## 250 Box Challenge

##### 10:50 AM, Sunday July 10th 2022

It's been a lengthy task, but I think I've learnt a lot. Any feedback would be appreciated.

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##### 11:48 AM, Wednesday August 10th 2022

Hello!

Congratulations on getting through the box challenge!

Now on to the critique:

Overall the lines on your boxes look really well drawn! The only few instances I saw your lines curve slightly were in the cases like box no. 200 where it's barely showing. Considering the quality of your lines in most of the cases though I'd remind you to just take time to draw each line as carefully. When it comes to hatching, few things I'd like to point out is that: 1) The lines should be kept within the bounds of the plane. You should try to keep overshooting to minimum. Starting the lines outside the bonds of the plane is also something to be avoided. I saw this in box no. 95 for example. 2) The hatching lines should also be parallel to each other. For example in the box no. 61 the hatching seems distracting. You have done a really good job with hatching in the box no.1 though.

Parallel lines is also a mistake you should try to avoid. In the box no. 204 you have drawn converging lines well on two sides but the blue lines seem to be be parallel to each other. Also, despite two lines being close to together thus becoming more and more parallel with each other they should still be converging. For instance, in the box no. 215 the two blue lines close to each other seem to be parallel with each other. I saw this in some other boxes as well so try to avoid it when moving on. In the box no. 220 you don't have this problem.

In the future I'd like you to keep in mind the things I pointed out when doing warm-ups. Overall though you have done an amazing job with the challenge! You can also take look at the advanced box exercises and start practicing them.

I'll go ahead and mark this lesson complete. Great job!

Next Steps:

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##### 8:00 PM, Wednesday August 10th 2022

I'm really grateful you took the time to look at my submission. And you made a very good critique. Thank you a lot!

I have been working on some of what you said in my current warm-ups but now I see a lot clearer my strengths and the things I have to work on. I especially need to focus on hatching, as I did it with very little effort before (btw, box no. 1 is that good because I accidentally made it with a ruler. Before moving on, I re-read the text and asked on the discord server. Hopefully I realized the mistake early on).

This challenge was incredibly burdensome and it took me plenty of time. So I'm happy I have finished it and someone finally corrected it. I will gladly read through your critique several times, that way I won't forget the things I have to correct.

Seriously, thank you.

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