## 25 Wheel Challenge

##### 4:25 PM, Tuesday August 3rd 2021

Hi,

I´m back with the Wheels.

First lesson where I really had fun most of the times to draw these Wheels, I really enjoyed it and with the help of Dio (andpie) I noticed how to draw the shadows correctly (Thanks).

With that I would welcome some criticism.

-Kanine

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##### 8:24 PM, Wednesday August 4th 2021

One thing about this challenge is that it's actually a trap. By the time most students reach this point, they're so far separated from the old annals of Lesson 2 that they have a tendency to forget all about the principles of how to approach drawing texture, of implicit markmaking, and the importance of cast shadows.

Fortunately, it seems you're not most students.

Starting with your construction, you're doing great - you're making excellent use of the arrangement of your ellipses (good on you for picking up an ellipse guide by the way) to achieve not a standard stiff cylinder, but a form that actually feels inflated as a tire should. You achieved this in how many ellipses you used, and how they varied in scale (allowing for a more tapered end on each side).

One thing I did notice however was that you did seem to use the same degree for the ellipses - this may simply have been a limitation of your ellipse guide, which you certainly wouldn't be penalized for, but just for the sake of covering everything, make sure that in the future you do increase the degree of your ellipses as you move farther away from the viewer (as explained in the Lesson 1 ellipses video, which was updated back in the spring and features a little prop-based demonstration to make sense of the concept).

You've also shown a great deal of care and patience in constructing the rims/spokes of these wheels, and generally handled their spacing in a reliable, regular fashion.

Moving onto the whole textural trap I alluded to at the beginning, I can see that as you pushed through the set, you struggled initially with how exactly to apply the principles from Lesson 2 here, but you picked up on how to do it pretty quickly. Tires with shallower grooves are pretty easy, but when we get into "chunkier" tire textures like number 4, things start to get a little trickier.

Your attempt for number 4 was actually really close - you made excellent use of cast shadows, and you left the interior of your textural forms empty. The only mistake was that in outlining each textural form's silhouette, you separated them from the surface they were meant to rest upon, making them separate constructed forms rather than part of a single cohesive texture.

You corrected this in cases like 20, 22, 23 and 25 though, where you allowed the cast shadows to stand on their own, and only outlined where the textural forms pushed past the silhouette of the wheel itself. As a whole, you've shown a lot of thought and consideration to how to tackle these, and by the end of it you definitely nailed it.

Very nice work. I'll go ahead and mark this challenge as complete.

Next Steps:

Feel free to move onto lesson 7.

This critique marks this lesson as complete.
##### 10:37 AM, Thursday August 5th 2021

Thanks for the criticism!

I Only have the one Ellipse Template and I wasn't able to find a different one with different degrees and sizes :/

I will try find some new ones

##### 9:46 PM, Thursday August 5th 2021

Ah, I see. I think what you picked up were part of a full ellipse set (which consists of many different sheets, all of which together end up costing quite a bit). Instead, what you want is a "master ellipse template", as explained here. It's got different degrees, but is more limited in overall scale. Still it's adequate for doing the wheel challenge and Lesson 7.

##### 1:34 PM, Saturday August 7th 2021

Nice to know, will probably buy this one, thanks

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I haven't found the actual brand you buy to matter much, so you may want to shop around. This one is a "master" template, which will give you a broad range of ellipse degrees and sizes (this one ranges between 0.25 inches and 1.5 inches), and is a good place to start. You may end up finding that this range limits the kinds of ellipses you draw, forcing you to work within those bounds, but it may still be worth it as full sets of ellipse guides can run you quite a bit more, simply due to the sizes and degrees that need to be covered.

No matter which brand of ellipse guide you decide to pick up, make sure they have little markings for the minor axes.