keep the lower tiers low for others. 


All critiques for this tier are handled by me personally.


Receives homework critiques for lessons 1-7, as well as the 250 box challenge, 250 cylinder challenge, 25 texture challenge, 25 wheel challenge and 100 treasure chest challenge.


Also receives a special role on the discord chat server and access to the patreon-only channel.


Homework critiques are performed on /r/ArtFundamentals (on reddit), though submissions must still meet the requirements outlined in the given lesson's homework section. I will contact you directly through patreon to get your reddit username within 24 hours of pledging, though feel free to submit your work immediately if you wish.  


Don't forget - my students start at lesson 1, and should wait to have a lesson marked as 'complete' before moving onto the next. If you've completed several lessons beforehand, only your lesson 1 submission will be accepted and critiqued.


Also, remember that a student must wait 2 weeks between submissions (not including revisions requested in a critique).

Includes Discord rewards