Lesson 2: Contour Lines, Texture and Construction

12:31 AM, Sunday July 26th 2020

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It took me a while to complete this lesson! I have 2 pages of texture analysis because I started a new page a few weeks after drawing the first one.

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12:43 AM, Tuesday August 11th 2020

Arrows and Sausages:

No comments here. You did good.


One thing I've noticed in your analysis on crumbled paper is that your shadows don't seem to be related to each other. Often, most of your shadows end without any neighboring shadows around implying their relation. I hope that makes sense - When drawing texture in "negative space", it's important to keep in mind the concept of "lost and found" shadows.

Form Intersections:

One thing I've noticed in your form intersections is the perspective of your boxes is very wild. They have inconsistent or otherwise impossible foreshortening, the former being the actual the point of this exercise - to draw forms that look like they belong in the same space. Apart from that, some of your boxes are incomplete (you need to draw through them). I'd suggest trying to do two pages of this exercise again but this time, really focus on drawing shapes with consistent foreshortening.

Organic intersections:

No comments here either. You did good.

Next Steps:

As I said above, I'd suggest doing two more pages of the form intersections exercise, this time focusing more on the forms rather than the intersections. Without thinking about how they intersect, draw boxes, spheres, pyramids, and cylinders **while focusing on consistent foreshortening. You want to make your form feel like they belong in the same scene.*** You can then do the intersections if you want, but it's not necessary.

When finished, reply to this critique with your revisions.
10:40 PM, Monday August 17th 2020

Thanks for your time to look over my work and provide me with feedback. I did two more pages of the exercise:


6:38 PM, Tuesday August 18th 2020

Well done for making your forms have more consistent foreshortening this time around! I think you are ready for the next lesson!

Next Steps:

Move on to lesson 3, but keep practising your boxes from time to time!

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