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    11:35 PM, Sunday April 7th 2024

    As the instructions in the exercise say, alternatively you can find a round object, but the goal is not to practice our freehand curves. You'll get a consistent result out of using a curved object and that will make it easier to place the straight lines, but ultimately it's up to you. For what it's worth, fineliner ink is generally water-based and will wash off a plate if you do somehow manage to get it on there.

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    10:08 AM, Friday March 29th 2024

    Hey there, I'm Meta and I'll be your TA today, I'll address your questions before we get started.

    On the first question, thinking about the line you put on the page happens mainly before the ghosting action. While you're ghosting, you may find that that projected line is not quite what you wanted, which is when you stop and adjust the dots and ghost again. How many times you need to ghost for that line isn't really that important, 1-3 times is fine as long as you're confident in the line you want to put down.

    Regarding the second question, you should be aiming to apply the concepts as Drawabox presents/teaches them. A little bit of knowledge can be a dangerous thing here and you shouldn't it to steer you astray. For me, personally, I'd drawn for about 10 years before I started Drawabox and had a lot of pre-conceptions about what I already knew, but once I learned to trust the process (somewhere around the box challenge), a lot of things I'd previously learned started to make a lot more sense.

    If you've got questions as you're progressing through the exercises, feel free to join us on the Discord server. People are more than happy to help and we've got a great community.

    Lines

    Starting with your superimposed lines, you're doing a great job lining your pen up with the starting point and executing your lines confidently. This confidence flows through to your ghosted lines and planes and to be honest, I'm not seeing the issue mentioned in your post with overthinking the lines/messing it up. Accuracy is a result of time and practice, so you'll get there. I did notice a little squiggle over an incorrect line on the planes though - try not to do this, it draws more attention to the error than if you had simply worked with it. This approach becomes more and more important as you progress through the course as doing so could undermine the solidity of your forms.

    Ellipses

    Onto your tables of ellipses and these are off to a great start. Your linework is pretty confident here, you've selected a good variety of shapes and sizes of ellipses to practice, and you've kept them squeezed up tight against each other.

    Next your ellipses in planes are looking good, you've done a pretty good job hitting the four sides of the plane each time while remaining confident and not over-focusing on accuracy.

    Finally, you've done a good job aligning your ellipses to the minor axis for the most part on your funnels. There's a few spots where they're skewed off a bit, particularly to the outer edges of the funnel - this is pretty common. If you'd like to push this exercise further in your warmups, you could try increasing the degree of the ellipses as you move out from the centre similar to shown in the example homework

    Boxes

    A quick note on your plotted perspective - you may have noticed some of the back lines of your boxes are not vertical - this can happen when there's slight inaccuracies in the lines used to plot the front of the box not going back to the exact vanishing point drawn. Something to keep in mind, as you will encounter this again.

    Onto your rough perspective and you've made fairly successful efforts to keep the horizontals parallel and verticals perpendicular to the horizon line. You've correctly applied the line extensions and your perspective lands in a really tight margin of error.

    Your rotated boxes are looking pretty good - you're keeping the gaps between the boxes tight and consistent, which has given you good cues about where to place the next one and you've captured a pretty respectable range of rotation. Any degree of success here is commendable as it is intended as an introduction to certain concepts that are explored further in the box challenge.

    Finally, your organic perspective is off to a good start, you've got a fair amount of difference between the smallest and largest boxes and the overlapping helps sell the illusion of depth. There's a bit of divergence in the boxes themselves but that's again, a job for the box challenge to iron out as it requests students utilise the Y method for their boxes.

    All in all, this was a really solid submission, so I hope you can move forward with a bit more confidence in yourself.

    Next Steps:

    Feel free to move onto the 250 box challenge.

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    8:23 PM, Tuesday March 26th 2024

    Hey, thanks for submitting this. :) It's a good attempt - you've kept the gaps between the boxes tight and consistent, which has given you good cues about where to place the next one, at least on the front planes. There's a level of hesitancy in your linework as a result of focusing hard on hitting the endpoint, so don't forget that whilst we're carefully planning things out, we're executing confidently. Accuracy will improve with time and practice.

    As to the boxes themselves, you didn't manage to capture the full range of rotation, tending to follow the vanishing point of the box you previously put down, though naturally as mentioned before, we don't ask or expect any level of mastery from students at this point and the 250 box challenge is your opportunity to address both your boxes and your line confidence.

    Next Steps:

    Feel free to move onto the 250 box challenge.

    This critique marks this lesson as complete.
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    10:52 PM, Sunday March 24th 2024

    Hey there, I'm Meta and I'll be your TA today, so let's get started.

    Lines

    Starting with your superimposed lines, you're doing a great job lining your pen up with the starting point and executing your lines confidently for the most part - there are some wobbles here and there where you're bringing your arm back in towards the guideline instead of trusting the motion.

    Your ghosted lines and planes are looking confident for the most part though you have a tendency to wobble at the beginning or end of a line as if slowing down towards the end. This tip about lifting your pen off as soon as you hit the end point may help with this.

    Ellipses

    Onto your tables of ellipses and these are off to a good start. You've selected a good variety of shapes and sizes of ellipses to practice, and you've kept them squeezed up tight against each other. Your linework on the first page is rather loose but tightens up as you progress through the second page, though there are some wobbles here and there, so make sure you're still aiming for confident linework.

    Next your ellipses in planes are looking good, you've made clear attempts to hit the four sides of the plane while remaining confident and not over-focusing on accuracy. Again, your ellipses are a little loose here and I think prioritising mileage with these in your warmups is paramount to getting some level of control over them - try playing with the speed at which you execute them.

    Finally, your funnels are definitely headed in the right direction with line confidence, though I can see you're struggling with aligning the ellipses to the minor axis here. I think this probably relates to the previous point about control.

    Boxes

    A quick note on your plotted perspective - you may have noticed some of the back lines of your boxes are not completely vertical - this can happen when there's slight inaccuracies in the lines used to plot the front of the box not going back to the exact vanishing point drawn. Something to keep in mind, as you will encounter this again.

    Onto your rough perspective and you've made fairly successful efforts to keep the horizontals parallel and verticals perpendicular to the horizon line (except that one box on the second page?). You've correctly applied the line extensions and your perspective lands in a pretty normal margin of error. That said, your line confidence definitely takes a dip here and whilst this is far from uncommon, make sure you're taking the time to plan and execute each of your lines with confidence - treating each line as a single unit of work to make up the box is an approach that worked for me while going through the course.

    Your rotated boxes aren't complete. Whilst we don't expect students to exhibit mastery (at any level) of this exercise, we do ask them to take one full attempt at the exercise before moving on. As such, you will be asked to submit a completed rotated boxes exercise before I mark this lesson as complete.

    Finally, you're starting to good amount of variation in the size and rotation of your boxes in the organic perspective exercise, though if you wanted to push it further, you could push the scale between the smallest and largest boxes as well as trying to overlap the ones closest to the viewer. The boxes themselves are diverging quite a bit in places and your linework is a little shaky, however like the previous exercise, this one is simply an introduction to the concepts you'll explore in depth in the 250 box challenge.

    Next Steps:

    Please submit 1 page of rotated boxes. Take your time planning and confidently executing each and every line.

    When finished, reply to this critique with your revisions.
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    10:02 PM, Sunday March 24th 2024

    Hey there, I'm Meta and I'll be your TA today, so let's get started.

    Lines

    Starting with your superimposed lines, you're doing a great job lining your pen up with the starting point and executing your lines confidently for the most part. There are a few instances where you wobble a bit and seem to be leading your hand back to the guideline instead of trusting the trajectory of your lines. This does clear up in your ghosted lines and planes which are looking nice and confident.

    Ellipses

    Onto your tables of ellipses and these are off to a great start. Your linework is looking really confident, you've selected a good variety of shapes and sizes of ellipses to practice, and you've kept them squeezed up tight against each other. Well done.

    Next your ellipses in planes are looking good, you've made clear attempts to hit the four sides of the plane while remaining confident. I did notice you marked up a few where you'd made errors but don't worry too much about this as accuracy will come with practice.

    Finally, you're doing a good job keeping the ellipses of your funnels aligned to the minor axis. There's a few little skews off here and there and one or two ellipses that weren't drawn perhaps as confidently but I'm really glad to see you pushed the exercise on the first page in the album to include the variation in degree - this came out really well.

    Boxes

    A quick note on your plotted perspective - you may have noticed some of the back lines of your boxes are not entirely vertical - this can happen when there's slight inaccuracies in the lines used to plot the front of the box not going back to the exact vanishing point drawn. Something to keep in mind, as you will encounter this again.

    Onto your rough perspective and you've made fairly successful efforts to keep the horizontals parallel and verticals perpendicular to the horizon line. You haven't correctly applied the line extensions here though, which makes it hard to tell how close you got to your goal. From what I can tell though, you would've fallen in a reasonable margin of error, though make sure in future you read the instructions closely before sitting down to work.

    Your rotated boxes are off to a good start - you're keeping the gaps between the boxes tight and consistent, which has given you good cues about where to place the next one. You didn't manage to capture the full range of rotation, tending to follow the vanishing point of the box you previously put down and in some cases, rotating back the direction you just came. I noted the language used both in your album and your submisison - don't worry about not getting this exercise the first time, as it is simply an introduction to certain concepts that we explore further in the course.

    Finally, you're getting a good amount of variation in the size and rotation of your boxes in the organic perspective exercise, as well as experimenting with overlapping the ones closest to the viewer, which goes a long way to conveying a sense of depth in each composition. The boxes themselves are diverging a bit in places, however like the previous exercise, this one is simply an introduction to the concepts you'll explore in depth in the 250 box challenge.

    Next Steps:

    Feel free to move onto the 250 box challenge

    This critique marks this lesson as complete.
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    1:48 AM, Sunday March 24th 2024

    Hey there, I'm Meta and I'll be your TA today, so let's get started.

    Lines

    Starting with your superimposed lines, you're doing a great job lining your pen up with the starting point and executing your lines confidently. There are a couple of instances with the shorter lines where you do seem to be drawing a bit less confidently - possibly struggling to engage your shoulder. This does seem to clear up almost completely as your progressed through to the ghosted lines and planes exercises which are looking remarkably smooth and confident.

    Ellipses

    Onto your tables of ellipses and these are off to a great start. Your linework is remarkably confident, you've selected a good variety of shapes and sizes of ellipses to practice, and you've kept them squeezed up tight against each other. Well done overall on this exercise.

    Next your ellipses in planes are looking good, you've made clear attempts to hit the four sides of the plane while remaining confident and not over-focusing on accuracy. I did notice that you started drawing through your ellipses a few more times here and occasionally a bit more than necessary - the 2-3 times that you did in the tables of ellipses was perfect, so try to stick to that, moving forward.

    Finally, your funnels are looking really good. You've done a great job of lining the ellipses up with the minor axis. There's a few very minor spots where it skews off but it's good to see you pushing the exercise with widing the degree as you move out as well.

    Boxes

    A quick note on your plotted perspective - you may have noticed some of the back lines of your boxes are not vertical - this can happen when there's slight inaccuracies in the lines used to plot the front of the box not going back to the exact vanishing point drawn. Something to keep in mind, as you will encounter this again.

    Onto your rough perspective and you've made fairly successful efforts to keep the horizontals parallel and verticals perpendicular to the horizon line, though distinctly struggled with the rear plane moreso than the front. You've correctly applied the line extensions and your perspective lands in a pretty good margin of error.

    Your rotated boxes are off to a good start - you're keeping the gaps between the boxes tight and consistent, which has given you good cues about where to place the next one. You didn't quite manage to capture the full range of rotation, tending to follow the vanishing point of the box you previously put down, however this exercise is intended only as an introduction to certain concepts you will explore further throughout the course.

    Finally, you're getting a good amount of variation in the size and rotation of your boxes in the organic perspective exercise which is starting to create a sense of depth in each frame. I like that you were quite bold with overlapping the boxes to push that sense of depth and also that you carefully hatched one of the faces of each box. Really nice. The boxes themselves are diverging a bit in places, however like the previous exercise, this one is simply an introduction to the concepts you'll explore in depth in the 250 box challenge.

    Next Steps:

    Feel free to move onto the 250 box challenge.

    This critique marks this lesson as complete.
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    7:46 PM, Sunday March 17th 2024

    Sorry about that, I must have hit the wrong button - this should mark it as complete, and backdate it to when you submitted your work. You should be good to submit your box challenge work.

    This critique marks this lesson as complete.
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    11:14 AM, Tuesday February 20th 2024

    Hey there, I'm Meta and I'll be your TA today, so let's get started.

    Lines

    Starting with your superimposed lines, you're doing a great job lining your pen up with the starting point and executing your lines confidently. Next, your ghosted lines and planes are looking pretty confident as well - there's a few minimal wobbles here and there but they seem to clear up by the end of the lesson so I suspect it was just a matter of mileage.

    Ellipses

    Onto your tables of ellipses and these are off to a great start. Your linework is confident for the most part, you've selected a good variety of shapes and sizes of ellipses to practice, and you've kept them squeezed up tight against each other. I did notice that on one of the pages, you didn't draw through all your ellipses 2-3 times, though the other page and the future exercises seem to have addressed this.

    Next your ellipses in planes are looking good, you've made clear attempts to hit the four sides of the plane while remaining confident and not over-focusing on accuracy. Finally, your funnels are off to a good start - you're getting them quite well aligned to the minor axis and it's good to see you're starting to vary the degree of the ellipses. On the "advanced" page, you definitely tended to wobble a bit more though, possibly because you've added another priority to the mix - you'll get the hang of it as you work on it through your warm-ups.

    Boxes

    On your plotted perspective - you may have noticed some of the back lines of your boxes are not vertical - this can happen when there's slight inaccuracies in the lines used to plot the front of the box not going back to the exact vanishing point drawn. Something to keep in mind, as you will encounter this again.

    Onto your rough perspective and you've made fairly successful efforts to keep the horizontals parallel and verticals perpendicular to the horizon line. You've correctly applied the line extensions and your perspective lands in a pretty normal margin of error. I did notice a few instances where you've gone back over your lines - try to resist the urge to go back over lines to "correct" them as this lends more visual weight to the mistake and goes against the concept of careful planning that Drawabox tries to reinforce.

    Your rotated boxes are off to a good start - you're keeping the gaps between the boxes tight and consistent, which has given you good cues about where to place the next one. You didn't manage to capture the full range of rotation, tending to follow the vanishing point of the box you previously put down, however this exercise is intended only as an introduction to certain concepts you will explore further throughout the course.

    Finally, you're getting a good amount of variation in the size and rotation of your boxes in the organic perspective exercise which is starting to create a sense of depth in each frame, though if you wanted to push it further, you could play with the scale between the smallest and largest boxes as well as trying to overlap the ones closest to the viewer. The boxes themselves are diverging a bit in places, however like the previous exercise, this one is simply an introduction to the concepts you'll explore in depth in the 250 box challenge.

    Next Steps:

    Feel free to move onto the 250 box challenge.

    This critique marks this lesson as complete.
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    11:00 AM, Tuesday February 20th 2024

    Hey there, I'm Meta and I'll be your TA today, so let's get started.

    Lines

    Starting with your superimposed lines, you're doing a great job lining your pen up with the starting point and executing your lines confidently. This confidence translates through to your ghosted lines and planes as well with only a very minor amount of arcing present

    Ellipses

    Onto your tables of ellipses and these are off to a great start. Your linework is confident for the most part, you've selected a good variety of shapes and sizes of ellipses to practice, and you've kept them squeezed up tight against each other. There's a few little wonky/deformed guys in there but nothing to be too concerned by.

    Next your ellipses in planes are looking good, you've made clear attempts to hit the four sides of the plane while remaining confident and not over-focusing on accuracy.

    Finally, on your funnels, the central ellipses are quite well aligned whilst the outer ones tend to skew off significantly. It's good to see you've tried altering the degrees of the ellipses as they go out from the centre. Make sure you keep this exercise in your warmups as being able to align ellipses to a minor axis will become more and more important as you progress through the course.

    Boxes

    Onto your rough perspective and you've made fairly successful efforts to keep the horizontals parallel and verticals perpendicular to the horizon line. You've correctly applied the line extensions and your perspective lands in a pretty normal margin of error. There is a little bit of wobbling in your lines present here, however this is pretty normal as it's the first time students are asked to take these ghosted lines and turn them into boxes - make sure you just take the time to plan and confidently execute each one and you'll be in good stead.

    Your rotated boxes are off to a good start - you're keeping the gaps between the boxes tight and consistent, which has given you good cues about where to place the next one. You didn't manage to capture the full range of rotation, tending to follow the vanishing point of the box you previously put down, however this exercise is intended only as an introduction to certain concepts you will explore further throughout the course. I did notice you added line weight to the corners of the front faces of the box - while line weight is mentioned in the exercise as a good way to establish a hierarchy of lines, do make sure you're reinforcing the entire line, not just the corners. There are places where you might want to only clarify one section of overlap later in the course, so don't take this as a hard rule for all line weight.

    Finally, you're getting a good amount of variation in the size and rotation of your boxes in the organic perspective exercise which is starting to create a sense of depth in each frame. I'm especially loving how bold you've been with overlapping the boxes. The boxes themselves are diverging a bit in places, however you'll have plenty of time to explore this in depth in the 250 box challenge.

    Next Steps:

    Feel free to move onto the 250 box challenge.

    This critique marks this lesson as complete.
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    10:46 AM, Tuesday February 20th 2024

    Hey there, I'm Meta and I'll be your TA today, so let's get started.

    Lines

    Starting with your superimposed lines, you're doing a great job lining your pen up with the starting point and executing your lines confidently. This confidence translates to your ghosted lines and planes which are looking nice and straight for the most part with only a few little wobbles here there.

    Ellipses

    Onto your tables of ellipses and these are off to a great start. Your linework is confident for the most part, you've selected a good variety of shapes and sizes of ellipses to practice, and you've kept them squeezed up tight against each other. On your first page, there are a few little wobbles here and there that seem to clear up through the second page and into the next exercises.

    Next your ellipses in planes are looking good, you've made clear attempts to hit the four sides of the plane while remaining confident and not over-focusing on accuracy.

    Finally, you're doing a good job lining your ellipses up with the minor axis on your funnels however your line confidence definitely faltered here with significant wobbling present, possibly due to focusing on trying to get your ellipses accurate rather than on a smooth and accurate ellipse. Accuracy will come with time and mileage through your warmups. I also noticed a little section of correction tape on this page, which is definitely a no-no. Remember that these are just exercises and a small errors here and there are to be expected and worked with.

    Boxes

    On your plotted perspective - you may have noticed some of the back lines of your boxes are not vertical - this can happen when there's slight inaccuracies in the lines used to plot the front of the box not going back to the exact vanishing point drawn. Something to keep in mind, as you will encounter this again.

    Onto your rough perspective and you've made fairly successful efforts to keep the horizontals parallel and verticals perpendicular to the horizon line. You've correctly applied the line extensions and your perspective lands in a pretty normal margin of error.

    Your rotated boxes are off to a good start - you're keeping the gaps between the boxes tight and consistent, which has given you good cues about where to place the next one. You got pretty close to capturing the full range of rotation, tending to follow the vanishing point of the box you previously put down on the extreme boxes. This exercise is intended as an introduction to certain concepts you will explore further throughout the course, so any kind of success here is a win.

    Finally, you're getting a good amount of variation in the size and rotation of your boxes in the organic perspective exercise which is starting to create a sense of depth in each frame, though if you wanted to push it further, you could try overlapping the boxes closest to the viewer even more. The boxes themselves are diverging a bit in places, however like the previous exercise, this one is simply an introduction to the concepts you'll explore in depth in the 250 box challenge.

    Next Steps:

    Feel free to move onto the 250 box challenge

    When finished, reply to this critique with your revisions.
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