Lesson 1: Lines, Ellipses and Boxes

11:31 PM, Monday June 22nd 2020

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9:55 PM, Saturday June 27th 2020

Hello Hyumi!

Overall, you have done a nice job!


Your lines are overall pretty confident with smooth and continuous flow. There are some that waver/wobble or sometimes arc a bit as you draw towards the targeted point. To note, confidence should take precedence and be prioritized before accuracy. It’s ok that the lines aren’t fully accurate, as it is imperative to first develop the shoulder muscle memory to draw out smooth, confident strokes. So continue to ghost and execute every line with your shoulder. Essentially, a confident stroke that is slightly inaccurate is better than an accurate but wobbly line.

In the planes exercise, you do a great job of plotting (placing dots) down the corners. However, the bisecting lines are not always plotted out. The dots are a powerful tool to help establish the trajectory, and best yet you can move the dots before you commit and execute the line.


Ellipses are off to a fairly decent start with a pretty good share of confident ellipses. There are some that wobble, and other times they turn sharply as you fit your ellipses in their allotted spaces. This causes the ellipses to be misshaped. Just as with lines, focus first on confident smooth strokes. Then work on maintaining its roundedness, and then accuracy last.

Ellipses in the funnel are generally aligned to the minor axis. As you continue to practice this in your warm ups, I encourage you to experiment with a variety of degrees, where they start narrow in the center/major axis and get wider as they move out towards the opening of the funnel.

Nice job drawing through each ellipses appropriately (2-3 times).


As you continue to go through your boxes, I notice your lines remain confident, which is awesome! However, some lines are repeated/corrected. No matter how tempting it is to correct an errant line, do not correct or repeat over it to correct it. To help prevent this, take your time with planning with dots. The great thing about dots is you don’t have to commit to the very first dot(s) you place. They can be moved around as you see fit before you commit to a line. But once you draw the line, stick with what you have even if it’s wrong.

Rough perspective

You’ve done a pretty nice job maintaining horizontal lines to be parallel to the horizon line, and vertical lines perpendicular to it. There are just a couple of exceptions, where a line strays off diagonally.

Rotating boxes

First, I’d like to commend you on completing this exercise! Many of the boxes, particular along the horizontal and vertical axes, are actually not rotating, meaning the boxes are sharing a similar or the same vanishing point as the box adjacent to it. But don’t be discouraged, this is a just a start to get you thinking about how boxes/forms sit and interact with each other in 3D space. Otherwise, the boxes are well neighbored to each other, and you are drawing through your boxes, which is great.

Organic perspective

As the boxes get slightly smaller on the path, you’ve conveyed a sense that they move slightly away from the viewer.

In terms of perspective, there are some sets of parallel lines that diverge away, making planes that are further away appear to get larger instead of slightly smaller. But no worries, you’ll have plenty of practice in the 250 Box Challenge!

With that said, you’re off to a good start!

Next Steps:

Congratulations on completing lesson 1!

  • Continue to use these exercises as part of your warm ups (about 10-15 minutes)

  • Feel free to move onto the 250 box challenge

  • Don’t forget to take breaks and draw for fun!

  • Also, now that you’ve completed Lesson 1, I encourage you to critique some Lesson 1 community submissions. Not only will this help the community, but it will also solidify and reinforce your understanding of the material. Of course, this is optional (but we’d be especially grateful!). If you’d like to give it a shot, see this guide that was created by one of our community members on how to go about critiquing Lesson 1.

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12:02 PM, Monday June 29th 2020

Thank you very much!

I will strive to improve with your advices.

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