Lesson 1: Lines, Ellipses and Boxes

1:16 AM, Friday February 9th 2024

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Once more unto the breach! I've had to focus on school the past few years but I'm back to finish what I started; figured I should re-do lesson 1 since it's been so long. Thanks in advanced for any critiques!

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11:06 AM, Wednesday February 21st 2024
edited at 11:43 AM, Feb 21st 2024

Congrats on completing Lesson 1 :) I’ll be taking a look at your submission.

  • Starting off with Lines. Your superimposed show overall confidence. There's fraying and minor wobble present, but this will get better over time. You continue to show confidence in both ghosted line and planes. You do miss your mark from time to time, but this will improve with mileage. Nice work.

  • Moving on to Ellipses. Your tables of ellipses are looking really good! They're drawn through confidently, and show good effort in varying degrees and sizes while also staying within the bounds of the table and other ellipses. The same can be said for your ellipses in planes. There's some innacurate ellipses, but these are something that'll only get better over time. Your ellipses in funnels came out well overall. As you're doing a good job maintaining alignment, I would recommend integrating this optional step https://drawabox.com/lesson/1/18/step3 as practice when using this exercise as a warmup.

  • Next up are Boxes. Your plotted perspective looks good. Your rough perspective shows an overall understanding of the exercise, but a mixture of both confident and wobbling lines. I can see that your lines got better as you got more mileage with this exercise, but you still miss your mark from time to time. This is alright, as confidence should be what we're prioritizing over accuracy. There's some minor slant present in these boxes. This is mostly a result of some vertical lines not being perfectly straight up and down to the horizon line, and horizontal lines not being perfectly horizontal. Try to aim for that when doing 2D exercises such as this one.

  • Rotated Boxes (our favorite T^T). You made a good effort with this one. It's a difficult exercise so mistakes are expected. You did a good job of keeping box gaps narrow, but ran into the common issue of having the boxes converge onto a vanishing point rather than rotate https://drawabox.com/lesson/1/21/notrotating. We'll get a better idea of how to handle something like this through the box challenge

  • Organic perspective. Your organic perspective is looking good. You appear to have much more confidence when ghosting through boxes. I like how you got some practice with line weight. This is something that we only get better at with practice, so integrating it here already was a good idea. A good number of your boxes are actually fairly structurally sound, and it can only get better with the box challenge.

Overall: Good submission. You showed growth in terms of your linework, and have a good start when it comes to ellipses. Keep drawing confidently, and accuracy will improve over time. There's always room for improvement, so make sure to integrate these exercises into your warmups. I believe you understood what these exercises try to convey, and are prepared to tackle the 250 box challenge.

Next Steps:

Move on to the 250 box challenge.

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edited at 11:43 AM, Feb 21st 2024
5:56 AM, Monday March 11th 2024

Thanks for the feedback, Chy! I definitely agree that there is much room for growth in terms of my mark-making. I will continue to practice executing lines more confidently - specifically by spending more time in the planning phase so that, during execution, I can be more confident that I'll end up making the mark I intended to. I'll probably also give the rotated boxes exercise another go, I can see where my furthest boxes failed to converge more rapidly than my inner ones.

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