Darastlix

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  • Sharing the Knowledge
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  • Basics Brawler
    1:03 AM, Tuesday November 9th 2021

    Thank you for the critique! Lesson 6 was exceptionally challenging and took a lot of mental effort.

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    6:57 PM, Saturday September 25th 2021

    Hi there,

    Congratulations for completing the box challenge, it's definitely a lot more work than most people expect.

    The first thing I noticed is that your lines are wobbly and arcing. Your line quality improves overall towards the end of the challenge, but I can still see wobbly lines on the last pages. Prefer confidence over precision when drawing lines. Don't be afraid to put dots on the page to mark the point where the line should end. In addition, always draw from your shoulder, ghost lines until you are confident enough to put ink and commit to them once you start drawing.

    What is more, I observed that you rushed through your hatching. Hatching should be tight, consistent and parallel. Each hatching line should be drawn using ghosting method.

    You did a great job keeping line convergence consistent and accurate. You could have experimented more with dramatic foreshortening especially in the first half of the challenge. Experimenting is an important part of the learning process and helps us form a more well rounded understanding.

    Now, before I have you move on to lesson 2, let’s address the issue with your lines.

    Next Steps:

    I’d like to see 1 page of the ghosted lines exercise, where your priority lies in the line smoothness and straightness, not accuracy.

    When finished, reply to this critique with your revisions.
    9:08 PM, Wednesday August 18th 2021

    Hi Uncomfortable.

    Thank you for reviewing my homework!

    For the main submission I used wolf demo as primary reference for legs and head construction. I treated techniques in informal demos as optional.

    For the revision:

    In organic intersections revision I tried to put more effort into imagining how forms relate to each other in 3D space and focus on silhouette. I also added shadow to the ground.

    For additional masses I tried to think of them as something made of clay instead of hard material as I did previously. I think it helped me to better grasp the concept.

    This time I tried to use sausage method to construct legs. Unfortunately I made my sausages too stiff and I realized it only now. I also attempted to use corners to imply the presence of distinct planes when constructing feet.

    I tried to strictly adhere to head construction method from informal demos page. I used pentagons for eye sockets and made eyeballs larger to have more space for adding additional masses for upper and lower lids.

    Revision: https://imgur.com/a/GI9JsMT

    References: https://imgur.com/a/QBkjKSb

    2:35 PM, Sunday April 18th 2021

    Hello Uncomfortable.

    Thank you for reviewing my homework!

    First of all, I wrongly used line weight to make drawing prettier instead of clarifying how forms overlap. I fixed my approach in the revision.

    My linework was very uniform probably because I used low quality pens. I switched to Faber Castell PITT Artist Pens for the revision. Drawing with new pens felt better.

    I still struggle with textures. Your explanation to treat everything like it is painted in white and focus on what could be felt with hands was very helpful.

    Revision: https://imgur.com/a/Gj4Au4O

    Used references: https://imgur.com/a/YovdKPD

    7:14 PM, Tuesday November 10th 2020

    Hey, thanks for reviewing my homework.

    Ellipses were the most difficult part of the lesson. In the tables of ellipses exercise I was too afraid of making mistakes, so I drew slowly and was happy with the result until you made me notice that ellipses are wobbly.

    This time I tried to focus on drawing more confidently and making ellipses more round.

    Link to revision: https://imgur.com/a/kVWuZQa

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