Lesson 1: Lines, Ellipses and Boxes

5:05 PM, Thursday January 18th 2024

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6:20 AM, Friday February 2nd 2024

Hi there, I'll be critiquing your lesson 1 homework. Congrats on finishing the first lesson! It's not an easy feat, and it's great that you persevered.


  • All 3 parts are done well with minimal wobbling and hesitation.

  • There is some overshooting in the ghosted lines & planes, but it is not major. What may help is slowing down towards the end, or rotating the page such that you can more easily see the end dot.

  • Very strong start, great work.


  • In the Table of Ellipses, all ellipses are drawn through and fit within the boundaries, which is great. There appears to be some wobbling here, so make sure you ghost through and use your shoulder. It is a difficult and foreign motion, so take your time if necessary.

  • The same thing can be said about the Ellipses in Planes. It appears that the ellipses of larger degree (i.e. the more circular ones) suffer more here than the smaller degree ones, so that may be the area to focus on.

  • The Funnels exercise is great, with just a few small instances of the ellipse not being aligned with the minor axis line. This is very difficult, and there will be time to practice, so it's not anything to worry about.


  • The Plotted Perspective exercise is done well, with the only issue being the some of the vertical lines for the front-facing edges. These need to be perpendicular to the horizon, and in some cases, they are not. Take your time with your ruler. Just like the freehand lines in the previous exercises, these should be calculated and as precise as can be.

    • Also, the hatching seems to be a little rushed. This is optional, but there should be a similar level of effort with these lines, just as you would with the lines of the lines section.
  • The Rough Perspective is a very difficult exercise. Good work on making the depth lines go back to the VP, it's an intensely difficult task. The only thing to note is to remember to apply all of the learnings in the lines exercises here as well.

  • In the Rotated Boxes, there are a few things to note. First, the same hatching issue from before applies. Second, some of the boxes are not rotating properly (https://drawabox.com/lesson/1/rotatedboxes/notrotating), especially the horizontal row. Finally, this is an exercise that would greatly benefit from line weight since it is so chaotic (https://drawabox.com/lesson/1/21/lineweight), so be sure to include it. Rotated Boxes is probably the worst exercise for everyone in this lesson, so don't feel discouraged about the issues here.

  • Finally, in the Organic Perspective exercise, there are some line issues. Some of the lines are not confident and repeated, so be sure to review the fundamentals. This is also a hard one, so make sure to take your time when doing the 250 boxes challenge.

Overall, good work. Make sure to take some time to think through your lines and do some warmups as you do the 250 Box Challenge. Good luck!

Next Steps:

250 Box Challenge

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4:56 PM, Friday February 2nd 2024

Thank you for taking the time!

I see what you mean about the ellipses and line weight. I'll be sure to keep those in mind.

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