250 Box Challenge

3:47 PM, Monday March 27th 2023

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Reason for submitting during a Promptathon:

Sorry to post during the promptathon but it took me 4 months to complete the 250 box challenge and i'm really happy to finish it. I only got about an hour every night and always do 50/50 so it took a long to time to complete this and would love to have this critiqued. Thank you in advance.

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9:41 PM, Sunday April 2nd 2023

Hi there, I'll be handling your box challenge critique.

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:

  • You're doing a good job of drawing the lines constructing your boxes smoothly and confidently.

  • When hatching you're taking the time to space each line evenly which shows that care and thought is being put into each line. This helps your boxes appear solid and tidy rather than rushed.

  • You're doing a great job of experimenting with orientations, proportions and rates of foreshortening. Experimenting is an important habit to build when learning any new skill, it helps form a more well rounded understanding. I hope you'll continue to display and nurture this habit in the future.

Things you can work on:

  • Line weight isn't a requirement of the challenge but I do recommend practicing it in your future attempts. It's an incredibly useful tool but one that people often require a fair bit of mileage before they feel comfortable applying it. The sooner you start to build up that mileage the sooner you'll see better results.

  • 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 a few mistakes your boxes are improving so far and with more mileage you'll continue to become more consistent. That being said I'll be marking your submission as complete and move you on to lesson 2.

Keep practicing previous exercises and boxes as warm ups, and good luck.

Next Steps:

Move on to lesson 2.

This critique marks this lesson as complete.
8:37 AM, Friday April 7th 2023

Thank you for de critique, quick question about the line weight. Should you draw the "extra line weigh" from the shoulder of can you slowly go over it from the wrist? I find it quite difficult to nail exact the same line to make it thicker.

2:15 PM, Friday April 7th 2023

Line weight should be executed with the same approach as the original stroke - using the ghosting method, and executed from the shoulder. While this can be challenging at times, remember that everything we do throughout this course is an exercise - we mess up here so we can learn from those mistakes. Altering the approach to make it easier alters the exercise, making it less effective.

On the topic of line weight, I recommend that you review the notes available here as well: https://drawabox.com/lesson/250boxes/1/overlaps

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