Lesson 1: Lines, Ellipses and Boxes

10:07 PM, Tuesday June 9th 2020

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while doing these I realized that my lines and pen control were far from perfect xD

hopefully the quality is OK.

thank you for your time!

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6:33 PM, Thursday June 11th 2020


Overall, nicely done.


Your lines are overall pretty confident with smooth and continuous flow. There are some that waver/wobble or sometimes arc a bit as you draw towards the targeted point. To note, confidence should take precedence and be prioritized before accuracy. It’s ok that the lines aren’t fully accurate, as it is imperative to first develop the shoulder muscle memory to draw out smooth, confident strokes. So continue to ghost and execute every line with your shoulder.


Ellipses are off to a good start and are generally confident. There are a couple of exceptions, where the ellipses turn sharply as you fit your ellipses it their allotted spaces. Ellipses in the funnel are generally aligned to the minor axis. Though minor, there are just a couple that tilt slightly, losing its symmetry on either side of the minor axis. You are generally drawing through your ellipses, but there are some that are not fully drawn through. Draw through the ellipses fully 2 times through (but no more than 3 times time).


As you continue to go through your boxes, I notice your lines remain confident. At times, there are repeated/corrected lines. No matter how tempting it is to correct an errant line, do not correct or repeat over it to correct it. To help prevent this, take your time with planning with dots. The great thing about dots is you don’t have to commit to the very first dot(s) you place. They can be moved around as you see fit before you commit to a line. But once you draw the line, stick with what you have even if it’s wrong.

Rough perspective:

You’ve done a pretty nice job maintaining horizontal lines to be parallel to the horizon line, and vertical lines perpendicular to it. The convergences of the boxes aren’t too bad.

Rotating boxes:

First, kudos on completing this exercise! The boxes are generally rotating along the vertical and horizontal, so nice job. The boxes are also pretty well neighbored to each other and drawn through.

Organic perspective:

Generally, as the boxes get gradually smaller on the path, you’ve conveyed a sense that they move away from the viewer. In terms of perspective, you’re off to a good start. There are just a couple of sets of parallel lines that don’t quite converge consistently to its shared vanishing point. You’ll have plenty of more practice though in the 250 Box Challenge!

With that, congratulations on completing Lesson 1!

Next Steps:

  • Continue to use these exercises as part of your warm ups (about 10-15 minutes)

  • Feel free to move onto the 250 box challenge

  • Don’t forget to take breaks and draw for fun!

  • Also, now that you’ve completed Lesson 1, I encourage you to critique some Lesson 1 community submissions. Not only will this help the community, but it will also solidify and help reinforce your understanding of the material. Of course, this is optional. But if you’d be willing to help, a guide was created by one of our community members on how to go about critiquing Lesson 1 here: https://pastebin.com/dYnFt9PQ

This community member feels the lesson should be marked as complete, and 2 others agree. The student has earned their completion badge for this lesson and should feel confident in moving onto the next lesson.
2:42 AM, Sunday June 14th 2020
edited at 2:43 AM, Jun 14th 2020

Hi! Thank you so much for your detailed and informative critique, I'll do my best to follow your advice!

Good luck and have a great day!

edited at 2:43 AM, Jun 14th 2020
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