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    9:39 PM, Friday January 20th 2023

    Hi, I'll be critiquing your Lesson 1.

    You show good understanding of using the Ghost Method throughout your pages. Though, some lines you draw such as ones on Rough Perspective, Ellipsis in Planes and Ghosted Lines tend to wobble or have a slight curve. This is fine in the beginning as you progress throughout DaB, your lines will become straighter and become more of a natural instinct. Your Lines homework is well done and honestly I have no other feedback other than to work on your line confidence.

    Your hesitation can also be seen on the Ellipses you draw. Try not to slow down when doing linework, use the ghost method and as soon as you put your pen down, keep it at a constant pace until you lift it off the page. I'm aware it can be somewhat difficult to draw a circle with a constant shape 3 times over, but it'll get better as you progress through DaB. On your Ellipsis in Funnels I can see better line confidence compared to your Ellipses in Planes which is good improvement. Though some of your funnels aren't centered properly with the minor axis but that isn't much of a problem now. I'd also like to mention on Table of Ellipses that your ellipses tend to be either straight up or tilted to the right. Try drawing ellipses in different rotations and sizes so it becomes more natural and easier for you to draw one anytime. Other than that, good job on your Ellipses and keep up on the practice.

    For your Boxes, you followed all the instructions provided and executed them well. Your Plotted Perspective is done perfectly, your Rough Perspective demonstrates you understood the concept. Very good job on Rotating Boxes, and your line weight is amazing too. For your Organic Perspective there is a problem I notice not only on here but on some your other works as well. Don't redo a line. Even if you mess up or the line doesn't go exactly as you planned or even if your arm or hand slipped. Don't bother trying to redo it and just move on the next line. Most people tend to put question mark right next to their mistakes which is what I do to.

    Overall, you show good understanding of the lessons and there were only minor problems I needed to point out. I recommend you dedicate some time before drawing or doing lesson, to spend 10-15 minutes doing the Ellipses in Planes to get more practice on your line confidence and also drawing ellipses. The next lesson is the 250 Box Challenge which is a great opportunity for you to practice your line work even more. If you also feel demotivated since 250 boxes is a lot, just remember your goal and why you're doing it, it helps a lot. Good luck.

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    1:55 AM, Wednesday September 14th 2022

    Hi, I'll be critiquing your Lesson 1.

    You're starting off very well on your Superimposed Lines and Ghosted Lines. Your lines have minimal wobbles and bending, and you clearly demonstrate your understanding of using your shoulder. Though, the slight wobbles may be caused by slight hesitance while executing the line. You'll get tons of more practice with drawling lines in future lessons and challenges so this isn't much of a worry, just keep practicing and you'll see improvement overtime.

    Next, your ellipses are very well done too. They appear to be me more confident than your lines and aren't too loose. Some minor complaints I have, that can be easily addressed that some there's ellipses going over the boundaries on Table of Ellipses and some ellipses don't touch all sides of the plane on Ghosted Ellipses in Planes. Another issue, regarding your Funnels, is that the Ellipses are drawn slightly with a tilt, off-centering them from the minor axis. This can easily be fixed by practicing drawing ellipses standing straight up, no tilt, but it could also might become a bad habit if not properly addressed. Though regardless, great work on funnels especially with the ellipses staying in boundaries and the confidence exhibited on Ghosted ellipses in Planes.

    Lastly, starting with your Plotted Perspective, thank you for hatching your lines using a ruler, you show clear understanding of the purpose of the exercise. Your Rough Perspective is where your work slightly falters, but that's alright because many people tend to mess up on this exercise as they struggle to focus on drawing straight lines and also estimating them as well to the vanishing point. Even if some of your boxes aren't vertical or horizontal to the horizon line and wobble, you'll get tons of more practice. Your Rotated Boxes are execellent, there's just a slight issue regarding your use of line weight. I can see at the top of the boxes, you've drawn lines over the original line more than once, which is and not what you should be doing. It's good to emphasize which size is facing the viewer and making it pop from the clutter of lines, but you only need to overlap once. You ghost 1 line over the original line and that's all you need to do. But other than that, it's really good! Your Organic Perspective shows that you've gotten more confidence with drawing boxes and drawing lines, which is great for the next challenge.

    Overall, you're work is solid and doesn't have any major problems that could negatively affect you in future lessons. I'll be marking this complete and youre next lesson will be the 250 Box Challenge.

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    3:18 AM, Tuesday July 5th 2022

    Hi, great job on finishing Lesson 1!

    Starting with your Lines, a minor problem with your Superimposed Lines is the fraying at the beginning of the plotted point but you kept it to a minimum. On your Ghosted Lines and Ghosted Ellipses you have great line confidence and are keeping the wobbliness to a minimum, good job !!

    Onto your Ellipses, you show clear understaning on all three of the exercises. Your ellipses are confident and there's really only slight problems with your work. such as some ellipses are floating in Ghosted Ellipses in Planes on some of your ellipses on funnels are slightly tilted which misaligns them from the minor axis.

    Onto your boxes, good job on Plotted Perspective and Rough Perspective it's clear you understand the concepts the Lessons were teaching. On your Rotated Boxes, the only issue is that there's no need to cross-hatch. https://drawabox.com/lesson/250boxes/1/lineweight . You just need to hatch, even though it looks nice, I think DaB just prefers you to just hatch. On your Organic Perspective, another slight problem is that you should avoid redoing lines. It's alright to slip up sometimes and if you mess up, you should move onto the next line and act if the line you messed up worked fine. Other than that, well done !

    Overall, your Lesson 1 Submission is really good and I believe you're ready for the 250 Box Challenge. Sorry if it seems like I didn't have much to say, there really isn't any major problems in your work and it's really well done overall. The problems I pointed out such such as line wobbliness and crosshatching can easily be resolved with practice, awareness, and time. To work on Line confidence specifically, I suggest adding Ghosted Lines as a warm up as you progress throughout DaB. It's been greatly helpful for me and might be helpful for you. Good Luck on the 250 Box Challenge!

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    3:02 AM, Tuesday July 5th 2022

    Hi, great job on finishing Lesson 1!

    Starting off with your Superimposed Lines, there's some slight fraying at the beginning of your plotted lines, it isn't a major problem but just make sure you're taking the time to put your pen down on the point and executing your line. Onto your Ghosted Lines and Ghosted Planes, your lines tend to wobble and slightly arch. When you ghost your lines and draw them, don't slow down mid way while drawing or worry about how you might mess up. Simply ghost the line then execute it swiftly. To avoid arching, this may mean that you aren't using your shoulder and might be using your elbow instead. To avoid from making this a habit, what I did was to lift my elbow off the table which help me use my shoulder. It might be uncomfortable at first but will get better in time. Consistent practice and progressing throughout DaB will also improve your line confidence so no need to fret so much now. I suggest taking time before doing exercises to do Ghosted Lines or Ghosted Planes for like 10-15 minutes to work on your line confidence. This'll greatly help you in the long run as it definitely helped for me.

    On your Table of Ellipses, they are honestly very well drawn and show that you are very confident in drawing your lines. The same goes for your Ellipses in Planes and funnels. A slight issue with your funnels, is that some of the ellipses are kind of drawn at an angle which misaligns them with the minor axis. Be aware of how you're ghosting and if needed, you can rotate the page to make it more comfortable for you to ghost.

    Onto your Boxes, great job on Plotted Perspective and Rough Perspective, it's clear you understand the concept of what a vanishing point is. On your Rotated Boxes, don't use a pencil to shade. DaB is to be mainly done with the use of a pen, don't use a pencil. When you want to show which side is facing the viewer on a box, you should hatch the lines. https://drawabox.com/lesson/250boxes/1/lineweight I suggest reading this to get a better understanding. On your Organic Perspective, don't feel the need to redo your line if you messed up. It's alright, and you should move onto the next line.

    Overall, your Lesson 1 is good and I believe you're ready to move onto the 250 Box Challenge. The problems I've pointed out can be resolved with time, practice, and awareness. Good luck on the 250 Box Challenge !! :D

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    2:41 AM, Tuesday July 5th 2022

    Hi, great job on completing Lesson 1!

    Good job on plotting your lines and keeping the fraying only on the ends on Superimposed Lines. A prevalent problem on your Ghosted lines and Ghosted Planes is that your lines are wobbly. When ghosting your lines, don't slow down or worry about making them perfect, just swiftly ghost a few times then put your pen down and make a quick stroke. Of course, this wobbliness will go away over time as you progress DaB. I also suggest just like DaB does, to incorporate one of these exercises as a warm up in future lessons. The most helpful one for line confidence that fixed my line confidence problem is Ghosted Lines.

    Onto your Ellipses, just like your lines, your ellipses show a lack of confidence as well. A seperate exercise I suggest doing to help with ellipse confidence specifically is filling two pages with ellipses. This is something I picked up on from Brent Eviston's course The Art and Science of Drawing, which is also a great course to do if you can (sorry if it seems like I'm advertising it's just a good course that I've seen is common to do alongside DaB). Basically, the first page of ellipses you focus on drawing ellipses that are circles, while on the second page you fill it up with ellipses that are ovals. The main focus of it is to practice drawing ellipses with different shapes, sizes, and degrees which helps your ellipses look more confident, less loose, and help you build muscle memory. Also, on your Funnels, if you mess up on something it's alright and you should still draw ellipses even though the boundries aren't properly aligned. As long as your aware that you messed up and understand the meaning of the lesson, there's no need to give up on it. Additionally, you show clear signs of understanding of these lessons and you're doing very well.

    On your Boxes, first things first, when hatching your lines on boxes that are facing the viewer. Don't rush them and have them floating on the Boxes. Take your time to ghost the lines and make sure the hatching is evenly spaced, this helps your work more clean, easier for the viewer to look at, and shows that you put effort into these exercises. Also, Plotted Perspective required you to use a ruler for each line you drew, this applied to the hatching on the boxes as well. On your Rough Perspective, you were supposed to draw a line back to the vanishing point to see how your estimations were https://drawabox.com/lesson/1/16/step6 . I'm not sure if you accidently forgot to do this or ignored it entirely but just making sure. Regardless of that, I can see that you were drawing your boxes using the vanishing point so it's most likely you just forgot to draw the lines. Your Rotated Boxes and Organic Perspective are good, just work on that line confidence.

    Overall, your Lesson 1 Submission is good and I think you're ready to move onto the 250 Box Challenge. The problems I pointed out can easily be resolved with more practice and awareness. Good luck on the 250 Box Challenge ! :D

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    2:10 AM, Tuesday July 5th 2022

    Hi, great job on completing Lesson 1!

    First off with your Lines, they're overall very clean and have have only slight wobbles meaning you have really good line confidence and understand the ghosting method and the use of using your shoulder.

    Onto your ellipses, there seems to be a noticeable drop of confidence in your ellipses which is alright. It's something you'll get more practice on and I would suggest incorporating Ghosted Planes with Ellipses as a warm up before you do any exercises in the future. Just some slight minor problems such as not using all the space on Table of Ellipses, ellipses are sort of floating on the Ellipses in Planes and Funnels exercise. One exercise I do that isn't on DaB, is filling 2 pages with ellipses to help with confidence and making them less loose. On one page, I draw ellipses that are circles, while on the 2nd page, I draw ovals. Practicing with different shapes and degress will really help you when drawing organic forms.

    Onto your Boxes, there's 2 major problems that you should be aware of. On Plotted Perspective and Rotated Boxes, don't rush your hatching and take time to hatch the sides that are facing the viewer. Making them evenly space and use the ghosting method when doing so. On Redoing lines, wether you're redoing a wrong line or trying to fix messed up line weight. Don't do that. It's best to break out of this habit before you try doing this on organic forms on future lessons and will make your work look messy (for example my Lesson 3 & 4). Move onto the next line and act as if you didn't mess it up.

    Overall, your Lesson 1 is very solid and the problems I mentioned can easily be resolved with practice and being aware. To work on your line confidence, just like I suggested in the 1st paragraph, incorporate warm ups before you do any exercises because it'll definitely help you in the long run. I'll be marking this lesson as complete and I wish you good luck on the 250 Box Challenge !! :D

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    1:56 AM, Tuesday July 5th 2022

    Hi, great job on completing Lesson 1!

    Starting off with your Superimposed Lines, you're doing good at plotting your lines and most of them avoid fraying at the beginning of the lines. Over on your Ghosted Planes and Ghosted Lines, the main issue here is some of your lines are arching, indicating that you aren't properly utilizing your shoulder whilst drawing your lines. What helps me avoid this is to avoid resting my elbow on the table for the most part while drawing. Some of your lines blend slightly which isn't a huge problem as it'll get better over time. (I'm on Lesson 4 and I still struggle with line confidence) When you move onto future lessons, just dedicate some time before you do the exercises to doing Ghosted Lines or whichever exercise you prefer to work on your line work.

    Your Ellipses are really great and there isn't really any major problems I need to point out. Some tend to lack confidence but just like lines, keep practicing it and it'll get easier to draw ellipses.

    Same goes onto your Box exercises, it looks like you understood what each exercise was going for, the vanishing points, rotating boxes, etc. There's just 2 major problem you should avoid doing in your future exercises which is avoid redoing your lines. On Rough Perspective, I can see you redrew some lines which isn't necessary. It's alright if you mess up and you should move onto the next line. The 2nd problem to address is your way of hatching lines like on Plotted Perspective and Rotated Boxes. You should avoid rushing them and make sure that they're evenly spaced to give a more clean look instead of a messy one. I also suggest you look at applying line weight in the future as it'll greatly help you on line work and line confidence.

    Overall, you're Lesson 1 Submission is really good and the only problems you have can easily be fixed with practice and awareness. I'll be marking this as complete and good luck on the 250 Box Challenge ! :D

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    9:28 PM, Sunday May 29th 2022

    Hii, ty for the critique! It made me realize I had misunderstood the leaf lessons and I looked over it again. I looked at photos for each leaf and made an attempt to make sure the leaf edge detail had it's kind of own individuality and not zigzag. I guess a recurring problem of mine is not drawing big enough, I'll keep this in mind for future lessons. Drawing bigger did buffer my line confidence but that's still my fault in the first place and I'll work on it. I made sure to change the degree of my ellipses which I sort of struggled with on the bamboo and spider lily plant and I totally whiffed an ellipse on the bamboo plant where it's tilted. I hope I wasn't pushing it too much on the leaf edge detail on Monstera plant drawing.

    https://photos.app.goo.gl/HaPwyfDz4trnGRGm8

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    11:43 PM, Thursday May 26th 2022

    Hi, great job on finishing Lesson 1!

    Starting off with your Superimposed Lines, there's slight fraying at the beginning of your lines. It's very minimal but make sure you're properly taking the time to place your pen on the correct dot before drawing your line and also while using the ghosting method. On your Ghosted Lines, there's a slight arch and small waver in some of your lines. There's no need to worry about that as this is the beginning and you'll definitely be getting more practice with your line work and using your shoulder in future lessons. On your Ghosted Planes / Ellipses in Planes, you exhibit the same problem with a lack of confidence in your lines and in some of your ellipses. DaB already suggests this and I will as well, you should take 10 - 15 minutes before doing an exercise / the lesson doing Ghosted Lines or Ghosted Planes. This will definitely help with your line confidence and getting more used to using your shoulder.

    Moving on to your ellipses, I appreciate how you filled all the spaces in the table with ellipses. One minor thing I might suggest is to practice drawing ellipses that aren't tilted because it become a problem when you can't draw a straight ellipse. This issue is prevalent in your Ellipses in Funnels, are some aren't properly aligned to the minor axis because they're drawn with a slight tilt. On the other hand, there's space between the ellipses in the funnels and you should eb trying to draw the ellipses touching each other. On Ellipses in Planes, some of your ellipses lack confidence which is alright as I stated in the earlier paragraph.

    Switching over to Boxes, your hatching on Plotted Perspective looks rushed and lacks confident. Every line drawn on this exercise must be done with a ruler. Additionally, when you hatch your lines, they should be treated like a regular line by using the ghosting method and your shoulder, no need to rush. Great job on Rough Perspective on drawing your lines back to the vanishing point. But, you tend to redraw the line when you mess up and that's exactly what you should not be doing. Avoid doing that and move onto the next line and act if the line you messed up on is perfectly fine. Rotated Boxes falls under the same issue similar to Plotted Perspective, don't rush your hatching and take time on it. I can also see you're redoing some of the boxes line and the boxes on the edge tend to push out further than the ones next to it. Organic Perspective also falls under the same issue with redoing your lines. Asides from that your boxes are well drawn.

    Overall, there's some slight problems regarding redoing lines, line confidence, and hatching, but that's what you'll be working on in the next lesson. I'll be marking this lesson as complete, and don't forget to start doing warm-ups before lessons.

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    11:05 PM, Thursday May 26th 2022

    Hi, great job on completing Lesson 1!

    Starting off on your Superimposed lines, there is slight fraying at the beginning of some of your lines but you kept it to a minimum. On Superimposed Lines and Ghosted Lines you show great understanding of using your shoulder and the ghosting method. Nice job on taking your time and plotting the points out. Your lines are barely wobbling and aren't arching either which is great.

    It seems that you've forgotten to submit your 1st page of Table of ellipses and only your 2nd page, but no worries. I urge to draw through your ellipses more than once but it seems that you've resolved that issue on Ellipses in Planes and Funnels. Your ellipses tend to wobble showing your lack of confidence, but that's something you'll get more practice on in future lessons / exercises. Your Ellipses in Planes experience the same issue as well, some of them aren't touching 4 sides of the plane and tend to look loose. On the Funnels exercise, some of the borders aren't properly aligned with the minor axis causing the ellipses to look uneven. There's noticably more wobbly and loosely drawn ellipses on this page, and some aren't aligned to the minor axis. You tend to draw some of your ellipses at a slight tilt, which is a problem I face as well, I suggest making sure when you use the ghosting method that you're drawing straight.

    https://drawabox.com/lesson/1/12/drawingthrough

    Moving on, good job on taking your time on Plotted Perspective with the boxes and with the hatching lines as well. Your Rough Perspective boxes lack a lot of confidence, but atleast half of your lines are going towards the vanishing point. No need to fret about this much, other than it's ok to feel nervous drawing boxes as this might be a new experience for you. That nervous feeling will definitely go away once draw 250 Boxes in the next Challenge. DaB already suggests this and I will too, you should take 10 - 15 minutes before doing the exercise practicing on warmups from Lesson 1 in future exercises / lessons. Practicing Ghosted Lines or Ellipses in Planes greatly helped me with my line work and my confidence. Onto your Rotates Boxes, you should take your time when hatching the lines. They should be treated just like any regular line using the ghosting method and shouldn't be rushed. Asides from that, good job on rotating your boxes. On Organic Perspective, this goes for your other pages as well but, don't feel the need to redo your lines even if you mess up. You should move on to the next line as if the line you messed up on was perfectly fine.

    Overall, it'll definitely take more time for you to work on drawing boxes and feeling confident, which is exactly why the 250 Box Challenge is a thing. I'll be marking this lesson complete and just a reminder, to start incorporating warm ups before you do exercises and to also draw other things in your free time for fun, good luck!

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