11:20 PM, Wednesday June 29th 2022
Thanks! Sorry about the sausages and the internal masses.
Thanks! Sorry about the sausages and the internal masses.
I think those were deleted. They still don't load. That's alright, though.
Thanks! I'll get these done. Is there any chance you can resend the last two links: the example of how to construct feet and the example on constructing faces? I'm trying to open them, and I keep getting a dead end.
Thanks for getting this done. This looks much better. Good work on making the ellipses more snug and less floaty. I'm going to mark this as complete and say that you are good to move on to the 250 box challenge.
Move on to the 250 box challenge.
Hey there! Congrats on finishing lesson 3!
Arrows: Really solid work here! Your arrows have confident flow, and I appreciate your challenging yourself to do inconventional arrow shapes (e.g., spiral arrow). One thing that gets a little confusing is your hatching. On some arrows, the hatching is inconsistent. Make sure to keep up with how that hatching would carry over on different overlaps. One thing that helped me is thinking about which side overlaps which. The side being overlapped would have the hatching due to its carrying of the other's shadow. Also, line weight can make things much clearer here. I see some instances of line weight, so keep it up. If you haven't already, I would add the line weight first so you have a better idea of overlaps.
Leaves: Good stuff here, too. Just like the arrows, you did a stellar job of flowing confidently in the forms. And, you were not afraid to overlap, which is something that even I struggle with sometimes. Your textures were solid, too.
Branches: You did alright on this exercise. You also challenged yourself with some difficult branches (e.g., the curved branches in the bottom left). One thing I noticed is that there is a little bit of wavering on the flow of your branches. While there was tailing (which gets better with practice), there were some instances where the lines did not look as confident as others. Remember to ghost your lines until you are confident that you can execute them. Don't get caught up in trying to make the lines connect to the ellipses. Sometimes, confidently missing is better than waveringly correcting.
Plants: Remarkable work overall! Your construction looks very solid throughout your demos. There were a few instances of wavering, but the final product still looked fine. Your textures are also incredible. Instead of just putting marks down, you took the time to study and understand how the texture sits on the form. Keep up the good work.
One thing I did notice was that there were some plants where it was difficult to discern which leaves or parts of the plant were in front of the other. For many of your textured plants, you added line weight when necessary. However, there are some instances where line weight could have been employed more (the top left flower and bottom left potato plant of textured plants page 2 are a couple of examples). Keep that in mind for future demos, as line weight is a good tool to help the viewer know which parts are most important to a figure.
Another thing I would keep in mind for future demos is to limit yourself to one or two drawings per page. There are some instances of plants where the construction is hard to discern because of how small you drew them. For example, on Constructional Plants page 4, you seemed to have a difficult time with the branches on the branched plant. Giving yourself more space would allow you a better chance to convey the branches more confidently. As you move into the next lessons, it is best to give yourself enough space so you can better convey what you are seeing. Preferably, I would just do one drawing per page, but if you feel inclined to do two for a page, you can, but only if you can still draw it confidently.
Overall, good work! I think you are ready to move on to Lesson 4.
Move on to Lesson 4.
Hey there! Congrats on completing the first lesson. I hope you're gaining a lot from this course so far.
Superimposed Lines: Excellent work here! You were careful in where you started your strokes, and I see very minimal fraying on the starting point. Plus, your lines appear mostly confident.
Ghosted Lines and Planes: Great work here! While you miss the mark on a few of these, usually by undershooting, that will get better with time. One thing I always recommend is that when you are ready to make your line, look at the destination point and draw towards it. That helps me draw more accurately towards the point. Also, you do have some wavering in your lines. Make sure to be confident in your strokes, even if you are unsure if they will make it there. Even if they miss, it is better to miss confidently rather than to waver to the end point. You can at least work with a straight mark better than a wavering mark.
Table of Ellipses: There is some wavering in your ellipses. Similar to the lines, be more confident in how you draw them. You are drawing through them as Uncomfortable mentioned, so keep on doing that. One thing also catches my eye is that your ellipses are loose. They aren't really snug to each other like the demos show. I would suggest doing one more table of ellipses, and this time focusing more on a goal of making sure they are snug to each other. It is okay if they overlap a little or if they peek out of the column/row a little, but make sure that you are drawing them confidently and snugly.
Ellipses in Planes: Nicely done here! Similar to before, the main thing is to draw your ellipses confidently. If you feel like you need to ghost it a few times before drawing them, feel free to do so. Sometimes, I spend a good 30 seconds to a minute ghosting forms just to make sure I execute them confidently. Take as long as you need.
Funnels: Great work! You did a decent job at varying the degrees. In future warm ups, you can challenge yourself by varying the degrees even more. Try to do a really skinny ellipse in the center and transition to fatter ellipses in the periphery. Also, similar to the table of ellipses, there are some ellipses that float, so continue to work of fitting them snugly in their confined space.
Plotted Perspective: Outstanding work here! The lines look clean, and I believe you understood the objectives here. I would use this as a warm up when you move on to the 250 box challenge. Just like...
Rough Perspective: This one is a little tougher, and you did fine here. Your extension lines look good, and while there is some wavering in your boxes' lines, they still look confidently built. One thing I would challenge you on is the vary the lengths of the boxes in future warm ups. When you go into the 250 box challenge, you will have to practice with dramatic and shallow foreshortening. However, since most instances of drawing use shallow foreshortening, you should practice that more. That means working with a vanishing point that isn't nearby. When you shorten the length, it will make it a little more difficult to approximate the vanishing point, but that is the point. Plus, with the box challenge, you are going to be drawing different types of boxes; not all of them should be long.
Rotated Boxes: Well done! This is a tough one, too. You made sure to draw through your box forms. Your lines look confident, and the hatching is well done. And while there are a few boxes that are out of place, you still rotated them well.
Organic Perspective: Well done here, too! You made sure to vary the sizes as you go into the frame. Also, I appreciate the overlapping work you did with your boxes. To challenge yourself, I would vary the sizes slightly more towards the end. Some of the boxes looks like they are similar sizes. This may mean slowing down how much you shorten the boxes, but it can help make the transition much smoother. Also, feel free to incorporate overlapping in the boxes in the middle or near the end. It can also help with perspective.
Overall, well done! I would like you to do one more page of Table of Ellipses and focus more on making the ellipses confident and snug to each other. Just submit it here again, and I'll review it as soon as I can.
Do one more page of Table of Ellipses
Hey there! Congrats on completing lesson 1. I can totally relate to procrastinating during this course. I technically started lesson one back in 2018, and I didn't start progressing from it until the beginning of 2021. I had other things going on, too, so don't worry about the timeline. Take your time and go at your own pace. Now, onto your submission:
Superimposed Lines: You did well on this exercise. I could tell that you made sure to place your pen where you first began. There are a few instances of fraying on both ends, so continue working on taking your time and confidently making the line.
Ghosted Lines: Really well done! For a majority of these, you made it to the mark. There are few that overshot or undershot, and that's fine. That will get better with time. One thing that helps me is that after ghosting, when I place pen on paper, I look at the destination point and draw to it. Also, there are some instances of wavering near the end of your lines, so make sure to be confident in your strokes.
Ghosted Planes: Similar to ghosted lines, you understood the objective of this exercise. There are instances of wavering and overshooting and undershooting, so the advice is similar to what I said in the Ghosted Lines section.
Table of Ellipses: Excellent work! You drew through the ellipses like Uncomfortable instructed. You made sure to keep them bound (as best as you could) inside their row/column. And everything looks confidently executed. There are some instances where they are kind of floating in the row. Just continue to work on that.
Ellipses in Planes: Once again, well done! The ellipses look confident, and I think you grasped the exercise well.
Funnels: You did alright on this one, too. You did well to make sure they were aligned to the axis. You also made sure the ellipses were tight inside the funnels. There are a few instances of ellipses floating in the funnels, so make sure to make them snug. One thing I would challenge you to do is to vary the degree of your ellipses. They look like they share the same degree in your funnels. Varying them (similar to how you did it in the Table of Ellipses exercise) will be good practice for future lessons. Keep that in mind for your warm ups.
Plotted Perspective: Solid work here! You demonstrated confidence in this exercise, and it sets up properly for the next exercise.
Rough Perspective: This one is tougher, and I think you nailed it well. There is some wavering in the lines, so make sure to draw more confidently, and make sure that you are drawing from your shoulder. Also, in future warm ups, I would challenge you to use boxes with shorter lengths. You did this a few times in the exercise, but a majority of the boxes have a longer length, which makes it easier to be more accurate to the VP. As you move on to the 250 box challenge, you will have to get use to having a non-visible vanishing point. This is an exercise I recommend practicing or warming up with before doing the 250 box challenge.
Rotated Boxes: This is a pretty tough one, too. Still, you did remarkably on it. You rotated the boxes well. You drew confidently. Some boxes don't look completed, as there are some lines that rae not connected in the back. I wouldn't recommend re-doing this exercise, but keep in mind that as you move along with other lessons, it does help to draw through your forms so you can have a better understanding of how they interact with each other.
Organic Perspective: Once again, good job! You did a good job conveying perspective with the size differences. Plus, I could see that you overlapped a few times with the boxes, another aspect of conveying perspective. I would love to see more of the overlapping with the beginning boxes, and even with the boxes in the middle and end. That is more of a challenge though.
Overall, nicely done! Move on to 250 box challenge, and make sure to practice these exercises as warm ups. Especially plotted and rough perspective. Those will help you better understand the challenge.
Move on to 250 box challenge
Hey there! Congrats on completing lesson 3!
Branches: I think you grasp the main idea of this concept. Your ellipses mostly fit inside the branches, and while drawing the lines, you did well on overlapping without too many tails. For your ellipses, please remember to draw through them twice or thrice. They seemed to have been done in one go, and some lack confidence because of it. Also, on the topic of ellipses, limit how many you use in your branches. I don't think this is mentioned in the demo, but sometimes using a lot of ellipses (or contour lines in future lessons) can hurt a form. It can take you out of the illusion that it is a part of something. This is very important for the construction of plants, because it can draw more attention to the stem or branch when you want to have the attention mostly on the flower or body of the plant. As for the forks, you did a decent job of connecting them, but it would look more solid if you followed Uncomfortable's demo and drew a sphere/ball on the area that you wanted to fork, as shown here.
Arrows: Your flow lines are confident, and overall, you did a solid job. The hatch lines seemed to be placed a little too loosely and could be placed more carefully. However, I really like how you placed the hatches in a way that conveys the curving of the arrows. Also, make sure to add line weights on overlapping parts. There are some instances where I have a difficult time distinguishing which part of the arrow is in front. Adding line weights will help that.
Leaves: Excellent work on the forms and textures. They all look confident and solid. It would be nice to experiment with more folding leaves. It seems that you did this with #4, but if you could practice folding leaves in future warm ups, that would help solidify the exercise more.
Plants: Excellent work! The forms looks solid and confident. And you added line weight appropriately to convey overlapping forms well. Similar to what I mentioned above, try to limit the amount of contour ellipses you use in your branch forms. I noticed it in some of the forms on pages 6, 7, and 8. However, on the other pages, you managed to use a few contour ellipses to convey the forms well. You don't need to repeat the exercises, but keep this in mind for future exercises, especially as you get into organic forms. The less contours you need to solidify the form for you, the less likely it will take attention away from the viewer.
Overall, great work! The biggest thing I would suggest to work on is branches. Limit the number of contour ellipses, and make sure you are drawing through the ellipses as instructed by Uncomfortable. Otherwise, feel free to move on to Lesson 4.
Do branches and arrows for warm ups.
Continue to Lesson 4.
Hey there! Nicely done on the challenge!
Going through the gallery, I can see that you improved immensely. One thing that was noticeably better was your confidence in your strokes. There was less wavering as the challenge went on. Keep up the great work on that.
Another thing I noticed was that you have a decent amount of dramatic foreshortening in your beginning boxes. Sometimes, it was to the point that the box looked less like a box. But, near the end, you did more shallow foreshortening, which is great. It's good to practice both, but the latter will definitely be more helpful in later lessons.
One thing I was looking for was more line weight with your boxes. I could see it on some, but I had a hard time appreciating it on others. While it is not completely necessary, it does help solidify the box form. And you probably added line weight, but it is very subtle. I would add just a tiny more line weight to solidify the forms.
Finally, on some boxes, you used correction fluid. While the instances you used it were minor (e.g., hatching lines, line extensions), please keep in mind that you should not use that. Uncomfortable wants us to live with the mistakes we make, even if they are minor and a tad unsightly. Using correction fluid or trying to scratch out sometime can lead to an unconfident mentality. Just keep that in mind for future lessons and challenges.
Overall, solid work! I think you are ready to move forward with the next lesson.
Proceed to lesson 2.