Lesson 4: Applying Construction to Insects and Arachnids

8:24 PM, Friday December 31st 2021

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Done with lesson 4! Had a hard time drawing the insect legs but overall I had a lot of fun with this lesson.

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10:37 PM, Sunday January 2nd 2022

Overall, its looking like a pretty solid submission!

*I'm on lesson 5 whilst taking official critiques, take what you need and disregard the rest : )

  • The organic sausages are looking solid - good job!

  • In the case of your first insect (leaf cutter I believe?) - the absence of one leg jumps at me quite a bit! I'm not sure how the reference image was arranged, but it does look a bit unnatural. Since there isn't much else clutter on your insect, you probably could have constructed the leg if you wanted to.

  • For your first honeybee/wasp, I feel like you could've constructed more form. From my experience, I've found that the abdomen is often much more fascinating and nuanced - e.g., there are often planes https://drawabox.com/lesson/4/7/turningform or the segmentation is composed of different components.

  • With your spider - I think you might want to think about the gesture and flow of your lines. For your middle legs, you put a lot of individual sausages. But notice: they're quite stiff if you go about that way - kind of like antennae. Sometimes, it makes more sense to capture the gesture through just putting a few sausages that have a nice organic and natural turn.

  • For your black widow, the texture on cephalothroax falls a bit flat. It looks like the legs are sprouting from the ground kind of. Try to always think that your forms are 3D. That way, your texture and glitter really curves over the surface and makes the form seem solid and not flat.

Other than that, I would say this is pretty well done. The last few were definitely much more solid - you've shown improvement throughout the course of taking this lesson.

Stay strong.

11:05 PM, Sunday January 2nd 2022

Really appreciate the feedback. I will definitely slow down and think more about how I draw the legs. Thanks a lot! By the way, do you think I can move on to lesson 5?

3:52 PM, Monday January 3rd 2022

Ahh! Gotta check you off I guess (sorry first critique)

Next Steps:

  • Continue to plan out and put down each line down confidently

  • Be more intentional with the legs and gesture (I think I summarized most of my next steps in my original comment)

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11:22 PM, Friday December 31st 2021

that's incredible, can't wait to get there

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9:25 PM, Sunday January 2nd 2022

While the sentiment is appreciated, posts like this actually make the system think the student has received helpful feedback, causing their submission to drop in the list and make it less likely they'll get anything else. If you do not have the time/comfort with the material to offer constructional feedback, then it's best to leave it to others.

I'll be marking this reply as unhelpful so the submission can recover its previous position in the list.

3:35 PM, Tuesday January 11th 2022

Sorry, uncomfortable. I won't do this again

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