## Lesson 1: Lines, Ellipses and Boxes

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##### 11:33 PM, Sunday July 26th 2020

Hello :) Here's some feedback - I hope it's useful!

Lines

• Your lines are alright although there is some wobble in the end of some of them, especially for the Planes exercise. Remember, the point of these exercises is to increase your confidence with drawing lines; accuracy comes with practice. Besides practice though, remember to use your shoulder pivot and use the ghosting method.

Ellipses

• Ellipses in the Table exercise are mostly in bounds, so that's good. There are some that are wobbly (especially with the smaller ellipses, which requires minute movement from the shoulder pivot) but just keep in mind to prioritize smoothness and accuracy.

• The ellipses in the Funnels exercise are also mostly inbounds, although the ellipses near the end are slightly not perpendicular to the minor axis, so watch out for that

Boxes

• Plotted Perspective looks good!

• Most of the boxes in your Rough Perspective have lines that are perpendicular to the horizon but there are some that aren't, so make sure to be careful when plotting out your lines.

• Rotated boxes look good as well, they're close together and drawn through

• Organic boxes look good too. Interesting lines and use of scale / rotation to construct 3D space

Next Steps:

Move onto the 250 Box Challenge next! :)

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##### 10:03 AM, Monday July 27th 2020

Hallo Holysnacks,

"Your lines are alright although there is some wobble in the end of some of them, especially for the Planes exercise."

As I'm an absolute beginner, so especially the first exercises made me crazy. Drawing a confident Line is not an big issue, at least that's my feeling. The issue comes that stoping on point, in which I'm really bad. And much harder as to stop wobbeling is to accept if I missed the targeted point the line is to long or to short and I can't correct it anymore. That's also one point where I do two things start curving towards the point or "adding line weight" with a second line.

I work on my issues from two directions, stop doing all kind of corrections and improving my skills.

"... which requires minute movement from the shoulder pivot"

You spotted on one of my week points. Drawing small objects with shoulder movement. Luckily you missed that I have the same issue with small boxes. You can see also if the boxes should be further away and drawn with a thin line, they have stronger lines than big boxes. I compensate difficulties with short shoulder movements with more pressure to the pen. It works good enough to pass the lesson, but stands in the way of controlling line thickness and impression of depth.

Thanks for your feedback and joining on way,

Neuromancer

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