Lesson 1: Lines, Ellipses and Boxes

10:53 PM, Friday July 10th 2020

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11:49 PM, Saturday July 11th 2020

Hello, congrats on completing lesson one. I'll be look at your submission today. Starting with your superimposed lines these are looking pretty good. You are keeping a a clear starting point on these and are already at a stage where you are fairly accurate and only really struggling on longer lines and complex curves. Moving onto your ghosted lines and planes these are looking really great as well. You are using the ghosting method to great effect and are getting straight lines with a high degree of accuracy. Great job.

Moving onto your table of ellipses these are coming along quite nicely as well. You are doing a great job ghosting all of your ellispses and getting a nice smooth shape on most of these while still being largely accurate. You struggled a bit more on your ellipses in planes. While trying to accurately fit your ellipse into your planes you probably slowed down a bit too much while drawing your ellipses and led to you distorting their shapes quite a bit. Please check the lesson notes here. https://drawabox.com/lesson/1/12/deformed Maintaining a smooth shape is your priority right now. Accuracy comes with more and more practice. Your ellipses in funnels are having a bit of the same issue as your ellipses in planes although less so. Overall these were quite good just focus on getting that smooth ellipse shape over slowing down to try and accurately fit your ellipses in. You will build that accuracy up over time.

Plotted perspective looks great nothing to say here. Your rough perspective exercises turned out quite good. Your linework is smooth(for the most part). I am noticing a little wobble and some arcing probably because you are busy thinking through the spatial problems you are facing and might be skipping a bit of ghosting or drawing from your wrist. Not a major issue but something to think about. You did a great job extending the lines back on your boxes here and while some of your estimations were off this will also get a lot better with practice.

Your rotated box exercise was a valiant attempt. Your are ghosting well and have some really nice linework on these. You also did a great job drawing through your boxes and keeping your gaps consistent. Now you struggled quite a bit with rotation as you wrote down in your notes. This is a pretty common issue for most students and is covered in the lesson here. https://drawabox.com/lesson/1/16/notrotating The important is that you self analyzed this and figured it out yourself which is great to see. You might want to give this exercise another shot after the 250 box challenge to see how much better your spatial thinking has gotten. Your organic box exercises turned out quite well! Keeping up with the great linework and your boxes are looking pretty solid for the most part. I'm noticing some slight convergence issues so you will get plenty of practice on this with the 250 box challenge.

This was a really great submission overall with a pretty good understanding of the material. Your linework improved quite a bit as you worked through these pages. I'm going to mark this as complete. Keep up the good work!

This critique marks this lesson as complete.
3:51 PM, Sunday July 12th 2020

Hi Rob, thanks so much for the thorough critique and feedback. I will review my level 1 work side by side with this to fully identify all your points.

I'm already working on the box challenge, another 3 or 4 weeks to go, so the encouraging comments are very helpful at this stage!!

Thanks again!


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