## Lesson 1: Lines, Ellipses and Boxes

##### 7:47 AM, Thursday August 25th 2022

For Yinmoonqueen#8793 on discord.

0 users agree
##### 3:07 PM, Tuesday September 6th 2022

Hey there! I will be looking over your homework for today ^^

Congrats on making it through Lesson 1!

Your Lines are looking good. A bit of wobbling and fraying at the end is totally normal and nothing to worry about and I can already see you improving over time. Your planes are improving too, though in future, should you use this assignment as warm up, really try to fill the entire page with planes as shown here https://drawabox.com/lesson/1/11/example.

If you feel unsure with your line, take your time while ghosting. Ghost your line so long till you're confident you can place it in one swoop!

This goes especially for your ellipses. In general, they have a good shape, touching all of the corners of the planes, but they are extremely wobbly. Like you intentionally drew them slowly to reach all of the edges. The goal of this exercise however is to learn how to place confident lines, so again, ghost them several times. However much you need and then place it. Remember that you should draw through it a maximum of three times. Two times would be better. You can try to draw through only two times, maybe it'll help improve.

Your boxes look good to me. The most important thing are the lines, which you're working and improving on. If you want to shade a plane of your box, don't sribble it in. It simple doesn't look good and makes your work feel sloppy and like you didn't put much care or thought into it. Instead, try the hatching method describe here https://drawabox.com/lesson/1/15/step8. Uncomfortable mentions it as well, to choose the plane of the box that faces the viewer, whereas you 'hatched' the plane that won't be visible to the viewer without x-ray vision anyway.

About the Rotated Boxes assignment: You seemed to have a lot of issues with the perspective part of the assignment. Don't worry about it too much, since you will be practising Boxes in the 250 Boxes challenge anyway. Just to point you into the right direction though: For the boxes in the upper rows you apparently forgot which vanishing point to use. Your horizontal lines will always be vanishing towards the horizon line, where the imaginary VPs are. You can also always check Uncomfortable's example or check with other student's completed homework if you're unsure!

Before sending you off, I'd like for you to do another page of the Table of Ellipses. Believe me when I say you will need them in the future. Really try to place them confidently and draw them at a maximum of three lines, aiming for two lines.

Don't forget to answer on this with another imgur link so I can check it out and mark you as completed!

Next Steps:

1 Page of Tables of Ellipses

When finished, reply to this critique with your revisions.
##### 6:58 AM, Thursday September 15th 2022 edited at 7:01 AM, Sep 15th 2022

Thank you so very much for the critique! While warming up for the revision I did notice that I did begin to slow down a bit at times when doing the ellipses and found that the wider ellipses and circles were giving me the most trouble. So for this one I did try to really just focus on ghosting and committing to the line rather than trying to self correct or go too slow to try and guide it to the right shape. I also tried to go for two lines rather than three and tried to focus more on those wider shapes. Again, thank you for your time and for the advice!

https://i.imgur.com/0Ea8RYI.jpg

edited at 7:01 AM, Sep 15th 2022
##### 12:12 PM, Sunday September 18th 2022

Heya, sorry I'm a bit late with answering. I was a bit busy the past few days and couldn't check ^^

You're definitely improving bit by bit. Don't forget to add the Tables of Ellipses to your warm-up :> Remember: we're aiming for a confident line, not an accurate one. Accuracy comes second so don't sacrifice your smooth line for it!

Just keep a good eye on that especially and keep doing it in your warm-ups. You can go on to the 250 Box Challenge ^^

Next Steps:

250 Box Challenge

This community member feels the lesson should be marked as complete. In order for the student to receive their completion badge, this critique will need 2 agreements from other members of the community.
The recommendation below is an advertisement. Most of the links here are part of Amazon's affiliate program (unless otherwise stated), which helps support this website. It's also more than that - it's a hand-picked recommendation of something I've used myself. If you're interested, here is a full list.

### Drawabox-Tested Fineliners (Pack of 10, \$17.50 USD)

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.

This website uses cookies. You can read more about what we do with them, read our privacy policy.