Lesson 1: Lines, Ellipses and Boxes

2:23 PM, Sunday July 3rd 2022

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Where/how do i access the daily exercises please?

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7:12 AM, Tuesday July 5th 2022

Welcome to drawabox, and congrats on completing Lesson 1. With regards to your question, if by ‘the daily exercise’ you’re referring to the summer promptathon of a few days back, sadly, that’s over. During the time that it’s running, you’ll find information regarding it on the home page, as well as on our official discord server. Regarding the server, though it’s not promptathon related, and will yield no (avatar-related) benefits, we do have a drawing prompts channel on there, too – you can do these at your own pace, and there’s a huge backlog of them, if you’re in need of some guidance for your other 50%. I hope that clears things up. With that out of the way, let’s take a look at your submission.

Starting with your superimposed lines, these are looking good. They’re smooth, properly lined up at the start, and of a consistent trajectory. I notice some light hesitation near their starts, so do be careful that you’re not spending too long lining up your pen to the correct starting point (so long that you’re losing the built-up rhythm), but it’s not a huge problem, either way. There’s a similar problem in the ghosted lines/planes section, except this time, it is serious. You’re a little too concerned with accuracy, here, and not enough with confidence. We’re striving for the opposite. Accuracy is not especially important, and it’s something that we can improve over time, anyway. Confidence, on the other hand, is something that we have control over now, and it is that that will make your marks read as solid. As such, we prioritize confidence when drawing, even at the cost of accuracy. To put it simply, if your lines are confident, but inaccurate, they’re correct; if, as they’re here, they’re wobbly, but accurate, they’re not.

The same logic extends to the ellipse section, too: so long as your ellipses are smooth, and rounded, they’re correct, even if they don’t do a particularly good job of sticking to their frames, or even their own rotations. With that in mind, the table of ellipses exercise is well done. Your ellipses here are smooth, rounded, and properly drawn through. Do aim to hit a full 2 rotations (rather than being content with 1 and change), and be careful to lift, not flick, your pen off the page at the end of your rotations (that way, you’ll not have those tails at the end of your ellipses). The ellipses in planes are fairly well done. I can tell that you’re stressing a little more here, over their accuracy, and you definitely shouldn’t be, as it’s causing issues with their smoothness, but it’s not so much the case that you need to do anything drastic – simply change your priorities a little, as per the philosophy I brought up in the lines section. The funnels, too, despite the occasional insecurity, are nicely done. Your ellipses are snug, and properly cut in half by their minor axes, as they should be.

The plotted perspective exercise is well done (when you remembered that it’s, in fact, done with a ruler!)

The rough perspective exercise is missing its correction lines. I can tell that it’s fairly solid (its convergences I mean; linework is another issue we’ll get in to in a second), even without them, but we usually insist that the students draw them, so that they can tell. As such, I’ll hold off on my critique until then.

The rotated boxes exercise is well done. It has its issues, certainly, but we’re not as upset about the boxes not being spaced, sized, or converging properly, as we are about repeated lines. I will remind you that, as per the instructions in the ghosted lines exercise, each line is to be drawn once, and only once. Resist the urge to correct the line, even if – especially if! – it’s wrong. Mistakes are not a problem; if anything, they’re very important, as they show you what you need to improve next. As such, you should be able to clearly see them, rather than having to dig through the multiple attempts you did, in an effort to ‘fix’ them to be able to. That whole thing aside, the rotated boxes exercise looks good, by virtue of it being seen through to the end, to the best of your ability. As for doing better, that’ll come naturally, as you progress through the box challenge, so don’t stress.

For the organic perspective exercise, it seems like you missed the instruction to split your page into framed compositions (and, I suppose, also didn’t look at the example homework). What’s here is decent, save for the corrected lines, though it doesn’t seem like you were super consistent about using start/end points for your lines, here. Remember that all lines need those!

Next Steps:

As mentioned, I’d like to see the rough perspective exercise with its correction lines, before critiquing that part.

When finished, reply to this critique with your revisions.
4:16 PM, Tuesday July 5th 2022
edited at 8:29 PM, Jul 5th 2022


here are the rough perspective with correction lines

edited at 8:29 PM, Jul 5th 2022
4:21 AM, Thursday July 7th 2022

Yup – the convergences show some nice improvement throughout the set, evidence of some clear forethought, and planning. Linework, on the other hand, is a little insecure. Though you’re correct that the plotting part is the bulk of this exercise, this is not to say that the drawing part is inessential. Please take your time on all aspects of each exercise.

Next Steps:

Anyway, as that’s something that you can improve on your own time, I’ll simply tell you to not neglect your warmups, and move you on to the box challenge. Good luck!

This critique marks this lesson as complete.
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