Lesson 1: Lines, Ellipses and Boxes

8:15 PM, Sunday May 24th 2020

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By the time of finishing the organic perspective lesson my lines are still kinda rough but have gotten much better through regular practice of ghosting planes. I just need to know if Im getting the perspective concepts right and what should be my priority on improving.

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10:42 AM, Monday May 25th 2020


Lines are p confident in general, though you have some issues. First is that superimposed lines are a bit rough. You can apply the same concept on ghosting to them as well, which will help you to get them more under control.

You got a bit of wobble in some of your lines.

In these exercises, you should always prioritize confidence over accuracy.

A wobbly line will always be worse than a confident line, no matter how off the confident line is.

If you take a look over the ghosted lines notes you'll see the levels of lines:

Level 1: Line is smooth and consistent without any visible wobbling, but doesn't quite pass through A or B, due to not following the right trajectory. It's a straight shot, but misses the mark a bit.

Level 2: Line is straight, smooth and consistent without any wobbling and maintains the correct trajectory. It does however either fall short or overshoot one or both points.

Level 3: Line is straight, smooth, consistent without any wobbling. It also starts right at one point and ends exactly at the other.

As you can see, wobbly lines aren't mentioned, which means that they would be worse than level 1.

And you aren't drawing starting and ending dots on each line you draw. On the ghosted planes for example, there are some lines where you didn't place it. Be careful with that, as it's pretty important to apply the ghosting method.


On ellipses, you still have a bit of wobble too. Remember confidence should always be prioritized over accuracy on ellipses as well.


P good job overall, here are some of the things I can catch:

-On plotted perspective, don't rush the hatching. Place your pen carefully on the border of the box before starting a hatching line, so it doesn't fray in both ends.

-In general, don't repeat lines. No matter how off a line is, keep going as if it had been correct.

-On organic perspective I recommend doing more overlaps. You can clarify after the overlaps by adding a confident, drawn with the shoulder superimposed line on the part of the silhouette of the boxes that overlap. Perspective on them has issues but you'll work on it on the box challenge, so don't worry about it!

Next Steps:

First of all, congratulations on finishing lesson 1! Your next step is the box challenge.

As I marked this as complete, you are now qualified to critique lesson 1 submissions.

-Doing critiques is a way of learning and solidifying concepts. I can atest to that after having done hundreds of critiques. There are a lot of concepts that I did not understand, and thanks to critiquing I started understanding them. Which made me learn a lot more through the course.

-Another thing is that as the number of current submissions is super high, if you critique some critiques, those would be less critiques I'd have to critique before reaching your next submissions, so you'd get your critiques faster.

It's totally optional of course, I won't force anyone to give critiques. But me and the other people who are critiquing would be super grateful if you gave it a shot.

Good luck on the box challenge, and keep up the good work!

NOTE: here's a quick guide on critiquing lesson 1 submissions.

There are a few people that feel hesitant to critique because they feel they aren't ready to it so hopefully it'll help you in case you are one of those people.

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10:56 AM, Monday May 25th 2020


Fortunately in the superimposed lines exercise, you had smooth lines. Although they were fraying on one end, they tended to not be on the other end, so it seems you were taking to the time to position your pen correctly at the start. You might want to make sure your straight lines aren't arching. To counteract this, like Drawabox said, arch your lines slightly in the opposite direction if you're struggling to keep them straight.

Your lines have definitely improved as you have moved to the ghosting planes section. They might have a few wobbling lines here and there, but to me, it seems you were trying to aim for having smooth lines.

For the ellipses, most of your lines are not smooth however. Try focus on drawing from the shoulder next time, and even if your ellipses aren't perfect, you should be priotizing having smooth lines rather than wobbly, unconfident lines.

Regarding perspective, I think you are sort of getting them right. But I think you will be focusing on that more when you do the 250 box challenge. For lesson one, having confident lines is the emphasis I believe, although you should still be trying to aim for a vanishing point, which is what you did from what I can see.

Next Steps:

I would suggest completing an additional page of the funnels exercise, along with one page of the table of ellipses exercise and one page on rough perspective, with a focus on getting confident lines.

When finished, reply to this critique with your revisions.
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