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5:08 PM, Saturday March 5th 2022

Good job on completing the lesson. I will be reviewing your submission.

Arrows: For your arrows, you need to imagine that there's a space with depth, and they need to be flowing through that space. For most of your arrows it doesn't seem like you're considering the way they are traveling in 3-d space. You are keeping the width the same throught the entire arrow, and the spacing between each fold is the same, which breaks the illusion of 3-d space. Consider this when you're drawing arrows. Also, be more careful with the hatching, it seems like you placed it on wrong parts of the arrow, and take your time with the arrow heads, make sure you are using the ghosting method. Finally, be more confident, and remember to keep using your whole arm when drawing.

Leaves: You need to slow down on this excercise. Just like with the arrows, you are also considering the way this leaves are flowing in a 3D-Space. It seems like you were rushing with the lines you placed inside each leaf. Also, the twisting and turning on your leaves is not very accurate, and makes it look unnatural. Use references if you need, so you familiarize yourself and fully understand the twists and turns. For the big leaves with smaller ones inside, it seems like you were rushing. Please remember to take your time. Be intentional with each line you put down and plan it carefully.

Branches: You seem to have understood this excercise, so good job on that. You did a good job with changing the degree of the ellipses so it seems like the branch is turning. There are some things I want to point out. When connecting the ellipses, you tend to miss them when the branch is more complex. Slow down, just like you did on the more straight branches. With time, you will get better at this and won't miss as much. Another thing I want to point out is that for some branches (specially the one on the upper right), the way you placed the ellipses and connected them contradicts the initial flow line that you drew. Draw more ellipses if you need to (but don't overdoit), and remember the concept of minor axis.

Plant drawings: It seems like you understood the concepts of this lesson more when you started drawing plants. I see you were more careful with the leaves and branches. I will still point out that on some branches and branch like structures (like the mushroom), you contradicted the initial flow line you put down. Remember to be mora careful and take your time with that. For this drawing, you also weren't very careful with the leaves. Also , remember you need to be using a fine liner for these lessons. The detail you added on this plant looks incomplete, since you didn't fill the shadows completely. You need to also consider which leaves are on top of which so you place shadows currently. Watch the demo for the Potato Plant again so this becomes more clear. For this plant, you could have added more ellipses to the branch, so when you are connecting them, it results on a more solid branch. You will eventually be able to do it with less ellipses, but for now, i advise you to add more.

I advise you do one more page of arrows, and one additional plant drawing. So you develop a better understanding of the 3-d space the arrows and leaves are flowing in. Keep practicing and reading the instructions carefully.

Next Steps:

One page of arrows

One plant drawing

When finished, reply to this critique with your revisions.
7:45 AM, Saturday March 19th 2022

One plant drawing and one page of arrows as requested


6:00 PM, Saturday March 19th 2022

Good job. I can see you were more carefull in your plant drawing. The main branch looks pretty solid, and I can see you took your time with the leaves, and the main flow line for each one of them looks pretty confident. You could have added some cast shadows to push some leaves in front of the others, so keep that in mind when you practice plants. Remember to give the small leaves carefully as well. Lastly, remember to be patient when drawing detail and texture. I suggest you do the 25 texture challenge (you don't need to do it before moving on to lesson 4, you can do it as you do the following lessons.).

I think you can move on to lesson 4. However, I do think you need to work more on your arrows. Make sure you include them in your warmups. You seem to be having trouble with the twists of the arrows. Also, the illusion that they are travelling through space gets broken quite a lot, and you seem to be having trouble controlling the way the width of the arrow changes. When you do this excercise as a warmup, I recommend you revisit the video and explanation for this excersice. It's really important that you understand this, so keep practicing.

Next Steps:

Move on to lesson 4

Include arrows excercise to warmups. Make sure you read and watch the instructions again.

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