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    10:25 AM, Thursday January 6th 2022

    Hi Brick,

    I can see you put a lot of attention to detail (fur, accessories, etc), which is all good, however the overall drawing does not convey the feeling of solidity. I would recommend going through lessons 3-5 to get a better feel how to do 3D construction from primitive shapes (spheres, sausages, cones, etc) that will help you make the drawing more believable (if that's what you are aiming for).

    Artistically (subjectively :P ) speaking, I kind of like the raw style of it - feels like a illustration of sacred monkey one would find in an ancient jungle temple ^^.


    7:20 PM, Friday February 26th 2021

    Thank you!

    6:04 PM, Tuesday February 23rd 2021

    The bears were supposed to be pandas :). I definitely agree that the masses I've attempted to add were too "slim". I think the reason for that was because I perceived those areas as not having much mass in the first place (since all of it drips down to the belly and hips).

    Maybe you could give me an example of how you would have constructed the sitting baby panda (without fur)? My issue was that i wanted to even out its back. I've updated my submission with the reference photos.

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    12:00 PM, Saturday January 30th 2021


    In the table of ellipses exercise I can see that majority of ellipses are not touching the walls of the cells, which is pretty important as described here. Don't forget to use ghosting technique, this will help you to map where an ellipse has to touch the borders.

    The following two exercises were done reasonably well.

    4:48 PM, Tuesday December 22nd 2020

    Thank you very much, will do my best with the next one

    10:41 AM, Tuesday November 10th 2020

    Sure. Pretty good job with the lesson 1, move on and good luck!

    4:39 PM, Monday November 9th 2020

    Overall, great job! I can see you had difficulties with convergence of edges that are far apart from each other, but that's fine as it's a learning process.

    I can see in your profile you have done lesson 3 however lesson 4 is missing. I assume you are planning to skip it? Any reason for that?

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    3:50 PM, Sunday November 8th 2020

    I can see you made quite a big progress when first starting out: the boxes became more and more convincing as you progressed. I also really like the way you handled line quality and line weight: it's mostly quite clear which faces are closer. However, I can see that you missed out on a couple of key points.

    Firstly, you are not consistent with drawing convergence lines. Either they are too short, or one or two convergence points are missing. The whole point of having them is that they provide you useful feedback of what went wrong/good with drawing the edges of the box. Even if you see that the box turned out pretty bad, you should still draw them as it's the part of the learning process. When I was doing this lesson, it was the most important source of learning, as they made my mistakes more visible.

    The second aspect that I want you to pay attention to is to draw less, but bigger boxes (4-6 per page). The bigger the boxes, the more it will challenge you to think about foreshortening and convergence. Although you do mention that you started drawing bigger ones later on, however I can't really see them being that bigger compared to your earlier pages.

    Next Steps:

    I would recommend submitting additional 2 pages (10 boxes) to practice drawing bigger boxes

    When finished, reply to this critique with your revisions.
    10:52 AM, Wednesday November 4th 2020

    Not that this is an excuse, but the problem with my line quality is that I struggle with estimating where certain construction lines should go in the first place (for example in the third drawing, the lines going along the thorax and abdomen). Committing too much to these crucial lines on which I build on top afterwards is kind of scary and can screw up the drawing. Would you recommend me to instead accept the result of the first try and continue?

    8:43 AM, Monday November 2nd 2020

    I do agree that using sausages for the construction of the legs is extremely useful, however I caught myself using cylinders instead. I think it was because of the scale and the type of insects that I'm drawing: most of them have relatively long legs with few sections, and so using sausages was quite difficult as it's way harder to "freehand" them to be of a consistent width and at the same time quite long.

    3 additional drawings can be found here.

    For the second drawing, how should I have constructed the thorax's bottom part that is mostly "fur"?

    With the third drawing, I kind of went a lot into the detail to try to replicate the segmentations of the bottom part of the abdomen, which when now I look at, looks quite flat. I guess more shadows could have given it a better 3D look?

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