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11:01 PM, Sunday June 7th 2020


Thank you for your swift and complete reply! I have 4 questions :

  1. How do the 4 reminder boxes are supposed to help in the rotated boxes exercice? Honestly, they just bothered me, but I think that's because I don't understand their purpose.

  2. Should the bigger boxes in the organic perspective exercice have more foreshortening? or should I just use a similar (much more less) foreshortening for all of them?

  3. In the 250 boxes challenge, can I play randomly with the foreshortening, no matter their sizes? I understood that the boxes in that challenge are unrelated.

  4. When I draw boxes I use two methods to draw the lines after the three first and I have yet to discover which is the best. 1st : I imagine a vanishing point and draw towards it. 2nd : imagine a parallelogram, and get the last point closer to the center of it so I adds foreshortening. I am still experimenting, but I am asking myself if the parallelogram method is a kind of trick (hacks) I shouldn't rely on for future purposes.

Here is a quick sumary of what I understood :


    Confident lines with consistent trajectory

    Stop correcting lines


    Draw through 2-3 times

    ++ Ghosting

    Lift pen of the page at the end

    Experiment more degree/tilt/thickness (try really thin)

    Don't forget funnels minor axes

Perspective boxes

    Back faces similar to front (choose best points)

Rotated boxes

    Don't forget 4 reminder boxes?

Organic perspective

    Shallow Foreshortening?

    More scale

    More overlaps

Thank you again!

8:11 AM, Monday June 8th 2020
edited at 8:11 AM, Jun 8th 2020

Hi! Okay, let’s take these one at a time~

  1. You can read about this here, or, if you prefer hearing about it, it's at 4:49. Basically, our brains don’t like to rotate things. If all we have is a single box in the center, we’re likely to go for a lesser range of rotation than we intend. However, if we define the range of rotation beforehand, by having the center box, as well as the further off box (that’s fully rotated), our brains will try to fill in the blanks, and we’ll end up with a full range of rotation. That’s the idea, anyway.

  2. Technically, yes, but students aren’t expected to have that fine of a control at this stage, so the recommendation is to keep it consistent, and shallow.

  3. Yes. The boxes are entirely unrelated, and the recommendation is to experiment with different degrees of foreshortening, with an emphasis on shallow foreshortening.

  4. The first method is correct, provided you’re imagining the vanishing point, and not in any way marking it out on the page, or outside of the page. The second method is fine, for the moment, but not ideal. Basically, if the box is anything but a cube, one side of it may need to converge a little faster than the other, and it’s a lot harder to calculate this using that method. It’s fine to start off, however.

(Those points at the end are correct, and, by the way, are to keep in mind for the future. You’re clear to move on to the box challenge!)

edited at 8:11 AM, Jun 8th 2020
8:04 PM, Monday June 8th 2020

Thank you for everything!

12:32 AM, Monday June 15th 2020


Does the 250 boxes challenge count as a lesson (so I can't submit it if I did submit another lesson less than 2 weeks before and I can't submit another lesson two weeks after?)

Thank you.

2:49 AM, Monday June 15th 2020

Yes, the challenges work the same way as lessons. You'll be able to submit your 250 boxes 2 weeks after having submitted Lesson 1, and then will be able to submit Lesson 2 two weeks after that.

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