Lesson 1: Lines, Ellipses and Boxes

10:39 PM, Saturday June 24th 2023

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Thank you for taking your time with my homework, it really means a lot to me that you're doing that despite this event going on and I truely appreciate you and what you're doing.

As a quick question, am I allowed to do the Organic Perspective exercise as a warm-up after the 250 box challange? It was really fun to me and I feel like I could do a lot better if I could try again.

Thank you again and have an absolutely amazing day!

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11:35 PM, Saturday June 24th 2023

Hello and congrats on completing lesson one. My name is Rob and I'm a teaching assistant for Drawabox who will be handling your lesson one critique. Starting with your superimposed lines these are off to a fine start. You are keeping a clearly defined starting point with all of your wavering at the opposite end. Your ghosted lines and planes turned out well. You are using the ghosting method to good effect to get confident linework with a pretty decent deal of accuracy that will get better and better with practice.

Your tables of ellipses are coming along pretty good. You are doing a good job drawing through your ellipses and focusing on consistent smooth ellipse shapes. This is carried over nicely into your ellipses in planes. It's great that you aren't overly concerned with accuracy and are instead focused on getting smooth ellipse shapes. Although accuracy is our end goal it can't really be forced and tends to come with mileage and consistent practice more than anything else. Some of your ellipses in funnels are having some issues with tilting off the minor axis. https://drawabox.com/lesson/1/18/notaligned This is something you should always start considering when drawing your ellipses. Your ellipses are off to a great start but there's still room for improvement so keep practicing them during your warmups.

The plotted perspective looks great, nothing to mention here. Your rough perspective exercises turned out pretty good. It's great that you are keeping up with the confident linework on these. I am noticing that you are redrawing lines on occasion and this is a habit you should try and get out of. Try and stick with the initial line you put down even if it's a bit off. Adding more lines just makes things messier and harder to read. You are also doing a good job extending the lines back on your boxes to check your work. As you can see some of your perspective estimations were quite off but that will become more intuitive with practice. One thing that can help you a bit when doing a one point perspective exercise like this is to realize that all of your horizontal lines should be parallel to the horizon line and all of your verticals should be perpendicular(straight up and down in this case) to the horizon line. This will help you avoid some of the slanting lines you have in your constructions.

Your rotated box exercise turned out pretty well. I like that you drew this nice and big as that really helps when dealing with complex spatial problems. You also did a good job drawing through your boxes and keeping your gaps narrow and consistent. While the rotations here aren't perfect this was a good effort overall. The more you draw and develop your spatial thinking ability the easier these rotations are to handle.This is a great exercise to come back to after a few lessons to see how much your spatial thinking ability has improved. Your organic perspective exercises are looking pretty good. You seem to be getting comfortable using the ghosting method and drawing from your shoulder for confident linework which is great. Your box constructions are fairly wonky throughout this exercise and you need to develop a better sense for how box lines coneverge to vps so the 250 box challenge will be a great next step for you.

Overall this was a really solid submission that showed a good deal of growth. Your line confidence and ellipses are both coming along nicely. I think you are understanding most of the concepts these lessons are trying to convey quite well. I'm going to mark this as complete and good luck with the 250 box challenge. Keep up the good work! In regards to your question about warmups you absolutely can and should do exercises from completed lessons. https://drawabox.com/lesson/0/3/warmups

Next Steps:

The 250 Box Challenge

This critique marks this lesson as complete.
12:03 AM, Sunday June 25th 2023

Thank you for the quick answer, cant wait to get onto the boxes!

Quick question before I leave you alone, in lesson 0 its said that I should do 10 - 15 minutes OVERALL and not per exercises, right? Otherwise that would be 30 - 45 minutes of warm-up lol

Sorry if this is obvious, just wanting to make sure.

3:46 AM, Sunday June 25th 2023

Yes, 10 - 15 minutes overall

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