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  • Basics Brawler
    12:14 AM, Monday December 19th 2022

    This lesson has already been critiqued by a different person, so I am not sure what to do at this point.

    Lesson three's exercises, especially the plant construction exercises, are not as thoroughly explained as the exercises of other lessons. I looked at a lot of submitted assignments to get an idea of what was to be expected, but I did not hit the mark. The person who reviewed my work before you did (AHMEDHASSAN02) was more concerned with arrows than the plant constructions, so there seems to be some inconsistancy issues that the proctors may want to address.

    Regardless, I appreciate your feedback and see that my constructions need more effort. I am not arguing against redoing the lessons. Which review should I be working with?

    2:45 PM, Saturday December 17th 2022


    Thank you for your feedback. Here is another page of arrows. I concentrated on accentuating the change in ribbon width from the background to the foreground as you indicated.


    10:33 PM, Monday November 28th 2022

    thank you

    10:30 PM, Monday November 28th 2022

    I should not have posted it. Sorry. I have no problem if you want to delete the post.

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    11:17 PM, Sunday November 27th 2022

    When I started, references were very much a crutch. I got used looking at them less and less by doing a first sketch with a lot of observation of the reference, and then at least two or three more sketches of the same thing without a reference. After being more comfortable with not using the reference my goal became to draw the reference subject in a different position or orientation. For example, if the reference is a palm tree with seven leaves, I would draw palm trees with different numbers of leaves in different positions, and with the trunk in different amounts of curvature. Drawing without a reference requires a LOT of memory detail, which I have trouble with. Without a reference it is hard for me to even get started; but once I have drawn through a sketch once, I can follow it up with something similar without using the reference (or at least not as much).

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    11:07 PM, Sunday November 27th 2022

    Here is the link to that thread by Tygerson:

    THis helped me a lot.

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    11:05 PM, Sunday November 27th 2022

    Not too bad for your first 30 or so. There is a point where everything just clicks, the boxes start looking better, and it becomes easier to see in your head what the box will become. For me, that happened about box 150. Here is what my first three looked like:

    One thing that helped me early on was to examine each box after drawing in the lines for checking vanishing points and make some marks to show me where that line should have been. I would do about 20-30 boxes in a session (they get faster), and I found that each day the first ten were crap and the last ten looked decent. Here is what they looked like about 70 into the challenge:

    Warm-ups help a lot. After the first couple sessions I started to warm up with some of the exercises from Lesson 1, and I would draw a couple boxes at the end of the warm up. I would also look at the most common mistakes I was making the day before, and try to concentrate on fixing those... or at least not repeating them as badly. Here is where I was at by box 200:

    The back-side lines and back corner are the hardest to place, but there is a way to plan it. THere is a good post in this forum about how to plan a box (I will try to find it and insert a link). Basically, the first six lines are pretty easy. Those are the frontside lines... the three you start with and each side extending off those three lines. Instead of jumping right into drawing a back line, shadow possible lines a few times. One will be easier to predict and place than the others. Once you decide where that line will be... don't draw it. Set a dot down where you think that line will hit the back corner, then shadow the other lines over that dot. If they are not lining up correctly, that dot must be moved... tap a new dot. Dots are fine! Once you find the dot that works best for all three backside lines you can draw them in. Here are six of my last seven:

    I finished all 250, but was instructed to draw 15 more boxes with more variation in foreshortening. I was making my vanishing points too far away from the boxes. Here are some of those corrected boxes:

    I enjoyed the 250 Box challenge. I wish that I had asked for some feedback on the first fifty or so, which might have helped m to reach that mental click faster fix my vanishing point issue.

    6:33 PM, Friday November 25th 2022

    Thank you

    12:57 AM, Thursday November 24th 2022

    thank you!

    5:33 PM, Sunday November 13th 2022

    Here is what I understand those terms to mean... but I may not understand them as well as I should.

    distinct shadow... I think this what you get when a cast shadow closely resembles the object that the shadow is being cast from. For example, stand in direct sunlight and your cast shadow would be distinct. An example of a cast shadow that is not as distinct could be the shadow cast by a forest. The shape of the shadow does not match any one tree, so it is not distinct.

    A drop shadow is a graphic design tool to create a 3D effect. The shadow is drawn slighly off set behind the object (or letters) to 'lift' the object off the page.

    A deep contour is when the elevation of one section of the subject/object is different than an adjacent part of the object, and the linear distance on the object between those sections is relatively short. An example could be a very choppy surface of a body of water. The result in drawing should be darker shadows between those parts of the drawing. The deeper the contour, the harder it is for light to penetrate.

    Here is a link to my Lesson 2 HW exercises 1-4:

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