## Lesson 1: Lines, Ellipses and Boxes

##### 11:21 AM, Wednesday September 14th 2022

a re-submission for official critique of lesson 1, someone did tell me to redo ellipses in planes and rough perspective and I did those here:

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##### 2:34 PM, Thursday September 15th 2022

Welcome to drawabox, and congrats on completing Lesson 1. Let’s see how you did!

Starting off, your superimposed lines look okay. They’re generally smooth, and straight, but sometimes wobbly. Had this only been the case with your arcing ones, I’d have cited their small size as the culprit, but some of the straight ones suffer from it, too, so I’ll remind you that our #1 priority here is the smoothness, and straightness of our lines; accuracy is secondary, if not entirely irrelevant. By the way, zigzag-y lines are not drawn in one stroke, but several – only gently curving lines count for this type of exercise. Though they show some improvement throughout the set, the ghosted lines/planes suffer from some insecurity, too. Again, it’s more important for a line to be smooth, and straight, than it is for it to hit its start/end points, or even start/stop at them. Also, recall that each line is to be drawn once, and only once, regardless of how it turns out. Don’t get into the habit of correcting a line after the fact.

The table of ellipses exercise shows a decent start, but it’s, overall, not great. Your ellipses are rounded, but they’re bordering on wobbly, and they’ve not been drawn through properly, either. Try to hit the minimum of 2 rotations (rather than settling for 1 and change), and be consistent about how many times you rotate. Don’t decide as you’re going at it, decide beforehand. Also, remember that ellipses should have a goal; a lot of yours are floating inside of their frames, saying nothing about the fact that their degrees/angles aren’t consistent in each frame. Looking at the second attempt at the ellipses in planes exercise, it’s certainly a lot better, but you still struggle with keeping them round. Here, too, you’re overly concerned with accuracy – having your ellipses deform in an effort to entirely fill the frame, rather than only filling it as necessary. The funnels suffer from a lot of the same issues. I’ll definitely encourage you to ghost quite a lot more, from now on – a lot of the time, you’re committing to a mark before you’re ready to. If it still happens even then, then remind yourself that the time for second guessing is during the ghosting stage only – once you’ve decided to commit, you should do so confidently. Be careful, here, especially, that you’re not drawing from the wrist, by the way – I notice some pointy ellipses, and that’s generally the cause of those. Finally, draw the curves first, then the minor axis, so as to have it be equidistant from them.

The plotted perspective exercise is well done.

The revised rotated boxes exercise shows a lot of improvement, but this is mostly limited to the convergences (which, I’ll mention, are in a good spot, by the end). Line-work, on the other hand, is still not quite there. Try, when drawing these lines, not to think about the bigger picture that they’ll add up to, but rather about the lines themselves. That way, you don’t feel quite as overwhelmed, because all you’re doing is drawing a single line from point A to point B – no different from what you were doing in the ghosted lines exercise.

For the rotated boxes exercise, I’d have certainly preferred you finished the first attempt, rather than restarting – that, again, is not something we encourage. Nonetheless, I’ll look at the more complete of the two. This one, I notice, is missing 3 boxes, but the ones that are there are decent. They struggle to rotate, and, on the outer layer, they have trouble remaining snug, but I can tell that the attempt was there. Don’t stress about this anymore, but do give it another go when you complete the box challenge, just to see how much easier it’ll be then.

The organic perspective exercise looks decent, all things considered. It does have a lot of the same issues as its predecessors (wobbly line-work, repeat lines, etc.), but nothing new. Your boxes are, more often than not, well constructed, and they flow well, as per their size and foreshortening.

Next Steps:

I’ll mark this lesson as complete, but I’d like you to keep working on your line quality. Normally, for students that have completed the box challenge before they start submitting, we recommend that they submit their old challenge, plus 50 new boxes (that more accurately reflect their current skill level). I’d like you to do the same, being especially careful about your line-work there. GL!

This critique marks this lesson as complete.
##### 2:56 PM, Thursday September 15th 2022 edited at 2:57 PM, Sep 15th 2022

Thank you so much for your reply, I definitely know my ellipses and my confidence in my lines are a big thing I have to work on, which I do in my warm ups every day! I will draw another 50 boxes, submit those next and then I will give the rotated boxes exercise another go!

edited at 2:57 PM, Sep 15th 2022
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