Hi there, I'll be handling your box challenge critique.

It's great that you reflected on your work as much as you did by writing so many notes, in the future though I recommend not adding notes or drawing over your work until after you've taken pictures first. It can be distracting for the person critiquing your work and also cover up some of your efforts to follow instructions.

Congratulations on completing the box challenge, it's definitely a lot more work than most people expect. Not only does it help deepen your understanding of important concepts but it shows your desire to learn as well. Be proud of what you've accomplished and that desire you've shown. That being said I'll try to keep this critique fairly brief so you can get working on the next steps as soon as possible.

Things you did well:

  • You're doing a good job of mostly drawing the lines constructing your boxes smoothly and confidently when you aren't redrawing over lines (which I'll go over in the next section).

  • It's nice to see that you're taking the time to plan each of your hatching lines and space them evenly. This helps keep your boxes looking tidy rather than looking like they were rushed on to the page.

  • Seeing as how line weight is not a requirement of the challenge it's nice to see that you're applying it. It's a useful tool but one that most people need some mileage with before they feel comfortable applying it. Getting an early start like this will help you see better results sooner.

  • You're doing a great job of experimenting with orientations, proportions and rates of foreshortening. Experimenting is an important habit to build when learning any new skill, it helps form a more well rounded understanding. I hope you'll continue to display and nurture this habit in the future.

Things you can work on:

  • You have a habit of redrawing over lines if you make a mistake, try your best not to do this. It can be difficult ignoring your inner critic but part of why we work with ink is so that we are forced to work with our mistakes. Redrawing doesn't erase the mistake and just makes your work appear messier than it needs to be. Knowing you can redraw also tends to cause people to drift away from the principles of mark making introduced in lesson 1, remember to plan and ghost your lines and once you're comfortable lower your pen and draw a single smooth mark, only redrawing to add line weight using the same technique.

  • There are times when your lines converge in pairs or you attempt to keep your lines a bit too parallel which results in them diverging. This is an example of lines converging in pairs, and this shows the relation between each line in a set and their respective vanishing point. The inner pair of lines will be quite similar unless the box gets quite long and the outer pair can vary a lot depending on the location of the vanishing point. Move it further away and the lines become closer to parallel while moving it closer increases the rate of foreshortening.

The key things we want to remember from this exercise are that our lines should always converge as a set not in pairs, never diverge from the vanishing point and due to perspective they won't be completely parallel.

Overall while you did make a few mistakes your boxes are improving so far and with more mileage you'll continue to become more consistent. That being said I'll be marking your submission as complete and move you on to lesson 2.

Keep practicing previous exercises and boxes as warm ups, and good luck.