250 Box Challenge
3:47 PM, Monday November 14th 2022
Done with the 250 box challenge! any critique would be appreciated
Well done on all the boxes and the progress!
I can see you've had some trouble with the vanishing points and placing the back corner. Make sure you stay conscious of those whenever you move along with practicing boxes. You have quite a variety of boxes too, good going!
My main critique will be about the placement of the objects. You have drawn too many boxes on one page. I think the maximum that you should squeeze on a page is 5, and making sure they're all big enough and not too close to the edge. It's easier to analyse what you need to work on if you draw a bit bigger and if there's less on a page, when there's not a mess of lines going over eachother and other boxes.
You should try practicing a couple of more pages of boxes during lesson 2, but I will not give this as something you need to revise. Please do post any spare pages you make for critique on the Discord server or let others know if you're still having trouble with figuring out any aspect!
move onto lesson 2
Thank you very much for the reply!
I'll keep what you said in mind and practise in-between lessons.
Let's be real here for a second: fineliners can get pricey. It varies from brand to brand, store to store, and country to country, but good fineliners like the Staedtler Pigment Liner (my personal brand favourite) can cost an arm and a leg. I remember finding them being sold individually at a Michael's for $4-$5 each. That's highway robbery right there.
Now, we're not a big company ourselves or anything, but we have been in a position to periodically import large batches of pens that we've sourced ourselves - using the wholesale route to keep costs down, and then to split the savings between getting pens to you for cheaper, and setting some aside to one day produce our own.
These pens are each hand-tested (on a little card we include in the package) to avoid sending out any duds (another problem with pens sold in stores). We also checked out a handful of different options before settling on this supplier - mainly looking for pens that were as close to the Staedtler Pigment Liner. If I'm being honest, I think these might even perform a little better, at least for our use case in this course.
We've also tested their longevity. We've found that if we're reasonably gentle with them, we can get through all of Lesson 1, and halfway through the box challenge. We actually had ScyllaStew test them while recording realtime videos of her working through the lesson work, which you can check out here, along with a variety of reviews of other brands.
Now, I will say this - we're only really in a position to make this an attractive offer for those in the continental United States (where we can offer shipping for free). We do ship internationally, but between the shipping prices and shipping times, it's probably not the best offer you can find - though this may depend. We also straight up can't ship to the UK, thanks to some fairly new restrictions they've put into place relating to their Brexit transition. I know that's a bummer - I'm Canadian myself - but hopefully one day we can expand things more meaningfully to the rest of the world.