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4:07 PM, Wednesday October 6th 2021

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 except you didn't bisect any of your planes. Please make sure you read the lesson pages fully. 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.

Your tables of ellipses are coming along well. You are doing a good job drawing through your ellipses and focusing on a consistent smooth ellipse shape. This is carried over nicely into your ellipses in planes although you are deforming some of your ellipses at times. This is likely happening because you are too worried about accuracy and are probably slowing down your stroke to compensate. Try and rely a bit more on the muscle memory of the motion you build up while ghosting and almost make your mark without thinking. This will be less accurate at first. Although accuracy is our end goal it can't really be forced and tends to come through mileage and consistent practice more than anything. Your ellipses in funnels are having the same issues with wobbly linework and you are also tilting your ellipses off the minor axis at times. This is something you should always consider when drawing your ellipses. There is a lot of room for improvement when it comes to your ellipses both in terms of overall consistency of shape and accuracy so make sure you keep practicing these in your warmups as they can take a while to get used to.

The plotted perspective looks great although this was supposed to be laid out with three exercises on a single page. Please check the example homework here. Your rough perspective exercises turned out pretty good but was supposed to be laid out with three exercises per page as well. It's great that you are keeping up with the confident linework on these. You are also doing a good job extending the lines back on your boxes to check your work. As you can see some of your perspective estimations were quite off but that will become more intuitive with practice. One thing that can help you a bit when doing a one point perspective exercise like this is to realize that all of your horizontal lines should be parallel to the horizon line and all of your verticals should be perpendicular(straight up and down in this case) to the horizon line. This will help you avoid some of the slanting lines you have in your constructions.

Your rotated box exercise was obviously a bit of a struggle. I like that you drew this nice and big as that really helps when dealing with complex spatial problems. You also did a good job drawing through your boxes but the main reason this didn't turn out well is because you didn't keep the gaps between your boxes narrow and consistent which leads to a lot of guessing. This is a great exercise to come back to after a few lessons to see how much your spatial thinking ability has improved. Your organic perspective exercises are looking pretty good but once again was supposed to be laid out with three exercises per page. Please check the example homework here. You seem to be getting comfortable using the ghosting method and drawing from your shoulder for confident linework which is great. Your box constructions are decent for the most part but there are some wonky ones here and there so the 250 box challenge will be a great next step for you. That said since this was supposed to be six exercises total I'd like you to do one more page as a revision. Make sure it is laid out correctly with three exercises on a single page and try and be a bit more careful when reading the lessons and homework assignments in future lessons as you made this mistake multiple times with this submission.

Overall this was a pretty good submission that showed a nice deal of growth. Your line confidence is coming along well but keep practicing those ellipses during your warmups as you're still a little too concerned with accuracy while doing those which is leading to some wobbly linework and deformed ellipse shapes. Otherwise the main issue I was seeing with this submission was just not fully reading the lessons and homework assignments which led to some formatting issues for some of the exercises. Once you get that revision submitted I'll take a look and you can most likely move on to the 250 box challenge.

Next Steps:

One Page of Organic Perspective Exercises - Make sure it is laid out correctly with three exercises on a single page

When finished, reply to this critique with your revisions.
7:26 PM, Wednesday October 6th 2021

Thank you for your detailed critique! I have completed the revision.

7:27 PM, Wednesday October 6th 2021

Okay, this looks great! I'm going to mark this as complete and you can move on to the 250 box challenge. Good luck!

Next Steps:

The 250 Box Challenge

This critique marks this lesson as complete.
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