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Lesson 1: Lines, Ellipses and Boxes

9:51 AM, Friday June 19th 2020

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This is my second take on draw a box. I redid it because of 6 months break, not feeling like I have read and did things according to the lessons. But the main reason why I redid lesson 1 was because I wasn't serious enough about it. After finishing lesson 1 1st time I did 60 boxes in 6 months(which is terrible pace), so I decided to take it seriously. So my daily drawing routine for some time was: warm up with some early exercises then do boxes and at the end draw something. After some time I was doing 10 boxes per day and 1-2 homework a week. Feel free to critique.

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4:18 PM, Sunday June 21st 2020

Congrats on finishing lesson 1. I'll be looking at your submission today. I also ended up redoing the first few lessons of drawabox when I decided to get the patreon critiques and I found it to be a very good choice overall as it really strengthened my fundamentals. Starting with your superimposed lines these could use some work. You might need to take your time with these a bit more as you aren't keeping a clear starting point on except on a few of the shorter lines on the second page. Please check the lesson notes here. https://drawabox.com/lesson/1/8/fraying I would keep doing these as warmups and try and focus on keeping a clean starting point. Otherwise these look fine I'm not seeing much wobble. Moving onto your ghosted lines and planes. These are looking pretty good for the most part. You are employing the ghosting method well and I'm not seeing a lot of wobble or arcing. you seem like you might be redrawing some lines on your planes and I highly recommend against. You are much better off trying to work with a bad line rather than redrawing a line to fix it as it tends to just clutter the drawing more and add confusing information. Not seeing anything major here but just something to keep in mind.

Looking at your table of ellipses these are coming along very nicely. Great job drawing through all of your ellipses and I am already seeing improvement by the second page. You are keeping a nice solid shape while also getting a fair bit of accuracy. Nice work here. You seem to be missing your ellipses in planes. I'm gonna need you to upload those before I can mark this lesson complete. Your ellipses in funnels are looking good as well. You are having a bit of an issue with your ellipses tilting off the minor axis so that is something you are going to want to look out for. Please see the lesson notes here. https://drawabox.com/lesson/1/13/notaligned

Plotted perspective is good nothing to say here. Your rough perspective boxes turned out pretty well for the most. You are employing the ghosting method and getting solid linework and great job extending your boxes back and checking your work. I'm not seeing any real issues here but there is always room for improvement.

Your rotated box exercise came out pretty well. You are doing a nice job drawing through your boxes and keeping the gaps between your boxes narrow and consistent. You did run into a pretty common beginner issue of not actually rotating your boxes enough. Instead you were simply moving some of the boxes back in perspective. Please check the lesson notes here. https://drawabox.com/lesson/1/16/notrotating Finally, your organic box exercises are looking quite good. You are getting some very nice and confident linework here. Your boxes are looking very solid as well with minimal convergence issues so really great work here. I'll still need to you upload those missing ellipses in planes pages before I can mark this lesson as complete. Overall, there was some really solid work here. Keep it up!

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Missing two pages of ellipses in planes

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10:42 AM, Monday June 22nd 2020

Thanks for your critique, really appreciate it.

I updated previous imgur album with missing 2 pages of ellipses in planes. https://imgur.com/a/W5A42yQ

And I have 1 question. I finished lesson 1 and 250 boxes challenge on the same time, and I see that there has to been 2 weeks break for every official critique. So my point is I don't know what to do. Do I wait or start lesson 2 without approved critique(I think I shouldn’t do that).

Again thanks for critique gonna reduce my mistakes in futures warm-ups.

1:40 PM, Monday June 22nd 2020

These ellipses in planes are looking pretty good. You are doing a good job focusing on getting a solid ellipse shape over accuracy. Accuracy is something that will build up naturally the more you practice. You might be drawing through a little too much on these. Try and limit it to 2 - 3 times max. I'm seeing it going to 3 - 4 times here and there. Anyways these look good and I'm going to mark this lesson as complete. Since you have to wait 2 weeks to submit the box challenge I would recommend keeping up with the lesson 1 warmup exercises and you could probably start looking at lesson 2 and trying the demos but I wouldn't work through the homework until you get the critique for the 250 box challenge.

This critique marks this lesson as complete.
2:12 PM, Monday June 22nd 2020

Understand, thanks for quick reply.

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