Lesson 1: Lines, Ellipses and Boxes

2:23 PM, Friday May 14th 2021

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I just wanna say thanks to everyone involved in Drawabox for making this program and to those who are spending their time critiquing my homework. I really wanna improve so bring it on!!

I used a rotring pen and scratch paper to do these exercises.

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4:23 PM, Sunday May 16th 2021
edited at 4:34 PM, May 16th 2021

your lines are way too wobbly, focus on confidence over accuracy

Next Steps:

Rough Perspective

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edited at 4:34 PM, May 16th 2021
7:22 PM, Sunday May 16th 2021
edited at 7:24 PM, May 16th 2021

Hopefully this is better than last time!

Rough Perspective Exercise (https://imgur.com/a/YgRMuTc)

edited at 7:24 PM, May 16th 2021
5:38 PM, Sunday May 16th 2021

Thanks for the critique! I was super worried about my wobble when I was doing these exercises. I'll try my best to break that habit.

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7:50 PM, Sunday May 16th 2021

Hey punbbun! I have taken a look at your work and I've also noticed your really wobbly lines. To give you a little heads up: It's really cool that you really want to improve and I can see in your overall work that you've put quite the effort in it! But now just one thing at a time: Your wobbly lines:

It is crucial for you to remember and believe the fact that a confident and smooth line triumphs an accurate one any time here. It doesn't matter for now if your line is way off, just own it and be proud that you executed it confidently. You might have noticed yourself that your Superimposed Lines look a bit more like waves. If you want you can look at my and yugenyada's Superimposed Lines. They fray quite a bit at the end unlike yours and they also arc and aren't perfectly straight at all but it doesn't matter for now. What matters is that we managed to understand that while we surely do wanna draw on top of the lines, it is our first and foremost priority that the line we draw is confident and smooth (no wobbling!). Confidence is something Drawabox wants to teach you so you need to learn that. The very first exercise, the Superimposed Lines, is only about confidence! That is the purpose of that exercise. No one wants you to draw a beautiful line on another line. We want to see you aiming for confidence. I believe you certainly tried to through Lesson 1! It looks to me you are too result-orientated (and oohhh, I know that feeling). You can certainly make more confident lines, look at some of your swoopy lines in the Organic Perspective exercise and the hatching you did on your boxes in the Plotted perspective exercise for instance.

Next Steps:

Additonally do 1 page of Superimposed Lines

  • don't forget to use your shoulder even if it makes your lines more inaccurate at this point

  • apply ghosting method, take your time

  • don't make so long lines too soon when you haven't managed to confidently draw short ones yet. Also leave larger gaps between your lines. Both of these things allow for more room to potentially mess up and can take away pressure and anxiety

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6:14 PM, Monday May 17th 2021

Thanks for the critique and suggestions! I tend to tense up and my hands don't do the thing I tell it to ;-; but hopefully these are a little better than before.


8:29 PM, Wednesday May 19th 2021

Superimposed Lines: Oh you should still use a ruler to draw the first line in the Superimposed Lines exercise and then there would be no need for the dots since the line itself is telling you exactly where your other 8 lines should start and end. But it's ok, looks like you've understood what to aim for: a smooth line, just pushing through no matter what happens after your pen touches the paper. Over time and when for example your muscles have built up a bit and you got used to drawing those lines you will be able to slow down and be more accurate without sacrificing smoothness.

Ghosted Lines: Straight lines aren't that easy to make, but they aren't that hard either. Try this: Take a sheet of paper, try to draw a straight line really fast with your shoulder across that page as if something wrong was written there and you want to cross it out. Maybe you can prove yourself that you are capable of pretty decent lines? The dots are partly there to show you how inaccurate your stroke was so you get exact feedback which can help you learn and get better over time. Never forget your first priority: Get that smooth and - straight as you can - line down. When you practice enough your lines will become more accurate over time. No need to worry about hitting the dots that much.

Ghosted Planes: Same as Ghosted Lines. The temptation to be more accurate here is higher.

Tables of Ellipses: Don't rush. And get used to drawing through your ellipses 2 or 3 times so that you don't "accidentally" draw through them more than that.

Ellipses in Planes: Same with Ghosted Lines. Just drop a smooth ellipse. Accuracy is also important and your intention and goal, but not more than smoothness. I know it's hard to implement.

Funnels: I know the inaccuracy of the alignment to the minor axis is because the "guidelines" weren't accurate in the first place. It helps if you get those to be more accurate by measuring it a bit when placing them. Besides that you did a good job!

Plotted Perspective: You understood the exercise

Rough perspective: You've improved considerably with the Rough Perspective exercise regarding your wobbly lines second time around!

Rotated Boxes: You did well with the Rotated Boxes, it's a hard one and made to get your brain gears running. Congratz on making it through this tedious exercise! I just have to point out that you didn't rotate the outer boxes!

Organic Boxes: Don't forget that you can also use the Ghosting Technique on the swoopy lines.

Also: Don't try to correct marks/mistakes by drawing over them. We are not supposed to do that.

Don't worry, you did well overall! Those are just things to help you. Your main concern is the smoothness of your marks/the confidence to push through, but I think you'll handle that! Don't forget to continue using the Ghosting Method on every line onward.

Congratulations on finishing Lesson 1!

Next Steps:

  • Take on the 250 Box Challenge. It will pull everything together and you get to practice a lot of everything you've learned so far. Don't move on to Lesson 2 before that.

  • Practice some of the exercises as part of a warm-up routine for your future Drawabox lessons (and challenges). Also no need to grind them. You'll learn more and advance faster when you move on and just practice them as you go. It's only important that you understand and know what to aim for when practicing.

  • Doing all that thoughtfully is a lot of work. Don't forget to be patient and to take breaks. And to apply the 50/50 rule and have fun!

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