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1:40 AM, Wednesday December 15th 2021

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. That said I would try and limit your draw through on ellipses to 2 - 3 times max. I'm seeing 5+ drawthroughs quite often and it's making things a bit messy overall. Your ellipses in planes turned out well although I'm still seeing excessive drawthroughs here. 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 page is missing from the album and I'll need to see that before I can mark this lesson as complete. Your ellipses are off to a great start but there's still room for improvement when it comes to accuracy so keep practicing them during your warmups.

The plotted perspective looks good although I do want to mention your hatch marks. Adding hatch marks to the front planes of your boxes is fine but you should treat each hatch mark the same as every other line you would draw for these lessons. Make sure you ghost it multiple times and then draw from your shoulder with confidence. Your hatch marks have been scribbled in rather mindlessly and you basically never want to be making marks like those on these assignments. Also your hatch marks should be connecting from end to end of the plane and not just floating in the middle. Your rough perspective exercises turned out okay. It's great that you are keeping up with the confident linework on these but that said there is a serious issue here with redrawing lines. This is a habit you should try and get out of. Try and stick with the initial line you put down even if it's a bit off. Adding more lines just makes things messier and harder to read and is also comprimising the initally confident linework you are putting down. You are doing a good job extending the lines back on your boxes to check your work. As you can see some of your perspective estimations were quite off but that will become more intuitive with practice. 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 decently. 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 for the most part. While you aren't quite nailing the rotations here perfectly this was a good attempt overall. 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 more comfortable using the ghosting method and drawing from your shoulder for confident linework which is great. That said while your habit of redrawing lines isn't nearly as bad as your rough perspective exercise it's still happening here pretty often. So this is something you really need to work on. Just look at how much cleaner your boxes look here when you put down a single line and stick with it. Your box constructions are a mixed bag of decent constructions and some wonky ones here and there so the 250 box challenge will be a great next step for you.

Overall this was a pretty good submission that showed some nice growth. I think your line confidence got better as you worked through these exercises and you seemed to be redrawing lines less and less as well. Just keep working at it. Your ellipses are off to a good start but try and limit your draw throughs on your ellipses down to 2 - 3 times max. You are missing the ellipses in funnels exercise so I can't mark this as complete until you get that submitted. Once you get that submitted and I take a look you can most likely move on to the 250 box challenge.

Next Steps:

Missing One Page of Ellipses in Funnels

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10:49 PM, Saturday December 18th 2021
1:58 AM, Sunday December 19th 2021

These look fine outside of the same issue I mentioned with your previous ellipses where you are drawing through way too many times. I'm seeing like 8+ on some of these which is just absurd. Try and limit it to 2 - 3 times max for ellipses you draw in future lessons. With that said I'm going to mark this as complete and you can move on to the 250 box challenge. Good luck!

Next Steps:

The 250 Box Challenge

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5:10 PM, Saturday April 9th 2022

Thank you Rob! Sorry for the late reply... very late indeed.

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