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10:18 PM, Friday December 10th 2021

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

Not only does the challenge help deepen your understanding of important concepts but it shows your desire to learn as well. 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.

  • Seeing as how line weight is not a requirement of the challenge it's nice to see that you're applying it. It's a useful tool but one that most people need some mileage with before they feel comfortable applying it. Getting an early start like this will help you see better results sooner.

  • You're doing a great job of experimenting with orientations and proportions. 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:

  • I'd like you to experiment with rates of foreshortening more. At the moment you tend to keep your vanishing points rather far from your boxes and this leads to your convergences lines being fairly close to parallel. Remember that experimenting is an important aspect of the learning process so try mixing things up by bringing your vanishing points in closer to see how your lines will behave when converging more dramatically.

  • 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.

I won't be moving you on to the next lesson just yet, each lesson builds off concepts in the previous course material so if you move forward with un-addressed issues you end up just creating further issues on top of them.

I'll be asking you to draw 10 more boxes, I trust you in regards to you drawing the proper amount so no worries on that front. I'd just like to make sure you can comfortably change your rate of foreshortening and aren't just relying on trying to keep your lines parallel. I think you're on the right track so 10 boxes should be enough to demonstrate this ability and if you appear to struggle we can work on the problem from there.

Once you've completed your boxes reply to this critique with a link to them, I'll address anything that needs to be worked on and once you've shown you're ready I'll move you on to the next lesson.

I know you can do this and look forward to seeing your work.

Next Steps:

10 more boxes please.

When finished, reply to this critique with your revisions.
3:54 PM, Sunday December 12th 2021

Hi Tofu,

Here are my 10 + 1 additional boxes:


Thank you so much for the thoughtful critique and encouragement. I guess I thought the instructions said to avoid dramatic foreshortening by making each Y so that the resulting angles are 90 degrees or greater. Anyway, hopefully this is better! I'm in it for the long haul & have no desire to move forward with un-addressed issues, so I look forward to your honest feedback. Thanks again; really appreciate what you & all the teachers do here at DAB.


11:29 PM, Sunday December 12th 2021

These are looking great, I'm glad you can shift your rates of foreshortening when you need too.

Also no worries, everyone misunderstands instructions from time to time. For clarity when creating your Y the rate of foreshortening doesn't really change until you add at least one more line and begin to set your vanishing points in stone.

Anyways, I have no problem moving you forward now. These boxes are looking great and you'll continue to improve and become more consistent as you build up mileage.

Keep practicing previous boxes and exercises as warm ups and good luck in lesson 2!

Next Steps:

Move on to lesson 2.

This critique marks this lesson as complete.
5:20 PM, Monday December 13th 2021

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