## Lesson 1: Lines, Ellipses and Boxes

##### 1:41 AM, Thursday June 30th 2022

Good luck on helping me!! Spatial reasoning-II need guidance!! :)

Reason for submitting during a Promptathon:

Oops. I’m brand new! But no rush. I’ll look closer at what promptathon is about. (I didn’t know this was an unusual “season”)

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##### 1:14 AM, Saturday July 2nd 2022

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. 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.

The rotated box exercise is simply unfinished and also done partially in pencil. All of the pages you submit for these lessons need to be done in ink and pencil is not allowed at all. https://drawabox.com/article/ink So this will need to be redone as well. I know that this exercise is difficulty and might be outside of your current skill level but you need to give it a full attempt and complete. If you need further guidance than the lesson material you can watch Scyllas video doing the exercise in real time. https://youtu.be/J7s6TvvlZmo The organic perspective exercise turned out okay. You're still struggling quite a bit with confident linework on these box exercises. You are getting wobbly lines throughout likely because of the reason I mentioned with with your rough perspective boxes where you are getting too wrapped up in accuracy while making your mark and are slowing down your stroke to compensate. You box constructions are decent but you definitely need to develop a better understanding of how box lines need to converge to vps so the 250 box challenge will be a great next step for you. However I still think you need to work on confident linework while drawing boxes a bit before moving on so as a revision I'd like you to do one more page of this exercise as well. This time focus on confident linework. Make sure you are ghosting your lines multiple times and then drawing from your shoulder with confidence. Don't get too hung up on accuracy.

Overall this was a pretty good submission and your ellipse are coming along quite well although you started running into issues with the box exercises. We need to work on you getting more confident linework while drawing boxes before moving on. So take care of those revisions and I'll take a look and you can most likely move on to the 250 box challenge after that.

Next Steps:

One page of the rough perspective exercise - Make sure you ghost all of your lines and then draw from your shoulder with confidence. No redrawing lines or scribbling to shade the front plane of a box. Just put down a confident line and stick with it. If you want to use hatch marks on the front plane of a box make sure you treat each hatch mark the same as any other line you would draw and ghost it multiple times and draw from your shoulder with confidence.

One page of the rotated box exercise - This must be done entirely in ink no pencil allowed. Also please do the entire exercise partial submissions are not accepted

One page of the organic perspective exercise - Focus on confident linework.

##### 10:36 PM, Monday July 4th 2022

Here’s another try. I am having a really hard time visualizing where to place my “confident” lines? ESPECIALLY with rotated boxes and the attempts at roatation for organic perspective. I know you’re suppose to commit to the line you choose but when my planes don’t even close it’s distracting? Anyway, definitely open to more coaching feedback. Thanks for doing this!!!

https://imgur.com/a/YrtnUZb

##### 11:36 PM, Monday July 4th 2022

Kudos to finishing the rotated box exercise even if it was clearly a bit of struggle. My number one piece of advice here would be that you needed to keep the gaps between your boxes more narrow and consistent which really would have helped a lot with inferring information about neighboring boxes. https://drawabox.com/lesson/1/17/guessing So you're clearly struggling with the spatial thinking for this exercise which is perfectly fine given the difficulty and this is a great exercise to revisit after a few lessons to see how much your spatial thinking has developed.

So you did show some good improvement with your line confidence but there is a lot of work to be done here. I'm not going to assign any more revisions for lesson one but confident linework is definitely something you need to work on during the 250 box challenge and during your warmups. Remember accuracy is not important right now. It doesn't matter if your line misses its mark slightly. It's way more important to be able to consistently get smooth confident linework. So keep using the dot method, ghosting your lines, and drawing from your shoulder. Just remember to not be too hung up on accuracy at this point as this is the real issue I'm seeing with your work. Good luck with the 250 box challenge.

Next Steps:

The 250 Box Challenge

This critique marks this lesson as complete.
##### 12:36 AM, Tuesday July 5th 2022

Thanks Rob! I appreciate the feedback and tips!!! :)

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