Lesson 1: Lines, Ellipses and Boxes
4:55 PM, Monday April 25th 2022
Looking forward to my critique, I enjoyed this first lesson!
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. 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 pretty good. You are doing a good job drawing through your ellipses and focusing on consistent smooth ellipse shapes. This is carried over nicely into your ellipses in planes. It's great that you aren't overly concerned with accuracy and are instead focused on getting smooth ellipse shapes. Although accuracy is our end goal it can't really be forced and tends to come with mileage and consistent practice more than anything else. Your ellipses in funnels are looking fine. I'm not seeing any real issues here. Your ellipses are off to a great start but there's still room for improvement when it comes to accuracy and consistency of shape so keep practicing them during your warmups.
The plotted perspective looks great, nothing to mention here. Your rough perspective exercises turned out pretty good. 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 although you did this slightly incorrect. You were supposed to extend the depth lines of your boxes back to the horizon line and not just connect your corners to vp. Please check the example here. https://drawabox.com/lesson/1/16/step6 It's much easier to see how far off your estimations were the other way. Although we can still see see some of your perspective estimations were off it's harder to analyze this way. Please make sure to thoroughly go through exercise instructions. 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 turned out pretty well. 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 and keeping your gaps narrow and consistent. You are running into a pretty common issue of not actually rotating your boxes in some cases (definitely happening on top but you are getting at least some rotation on the other sides) but instead simply drawing them moving back in perspective. https://drawabox.com/lesson/1/17/notrotating 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. 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 pretty solid for the most part and you already seem to have a decent understanding of how box lines need to converge to vps. The convergences could definitely be improved though so the 250 box challenge will be a great next step for you.
Overall this was a really solid submission that showed a nice deal of growth. Your line confidence and ellipses are both coming along nicely. I think you are understanding most of the concepts these lessons are trying to convey quite well. I'm going to mark this as complete and good luck with the 250 box challenge. Keep up the good work!
The 250 Box Challenge
Thank you for such a detailed critique and constructive criticism that gives me some very actionable points going forward into the 250 box challenge. I'm excited to jump in!
I've gone back and redone the excercise I did incorrectly and doing it properly makes the feedback from the extended lines much easier to understand.