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2:51 PM, Tuesday March 2nd 2021

Hello and congrats on completing lesson one. My name is Rob and I'm a teaching assistant for Drawabox who will be handling your lesson one critique. Starting with your superimposed lines these are off to a fine start. You are keeping a clearly defined starting point with all of your wavering at the opposite end. Your ghosted lines and planes turned out well but you didn't actually finish with your ghosted planes. https://drawabox.com/lesson/1/10/step4 You are supposed to further bisect your planes. Make sure you read the homework assignments a bit more carefully in the future. You are using the ghosting method to good effect to get confident linework with a pretty decent deal of accuracy that will get better and better with practice.

Your tables of ellipses is coming along well. You are doing a good job drawing through your ellipses and focusing on a consistent smooth ellipse shape. This is carried over nicely into your ellipses in planes although you are deforming some of your ellipses at times. https://drawabox.com/lesson/1/12/deformed This is likely happening because you are too worried about accuracy and are probably slowing down your stroke to compensate. Try and rely a bit more on the muscle memory of the motion you build up while ghosting and almost make your mark without thinking. This will be less accurate at first. Although accuracy is our end goal it can't really be forced and tends to come through mileage and consistent practice more than anything. Your ellipses in funnels are having the same issues and you are also tilting your ellipses off the minor axis at times. https://drawabox.com/lesson/1/13/notaligned This is something you should always consider when drawing your ellipses. Another thing you could have done with these is start with a narrower degree ellipse in the center and then widen the degrees of the ellipses as they move outwards in the funnel. Please check the example here. https://drawabox.com/lesson/1/13/step3 Your ellipses are off to a good start but you are still slightly deforming them at times so keep practicing these during your warmups.

The plotted perspective looks great, nothing to mention here. Your rough perspectives turned out pretty good. It's great that you are keeping up with the confident linework on these. You are also doing a good job extending the lines back on your boxes to check your work. As you can see some of your perspective estimations were quite off but that will become more intuitive with practice. Nice work here.

Your rotated box exercise turned out pretty well. I like that you drew this nice and big as that really helps when dealing with complex spatial problems. You also did a good job drawing through your boxes and keeping your gaps narrow and consistent. You're not quite nailing your rotations which is perfectly fine given the difficulty of this exercise. This is a great one to come back to after a few lessons to see how much your spatial thinking ability has improved. Your organic perspective exercises is looking good. You seem to be getting comfortable using the ghosting method and drawing from your shoulder for confident linework which is great. Your box constructions also seem very solid for the most part and you seem well prepared for the 250 box challenge.

Overall this was a really solid submission that showed a nice deal of growth. Your line confidence and ellipses are both coming along nicely. I think you are understanding most of the concepts these lessons are trying to convey quite well. However, I'd like you to do one more page of ellipses in planes as you didn't properly complete the ghosted planes exercise and I still think you could use a little more ellipse practice. Once you get that submitted I'll mark this is as complete and you can move on to the 250 box challenge.

Next Steps:

One Page Ellipses in Planes - Make sure you bisect your Ghosted Planes as well

When finished, reply to this critique with your revisions.
6:02 AM, Wednesday March 3rd 2021


Thanks for your critique. I'll make sure to read the instructions more carefully next time. In this revision, I tried to rely on my muscle memory for the ellipses. Sometimes when I finished the first loop of an ellipse and I saw how far off it was, my brain would freak out and try to correct it on the second loop again. I can see that my ellipses need more work and I will continue to work on them.

Thank you!

2:42 PM, Wednesday March 3rd 2021

These look great! I'm going to mark this as complete and you can move on to the 250 box challenge. Keep up the good work!

Next Steps:

The 250 Box Challenge

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