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## Lesson 1: Lines, Ellipses and Boxes

##### 5:01 AM, Tuesday June 28th 2022

lesson 1 5th attempt

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##### 2:46 PM, Tuesday June 28th 2022

Hello!

Before going in detail with the exercises, I think I have to mention that the exercises of this course are supposed to be done by hand and in paper, not in computer!

You should be using a black fineliner size 0.5 as it says in lesson 0

With this said I'll mention now the exercises per se

Lines:

Superimposed Lines: Some of them are good, but other times the lines are fraying on both ends. You have to try to start always on the same point!

Ghosted Lines: Mostly good! A few ones don't start at the point of origin like in the previous work, but it's something that only happens in a few.

Ghosted Planes: Good, but in this exercise you can see why doing this on paper is important. The lines are too thick for the purpose of the exercise

Ellipses:

Table of Ellipses: Same than with the ghosted planes exercise. The lines are too thick for the purpose of the exercise. And also I think that you have only drawn the ellipse 1 time. You're supposed to draw 2 or 3 times over each one!

Ellipses in Planes: Here and in the Funnels exercise you make the same mistake than before. You draw the ellipse only 1 time.

Funnels Exercise:

Boxes

Plotted Perspective: I think it's good!

Rough Perspective: The lines of the correction should start at the end of the box/the closest point to the vanishing point of each box.

Rotated Boxes: This is a quite difficult exercise so it's normal that there are more mistakes.

Some of the boxes’ corners aren’t consistent with each other: https://d15v304a6xpq4b.cloudfront.net/lesson_images/9a16c189.jpg.

Also, here the fact that it's made with a thick pen makes it quite messy, overall at the center

Organic Perspective: The general perspective, from far to close is quite good, but individually some boxes perspective ain't that good, and you forgot to add that line from behind that we're not supposed to see!

Summaricing, I wouldn't recommend you to go with the 250 boxes challenge, mainly because the job is not made witht the materials said in lesson 0, and also paying special attention to the ellipses exercises

Next Steps:

Repeat the lesson one, this time with a fineliner size 0.5, and take your time to read and do the exercises step by step.

##### 4:09 AM, Saturday July 2nd 2022 edited at 4:32 AM, Jul 2nd 2022

Could you elaborate on the "lines are too thick"? I very well know that you shouldnt do this digitally but before I discovered drawabox (and the fact that digitally isnt as good as traditional in terms of learning how to draw) I wasted almost 1/3 of my backup savings on a digital tablet, so even though I now know that was a mistake, im determined on doing it all digitally just because of how much it costed to get. Isnt there some sort of possible compromise, say, just lower the size option in Krita (the program I use) so it draws smaller? I do almost everything with the size option set to 10.20 px but some exceptions, like ellipses or perspective, I use 4.74 px. Couldnt I just continue digitally but set it to something smaller like 2 px?. Also lesson 1 homework does say fineliner size 0.5 is just a recommendation unless Im paying someone for pre-written text. https://imgur.com/a/YR6I6xV

btw even If im honestly kinda mad at the "do it in fineliners" talk, I would still like to thank you for taking the time to review my attempt. I swear I was gonna go slowly insane If I just kept posting attempt after attempt and noone cared.

I just realized yesterday that you had to draw the ellipses twice... unfortunately I already did almost 50 pages of ellipses at that point.

Im gonna use everything you told me for what remains of my 6th attempt (that hopefully goes better than this one).

edited at 4:32 AM, Jul 2nd 2022
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A lot of my students use these. The last time I used them was when I was in high school, and at the time I felt that they dried out pretty quickly, though I may have simply been mishandling them. As with all pens, make sure you're capping them when they're not in use, and try not to apply too much pressure. You really only need to be touching the page, not mashing your pen into it.

On the flipside, they tend to be on the cheaper side of things, so if you're just getting started (beginners tend to have poor pressure control), you're probably going to destroy a few pens - going cheaper in that case is not a bad idea.

In terms of line weight, the sizes are pretty weird. 08 corresponds to 0.5mm, which is what I recommend for the drawabox lessons, whereas 05 corresponds to 0.45mm, which is pretty close and can also be used.