250 Box Challenge

9:32 PM, Wednesday May 31st 2023

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I hadn't noticed that the link in the other one directed the user to only a single image.

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1:21 PM, Friday June 2nd 2023
edited at 1:26 PM, Jun 2nd 2023

Hi Pikscarots,

Great job on completing 250 box challenge! This challenge requires a lot of time & dedication and it's a great feat to go through the challenge until the end. Here are something I would like to point out based on your work:

  • You did not go for the recommended number of boxes per page. The instruction requires us to go for 5-6 boxes per page. Because you tried to cram too many boxes in one page, the size of your boxes is fairly small and I think there are two downsides to that: (1) you miss out on a chance to practice drawing longer lines; (2) measuring converging rate becomes less challenging so practice isn't that effective (see 1st image of this link: https://imgur.com/a/P9CLKDV).

  • I can see wobbliness from time to time for your lines. Check out the three levels of ghosting again (see this link: https://drawabox.com/lesson/1/14/levels) and focus on level 1 lines before level up. Although hatching is optional, it still offers a lot of practice for making smooth & straight mark. On average, you do around 7 hatching lines for each box (it's just some arbitrary number I make up but you get the idea). So for 250 boxes, it's a lot of practice that you miss out on.

  • You make some boxes diverging instead of converging. Take your box 54 for example (see 2nd image of this link https://imgur.com/a/P9CLKDV). Some boxes that have this mistake are: 48, 53, 60. As a result, you extend a set of lines to the wrong direction for those boxes.

  • Vary the shapes of your boxes more as I see you go for mostly cubes or boxes that are similar to cubes. I recommend you add more variations where you take one factor of a box to an extreme level, for example: toothpaste boxes (where the length is extremely long but the width is narrow), or pizza boxes (where the height of the box is extremely slim). Each will have different converging issue to deal with so it will add more spice to the challenge.

  • I recommend you try out my favorite way to plan out all corners for your boxes (see this image for more explanation: https://imgur.com/a/Xg1JDpy). Basically, I'm plotting the back corner before the 3rd corner. Colored lines are ghosting lines and they do not appear on the paper. Also keep in mind we are allowed to plot as many dots as we want, so don't be afraid to experiment with different plot locations until you find a suitable dot (see this image where I throw a bunch of dots on the canvas). I only start connecting when I feel 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and back corner are all converge decently to the three vanishing points. This image is also a handy note https://i.imgur.com/8PqQLE0.png as it keeps me thinking about the relationship of all four lines and the angle they make up.

I think that's pretty much every thing I want to cover. Remember to warm-up with this challenge from time to time to keep your box drawing skills sharp and keen.

Next Steps:

  • Move on to Lesson 2

  • Add this challenge as a part of warm-ups

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edited at 1:26 PM, Jun 2nd 2023
8:44 PM, Friday June 2nd 2023

Thanks for taking a look at my work!

I'll admit- throughout this challenge I was really weary about using loads and loads of paper. It's not really in realtion to the challenge at all- it's more-so just a personal thing I have to overcome. I'll keep what you've said in mind for the future!

1:32 AM, Saturday June 3rd 2023

You can always use the back side in future warm-ups or for drawing normally so you don't need to worry much about saving up papers

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