250 Box Challenge

9:01 PM, Thursday August 25th 2022

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sorry there not in page order. Imgur really messed the order, but each page has the page number on it.

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5:42 PM, Sunday August 28th 2022

Hi there, I'll be handling your box challenge critique.

The pages being out of order is fine as long as either the pages themselves or the boxes are numbered, thank you for the concern though.

Not only does the challenge help deepen your understanding of important concepts but it shows your desire to learn as well. That being said I'll try to keep this critique fairly brief so you can get working on the next steps as soon as possible.

Things you did well:

  • It's nice to see that you're taking the time to plan each of your hatching lines and space them evenly. This helps keep your boxes looking tidy rather than looking like they were rushed on to the page.

  • You're doing a good job of experimenting with orientations, and proportions. Experimenting is an important habit to build when learning any new skill, it helps form a more well rounded understanding. I hope you'll continue to display and nurture this habit in the future.

Things you can work on:

  • You have some noticeable wobbling occuring in your lines. Remember that line confidence is our top priority and that accuracy will improve as we continue to build up more mileage.

  • Line weight isn't a requirement of the challenge but I do recommend practicing it in your future attempts. It's an incredibly useful tool but one that people often require a fair bit of mileage before they feel comfortable applying it. The sooner you start to build up that mileage the sooner you'll see better results.

  • I'd like you to experiment with rates of foreshortening more. Currently you tend to keep your lines close to parallel and push your vanishing points far from your boxes. Try bringing your points in closer so that your lines have to converge more dramatically. Remember that experimentation is important.

  • In nearly every box you're placing your vanishing points between the viewer and your boxes. This leads to you extending your lines in the wrong direction and your boxes becoming distorted because your lines are actually diverging from where the vanishing point would actually be. Here's a guide I wrote that will hopefully help you place your vanishing points and line extensions more consistently. If you need some more examples you can find them here and a simplified guide below.

  • There are times when your lines converge in pairs or you attempt to keep your lines a bit too parallel which results in them diverging. This is an example of lines converging in pairs, and this shows the relation between each line in a set and their respective vanishing point. The inner pair of lines will be quite similar unless the box gets quite long and the outer pair can vary a lot depending on the location of the vanishing point. Move it further away and the lines become closer to parallel while moving it closer increases the rate of foreshortening.

The key things we want to remember from this exercise are that our lines should always converge as a set not in pairs, never diverge from the vanishing point and due to perspective they won't be completely parallel.

I won't be moving you on to the next lesson just yet, each lesson builds off concepts in the previous course material so if you move forward with un-addressed issues you end up just creating further issues on top of them.

Unfortunately applying the line extensions incorrectly severely undermined the effectiveness of the exercise. Normally this would require a full redo, as it would have made it impossible for you to identify areas where your approach should be adjusted from page to page, but we're going to bring that down to 100 additional boxes - which is of course a considerable task, but hopefully easier to stomach while still giving you room to apply the approach correctly and solidify that understanding.

Once you've completed your boxes reply to this critique with a link to them, I'll address anything that needs to be worked on and once you've shown you're ready I'll move you on to the next lesson.

I know you can do this and look forward to seeing your work.

Next Steps:

100 more boxes please.

When finished, reply to this critique with your revisions.
6:55 PM, Sunday August 28th 2022

Any ideas on how I can stop the line wobbling? That always feels incredibly random of when it occurs.

Also is it alright to define where my vanishing point are before drawling a single line?

9:40 PM, Sunday August 28th 2022

Line wobbling is a result of not drawing confidently and instead hesitating while creating your line, likely from stressing about accuracy. This was gone over in lesson 1, you can refresh yourself on the steps of creating a line here.

As for your question about vanishing points, the intent of the challenge is to improve your understanding of 3D space without explicit vanishing points, they should only be revealed upon extending your lines.

7:22 PM, Tuesday September 6th 2022

Hey Tofu, I was able to complete the 100 boxes here is the link: https://imgur.com/a/po72V2x

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