rodri_113

Geometric Guerilla

The Unshakeable (Spring 2022)

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  • The Unshakeable (Spring 2022)
  • Sharing the Knowledge
  • Geometric Guerilla
  • Tamer of Beasts
  • The Fearless
  • Giver of Life
  • Basics Brawler
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    9:47 PM, Tuesday April 5th 2022

    Hi! Good job on completing the lesson, I'll review your submission.

    Arrows: Your arrows are looking pretty solid. You're doing a good job creating the illusion that they're flowing through space. There are some things I want to point out so you improve on this excercise. First of all, try being more carefull with the arrowheads. I notice they look kind of wobbly, and this can affect the solidity of the whole arrow. Use the ghosting method and carefully consider where the tip of the arrowhead will be. Second, try being more intentional with the hatching on the arrows. Add a little more hatching on the places where there would be shadows. Lastly, pay more attention to the turns of the arrows. You are doing a good job with changing the width of the arrows as they flow through space, but you seem to mess up the turns. Keep using the ghosting method, and take a look at how an arrow should look like

    Leaves: The main thing I notice on your page of leaves is that you seem to be rushing. Remember that when you're drawing detail, you're drawing the cast shadows of the subject you're drawing. Don't scribble randomly, and carefully look at your references. You did a good job with the flow of the arrows. It would have been good if you had done more leaves with twists and turns, so try doing some leaves as warmups every now and then.

    Branches: I do notice you had some trouble with this excercise. Don't feel bad about it, this one is pretty hard. Make sure you are reading the instructions for this excercise, and that you follow them carefully. Remember you are using the ghosting method, so ghost your lines until you feel you have done enough preparation (just don't stay on the preparation part for too long). You did a good job placing the ellipses on the flow line. This is good, it means you're understanding what construction is all about. Just make sure you improve your lines.

    Plant drawings: Once again, I can tell you're developing a nice understanding of construction. Good job on that. There are some things I want to point out. First of all, you need to slow down with your branches. For the mushrooms, it seems like you placed one of the ellipses a little too small. So take your time with this and make sure the branch you're about to construct is solid. Also, try using more ellipses if you need to. I can see that for some long branches, you only used two or three ellipses. With time, you will be able to use fewer ellipses with no problem. But for now, try using more so your branches look more solid. Second, I will mention again that you need to slow down when drawing detail. Rewatch/Reread the material for texture so you start thinking about it differently.

    Lastly, you need to work some more on your lines. Make sure you're doing warmups and using your whole arm.

    I feel like you understood the concepts of this lesson pretty well. The main issues are with your lines and the way you capture detail. When you do lesson 4, make sure you're doing the superimposed lines excercise and the ghosted planes excercise as warmups. You should also do some branches every now and then.

    Next Steps:

    Move on to lesson 4.

    Include superimposed lines, ghosted planes, and branches to warmups.

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    10:54 PM, Sunday April 3rd 2022

    Good job. Your construction is looking solid, and your lines are looking more confident. I think you can move on to lesson 4.

    Just a couple of things I want to point out.

    • Pay attention to where you should add cast shadows. The stem of the mushroom should have some shadow cast on it.

    • When you draw detail, remember that you're drawing the cast shadows. For the mushroom it seemed like you focused to much on drawing the little forms.

    As for how to capture the way leaves twist and go farther in space:

    • For the twist, the best advice I can come up with is to keep observing, and you could also rewatch the video for that assigment. I wish I could give you better advice, but I'm no expert in that subject. If you are struggling with imagining how the leaf goes farther or closer into space, you should practice doing more arrows. With time, you will develop a better spatial reasoning, and you will be able to imagine that your leaves are flowing trough an imaginary space.

    Next Steps:

    Move on to lesson 4.

    Include arrows, leaves, and branches to your warmups.

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    11:09 PM, Saturday April 2nd 2022

    Hi. I'll be reviewing your lesson 3 submission.

    Arrows: Starting with your arrows. I will point out that, while you are increasing the width of the arrow as it gets closer to the viewer, you could push this a little bit more and make the illusion of movement through 3-d space more solid. Don't be afraid to be bold and increase the width of the arrow as it moves in space. Another thing you need to work on is the way the space compresses. Take a look at this picture and notice how the space is more compressed as you move further away. Your lines do look pretty confident and smoth, so good job on that and keep using your whole arm.

    Branches: There's a couple of things you can do to improve on this excercise. First of all, try using less ellipses. I feel like you used too many ellipses on some of the branches. Second, remember that the ellipses need to be alligned to their minor axis, so be more mindfull as you place them. Third, remember to change the degree of the ellipses to strengthen the illusion that the branches are objects on a 3d space. This excercise can be tough so make sure you add it to your warmups.

    Leaves: To improve on this excercise, you need to be more carefull with the flow of the leafs. On the leaf on the top right, the way you enclosed the leaf contradicts the initial flow line you put down. Try using some references, and carefully observe the way the leaves flow and twist. While it isn't the most important thing , it would have been good if you had been more bold and explored a little bit more with detail. For the detail that you did draw, you seemed to be drawing it randomly, like you were rushing. Remember to be intentional, slow down, look at your reference constantly, and take your time.

    Plant drawings: I notice that you are developing your spatial reasoning, and you are aware that you are drawing forms that exist in a 3-D space. I can see it on the cactus, the mushroom, and the other plants you drew. This is good, it means you are going on the right direction, and are developing a good sense of form. The main issue I want to point out in your drawings is that you need to slow down. I can see that your lines wobble, and this can damage the solidity of your forms. The cactus, the mushroom, the flower, and the pitcher plant lose some of its solidity because of the wobbly lines. As for the plant construction itself, I think you have a nice understanding of how its meant to be done.

    For the pitcher plant, it seems like you went stray from the original reference- While Drawbox is not about perfectly recreating pictures, you should trive to look at your reference carefully, and try to capture the subject that you're drawing. For the last drawing, I like that you explored texture a little bit more, and you did a good job with the construction and solidity of your forms. I will point out that I can't tell where the lemons are connected to the branch. Just be more mindfull of things like that.

    In conclusion, while you are developing a good understanding of form and 3-d space, you need to slow down when observing and drawing, and develop more control of your lines (you can do the superimposed lines excercise and the ghosted planes exercise). I will ask that you do one more plant drawing. And make sure you add the arrows excercise and the leaves excercise to your warmups in the future.

    Keep at it! Work on what needs improvement, and with time you will get better.

    Next Steps:

    One additional plant drawing.

    When finished, reply to this critique with your revisions.
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    5:45 PM, Saturday April 2nd 2022

    Hey. You are missing the page for the leaves excercise. Just comment on this post with a link to it. I'll review your submission when you post it.

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    6:16 PM, Saturday March 26th 2022

    Very cozy looking. I love the shapes of the mushrooms. Nice work!

    7:29 PM, Saturday March 19th 2022

    Thank you so much for the extensive critique. I'll be more careful with the legs, and I'll be more mindful of how I'm adding forms on top of each other.

    6:00 PM, Saturday March 19th 2022

    Good job. I can see you were more carefull in your plant drawing. The main branch looks pretty solid, and I can see you took your time with the leaves, and the main flow line for each one of them looks pretty confident. You could have added some cast shadows to push some leaves in front of the others, so keep that in mind when you practice plants. Remember to give the small leaves carefully as well. Lastly, remember to be patient when drawing detail and texture. I suggest you do the 25 texture challenge (you don't need to do it before moving on to lesson 4, you can do it as you do the following lessons.).

    I think you can move on to lesson 4. However, I do think you need to work more on your arrows. Make sure you include them in your warmups. You seem to be having trouble with the twists of the arrows. Also, the illusion that they are travelling through space gets broken quite a lot, and you seem to be having trouble controlling the way the width of the arrow changes. When you do this excercise as a warmup, I recommend you revisit the video and explanation for this excersice. It's really important that you understand this, so keep practicing.

    Next Steps:

    Move on to lesson 4

    Include arrows excercise to warmups. Make sure you read and watch the instructions again.

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    5:08 PM, Saturday March 5th 2022

    Good job on completing the lesson. I will be reviewing your submission.

    Arrows: For your arrows, you need to imagine that there's a space with depth, and they need to be flowing through that space. For most of your arrows it doesn't seem like you're considering the way they are traveling in 3-d space. You are keeping the width the same throught the entire arrow, and the spacing between each fold is the same, which breaks the illusion of 3-d space. Consider this when you're drawing arrows. Also, be more careful with the hatching, it seems like you placed it on wrong parts of the arrow, and take your time with the arrow heads, make sure you are using the ghosting method. Finally, be more confident, and remember to keep using your whole arm when drawing.

    Leaves: You need to slow down on this excercise. Just like with the arrows, you are also considering the way this leaves are flowing in a 3D-Space. It seems like you were rushing with the lines you placed inside each leaf. Also, the twisting and turning on your leaves is not very accurate, and makes it look unnatural. Use references if you need, so you familiarize yourself and fully understand the twists and turns. For the big leaves with smaller ones inside, it seems like you were rushing. Please remember to take your time. Be intentional with each line you put down and plan it carefully.

    Branches: You seem to have understood this excercise, so good job on that. You did a good job with changing the degree of the ellipses so it seems like the branch is turning. There are some things I want to point out. When connecting the ellipses, you tend to miss them when the branch is more complex. Slow down, just like you did on the more straight branches. With time, you will get better at this and won't miss as much. Another thing I want to point out is that for some branches (specially the one on the upper right), the way you placed the ellipses and connected them contradicts the initial flow line that you drew. Draw more ellipses if you need to (but don't overdoit), and remember the concept of minor axis.

    Plant drawings: It seems like you understood the concepts of this lesson more when you started drawing plants. I see you were more careful with the leaves and branches. I will still point out that on some branches and branch like structures (like the mushroom), you contradicted the initial flow line you put down. Remember to be mora careful and take your time with that. For this drawing, you also weren't very careful with the leaves. Also , remember you need to be using a fine liner for these lessons. The detail you added on this plant looks incomplete, since you didn't fill the shadows completely. You need to also consider which leaves are on top of which so you place shadows currently. Watch the demo for the Potato Plant again so this becomes more clear. For this plant, you could have added more ellipses to the branch, so when you are connecting them, it results on a more solid branch. You will eventually be able to do it with less ellipses, but for now, i advise you to add more.

    I advise you do one more page of arrows, and one additional plant drawing. So you develop a better understanding of the 3-d space the arrows and leaves are flowing in. Keep practicing and reading the instructions carefully.

    Next Steps:

    One page of arrows

    One plant drawing

    When finished, reply to this critique with your revisions.
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    8:42 PM, Monday February 7th 2022

    Good job on completing lesson 1. I will be reviewing your submission

    Superimposed lines: Pretty good attempts. I can see you are using your whole arm. The trajectory of your lines is off and there is fraying at the ends but this is something that will improve with practice as long as you keep being confident and using your arm. Also remember

    Ghosted lines and Ghosted planes: Once again, good job on using your arm to draw these lines. I see some wobble every here and there but I can see you understood how this is supposed to be done. You did miss some the points in some of the lines, so remember to take your time with the ghosting. Make sure you are planning and preparing for the line you are going to put down.

    Tables of ellipses, Ellipses in Planes, and Funnels: Looks good. You fit the ellipses like it was instructed and kept them close together. Remember to keep doing at least two passes for the ellipses. Some of them look a little messy, but with time, your ellipses will look much cleaner, even when you do several passes.

    In the ellipses in planes excercise, some of the ellipses aren't properly fit in, so just remember to keep ghosting your ellipses.

    On the funnels excercise, you could have made the change in the ellipses' degree a little more noticeable. But overall you did a good job fitting the ellipses in the funnel.

    Rough perspective, rotated boxes, organic perspective: Pretty solid attempts. The majority of these people do a lot of mistakes in this part of the lesson, so don't worry too much about it. For the rough perspective, I can see some more wobble in your lines, so remember to keep planning each line and take your time. You also missed the vanishing point for the most part, but this isn't an excercise you're supposed to do perfectly.

    For the rotated boxes I can also see that you got a little impatient, so remember to avoid rushing .

    For the organic perspective, the lines from your boxes tend to be diverging insted of diverging to the same vanishing point. Once again, don't worry too much about the mistakes in these excercises.

    Overall, this is a pretty solid submission. Good job on reading the instructions carefully and understanding each assigment. Move on to the 250 box challenge and you will see a lot of improvement. Remember to keep doing your warmups. Make sure you don't exclude the Superimposed lines excercises or the Ellipses in planes excercise from warmups.

    Next Steps:

    Move on to 250 box challenge

    Make sure to include Superimposed Lines and Ellipses in planes excercises to warmups.

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    3:04 AM, Tuesday January 18th 2022

    Hi! Good job on completing lesson 2. I will review your submission.

    Arrows: Be more careful with the way the width of the arrows change. Sometimes it seems to be getting bigger but then it gets decreases again. Take your time with this excercise, and also be mindful of how you draw the arrowheads. A sloppy arrowhead can break the illusion of 3D-space. Your lines seem smooth for the flow of the arrows, so good job on that. Just remember to plan more carefully what you're doing. Pay attention to the turns.

    Organic forms.: The ellipses and contour lines you drew look pretty good. The contour lines are convincing and the majority of the ellipses are convincing. However, you could have changed the degree of the ellipses a little more. The change is almost unnoticable. Keep this in mind when you draw the ellipses.. Also, remember you are drawing sausage-like forms. I can see some peanuts and other sort of weird forms.

    Texture: You seem to be getting the right idea. I can see your intention is to draw the cast shadows, so good job on that. I will point out that you should draw the shadows completely. It seems like you were scribbling and didn't fill the shadows completely with black. Remember to take your time, there is no hurry. Think of the shadow that is being cast and fill it completely to create the illusion that there is a form there. Also, don't get sloppy when you work on the transition from dense to sparse. A lot of people get tired when drawing texture, so take a break if you need, but never scribble randomly.

    Dissections: You seem to be getting a good understanding on 3-D space. Your textures wrap pretty convincingly around the forms for the most part. There are some things I will point out. Once again, I will remind you make sure you fill your shadows completely when you work with textures. Also, you didn't do the transition from dense to sparse in the majority of the forms. In some of the dissections, you seem to be well aware of how you are drawing cast shadows (ginger, frog skin), but on others (like the basket), you seem to be forgetting this. Finally, remember to be intentional with what you're drawing. Don't get sloppy, never scribble randomly, and take breaks if you need to.

    Form intersections: Good job on keeping the size of your forms consistent. All the forms look like they're sitting on the same 3-D space. Also, good job on experimenting with the intersections. I will point out that the lines on your forms are looking woobly. Make sure you are ghosting your lines and doing warm up before you start working.

    Organic intersections: Good job on making the forms look like sausages. They look convincingly 3-D. You did a good job on dropping the sausage on top of others for most of them. For some of them, however, it looks like the sausage is randomly slapped on the biggest form, and some of the sausages are cut off. You pointed out this mistake on your notes, so be more mindfull of it. Also, be more carefull with the cast shadows of your organic forms.

    Overall, you seem to be grasping the way this excercises are supposed to be made. The main issue I notice is that you seem to be rushing and not being so mindfull of what you're doing. It's important that you correct this before you start with constructional drawing. So I will ask you to add some of this excercises to your warmups. I encourage you to do the 25-texture challenge. You don't need to do this before lesson 3. You can do a texture every now and then while you continue with drawabox.

    Next Steps:

    Move on to lesson 3.

    Include organic arrow excercises in warmups.

    Include organic forms on warmups.

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