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4:21 PM, Thursday July 7th 2022
edited at 4:25 PM, Jul 7th 2022

Hi! I'm Junnie! First of all, I'd like to congratulate you on finishing Lesson 1! Congratulations on participating in the Promptathon, as well! Sorry for taking so long but I'll be giving you feedback regarding your work now! I hope you're still willing to continue your art journey with us.

1. Lines

Superimposed Lines

  • Great job! I think you executed the exercise very well! I also like how you were able to point out your own mistakes, although it seems you weren't able to act on all of them as you proceeded with the exercise. That's perfectly fine, though, as change doesn't always come overnight!

  • As you had noticed, there's a lot of fraying happening in your lines on both ends. It's a lot more apparent at the end point (which is fine at the start) but there's also quite a lot at the starting point. This tells us that you're not paying as much attention to where you're placing your pen as you should be. Make sure to be mindful with your drawing. You can take as much time as you want when placing down the tip of your pen because what matters the most is you're placing it in the right spot.

  • Your lines are all quite confident and smooth. Not much wobbling (even when zoomed in), which means you're drawing at a good speed! That's excellent!

  • I noticed that most your lines have a pretty consistent arc (it goes up then down) meaning there's a bit of circular motion in your arm movement. This could be natural (in that case, you'd have to retrain your mind), but this could also be because of physical reasons related to your arm movement. I think a lot of people have the misconception that you need to have your wrist and elbows locked when drawing to draw a straight line but that is simply not the case, especially when drawing longer lines. Instead, try to pay attention to how your arm folds and unfolds during a drawing motion. Sometimes, you'll have to make adjustments to your wrist and elbow positions to maintain a straight trajectory and that's perfectly fine (you just need to be intentional with your actions). Since the arcing is pretty big, the problem most likely is with your arm's movement range. Make sure you and your paper is positioned (rotated) such that your arm can make a straight line quickly and comfortably. In my case, I usually try to draw things at a 45 degree angle. This allows me to extend my arm outwards in a quick and controlled manner.

  • Another advice I can give is for you to keep your eyes on the end point instead of the tip of your pen as you're drawing. This is also helpful for ghosted lines.

  • When doing this exercise for your warm-ups, make sure to add more line length variations, as you will have to get used to drawing superimposed lines of different lengths.

Ghosted Lines and Planes

  • Excellent job on your ghosted lines! You make smooth, confident lines that are quite accurate!

  • Although, I noticed that some of your lines end up undershooting, which is not okay. There are three levels for ghosting (level 1: straight lines; level 2: straight lines that pass through the end point but overshoot; level 3: straight lines that end exactly at the end point). Right now, you're almost at level 2. There's no need to rush to level 3 as you'll naturally reach that point with more practice. What matters is we don't make a habit of undershooting before we've mastered hitting the point accurately!

  • There's so arcing your lines which indicates course correction. Again, accuracy comes over time with practice, so don't worry about that for now!

  • I also think it's great that you didn't repeat any of your lines even if they don't hit the target point. This is very good practice as mistakes serve as reminders for us to keep growing and improving!

  • There's good variety in your line lengths, which will definitely be useful especially during your warm-ups in the future! Keep it up!

2. Ellipses

Table of Ellipses

  • Your ellipses are looking really good! You're doing a great job drawing through your ellipses to make consistent, smooth ellipse shapes.

  • You don't have much issues at all when it comes to overlapping but you do have a habit of undershooting upper and lower boundaries. Since you're already drawing smooth ellipse shapes, your next goal is to focus on accuracy which, like ghosted lines, just comes with practice. Try to add more loops to your ghosting steps and clearly trace over the ellipse you visualized while ghosting.

  • I love how much variety there is in your ellipse sizes and degrees. You should continue doing that when you're doing your warm-ups. If I may suggest one thing, I think it's okay to fill your frames even more with smaller ellipses. Make sure to draw all your ellipses (even the smaller ones) with your entire arm, not just your wrist. If you're finding it difficult, try to stretch your arms from time to time to unlock a fuller ranger of motion.

  • Overall, your table of ellipses exercise is excellent!

Ellipses in Planes

  • Some of your ellipses have a bit of deformation (https://drawabox.com/lesson/1/13/deformed). This is what the TA said about deformation in his critique of my own L1 homework: "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. Although accuracy is our end goal it can't really be forced and tends to come through mileage and consistent practice more than anything."

  • Apart from that, your ellipses are looking real good. Just make sure to practice them in the future with all the points above in mind!

Ellipses in Funnels

  • Same issues as your previous ellipses, mostly the undershooting of upper and lower boundaries.

  • Some of your ellipses were drawn through too many times. Try to limit yourself to 2-3 loops per ellipse. If you're having a hard time nailing the loop with that restriction, just increase the loops you're making during the ghosting step.

  • I like the variety in your funnel sizes, allowing you to practice even more ellipses of different degrees and rotations.

  • However, a few of your funnels have misalignment (https://drawabox.com/lesson/1/14/notaligned). This is especially apparent in the bottom funnel. Try to be more mindful of this as you visualize the ellipse you're trying to draw while ghosting. Also, be careful where you place the peak/trough of your curve because it will influence how your ellipses look. Make sure to align them at the center line of the funnel!

3. Boxes

Plotted Perspective

  • Fantastic work! Your homework is very clean and well-executed.

  • I like the added line weight and the shading you did! They make your work a lot more easier to understand!

  • I also like how you made sure to draw a variety of boxes of different distances from the vanishing points, and tried different vanishing point/horizon line configurations! Variety will help you become more familiar with how boxes look.

Rough Perspective

  • There's a bit more wobble in some of your lines here, especially with the shorter ones. Make sure to practice drawing shorter lines using the same techniques you use for longer lines!

  • Regarding your estimations, most of them are actually incredibly spot on. Amazing work! There's like one box in the first frame of the first page that lacks extended lines, but that's not really a problem, to be honest. You did a great job displaying your understanding of perspective through your work!

Rotated Boxes

  • I love how big your boxes are for this one! It's a lot easier to identify what you did great and what needs improvement when drawing things at a bigger scale!

  • I also think you did a great job conveying an overall 3D shape with your boxes here!

  • Your lines are getting a lot more precise but I feel like you're sacrificing some drawing speed (hence some straightness) to do so. Refer to my previous comment regarding ghosted lines.

  • I noticed you had a bit of an issue in the lower-right quadrant. Remember not to repeat your lines even if they're wrong!

  • The boxes generally don't maintain a consistent shape (e.g some become longer/taller rectangles). Carefully plotting each corner point with their VPs in mind should help with this. Planning your entire piece (either by quadrant or as a whole) and placing imaginary divisions on your paper might also help you create a more consistent and symmetrical piece.

  • Some of the boxes don't look rotates as their lines seemingly converge at the same vanishing point as adjacent boxes (https://drawabox.com/lesson/1/17/notrotating). In particular, I think this is most apparent in the middle-horizontal row of boxes of your homework.

  • This is a great exercise to come back to after a few lessons to see how much your spatial thinking ability has improved. If you plan to do it again, I suggest adding more line weight to visible edges (of each box, instead of the overall sphere shape) by ghosting as it will be a good exercise similar to the superimposed lines exercise. Also, feel free to use a ruler for your hatching lines!

Organic Perspective

  • Using superimposed lines to thicken boxes in front to simulate depth was genius! Good job!

  • Great variety in your pathings but I think your box sizes could use more variation (especially since you can use that to convey distance).

  • Box spacing is another thing you can make use of to create the illusion of distance!

  • Great job varying your use of foreshortening throughout the exercise.

  • Some of your boxes look a bit awkward but don't worry about this too much, as you'll get the hang of this as you proceed with the 250 box challenge!

Overall, your submission displayed your great understanding of the lesson very well. Your lines and ellipses are all pretty good, but still have some room for improvement! It only goes up from here so make sure to keep doing your best in all of the following lessons, exercises, and challenges!

Note: I'm not sure if you're aware but Drawabox has a Discord serve where you can hang out with the rest of us students. There's also a channel dedicated to getting community critiques. I will be posting a link to your work there so this feedback can get some agrees and you can get your lesson badge. You can join the server by clicking the following link: https://discord.gg/drawabox I hope to see you around!

Next Steps:

You can proceed to the 250 box challenge!

Make sure to use the skills and exercises you learned during Lesson 1 as warm-up before you draw! Comfy suggests around 15 minutes of warm-up before each drawing session. Don't forget to keep all the points I mentioned above in mind while doing your exercises. Always be intentional when drawing!

This community member feels the lesson should be marked as complete, and 3 others agree. The student has earned their completion badge for this lesson and should feel confident in moving onto the next lesson.
edited at 4:25 PM, Jul 7th 2022
11:09 PM, Monday July 11th 2022

Thank you for this really extensive review :)

I have to admit that I already started Drawabox in 2019 and got until textures in lesson 2 and then stopped entirely.

I also completed the 250 Box challenge back in the day before doing lesson 2.

I'm planning of uploading my 250 Boxes from the last time as I am currently redoing the lessons in their entirety, I'm not planning to redo the 250 Boxes, haha.

Also thanks for the advice with the discord, though I have been fairly active ever since I joined the discord back in 2019 until now :P

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