Lesson 3: Applying Construction to Plants

6:07 AM, Thursday February 6th 2020

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Bit of a mixed bag in here. Had a lot of fun doing the technical comps. As always feedback and critique welcome.


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9:29 PM, Sunday February 9th 2020

I saw on your comment that you were going to do redo some stuff from this lesson, but I'm going to go over it quickly to point you a few things.

Arrows same thing I was talking about on your lesson 2 critique, make them grow as they come towards the viewer.

branches remember to divide the borders in different overlapping strokes. You've done it in some of them, but even then, make the next stroke overlapping the previous one way back, so the transition is smoother. You also got some wobbly contours on the bottom right branch for example so be careful with that too.

For complex branches, like the on you did on the bottom, remember to apply the method described on the page of this specific exercise. So go back into it and give it a read.

leaves For the left leaf on your page, remember to take this approach described here . Draw each leaf individually, and then connect them. For the contours, you got some fraying at both ends in some of them, so try to be careful in each one of them.

For detail, rely on reference and apply the same methods you applied on the texture exercises on lesson 2, focus only on shadows, don't rely on contours.

And into your plant drawings I wanna point out a few things.

First one is, don't do shading. Only shading you can do is by applying black cast shadows, just like in the texture exercises, and to show texture, nothing else.

On drawings such as this, they are complex enough to be drawn on a whole page. So don't hesitate to do it. You could have drawn one plant per page, and that would be totally okay, and in fact, it's what I recommend. You have skipped the flow lines for the leaves on this drawing. Every leaf on the plant drawings, should be approached just like the ones on the technical exercises. Don't skip steps. And the same goes for the roses. Everything should be constructed back to it's most basic forms, on the roses for example, you could have simplified them to a ball, and add the petals from there. Don't just add a 2d shape and add detail to it.

Other problem is that some of your subjects are a bit rushed, like these ones: No matter how complex the subject it is, don't scribble construct each part of the plant carefully, and if you feel you are starting to rush, then take a break. But every line you do should be planned carefully and ghosted.

And always draw through your forms. Here for example you skipped it. Again, always construct every part of the subject back to its simplest forms, drawing through them. Detail is secondary.

Another thing is trees, like you drew here. You shouldn't draw them for this lesson, and even if you did, again break down its simplest forms, like this.

Next Steps:

You can post the stuff you said you wanted to redo here, I recommend to do your plant drawings taking the whole page for each subject you do, and remember to draw through each form, not to shade other than with black shapes of black with fineliner, and to construct everything back to its simplest forms, good luck, and keep up the good work!

When finished, reply to this critique with your revisions.
5:08 AM, Thursday February 13th 2020

Alright completed the revisions I mentioned earlier in this post. Sorry it took awhile, took a break in there too to recharge the batteries.

New revisions are located here: https://imgur.com/a/hzLPYJo

As always, thank you so much for feedback and taking the time to help me progress. This platform has really helped my confidence and pushing me to keep going further.


7:20 PM, Friday February 14th 2020

Starting with your arrows, you are starting to make them grow towards the viewer, but only in some of them. Try to make exaggerate it much more, and to do it all your arrows. Corrected here some of them. As you can see, you aren't mostly making the arrows themselves grow, keep in mind you not only have to make the space between folds bigger, but the arrows themselves too. Try to keep 2 things in mind the next times you practice the exercise.

Branches look better, they are actually pretty smooth. Nevertheless, you aren't overlapping your strokes much. You should start the strokes overlapping quite a bit with the previous stroke, as you can see here (different colours are different strokes). Be sure you always draw through your froms. You stopped drawing a branch because it was behind other branch. Never do that. You can clarify which branch is in top of the other later with lineweight, but that's it.

On leaves, remember to approach texture like in the lesson 2 exercises, focus on cast shadows and do it from reference. Remember to work additevely as well, don't cut into the leaves. I also noticed you might be rushing some of the contour lines. Plan and ghost all of them, I know it's hard, but if you feel you are rushing, take a break and come back later, there's nothing wrong with that, go at your own pace.

On this drawing, your contours make that part of the plant a bit flat. Remember that contours should accelerate on the borders. One thing that helps to not make this mistake is to hook the contours. Just like in the lesson 2 organic forms with contours, like I did on the picture I posted.

Otherwise, you've done a good job on texture on the mushroom, though remember in the cactus that we don't want to rely on hatching, try to keep everything to cast shadows. +

Last thing I wanna touch upon is the ellipses. As they face more and more towards the viewer, the degree will be bigger, and this is something you might not be aware. As you can see here, the pot bottom ellipse faces more towards the viewer, so it needs to have a higher degree ellipse.

Next Steps:

Alright, so like I said you did a pretty good job, so I'm marking this lesson as complete, keep in mind those things in mind and into the next lesson! (Which should be lesson 4, but I'm not sure if you have completed it yet). Keep up the good work!

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7:50 PM, Friday February 14th 2020

Thank you for the feedback. Going to spend some time tonight and take a quick crack at some of the stuff above and will resubmit. Want to make sure this sinks in.

Good call on the rushing. I feel like when I am not thinking through my textures, I experiment till I find what looks good. Often times that gets a little messy and is rushed. This then compounds and start making mistakes in other areas as well (i.e. flat pitcher plant). Will try and be more cognizant of this.

Again, wonderful feedback this is the stuff I have been looking for to really help me move forward. Thanks!


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