weijak

Tamer of Beasts

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  • Tamer of Beasts
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    10:27 PM, Saturday February 27th 2021

    Okay! I was thinking about going to a doctor, though I wasn't sure, now I'm definitely going to visit one.

    Thanks for the video and the advice!

    6:34 PM, Saturday February 27th 2021

    Hi Elodin! Really thanks a lot for the critique, the truth is that you were faster than me; I wanted to do 5 critiques so I could post it on the critique exchange channel, though my rate of critique's and drawing has been pretty lowered because I'm gone from home for a week and also I think I overstressed my wrist and is currently giving me some pain. I'm using this week to relax a little and to implement some stretches (which are being really helpful) to get a better long run. If you know some good exercises or stretches for the wrist and forearm I'll be grateful to listen, I have found some myself but I figured you could have some more experience with this!

    Anyways (sorry for that little vent), the demo you did for one of the cylinders really helped me to finally settle the concept; I think I played around the concept of using the relationship of the angles of the lines to guess how much convergence they should have, but seeing the concepts as you explained them I think it helped to finally click in my head!

    You are right about my minor axis, I tend to do them a little off so I tried ghosting the major axis, though from now on I will try out putting down the dots, I think it will definitely help me out.

    Again, thanks a lot for the critique and all the help you give out on the discord, sorry for the long reply, I'm so excited to being back to Draw a Box!

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    11:35 PM, Friday February 26th 2021

    Hi Dirremm, I've checked your submission.

    Starting out by your lines, you are start the lesson with confident lines and kept that up almost during all the lesson, I can see some wobbly lines at your boxes. Don't worry, this is normal, though remember to prioritize confidence over accuracy when doing lines, everything you draw it's based in this concept: if you can draw confident lines, you can draw confident boxes!

    Your ellipses look really tight and confident, though they look messy sometimes, remember to only go through them twice. Seeing your funnels exercise I can see that you are having trouble keeping your minor axis at the center of your ellipses, take your time while ghosting and try out changing the page angle a little to counter the natural angle at which we draw our ellipses, this takes time, so don't worry if you don't get it right at the beginning.

    Ellipses are tricky, they take a longer ghosting time, so have patience with them!

    Seeing your boxes, I see that you did a good job with them, most of the issues I see are mainly on what we have already talked about line confidence. To be brief so I don't repeat myself too much, always ghost your lines and be patient, don't rush learning.

    One thing that I'm seeing on your rotated boxes is that you are correcting your lines, try not to do this, it's a natural response, but it ends up making all look messy. Whenever this happens try to take a step back and move on, this will help you to take a closer look next time you are about to make a line.

    Overall, I think you did great on this lesson, don't get crazy about line confidence, you will get better at it with time and practice.

    I'm gonna mark this lesson as completed! Keep it up.

    Next Steps:

    Now comes the 250 Box Challenge, It's not that hard, just scary. This challenge it's all about two things: constancy and determination. Don't try to rush through the challenge, take your time and try to make the most of every box. Try to do it regularly, if you can daily, go for it! I started it out by doing 10 boxes a day (5 boxes it's my personal best amount for each page, though don't do more than 6) and when I got the hang of it I did 15, and then continued like that up to the end. Remember, slow and steady.

    Use all this boxes to practice your line quality! Don't feel down if you don't do them perfectly at the beginning, if you learn from your mistakes and push through, you will improve.

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    4:43 PM, Thursday February 25th 2021

    Hi Twinkles, I've checked your submission,

    First of all, good job on your lines, they look really consistent and confident all through the lesson, though seeing that you are already good at them I would recommend you start trying longer marks, in order to keep testing yourself.

    Regarding ellipses my first recommendation would be to only go through them twice, more than this will make them look messy and not really defined. I see that you are sometimes making wobbly ellipses, this is normal, just remember to always apply the ghosting method and to focus on confidence over accuracy.

    Seeing your funnels exercises, always remember to keep the main axis cutting perpendicularly your ellipses in half, it can happen that our ellipses start to tilt, so we need to be alert.

    I'm also seeing that both on your table of ellipses and ghosted planes, your ellipses are impossing with each other and the borders, it comes back to the issue about ghosting your lines, take your time on this

    Boxes look really confident and clean, remember that confident lines create confident boxes. In your rotated boxes, you made them more long than what they should have, that result on your overall structure to look longer, other than that you did a very good job on rotating them and keeping everything clean. Another thing that I'm seeing is that you are not applying line weight with a reason in particular, when you get to it, take a close read at what is said about line weight on the 250 box challenge page.

    I see that you started to experiment rotating your boxes on the organic perspective exercises, good job!

    Overall, you did a good job on this lesson, your line quality is pretty good, though your main issue right now it's your perspective, though you will have plenty of practice moving on to the 250 box challenge.

    I'm gonna mark this lesson as completed! Keep it up.

    Next Steps:

    Now comes the 250 Box Challenge, It's not that hard, just scary. This challenge it's all about two things: constancy and determination. Don't try to rush through the challenge, take your time and try to make the most of every box. Try to do it regularly, if you can daily, go for it! I started it out by doing 10 boxes a day (5 boxes it's my personal best amount for each page, though don't do more than 6) and when I got the hang of it I did 15, and then continued like that up to the end. Remember, slow and steady.

    Use all this boxs to practice your perspective! Don't feel down if you don't do them perfectly at the beginning, if you learn from your mistakes and push through, you will improve.

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    12:30 PM, Tuesday February 23rd 2021

    I'm glad you found my critique useful!

    Keep it up.

    1:06 PM, Saturday February 20th 2021

    I'm glad you found my critique useful!

    What I meant is that in the first page, the boxes you did looked similar on their rotation, while on the second one, you drew them like they where rotating as they closer, which seems it happened naturally!

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    1:18 PM, Friday February 19th 2021

    Hi MosselMemory, I've checked your submission.

    Starting out by your lines, you did a good job on them, there is a lot of visible improvement between the first and second page of super imposed lines, I like that you are trying to go for the page-long lines. In most 1 lesson submissions, as people go through the lesson their lines get more wobblier and less confident, especially when they get into boxes, it is not your case, in some cases it happened but you mostly remain consistent throguh the lesson! Remember to always think about confidence>accuracy when doing lines.

    Moving on to your ellipses, the key to them is applying the ghosting method and going through them only twice, I'm seeing you are going through them twice already, good job on that! Now, the ghosting method is very important to avoid the wobbliness of our mark in general (this includes normal lines, ellipses and more organic lines), I'm telling you this because I see that you are struggling with this. Again, always remember the rule; confidence>accuracy, and the way to get confident lines is to ghost them, accuracy will come with time and practice.

    Now, getting more specific, I'm seeing that your ellipses are super imposing on their edges, this happens in both your funnels and table of ellipses, take a little longer with the ghosting method, I know this is a tricky issue, but you will get better at it with time. Another thing on your funnel exercise, remember to try to maintain the minor axis align to our ellipses.

    First thing about boxes is to be subtle with your line weight, you will see a little more of this on the 250 box challenge. Overall you did good on your rough perspective and on your rotated boxes, though I'm seeing that you are being messy in some of your lines, it comes back to the concept we've been talking about, whenever you miss a line don't try to correct it with another one, it will get messy. Instead, focus on the first line using the ghosting method and if you miss, well at least you did it confidently :).

    I like that you started rotating more your boxes on the second page of organic perspective, good job!

    Now, I'm gonna mark this lesson as completed! Keep it up.

    Next Steps:

    Now comes the 250 Box Challenge, It's not that hard, just scary. This challenge it's all about two things: constancy and determination. Don't try to rush through the challenge, take your time and try to make the most of every box. Try to do it regularly, if you can daily, go for it! I started it out by doing 10 boxes a day (5 boxes it's my personal best amount for each page, though don't do more than 6) and when I got the hang of it I did 15, and then continued like that up to the end. Remember, slow and steady.

    Use all this boxs to practice! Don't feel down if you don't do them perfectly at the beginning, if you learn from your mistakes and push through, you will improve.

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    3:31 PM, Wednesday February 17th 2021

    Hi again Waxwerk, I've checked your submission.

    Starting out with your organic arrows, good job on making them flow through the space you are given, now that I see that you are successfully making them bigger as they get closer and making the spaces between turns smaller as they get further away, I recommend you push this elements a little more. Remember that as we keep constructing and adding this to our drawings, they became more stiff and lose a lot of the original flow they had, in this case the line weight and cast shadows make everything more stiff, so we need to make an overly exaggerated flow at first.

    Moving on to your leaves, I'm seeing that in some cases you are not really respecting the constructions you are doing, remember to always build on top of your original forms. This is important because cutting into forms is pretty hard and can go very wrong, which ends up undermining your forms!

    Regarding the issues yourself, here is what I think about it:

    1. Now, this just will get better with time and practice, remember that you are trying to solve two problems at once (both fluidity and proportion), so it will take some time to become us to it.

    2. Honestly, by just seeing at your work I feel that you will easily solve this issue by doing careful study like you said. However, don't get to worried about texture, remember that the main focus on this course is construction, your texture skills look really solid. Though if you really enjoy applying texture, go for it!

    Seeing your branches, I like that you are varying the degrees of your ellipses, though talking about ellipses, remember to only go through them twice, more than this and they will look messy.

    Overall, your plants look really solid and well constructed, there is obviously still some room for improvement, but you did a good job.

    Whenever you are doing branches, I see that you are using too much ellipses, try to use fewer and space them out more. This will also help you to practice longer strokes than what you are currently doing.

    Now, I don't wanna sound like a broken record, but I wanted to clarify that what I talked about going through your ellipses only twice has to be applied to very ellipse you make during the construction. This inclued the ones that you use for your branches and the ones you use to make boundary for your petals.

    One thing that I also wanted to make clear is that line weight and cast shadows are also part of the construction. When we finish up our constructions it tends to look messy, that's why we need to apply some line weight (and in some cases cast shadows) to make them look more clear, not only for the viewer, but also for us to reinforce our belief in those 3d forms.Here is a demo I did for another critique where I explain what to take into account when you are applying this tools.

    I'm gonna mark this lesson as completed! Next time you are done with a lesson ping me on the discord server and I'm gonna go over your work.

    Keep it up.

    Next Steps:

    Move on to lesson 4.

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    1:55 PM, Wednesday February 17th 2021

    Hi Waxwerk, I've checked your submission.

    Congrats on completing the 250 box challenge, it looks like you learned a lot from it! Now, there just a few things I wanted to touch on.

    First of all, I see that the only thing holding your boxes down is sometimes your back corners, Here is a demo for you to try out whenever you are doing boxes as a warm up.

    Another thing that I'm seeing is that your boxes are getting smaller as you progress through the lesson, this is usually the other way around, people get more confident and make bigger boxes. You did a great job with your boxes, that's why I advice you try to make them bigger so you can practice doing more confident and longer mark. This also goes for the constructions you will make in further lesson, always try to make them big.

    I found your lesson 3 submission, and saw that no one had critiqued this lesson! so now I will go over your lesson 3 submission.

    I'm gonna mark this challenge as completed! Keep it up.

    Next Steps:

    Move on to lesson 2

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    2:34 PM, Monday February 15th 2021

    Hi Itsseajay, I've checked your submission,

    Starting out by your organic arrows, I'm liking how you are making them flow through the page, I see some issues in some of them where you didn't really make the lines cross, though don't worry, I understand it's just some hiccups. Remember to make them smaller as they get away from the viewer and make the spaces between turns bigger as they get closer to the viewer, this will help you sell a better illusion of depth.

    One last thing, I'm seeing you haven't applied any line weight at all, remember that it is a very important communication tool. Also whenever you are doing some hatching, do it in a consistant way. Here is a quick demo explaining where you need to apply line weight and cast shadows!

    Moving on to you organic forms, I like the how you are varying the degrees of your ellipses, though you are doing it pretty randomly, here is a little demo to help you with deciding the degrees of your ellipses! Another thing regarding ellipses, whenever you are doing them go through them twice, not more nor less.

    On to your texture exercises, I'm really liking what I'm seeing. In the first page of your dissections you started drawing your textures explicitly, which was a contrast with the great work you did on you texture analysis, though you then realize this and redeem yourself with some implicit textures in your second page of dissections. Remember to always draw your textures implicitly, with the use of cast shadows and transitions from dark to light, if you still have some questions about this topic, check out Uncomfy's video from the lesson which is great, and if you still have questions, ask me in a reply!

    The first thing that caught my eyes in your forms intersections is that sometimes your lines go really wobbly, remember to always take your time to ghost them, I know that there is some tricky lines in the intersections, though you still have to ghost those. Other than that, remember that whenever there is two boxes intersecting with each other, the intersections will rune parallel to one of the boxes lines.

    Organic intersections looks pretty good, though remember to be more subtle with your cast shadows and that cast shadows follow the form they are being cast on. Also, whenever you are applying line weight, you also need to be using te ghosting method and try to do it as confidently as possible, it's just like a superimposed line.

    Okay, I'm gonna mark this lesson as completed! Keep it up.

    Next Steps:

    Move on to lesson 3!

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