Lesson 1: Lines, Ellipses and Boxes

8:27 PM, Friday July 10th 2020

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Hello, Drawabox Community,

Hope you guys are doing well. I just completed my Lesson 1 exercises. It will be helpful, if someone critique my work.

Thanks In Advance.

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5:39 PM, Thursday July 23rd 2020

Hi there, I'm here to review your Lesson 1 homework and hopefully give you some useful tips. =)


  • Super Imposed Lines

Your lines are confident with a few lines wobbling here and there. They're frying at the end but it it isn't a problem for now. You've just started Lesson 1. On the second page, your lines are less confident and they're frying a bit more than on the first page. Arcing lines and lines and waves are more difficult to draw, so it's normal that you struggled a bit more here.

Remember that confidence is more important than accuracy.

  • Ghosted Lines

Your lines are mostly confident and they usually end at the second dot. The longer ones are arcing a bit. Do not change the direction of your line even if it isn't going to pass on the second dot. This usually happens when you don't draw with your shoulder pivot. If you're using your shoulder, then try to arc your line in the opposite direction to "neutralise" it.

Arcing Lines

  • Ghosted Planes

Great job overall. Some lines still are arcing a bit though. Focus on confident lines. It's not a big problem if your confident line doesn't stop exactly on the second dot. As always "confidence > accuracy"


  • Table of Ellipses

Your ellipses look great! They sometimes leave the frame but besides that, they have a consistent angle, degree and size. You could have varied a bit your ellipses on each frame though. Each page only has ellipses from one degree/angle. Do not be afraid to try "different" ellipses as you can see on the example. Also, you drew too many times through some of your ellipses. You should always draw through each ellipse two to three times.


  • Ellipses in Planes

Your ellipses usually touch all 4 sides of the plane. That's great! Some of them are a bit deformed or lack confidence, and as result, they end up wobbly.

  • Funnels

Your ellipses look better here! They're more confident! Sadly, your minor axis (the line in the middle) doesn't cut most of your ellipses in two perfect halves. It doesn't mean that your ellipses were badly drawn. You just didn't draw your minor axis exactly in the middle of your funnels.


  • Plotted Perspective

Nothing to say here. You followed the instructions exactly as on the website and you did a perfect job. =)

  • Rough Perspective

Your extensions are mostly correct. Most of them pass close to the vanishing point. Because these boxes are drawn with one vanishing point, there are lines that will always be perpendicular or parallel to the horizon line. I'm pretty sure you were also aware of that, but some of your lines weren't. That's probably due a accumulation of small mistakes. Keep that in mind.

  • Rotated Boxes

Amazing job! All of your boxes are rotating in space. Hatching the sides of your boxes and increasing the line-weight of the visible edges would have been nice too. This might me a nitpicky remark but, you were a bit lazy to draw the 4 "squares" at the end of the two axis. Remember that these four "squares" are the sides of the cube from a specific angle. (You can only see a single face of the cube). So their length and width should be the same.

Sides of the box (See the image)

  • Organic Perspective

It also looks great overall. They shrunk as they get further from the viewer and are flowing nicely through space. Here's a suggestion that I see often on Discord but it isn't mandatory. You can reinforce that one box is overlapping the other by increasing the line-weight on the silhouette of the box. You increase the line-weight only on the parts of the lines that are overlapping another box. You don't do it to the entire line. I wrote a small guide about a while ago. It should be easy to understand.


In conclusion: You did an amazing job overall and you've improved a lot since the beginning. Remember that confidence is more important than accuracy and you should be fine to move on. Keep working hard and good luck! =)

Next Steps:

Your next step is the 250 Box Challenge. Remember to do warm-ups everyday for 10 to 15 minutes.

For the challenge, I recommend you to draw 3 to 6 boxes per page (A4). It's always better to draw bigger boxes and keep experimenting with different angles.

This community member feels the lesson should be marked as complete, and 3 others agree. The student has earned their completion badge for this lesson and should feel confident in moving onto the next lesson.
2:12 PM, Friday July 24th 2020
edited at 2:20 PM, Jul 24th 2020


Thank you so much. I was eagerly waiting for this critique for a week or so.

I would like to inform you that, I already started my 250 box challenge and done 100 of them. But In some pages I drew more than 6 box.

My question is, Should I redo it or Count it as done??

Thank you and It was really Helpful.

edited at 2:20 PM, Jul 24th 2020
2:51 PM, Friday July 24th 2020

You can keep those! From now on, focus on drawing less boxes per page but draw them bigger. If you have more questions or if you want me to give a quick look at your boxes from the challenge, you can send me a message on Discord. JoaoSiilva#9754

3:31 PM, Friday July 24th 2020

Thank you so much brother. Really appreciate your effort. I will show you my boxes.

Love and Respect from My side.

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