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9:30 AM, Sunday February 5th 2023

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

Starting off, your superimposed lines look solid. They’re smooth, properly lined up at the start, and of a consistent trajectory. The arcing lines struggle a little, but that’s normal, and will improve through practice. The ghosted lines/planes are quite confident, also, though I do notice that they tend to hesitate a little as they approach their end points. Try to be a little less conscious of said points; rather than focus on hitting them, or stopping at them, focus on the resulting line being smooth, and straight.

Moving on to the ellipse section, the table of ellipses exercise is mostly good. Some of the smaller ellipses are a little stiff, but that’s entirely due to their size (the smaller a mark, the harder it is to engage the shoulder for it), so it’s nothing to stress over – just make an effort to draw a little bigger next time. As for the rest of them, they’re smooth, rounded, and properly drawn through, so keep that up. The ellipses in planes are well done. Occasionally, they’ll wobble a little, as you – I expect – get a little overwhelmed by what you’re expected to do, but more often than not, you’ll keep them dialed in. Which is to say, no stress, but do keep pushing them in the direction of confidence. The funnels, finally, are nicely done. You’ve correctly identified some issues with the edge-most ellipses, and, let me tell you, they’re not uncommon. As such, it’s a common recommendation for the student to spend a little extra moment on these, than they do to the preceding ones.

As for the box section, the plotted perspective exercise looks clean.

The rough perspective exercise is a little mixed. The convergences start off strong, and show some nice improvement throughout the set. The linework, on the other hand, is wobbly throughout. It’s important to remind yourself that, though the big picture is different, what you’re doing here is no different from what you were doing in the ghosted lines, or planes exercises. You’re drawing lines, one at a time, by ghosting them from point A to point B, and executing. If the former could be confident, these can, too, so try not to let yourself get overwhelmed.

There’s a similar issue with the rotated boxes exercise. Don’t get me wrong, it’s understandable – this is a daunting exercise – it’s just also entirely unnecessary. Beyond that, however, this is well done; it’s big, its boxes are snug, and they do a solid job of rotating. This is less the case in the back (their far planes there are a little flat), but that’s entirely expected, and something we’ll be looking into in the box challenge.

Speaking of boxes, the organic perspective exercise is really well done. Your boxes here are well constructed, and they flow well, as a result of their increase in size, and consistent, shallow foreshortening. I’ll be marking this lesson as complete for you.

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Nice work, and feel free to move on to the box challenge. GL!

This critique marks this lesson as complete.
9:55 AM, Sunday February 5th 2023

Thank you so much for your insights! I will treasure your advice!! Its so nicely written! Thank you!

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