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2:54 PM, Thursday November 23rd 2023

Hey! Thank you so much for your very detailed critique! I appreciate you taking the time to look through it so thoroughly. I have to apologize as this is not yet my revisions - I was hoping to get some additional clarification though, and I don't know if I'm supposed to use this reply function this way, but I don't know how else to contact you. Could you maybe elaborate on why specifically you picked the exercises you did for me to redo? I feel like understanding your thought process there would help me a lot while redoing them. I will of course pay more attention to be more confident in my markmaking, and try ghosting more! I was just wondering if you thought there was anything about those exercises in particular that would help me with that.

As an additional note I did want to clear up that on my Organic Perspective exercises what you see as me attempting to redraw a line is, in fact, me failing miserably at trying to apply line weight freehand.

Again, thank you so much for helping me!

4:16 PM, Thursday November 23rd 2023
edited at 4:20 PM, Nov 23rd 2023

Hi! Lol that's completely fine, you can contact me here or even on the discord if you're on there too.

As to why I picked these exercises,

Ellipses in Planes - This would allow me to see your progress in both the lines you do for the planes (where your Ghosted Lines had the wobble and curving issues) and the ellipses will allow me to see how well you've been ghosting as I saw you had done a few ellipses a little haphazardly. Not enough ghosting would be my guess as some of them aren't as tight as you could do like you did for some of the ellipses in your table of ellipses and also some of them look a little egg shaped. I didnt want you to do a whole other table of ellipses as I don't think you need to draw THAT many ellipses. Though mind you, you should cover these exercises during your warm ups! Anyways, the Ellipses in Planes exercise covers both these aspects.

Funnels - Also for the same reason above. Your ellipses here weren't as good as I see in table as there is quite a bit of wobble in some of your lines.

Rough perspective - Because there is quite a bit of wobble/curving here and I'd like to see you ghost a bit more and work on this as I know you can draw better lines (your Ghosted Lines exercise lines were a little better than what you have done here). Practising ghosting and your boxes would look a lot better!

I hope this is enough of an explanation and of course if you have any more questions, do let me know!

And thanks for the clarification about the line. Though I do see corrections on the swoopy line. Just keep in mind that mistakes are ok. :)

edited at 4:20 PM, Nov 23rd 2023
1:11 AM, Friday November 24th 2023

Thank you so much for the explanation! I've added you on discord so I could ask you a followup question if that's okay. My username there is julsemmi.

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