250 Box Challenge

8:33 PM, Saturday June 5th 2021

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Due to imgur's 50 image limit per album my last 5 boxes are available here:

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This took longer than I expected at first, but shorter than I expected around the half way mark, I think I got at least a little faster and was able to focus for longer periods of time on the drawings. Overall, an amazing, if a bit grueling, experience.

A few questions if you don't mind:

  1. I think one of my bigger issues is consistency. Though I think I am capable of doing certain things, like drawing a straight line, occasionally I just don't despite seemingly using the same process for all of the mark making. Is this an indication that I should slow down my process (ex. ghost more) or does this just get better with practice?

  2. One of the points in the challenge talked about the width of opposite ends. Is this something that naturally occurs if the lines converge properly? Or is it something I have to look out for in addition to the convergences.

  3. Taking a look at Lesson 2 material, there seems to be a lot involving curved lines. My ability to draw these (including ellipses, though I think I am getting slightly better at those with practice) is pretty bad, and I'm concerned it may interfere with demonstrating the skills in the lesson properly. For example, I don't think I can draw them as confidently as I do straight lines, they don't curve the way I want them to, and sometimes my arm motion hits my body and causes it to appear deformed. Would you recommend that I jump into the exercises anyways and practice in the exercise? Or spend some time making my ability to draw curved lines similar to my straight lines first?

Thank you in advance for the critique. Feels like I've done something momentous, but looking at the plan it seems like this has only been the first few steps.

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11:01 PM, Tuesday June 8th 2021

Hi, I'll be handling your box challenge critique.

I'll quickly address your questions before getting started.

1) Straight lines is all down to confidence, if you're drawing confidently they should be straight. That being said they may not be accurate but that's a different issue, confidence is our first priority because our accuracy improves with mileage. Ghosting is definitely helpful and should be used to plan your lines beforehand to the best of your abilities, remember that when working with boxes you want to be planning your lines with the rest of your box in mind and not just that individual line.

2) If your lines are converging towards a vanishing point then the rear faces of the box should be smaller than the faces closer to the viewer, this is part of why diverging lines leads to so much distortion.

3) There is indeed an increase in curved line usage in lesson 2, while we don't expect perfection (you're learning after all) we just expect your best attempts. I took a peak at your lesson 1 submission and while your ellipses have room for improvement by no means are they unusable or lower quality than I would expect. If you're hitting your body drawing curved lines/ellipses you may want to look into how you're sitting and the way you're drawing, you should be able to draw them confidently using your shoulder like any other line. When you've been cleared on your boxes (I haven't looked at all of them as I write this section) you'll be free to move on to lesson 2 at that point you just need to try your best and put in your best effort. The worst case scenario of you handing in poor quality work is just us pointing out what needs to be worked on and how to improve it, revisions aren't a punishment and being told what you're doing wrong saves you time instead of leaving you to wander around clueless.

With that out of the way let's get started.

Congratulations on completing the challenge, you're definitely correct in the fact that it can test someone's patience and willpower as well but you made it through to the other side, be proud of that.

Your line work has definitely improved through the challenge, this is not only noticeable in the boxes themselves but also your hatching appears tidier, more confident and doesn't overshoot their stopping point as frequently.

I'm glad you experimented with different orientations, proportions and rates of foreshortening through the challenge, this experimentation will help deepen your understanding of the concepts being taught and make sure you don't end up in the "I can only draw this one box well" category.

In terms of convergences you're definitely more consistent, you may still have the occasional diverging line but overall your boxes are looking much less distorted and more solid solid overall. I will point you quickly to this example, it shows how each line in a set relates to one another and their respective vanishing point. Unless the box is long the inner pair will remain fairly similar while the outer pair can vary quite a bit depending on how close the vanishing point is to the box. This foreshortening is important to keep in mind and you did a good job experimenting with it, just remember that you want the entire set to converge consistently not just each pair of lines.

Overall this was a solid submission, you may have room for improvement but you put in your best effort and became more consistent because of it and you'll continue to do so.

Keep practicing previous exercises as warm ups, and good luck in lesson 2!

Next Steps:

Move on to lesson 2.

This critique marks this lesson as complete.
12:12 AM, Wednesday June 9th 2021

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