Dimensional Dominator

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    9:30 AM, Tuesday June 2nd 2020


    Tho it looks like one user randomly agreed with the review without seeing your work, so you got your completion anyway.

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    10:30 AM, Sunday May 31st 2020

    Good job finishing lesson 1!

    Though I'll let you know that the next step suggested by the current reviewer is incorrect, and before going to lesson 2 it is required to complete the 250 box challenge first.

    Good luck!

    10:17 PM, Saturday May 30th 2020

    Hi Madas! Thanks for committing to this revision.

    Honestly you did a splendid job here. I thought I've been too harsh in asking more pages from you, since you already did so much in this lesson, but you showed me that you took this seriously and you should feel satisfied with the result.

    I'd still like to fill each response with feedback, so I'll point out what I believe are some minor mistakes that you'll have no problem working on in the future:

    First of all, I can clearly see that you did greatly on drawing correctly the gaps between boxes, but only for some of them. The three boxes on the upper left corner seems to be inconsistent compared to the others you made, because they seem to get smaller and drift away from the center with larger and larger gaps. You did a good job with the first ones, so I'm assuming the reason you made them that way is that you tried to maintain a "roundness" of the whole layout, deciding to distort them a bit to accentuate the rotation. Even though it was actually a good attempt, it is more important to keep your boxes and gaps between them consistent because if not, then you're relying on guesswork instead of construction (which is something that will be very important in future lessons).

    Another thing that I'd like to point out, is that your linework needs a small boost in precision as well as confidence. Many of your lines are a bit wobbly, and they often miss the mark.

    You already know the importance of confidence from the Lines instructions: making a committed, smooth line is always more important than being precise but slow and hesitant. But sometimes your lines are way off the far dot you placed (in the bottom lower box you even placed an isolated side, connecting 2 dots separated from everything else. Try to avoid that, every line should be consistent with the other ones), and that could mean that you're not ghosting enough.

    Ghosting is very boring at first, because you'd need to go back and forth many times before feeling confident enough to commit a stroke, but the more you do it, the easier it becomes.

    All the exercises on the Lines section (super-imposed lines, ghosted lines and planes) will help you getting better in all that, so be sure to practice them a lot in your 10-15 minutes of warmup of your future drawing sessions. It will pay off!

    Having said all that, I'll renew my congratulations for having completed Lesson 1 and all your requested revisions.

    I'll be more than happy to mark this lesson as complete and sending you to the 250 box challenge!

    Some advices for your boxes: don't rush (it will be a LONG challenge, but take it slowly or you'll make the same mistakes), read carefully the instructions (it would suck to draw 250 boxes only to realize one repeated mistake could be caused by just misinterpretation) and draw big. Drawing no more than 5-6 boxes per page allows you to train your hand on those pesky lines while also showing you better any error.

    Good luck and if you have any more questions ask away!

    Next Steps:

    250 box challenge

    If you feel like it, you can check other people's submissions for Lesson 1 and write a review or agree with existing reviews to help students earning their completion badge.

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    10:20 AM, Friday May 29th 2020


    The link is not working anymore, can you post a working one here? This way I can check your homeworks too and if I agree with the last review you can get your completion badge!

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    11:49 AM, Tuesday May 26th 2020

    Hi Madas!

    I noticed that it's been some days since you didn't receive any feedback for your second attempt that was requested by another user.

    I hope it's not a problem if I'll take the chance to review it myself.

    I can clearly see that you have dealt with the issues of your first attempt very well. Some of your ellipses are still a bit wobbly, meaning that you probably didn't ghost them enough or that even after ghosting you didn't draw them with enough confidence to make them smooth and clean. This is not a huge issue, your pages are pretty good and you'll get better with practice.

    Everything else but the rotated boxes looks fine to me. I'm satisfied on how you improved your Lines and Boxes sections (probably in the future I'd practice ghosting longer lines).

    Your rotated boxes still have many issues. Definitely 10 times better than your previous attempt, but since many of your future lessons (and drawing in general) will involve constructing well placed boxes in 3D space I'm gonna ask you to draw again one single quadrant of your choice of the rotated box exercise.

    This time I suggest you reading again all the instructions very carefully step by step.

    Start with 2 guidelines (since you'd do only 1 quadrant, you can make a L-shaped guideline instead of a cross), then add the central box and 2 squares at the end.

    Then you start thinking how the adjacent box would fit right next to the central one. Start drawing the lines parallel to that box to get an idea where it should be positioned, then locate the other sides being mindful of the central VP (which as explained slides a bit) and the far VP where the other sides converge to.

    I suggest you to draw small dots before committing the lines. Then you check by eye and by ghosting if the lines you would draw from those dots would converge correctly to the VPs. When you're satisfied you connect the dots and draw the whole box.

    I can see that you're already drawing dots at the corners, but you didn't check if those dots are placed correctly before drawing the lines. It's perfectly fine to place several dots around if you feel the first ones are not good. In fact this is the best method to check your convergence without using tools, and you will be using it a lot for the 250 box challenge.

    2 things: draw big, on the whole page, even if you're doing only a quarter. Then be clean with your lines. You're redrawing them a lot, and this is not good. Ghost a lot, be mindful of your line but when you draw it, stick with that even if it's off.

    I would have no problem marking this lesson as complete and sending you to the 250 box challenge, but I feel that you need to understand how every side of a box converges towards a vanishing point before that.

    Keep in mind that I consider your second attempt as a GIANT improvement from the first one, meaning that you are doing great in how you're approaching these lessons. I'm asking for a revision just to make sure you're getting the most out of it in order to make it easier for you to tackle future lessons.

    If you need more help don't be afraid to reply here or ask into the Discord channel!

    After you're done with the extra page, reply here and I'll review it.

    Good luck!

    Next Steps:

    1 page with one single quadrant of your choice of the Rotated Boxes exercise. Draw big, be careful and clean with your lines, place dots before committing and always check the convergence towards VP.

    When finished, reply to this critique with your revisions.
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    10:11 AM, Tuesday May 26th 2020

    Hi Salty!

    Good job completing lesson 1, but even tho the other critique said that you can move to lesson 2, I'll let you know that you must do the 250 box challenge before moving to that lesson.

    Unfortunately I hadn't the chance to see this submission sooner, but if you already started lesson 2 I suggest you to pause it until you completed the challenge. Good luck!


    I didn't realize you actually answered the review with the correct next step. Nevermind then :D

    Next Steps:

    250 box challenge

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    10:34 PM, Monday May 25th 2020

    Hi Wasabistudio!

    Good job with your lesson 1!

    But I noticed that you did more pages than requested for many of your exercises. Although it is good that you're taking these lessons very seriously, this approach is strongly discouraged as explained here. For your future lessons I suggest you to draw only the amount of pages written in the homework section as best as you can and redo them only if asked in a review.

    Good luck!

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    10:18 PM, Monday May 25th 2020

    Oliwer, I'm passing by to tell you that you should NOT draw on A5 papers for these lessons, moreso if that means drawing more pages than the ones requested.

    For your next exercises you should definitely use at least an A4 (printer paper is cheap and gives you plenty of room to do your lessons properly) like explained here. It might not seem like a big deal for Lesson 1, but I can assure you that drawing big is going to pay off by a lot for your future lessons.

    Your next step is the 250 box challenge (it is required before moving to lesson 2).

    Apart from that, I think your first lesson is good enough, so I'll agree with the current reviews in order to make this submission complete.

    Good luck!

    Next Steps:

    250 box challenge

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    1:11 PM, Saturday May 23rd 2020


    So, let's see what we have here:


    Your superimposed lines look fine. Ghosted lines are a bit off, but the important thing here is focusing on confidence instead of precision, and you did it well. Just one thing: don't redraw lines. If you miss the mark that's ok, you keep that line and go along with it. This suggestion will be the same for all of your Drawabox lessons, even when you are building a box, cylinder, etc. It will look weird but no worries, don't correct and keep going.


    Your ellipses tend to be a bit wobbly, which means that you probably are not ghosting them enough. Remember to use your shoulder and to focus on making confident, even shapes. Tables and funnels look ok, ellipses in planes are a bit scratchy, so remember that.


    I like your boxes here. They're not perfect, but you're not supposed to execute them perfectly in these exercises. In fact, many students tend to build their boxes with very uncertain, wobbly lines while yours seem to maintain a satisfying degree of confidence. With practice you can clean up your lines and make them a bit more straight.

    Your rotated boxes page shows some problems, but no worries. That's another very difficult exercise that many students struggle with. The superior gaps between boxes are pretty consistent, while the inferior ones are a bit distorted. This is probably because you struggled to make them parallel (in perspective) while drawing the bottom planes. As a result, some of them look taller or more squished than they should be.

    As I said this is perfectly fine, the important points of the exercise are well understood. I suggest you drawing often 1-2 quadrants of this exercise when doing warmups in the future.

    Now, onwards to the 250 box challenge. Nice job and good luck!

    Next Steps:

    250 box challenge

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    11:27 AM, Saturday May 23rd 2020

    Marking this lesson as complete since it was resubmitted for official critique and approved.

    This community member feels the lesson should be marked as complete, and 2 others agree. The student has earned their completion badge for this lesson and should feel confident in moving onto the next lesson.
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