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1:48 AM, Thursday May 27th 2021

Hello again ! Your organic forms now look much better, and the organic intersections exercise is perfect, great job !

I think you are ready to move on to lesson 3 ! Though remember to keep practicing these exercises during warmups.

Good luck !

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1:53 AM, Friday May 21st 2021

Hi Findlost, congratulations on finishing lesson 2 !

Your two biggest arrows accomplish the goal of looking 3D, the rest not so much. Try making the initial curve turn and bend more times and more aggresively, like in here: https://drawabox.com/lesson/2/4/step1 . And also play around with making your arrows come from far away towards the viewer. Make the farther ends of the arrow smaller and more compressed than the ones closer to the viewer. This will make your arrows look more three dimensional.

Your organic forms look really good. Nice job on those !

Your texture analysis also looks good, though on both your first and second textures you applied a lot of detail in the middle part and less detail in the part that's more shadowed. This details should still be present in that area, it's just that their shadows will be deeper and merge a bit more with their neighboring shadows also.

Your dissections also look fine, though you seem to have some trouble respecting the curvature of the forms. (As in here: https://drawabox.com/lesson/2/7/curvature). Make shure you warp and shrink your textures as you get closer to the edges of your forms. You are doing this a bit (like in your octopus arms) but the effect should be way more aggresive to give the texture the appeareance of being wrapped around the form. Also your textures don't seem to break from the forms that much (Like here: https://drawabox.com/lesson/2/7/silhouette). Try continuing your textures a bit further beyond the initial drawing of the form, this will make them stand out more. It isn't strictly required for this exercise, but in the future I would practice changing your lighting is parts of the texture a little bit (like you did in your wall texture).

Your forms intersections exercise is well done. The linework seems a bit rushed at times though. Remember to still take your time and ghost through all of your lines and curves and you will get a much cleaner, confident look on your forms.

And lastly, nice job on your organic intersections. No mistakes that I can see there.

Overall I think you understood the goal of all the exercises. Most of the things that I pointed out here are minor details that you should pay attention to when you use these exercises as warm ups. During lesson 3 you'll have to do one more of the arrows exercise, make sure to try out making your arrows come from away towards the viewer as I mentioned in the beginning.

As i said, I think you archieved the goals of the lesson. I think you're ready to move on to lesson 3. Just keep in mind my recommendations when using these exercises and warm ups and you'll perfect them in no time. Good luck !

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1:35 AM, Thursday May 20th 2021

Hi Thatonemushroomguy, congratulations on finishing lesson 2! You did a phenomenal job. You seem to have understood all the exercises and performed them flawlessly.

The only thing I can point out is that your ellipses in the organic forms exercise seem a little rushed. Make sure to take your time and ghost through them properly before drawing them. I would also try playing around more with their degrees (like in here: https://drawabox.com/lesson/2/5/ellipses) when you practice them in the future. Your degrees seem too similar to each other most of the time. Experiment with making some of these degrees smaller and larger within the same form. That can completely change how the form is perceived and will come in handy during lesson 3. Make sure to read this: https://drawabox.com/lesson/2/5/degree

As I said, all the other exercises look amazing. I don't have anything to comment on those.

I think you should be ready to move on to lesson 3, just keep in mind the recomendations I gave regarding the organic forms when you practice them as warm ups in the future.

Good luck!

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1:25 AM, Monday May 17th 2021

Hi Cypher0814, congratulations on finishing lesson 2 !

Your arrows look pretty good. I would try applying more aggressive perspective though, try using foreshortening and compressing the space in the farther end of the arrow to get a more 3D feeling on it.

Your organic forms with contour lines are perfectly done! Just keep in mind that you don't really need to draw so many contour lines on the forms, you just need enough to describe how the object turns in 3D space.

The texture analysis exercise also looks good, just try filling more of the space that you left blank with the deeper shadows that would only be noticeable there. Dissections are alo very well done. Don't be afraid to break the silhouettes more with your textures though, that will help greatly in highlighting the texture you are using.

Good job on your form intersections, nothing to comment on those.

On your first organic intersection exercise you are using way to many shadows, you seem to have corrected that on the second one, so good job there. Your shadows also seem to be sticking to the forms that cast them and not to the ones the are being casted on to (https://drawabox.com/lesson/2/9/shadows). Try to project your shadows onto the underlying form. Also, as I mentioned before, you don't really need that many contour lines to describe the forms. I would say you only need about half the ones you are currently using. Try to only draw the few ones you need to actually describe the form.

Overall you did an excelent job ! Just keep in mind these tips for when you practice these exercises as warm ups. I think you are ready to move on to lesson 3.

Good luck !

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2:14 AM, Friday May 14th 2021

Hi Holysnacks ! Congratulations on finishing lesson 2!

You did a very good job on the arrows, don't be afraid to apply more aggressive perspective though, try compressing the farther end more when you continue to practice them during warm ups.

Regarding the organic forms exercise, the linework on those seems to be very shaky. Remember to go first for drawing confident curves (you're doing it perfectly on the arrows exercise) before going for precision.

Your texture analysis exercise looks great ! You perfectly understood that one.

On the dissections one your sausages look much better when compared to the organic forms ones. I think you nailed that one also. When practicing it in the future you shouldn't be afraid to break past the silhouette a little more. That really helps highlight the texture you are using.

Your forms intersections look great ! Nothing to comment on those.

On your organic intersections one you're getting the weights, the wrapping and the shadowing right. But the actual forms look very woobly (The same problem as in the organic forms exercise). As I mentioned before, you did get this right on the dissections exercise. Try to draw the curves more confidently first and then go for maintaining a consistent width along the whole form.

Overall you did a fantastic job ! The only difficulty I see is when drawing the sausages. I will request you try doing both another page of the organic forms and another page of the organic intersections exercises before moving on to lesson 2. Try to draw the curves more confidently (as you did on the dissections exercise) and maintaining a consistent width throughout the whole form. Also keep your forms simple, the form doesn't really need to bend in more that one direction. Reviewing that part of the lesson might help you also. Good luck !

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Try doing one more page of the organic forms and another page of the organic intersections exercises before moving on to lesson 2.

1:42 AM, Tuesday March 2nd 2021

Hi Shady, thanks a lot for the review. It was really helpful !! I will keep in mind all the suggestions that you mentioned when warming up with those excercises.

I also gave the textures exercise a second try: https://imgur.com/a/9KuwZv4

Thanks again !

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2:48 AM, Wednesday February 3rd 2021

Congratulations on finishing the 250 boxes challenge Iwuzhal !!

You seem to have successfully followed all the suggestions mentioned in the lesson. Lines look confident, you are extending in the right direction, drawing through your boxes, etc.

The only detail I noticed is that your hatching doesn't always look very precise. Take your time with it. These lines should also be drawn confidently and precisely.

Regarding the convergences of your boxes, by the final pages most of your boxes look good. There are still various cases where it looks like one of your lines doesn't seem to be converging to the point where all the others are. For improving in this area I recommend you check out this two resources:

They present a different way of looking at the problem, you may find it useful. Also keep in mind that lines from a box that are close together usually run mostly parallel to each other.

Overall you did a great job! I think you are ready to tackle lesson 2, but i would keep drawing boxes during warm-ups considering the resources I mentioned above, and trying to improve on those convergences.

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2:56 AM, Tuesday February 2nd 2021

Hi Lucas. Congratulations on finishing your 250 boxes !

Towards the end your convergences look very precise in most of the boxes. Anyways, I'll leave you two resources that have helped me and many others to get even better at it, which will help you in those few cases where your convergences are slightly off:

But like I already mentioned, most of your convergences look really good already. Keep up the good work !

Regarding some of the considerations of the exercise, It seems like you successfully followed most of them. (Clean hatching, confident lines, drawing through boxes, etc). But i noticed that it doesn't look like your are applying line weight to the silhouette of your boxes. Make sure to re-read that part of the lesson again and apply it to the next boxes you draw. But nevertheless it's not really the most important concept of the challenge, you did everything else right.

Great job, you should continue on with Lesson 2. Just try adding that line weight to your next boxes.

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2:15 AM, Thursday January 28th 2021

Hi ! Congratulations on finishing the 250 box challenge !!

You seem to have figured out most of the lessons's requirements from the get go. Your lines also look confident and the hatching seems precise.

By your final pages, most of your boxes convergences look very good. Even so, there are still some cases were they might be slightly off. Always keep in mind that lines which are close together usually run mostly parallel to one another (Unless the V.P. is very near).

I also suggest you take a look at these two resources:

They both present a different persective on how to visualize and compare the angles from the lines in your boxes. You may find this approach useful to fix those few cases where your lines are off.

Overall you did a fantastic job ! I think your are definetively ready to tackle lesson 2. Just keep in mind the previous considerations when drawing your next boxes.

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2:33 AM, Wednesday January 27th 2021

Congratulations on finishing your 250 boxes ! You did a great job. By the last couple of pages you are nailing the convergences on most of your boxes.

You successfully followed all the considerations presented in the lesson (drawing through forms, extending, foreshortening, etc). Plus your hatching and line weight look solid and confident.

Even though by the end you are getting most of your inner lines correctly, there are still some cases where they're a bit off, and judging by your (?) and () you may not be so sure of what to do on those cases. I recommend that you take a look at these two resources:

Both of them are based on the idea of checking the angles of your lines against the V.P.s , which is an additional factor to consider and something that might help you out in those few cases where you aren't sure what to do with some lines.

Overall you did a fantastic job, and I suggest you continue with lesson 2. But keep in mind this idea of checking your lines angles when drawing your next boxes. Good luck !

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