12:20 AM, Wednesday February 26th 2020
Cool best of luck with your journey!
Cool best of luck with your journey!
While you have already received critique from a community member, I do want to point out that if you want official critique from Uncomfortable or one of the TAs, you'll need to resubmit this for official critique using your credits. If you don't care about official crits and just want to support what Uncomfy is doing here at DaB, then let me know and I'll go ahead and agree with Rikchan's crit so that you can get your lesson 3 badge ^u^
While you have already received critique from a community member, I do want to point out that if you want official critique from Uncomfortable or one of the TAs, you'll need to resubmit this for official critique using your credits. If you don't care about official crits and just want to support what Uncomfy is doing here at DaB, then let me know and I'll go ahead and agree with KottonPen's crit so that you can get your lesson 1 badge ^u^
That's generally the best way to do it!
First off, great job on completing lesson 1! It isn't an easy task, and I'm super proud of you for getting this far. That said, let's get into it!!
Your superimposed lines fray quite a bit, but that's pretty normal. They are honestly quite confident already, with some minor arcing issues. This shows up a little in your ghosted lines exercise, but being aware of it will allow you to arc the other way. Sometimes this can happen if you use too little shoulder and too much elbow or wrist, so be sure that you're drawing from the shoulder!
Generally speaking your ghosted planes are solid, though you've missed an important step of ghosting. Any time you are ghosting a line, any line, you need to have the start and finish points mapped out with a dot. It doesn't have to be a big dot, but in this case you missed the dots for the + that you do as the last step of the planes. This is a SUPER common mistake though, as the instructions don't really mention it.
Your ellipses are somewhat lumpy, either pear or egg shaped. This tells me that you were either overthinking the accuracy, not ghosting enough, not used to drawing in a circular motion from your shoulder (I struggled with that) or some combination of the two. Confidence is ALWAYS more important than accuracy. That's not to say we're ignoring accuracy, but a line lacking confidence can never really be accurate.
That said, your ellipses in planes DOES improve that issue! I still think you were too worried about hitting the 4 sides accurately though. Don't try to course correct after the ellipse is started, just go with the flow. Your funnels have the same issues, though this one has the added factor of trying to cut each ellipse in half with that median line. Most of your ellipses are good, but there are a few of the larger ones that get a little wonky.
Not much to say about plotted perspective, you hatched all the correct sides and the boxes overall look nice. Something I'll address here though is that if you hatch a box's face, each hatch line must be ghosted as well!
It looks like you really struggled with Rough Perspective, but that's also pretty normal. There are one or two lines that look like you tried to redo them-don't! Leave the failed lines as is and move on to the next fresh line. You'll get a lot more mileage that way. And last but not least, if you struggle with eyeballing the corners of your boxes, you can ghost all the way to the vanishing point (VP) to see if you're going to get close. This, along with allowing yourself to replot dots that you realize are super off, will help you get boxes that are closer and closer to totally accurate.
Absolutely fantastic job on the rotated boxes exercise! This one's a toughie, but you did it! Again, remember to ghost your hatch lines. There's some errors here, but nothing that wouldn't be expected!
Your second page of organic perspective is definitely better than your first, but your overlaps are quite strange. The way I like to think about this exercise is that all of the boxes are the same size in space, that the only difference between them is that some of them (big) are closer to you and some of them (small) are further away from you. That means that all larger boxes should be in front of the smaller boxes. Page 2 frame 1 does this well, but the other two frames have smaller boxes in front of larger boxes-implying that the smaller boxes are incorrectly in front of the larger boxes. The vanishing points converging matters less here (which you mentioned throwing you off) than getting them oriented in the same physical space. You'll get plenty of practice with the vanishing point convergence in the 250 box challenge!
I'm going to mark this as complete BUT, to make sure you understand the Organic Perspective assignment, I do want to see 1 more frame of organic perspective with 10-15 boxes. Draw each box completely, the way you did in the first 4 frames. Then, add a single superimposed line around the outside of the boxes where you would be able to see the box-the way you tried to imply in the last 2 frames (even if you put the wrong box in front of the other). This will help you see which box is actually in front of the others. Here is one page of my own go at Organic Perspective for reference Once you do that, you'll be good to go!
Again, fantastic job finishing the whole first lesson, that is an accomplishment in itself!
Do one more frame of organic perspective with line weight according to the above directions, then proceed to the 250 box challenge!
"its not our job to save people" that is so right
we have to let people make their own mistakes huh
Super fair! That's probably the best advice, to just turn the 50% rule into the 100% rule. I think the reason why I haven't done that before is that they often express a desire to improve in a way that DaB could help but they want/need to find that help elsewhere.
Absolutely true. I guess I feel lost when trying to decide, in the moment, what to do when someone says they're giving up on DaB
My go to has been to say its ok if DaB isn't a good fit, that it can help if they stick with it, but if they're not paying for anything then the only thing they've "lost" is their time
Addressing the major question here, since the previous comments all focused in on you asking about stuff in relation to maybe submitting for official crit, and someone else may come here looking for the answer to the other half
To get assignments marked as complete on here:
Free User: Submit your completed homework via the sketchbook. Wait for free critique from people who are not official DaB staff. Wait for a crit that specifically marks the assignment as complete. Wait for 2 additional users to agree with that critique. Once that's happened you'll get the badge for that assignment!
Patreon User: Submit your completed homework and mark it forofficial review, spending credits you got from the Patreon. Wait for crit from uncomfy or one of the TAs. Follow their instructions, and once you have completed the assignment to official standards then they will mark it as complete and you'll get the badge.
Unsure about what happens in the case of a previously free user going back in and doing Patreon stuff-whether they get their badges stripped or they just dont lose the stuff they've gotten through for free.
Definitely agree with what Sven says below!
I always refer back to this tutorial when I'm unsure how to best use reference. The simplified version of it is that you should try drawing the thing without reference first, and then when you hit a road block you should go looking for reference. That way, you're more likely to make more original work than if you found the ref first and copied it. Trying to look for the perfect reference can be a daunting task, and you're unlikely to find anything better than "close enough"
A similar approach is called the Shrimp Method which is intended to solidify your visual library for a particular subject.
Of course, if you're unsure how to approach a reference in the first place, I also recommend THIS tutorial which guides you through how to use references of people. Draw a Box helps guide you through looking at other things as well.