Lesson 1: Lines, Ellipses and Boxes

5:42 AM, Tuesday December 28th 2021

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Here is my homework for lesson 1. Thanks in advance!

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8:05 AM, Wednesday December 29th 2021

Welcome to drawabox, and congrats on completing Lesson 1. Let’s take a look at it, shall we?

Starting with your superimposed lines, these are looking solid. They’re smooth, properly lined up at the start, and of a consistent trajectory. There’s the occasional dip in confidence in some of the arcing lines, but I’ll chalk this down to how ambitious they are – perhaps stick to simple curves, for now, and then, when those start feeling a little easy, consider upgrading to wavy lines. The ghosted lines start off a little rough, and though they improve considerably by the end of the planes exercise, there’s still a few issues with them. Chief among them, they tend to wobble a little, at the end. Be careful that you’re not so conscious of your end point that it throws off your confidence. Speaking of points, see if you can make them a little smaller. The idea is that a perfect line should swallow them both.

Moving on to the ellipse section, the table of ellipses exercise looks great; your ellipses are smooth, rounded, and properly drawn through. They’re sometimes a little uneven (they’ll bend), but this seems to be the exception, rather than the rule, so no need to stress. Still, be conscious of what pivot you’re using, always; if you do end up reverting to a lesser pivot without meaning to, you want to be able to catch that as soon as possible. The ellipses in planes are, for the most part, nicely done, but you’re getting dangerously close to prioritizing accuracy over confidence. Recall that the ellipse being smooth/rounded is our #1 priority; it hitting all sides of the plane, just something to think about during the ghosting stage. The ellipses in funnels are more of the same – snug, and properly cut in half, but occasionally a little insecure. They’ll get better, though~

The plotted perspective exercise looks clean.

The rough perspective exercise shows some nice improvement throughout the set. There’s occasionally some issues with the linework, however, so let’s take about those. First things first, let me remind you that, at least as far as the process of drawing a line is concerned, there’s no difference between these lines, and the ones in the ghosted lines exercise. In other words, if they could be confident there, they can be confident here, too – don’t get overwhelmed by the big picture. Let me also remind you that automatic reinforcing – this is to say, correcting an incorrect line – is not something we encourage. Adding more ink to a mistake doesn’t fix it; it just makes it stand out more.

The rotated boxes exercise is tiny. Drawing big is something we encourage, because of how effective it is in giving your brain some room to breathe (and how necessary that is in exercises like this). I also notice that you seem to have skipped this step, for whatever reason. Nonetheless, your boxes are snug, and rotate nicely as a result (4 of them are missing, however – the diagonal ones).

Finally, the organic perspective exercise looks good. I do find myself wondering if you’ve plotted any start/end points for these lines, though – it doesn’t seem like you have? (You should!) Though the increase in size is a little subtle, the consistent, shallow foreshortening does a lot to suggest the flow we’re after – nicely done.

Next Steps:

I’ll be marking this lesson as complete, so you may head on over to the box challenge. GL!

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5:33 AM, Friday December 31st 2021

Thanks so much for the detailed critique! I'll keep those in mind moving forward.

Happy New Year. :)

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