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5:05 PM, Sunday June 20th 2021

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. Your ellipses in funnels are looking fine. I'm not seeing any real issues here. One thing you could have done with these is start with a narrower degree ellipse in the center and then widen the degrees of the ellipses as they move outwards in the funnel. Please check the example here. https://drawabox.com/lesson/1/13/step3 Your ellipses are off to a great start but there's still room for improvement when it comes to accuracy 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. On the first page you didn't draw through your boxes and didn't quite extend your lines back correctly. You were supposed to extend the depth lines back and not just connect your corners to the vanishing point. https://drawabox.com/lesson/1/15/step6 Your second page was done correctly though. You did a good job extending the lines back on your boxes to check your work on this page. As you can see some of your perspective estimations were off but that will become more intuitive with practice. I'm not going to assign a revision for that first page since you fixed all of the problems with the second page but please be a bit more mindful of the homework instructions for future assignments as you will be assigned redo's for not following directions.

Your rotated box exercise turned out decently. You did a good job drawing through your boxes and keeping your gaps narrow and consistent. You are running into a pretty common issue of not actually rotating your boxes in some cases (very evident on the top) but instead simply drawing them moving back in perspective. https://drawabox.com/lesson/1/16/notrotating You're still struggling with handling some of the rotations for this exercise, particularly at the corners, which is fine given the difficulty. 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 comfortable using the ghosting method and drawing from your shoulder for confident linework which is great. Your box constructions are decent for the most part but there are some wonky ones here and there so the 250 box challenge will be a great next step for you.

Overall this was a really solid submission that showed a nice 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!

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3:18 PM, Monday June 21st 2021

Thank you for the feedback and for everything youre doing, Rob! I'll take these and apply in future warm ups and lessons.

Am i right in that there is a two week cooldown before submitting 250 box challenge; so the earliest i could submit is 7/4. I've only recently signed up for official critique but have already completed the challenge before that. i recall reading a post by Uncomfortable suggesting that rather than redoing the challenge, it would be beneficial to do additinal 50-100 boxes incorporating and applying the feedback received from Lesson 1 critique.

4:00 PM, Monday June 21st 2021

There is a two week wait between submissions. It certainly wouldn't hurt to do more boxes but if you have completed the 250 boxes recently you probably don't need to do anymore and I would personally just wait and submit what is already done. If you are running into any serious problems you will find out during the 250 box challenge critique and will be assigned revisions anyways.

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