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Giver of Life

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    8:10 PM, Sunday January 22nd 2023

    Superimposed Lines: It looks like you took extra time to put the tip of your pen at the start of the line each time, and you used your shoulder in general. Good job

    Ghosted Lines: I see some hesitation in some of your lines, when you're drawing them don't think about it. Don't consciously "try" to draw a straight line, trust your shoulder and draw it

    Ghosted Planes + Ellipses: Your lines are a bit better in this exercise, and I think your ellipses are excellent. You understood it very well

    Tables of Ellipses: Drawing circles is very hard, but they'll also get better as you keep practicing. Second page looks better & more confident than the first one

    Funnels: Remember that your ellipses should be narrower in the middle and wider as you reach the end, it'll make more sense in future lessons

    Plotted Perspective: Good job

    Rough Perspective: I think it's quite good for first try, you'll have quite time to practice those as you work on 250 box challenge

    Rotated Boxes: Also quite good

    Organic Perspective: Some of them are a bit off but I think you know it already, be sure to practice ghosted lines exercise as a warm up before you move on to 250 box challenge

    Next Steps:

    250 Box Challenge

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    8:31 PM, Sunday September 25th 2022

    Thank you for this amazing review! I completed this lesson about a year and a half ago, I kind of rushed it because at that time I was very busy with school projects and burnt out from all the drawing. I'll definitely review this lesson before moving on, thanks again!

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    8:11 PM, Wednesday September 21st 2022

    Superimposed Lines: Be careful with putting your pen at the start of every line. You have fraying on both ends and the curves look jagged, especially the smaller ones.

    Ghosted Lines: You had a lot of hesitation here, your ghosted lines in the first exercise were smoother but in this one you didn't complete some of them and they aren't as confident and smooth as we want them to be. However I noticed they started getting better in later exercises but I wish you drew more ghosted lines in this page for practice.

    Ghosted Planes: You started drawing lines faster but some of them have arch. You'll going to have arches if you rush your lines, take more time with ghosting

    Ellipses in Planes & Table of Ellipses & Funnels: What helped me with drawing smoother ellipses was to stop thinking about if I'm doing it right in the middle of drawing them. When you use your arm motion in a certain speed the ellipses will be smooth, after you draw smooth ellipses you can improve accuracy. Just draw your ellipses with using your shoulder, stop thinking midway if they'll turn out accurate because your thinking mind sabotages the quality of your lines. Think of your shoulder as the pivot of a circular pendulum, your ellipses should be as smooth as your lines and don't forget to draw through ellipses 2-3 times to build muscle memory

    Plotted Perspective: Good

    Rough Perspective: You overshoot lines but it's clear that you understood the concept, good job

    Rotated Boxes: You got a good understanding of this concept but you overshoot most of your lines. It's very important to stop at where the line ends. It's also harder to control your arm motion if you're drawing in a small scale, you will control your lines better if you draw bigger. Notice that most of your page is empty. I believe you wouldn't overshoot this much if you drew bigger.

    Organic Perspective: Take your time with ghosting your lines so you won't overshoot them

    Congratulations for completing lesson 1! This was a lengthy critique but please don't think that I was harsh here, it's very expected to make mistakes on your first try and you'll work through them as you keep drawing. You have no problem with understanding the concepts, you just need to practice your line quality.

    Next Steps:

    Please practice your ghosted lines and ellipses, you can proceed to 250 Box Challenge

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    11:04 PM, Sunday September 18th 2022

    Superimposed lines: Your lines are pretty wobbly and not confident but you align your pen at the correct place.

    Ghosted lines: Dots doesnt need to be that big and your lines are still wobbly, we want them to be smooth and confident

    Ghosted planes: Your line quality increases a bit but remember, you need to use your arm and draw your line without hesitation

    Ellipses in planes & Table of Ellipses: You need to complete your ellipses in 2-3 motions you can't build muscle memory with only one round

    Funnels of ellipses: They get a bit better but remember, you need to use your arm

    Plotted perspective: You could be a bit neater with your paper but it looks correct

    Rough perpective: We don't draw over the same line in order to correct it. If it's not correct, leave it be and do better next time.

    Organic perspective: I think this page looks like it's done a bit quickly. Make sure you read through the exercise page before you commit. I also recommend you to take a cube on your hand and examine how it looks like in different positions

    Next Steps:

    I recommend you to redo the exercise before you go further. You need to especially work on your line quality because every other exercise build on them

    When finished, reply to this critique with your revisions.
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    10:46 PM, Sunday September 18th 2022

    Superimposed Lines

    You have a bit of arching with longer lines but you took the time to align your pen at the start of your line, good

    Ghosted Lines

    You overshoot most of your lines, that can be fixed if you practice more on the sheet

    Ghosted Planes

    You overshoot a little bit

    Tables of Ellipses & Ellipses in Planes

    These are OK but quality of your ellipses decrease at your second page

    Funnels of Ellipses

    Good

    Plotted Perspective

    Good

    Rough Perspective

    You didn't complete some of your lines and a couple of them are wobbly due to hesitation, you'll practice them a lot in 250 box challenge

    Rotated Boxes

    This one is actually pretty good, well done!

    Organic Perspective

    Some of these boxes are not actually cubes, you drew some isometric cubes with no perspective but you needed to implement what you've learned from 3 pt perspective here. However your linework is quite good in this exercise

    Next Steps:

    Proceed to 250 Box Challenge

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    8:55 AM, Tuesday February 8th 2022

    Someone needs to review your work and 2 other people needs to agree with them. I also don't have the badge yet, it's a bit of luck really. However you can subscribe to Uncomfortable's Patreon if you want more consistent critiques, I don't know much of it but you can check it out

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    1:17 PM, Saturday April 3rd 2021

    Ghosted Lines: You did not put the tip of your pen to the start of the line accurately, this should be your first priority before drawing your line. The first 4 curves on your second page are too complicated, the lines other than C-S-I lines are not very suitable for ghosting method. When we draw more complicated, longer curves, we break it into managable smaller curves. In this instance, you could break your line into 2 smaller S curves, but we don't worry about that in this exercise. Just stick to C-S-I lines.

    Ghosted Lines: Some of your lines are wobbly, you can fix it by warming up and letting your body relax before starting these homework exercises. Don't draw through your line in order to correct your mistakes, this is a bad habit that will attract attention to your mistakes.

    Ghosted Planes: Your line quality increased in this exercise

    Tables of Ellipses & Ellipses in Planes: These are OK, pay attention to your shoulder motion and how it moves when you are out of track. You will be able to improve it with practice.

    Funnels of Ellipses: Ellipses get narrower in the middle, and get wider as you get away from the center, this will be very helpful in further lessons.

    Plotted Perspective: Good job

    Rough Perspective: These pages look good, but you draw through some of your lines. We don't worry about that in this exercise. Pure line work is better.

    Rotated Boxes: This is very good!

    Organic Perspective: You darkened your outlines, we want to only do pure line work in these exercises. You will be introduced to darkening outlines in 250 Box Challenge.

    Congratulations!

    Next Steps:

    250 Box Challenge

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    12:56 PM, Saturday April 3rd 2021

    Your material is not right and you only submitted one page, that's not a good shot either. Please find yourself a good pen and try it again.

    Next Steps:

    Partial lesson submission, wrong material, bad shot.

    When finished, reply to this critique with your revisions.
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    12:53 PM, Saturday April 3rd 2021

    Superimposed Lines: Looking really good

    Ghosted Lines: You have no pages for ghosted lines, please attach.

    Ghosted Planes: If you scanned your pages before drawing ellipses please attach.

    Ellipses in Planes: Your ellipses look quite confident and smooth, they will be better if you keep practicing.

    Tables of Ellipses: You did not draw through some of them, and it looks like you need more time to really feel your shoulder motion. But I like where you are going.

    Funnels of Ellipses: Pay attention to how your ellipses get narrower in the middle and gets wider as you get away from the center, this information will be really helpful in further lessons.

    Plotted perspective: You don't have the page. Please attach.

    Rough perspective: Clean lines and accurate perspective

    Rotated Boxes: You don't have it either.

    Organic Perspective: Clean and confident lines

    You have 5 missing pages, you need to attach them somehow.

    Next Steps:

    • 1 filled page of Ghosted Lines

    • 2 filled page of Ghosted Planes

    • 1 page of Rotated Boxes

    • 1 page of Plotted Perspective

    When finished, reply to this critique with your revisions.
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    4:25 PM, Thursday March 4th 2021

    Superimposed Lines: Very good job, though your lines arched a little bit on longer lines. It might be useful for you to practice drawing really long straight lines without dots before your practice sessions, it might make you loosen up a little bit.

    Ghosted Lines: Your line quality decreased a little bit. What you need to focus on is flow before accuracy. When you are trying to build up muscle memory, your brain needs to be outside of the picture. Also you should draw longer lines. But this page is okay

    Ghosted Planes: You did not upload your ghosted planes separately. It would be easier for me to critique your work if you did, but your line quality looks more confident in this page.

    Table of Ellipses: You need to practice more open ellipses / spherical shapes. Your narrower ellipses look better but more open ones do not look as confident. Try to imagine the minor and major axis in the middle of your ellipse after you draw your ellipse, and try to determine if you did a good job. We want to achieve 4 equal parts in our ellipses.

    Ellipses in Planes: Yes! I think these pages look really good. Good job!

    Funnels: Pretty good as well

    Plotted Perspective: Nice

    Rough Perspective: You'll have plenty of time perfecting these boxes, so I think they are pretty neat for a first try.

    Rotated Boxes: Neat! Very good job.

    Organic Perspective: Boxes those are closer to us should be a bit bigger but very nice

    You did a great job overall, so congratulations! Keep it up with the 250 Box Challenge!

    Next Steps:

    250 Box Challenge

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