250 Box Challenge
10:25 PM, Tuesday August 3rd 2021
My kid drew on box 216, sorry about that - and I numbered them 3XX instead of 2XX for a bit. I am grateful for any feedback
Hi there, I'll be handling your box challenge critique. It's nice to see your kid wants to get involved in what you're doing.
Congratulations on completing the box challenge, it's definitely a lot more work than most people expect. Not only does it help deepen your understanding of important concepts but it shows your desire to learn as well. Be proud of what you've accomplished and that desire you've shown. That being said I'll try to keep this critique fairly brief so you can get working on the next steps as soon as possible.
Things you did well:
By the end of the challenge your lines are looking smooth and confidently with less wobbling than the beginning.
Your hatching is evenly space and thought out which is good to see, some people rush it and create a mess.
You're trying to implement line weight which is great. It takes a fair bit of mileage for most people to become comfortable with it but the hard work is worth it, it's a useful tool.
It's good to see that you're experimenting with rates of foreshortening. Experimentation helps us develop a deeper understanding of new concepts so I hope you'll continue to display and nurture this habit in the future as well.
Your convergences are looking more consistent overall with fewer distorted boxes occurring from diverging lines.
Things you can work on:
There's room for you to experiment with orientations and proportions a bit more, you're definitely off to a good start but mixing it up more can be beneficial.
There are times when your lines converge in pairs or you attempt to keep your lines a bit too parallel which results in them diverging. This is an example of lines converging in pairs, and this shows the relation between each line in a set and their respective vanishing point. The inner pair of lines will be quite similar unless the box gets quite long and the outer pair can vary a lot depending on the location of the vanishing point. Move it further away and the lines become closer to parallel while moving it closer increases the rate of foreshortening.
The key things we want to remember from this exercise are that our lines should always converge as a set not in pairs, never diverge from the vanishing point and due to perspective they won't be completely parallel.
Overall while you did make some mistakes your work is looking pretty solid so far with noticeable improvement and with more mileage you'll continue this trend and become more consistent. I'll be marking your submission as complete and moving you on to lesson 2.
Keep practicing previous exercises as warm ups and good luck.
Move on to lesson 2.
Thank you so much for this thoughtful critique. You really helped me see why I was struggling in places.