Lesson 1: Lines, Ellipses and Boxes

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9:43 PM, Tuesday July 19th 2022

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 having some slight issues with tilting off the minor axis. https://drawabox.com/lesson/1/14/notaligned This is something you should always start considering when drawing your ellipses. One thing you could have done with these is start with a narrower degree ellipse in the center and then widen the degrees of the ellipses as they move outwards in the funnel. Please check the example here. https://drawabox.com/lesson/1/14/step3 This helps with practicing different degrees of ellipses. Your ellipses are off to a great start but there's still room for improvement so keep practicing them during your warmups.

The plotted perspective looks great, nothing to mention here. Your rough perspective exercises turned out pretty good. You are getting a mostly confident linework here along with a slight bit of wobble creeping back into some of your lines. https://drawabox.com/lesson/1/9/wobbling Not a big problem but this is probably happening because you are more concerned with accuracy now that you are constructing boxes and you are slowing down your stroke to compensate. That hesitation because of your concern for accuracy while making your mark is what is reintroducing the wobble into your lines. Try and rely a bit more on the muscle memory you build up while ghosting your mark and almost make your mark without thinking. This will be less accurate at first but will give you consistently smooth and confident linework which is our first priority. Accuracy will come with mileage and can't really be forced. I bigger issue I'm seeing though is that you are redrawing lines on occasion and 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. 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 was obviously a bit of a struggle. 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(on the top and bottom you are getting a slight rotation on the left and right sides) but instead simply drawing them moving back in perspective. https://drawabox.com/lesson/1/17/notrotating Once you start working towards the corners though it's clear that you were really struggling with the rotations which is perfectly fine given the difficulty and good job giving it your best shot as a big part of learning to draw is getting used to working outside of your comfort zone. 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 but you are missing a page. I'm guessing that it's done but you just didn't upload it to this album. I'll need to see that before I can mark this as complete. You seem to be getting comfortable using the ghosting method and drawing from your shoulder for confident linework which is great. You are still having issues with redrawing line as I mentioned earlier so putting down a single confident line and leaving it alone is something you need to work on going forwards. Your box constructions are decent for the most part and you are developing an understanding of how box lines need to converge to vps. That said there is definitely plenty of room for improvement with these convergences so the 250 box challenge will be a great next step for you.

Overall this was a 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. Once you get that missing page submitted and I take a look you can most likely move on to the 250 box challenge.

Next Steps:

Missing one page of the organic perspective exercise

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7:37 AM, Thursday July 21st 2022

Hello Rob and thanks for critiquing my work.

I have uploaded the missing page of organic perspective into the imgur album, sorry for the small trouble.

I'll look into the problems you pointed out for me, thanks a lot and have a nice day!

2:35 PM, Thursday July 21st 2022

Okay,

Nothing really new to say that wasn't in my original critique. I'm going to mark this as complete and good luck with 250 box challenge!

Next Steps:

The 250 Box Challenge

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