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    5:57 PM, Saturday August 1st 2020

    I totally did the same thing! D'oh!

    Doing the exercises first now, (I'm into lesson 2) helps me stay focused instead of just letting my mind wander while I "just get the stuff done," which I have a habit of doing.

    3:22 PM, Saturday August 1st 2020

    Thank you for the excellent feedback! I've uploaded the two missing pages to the imgur album.

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    10:37 PM, Tuesday July 28th 2020

    I notice a similar issue in tensing my whole body when I work on ghosting in the lines, especially if I focus on "locking" my wrist and elbow to draw from the shoulder. I say "lock" even if it's not a HARD locking of the joints. But I think it simply takes practice in getting your body to operate how you want it to. Whenever you notice yourself tensing up, take a moment to breathe and relax your body and then try again. It may slow things down a bit, but eventually you'll tense up less and less.

    I'd say your rough perspective boxes are impressive!

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    10:27 PM, Tuesday July 28th 2020

    Your lines look good throughout the whole lesson; plotting both end points and following through with confident, smooth strokes, good job.

    Your ellipses are a little wobbly at times, but for the most part they are drawn smoothly, and you are good at keeping them within the established boundaries. Ellipses are commonly difficult, so things will improve with practice. In the future focus on the ghosting method and you should be fine.

    On your rotating boxes, some of the boxes aren't rotating. Rotating boxes won't follow to the same vanishing point, and some of yours appear to be. You've got rotation with some of the boxes on the further edges, though. Future work on perspective and the box challenge will help with this.

    You've got a good baseline here, good job!

    Next Steps:

    On to the 250 box challenge!

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    8:28 PM, Sunday July 26th 2020

    The first thing I noticed is that you have fraying on both ends of your lines in the first exercise. The placement of the beginning of the line should be specific and on a single dot. I'm also seeing some arching in your lines, which may indicate you aren't using the shoulder pivot. In the plotted and rough perspectives you are repeating your lines. If you are trying to increase the lineweight for the boxes, the lines should only be repeated on the outside perimeter of the box, and the lines should be ghosted with the intent to overlap. Some of the lines in your rough perspective look a bit rushed.

    There is a little bit of an issue with getting the accuracy of your ellipses down, but this is a common issue and will improve with practice. You've got the confidence and smoothness down which is key. The lines of your minor axis aren't splitting the funnels directly in half, although they are pretty close in most cases. I'd also recommend using a round object like a bowl to make the curving guide lines for the funnels. Here it looks like you might have freehanded them?

    Next Steps:

    I'd do another page of the rough perspective, being sure to focus on doing single, confident ghosted lines (no repeating). If you're going to increase the lineweight, do a single, ghosted repeated line on the outside perimeter of the boxes. In your rough perspective exercise the boxes themselves were fine (lines either parallel or perpendicular with the horizon line) but doing another page of them will help with the upcoming 250 box challenge.

    Good luck!

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    7:03 PM, Saturday July 25th 2020

    Your lines aren't meeting their end points. The first few exercises are fine, but in some of the planes exercises and the rough/organic perspective exercises, your lines are tapering off before they meet the corners. This indicates you could be lifting your hand too early, before you're actually done drawing the line, or possibly drawing the line too fast without an actual end point in mind. I'd say it's probably better to overshoot a line than undershoot it. No need to redo anything, just something to keep in mind for the future.

    The ellipses look good and consistent, good job.

    Next Steps:

    Work on the 250 box challenge, if you haven't yet!

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    3:24 PM, Saturday July 25th 2020

    I think this is a really great approach, specifically for keeping yourself motivated for the long haul.

    I recently tried following moderndayjames' Solo Artist Curriculum, which has you doing the first 3 lessons of Drawabox in a single month. It was really arduous, and I definitely rushed through things only to make it partially through Lesson 2. In order to "make the deadlines" I could only do the drawabox exercises each day, so I stopped drawing for myself and for fun. It was a grueling process that I was doing "just to get through it." Once I hit the texture exercises, they were VERY difficult for me, and I got so frustrated I just completely stopped for a month, feeling discouraged and frustrated that I "failed" at two things: drawabox AND the curriculum.

    I'm now coming back to the exercises and taking things slower, and making sure to draw more things that I enjoy drawing as well as the exercises.

    Long story short: gauge how much you are able to focus on an exercise, but also allow yourself mental "breathing room." Really take Uncomfortable's 50% rule to heart.

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