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6:46 AM, Sunday July 18th 2021
edited at 8:14 PM, Jul 18th 2021

Hi there, sorry for the delay 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:

-Your lines are looking confidently drawn, they do get a bit messy but the important thing currently is that they aren't wobbling. I'll go over how to tidy them up a bit in the improvement section.

  • You're experimenting with orientations, proportions and rates of foreshortening all of which are great to see. In order for us to develop a deeper understanding of new concepts we need to experiment so I'm glad to see that you're already making it a habit and I hope you'll continue to do so in the future.

  • Line weight and hatching are both incredibly helpful tools but ones that require quite a bit of mileage to be comfortable using (line weight especially) so while it's not mandatory for this challenge I'm glad to see that you're beginning to build up that mileage already.

  • In terms of convergences you've definitely become more consistent with fewer cases of diverging lines that cause your boxes to be distorted.

Things you can work on:

  • Your lines are looking confident but it appears like you may be having problems controlling where you stop them. People often find that if they slow down to stop sooner they lose confidence and begin to wobble so what we recommend is that while you're moving your pen across the page you lift it while it's in motion. This results in you keeping your confident stroke and as you begin to build up muscle memory you'll soon learn when to lift your pen in order to stop at your intended point more consistently. If you're already doing this and just need a bit more mileage that's totally fine too, it's all just a matter of figuring out the amount of speed you need to remain confident and when to lift.

  • Your hatching gets a little bit wobbly at times, remember that every line should be planned with the ghosting technique before drawing them confidently from the shoulder.

  • While you've definitely improved, there are moments where your lines are converging in pairs as shown here, this is a mistake we can work on. If you take a look at this example it shows how each line in a set relates to one another and their 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 this was a solid submission and I have no doubt you'll continue to improve and grow with more mileage. I'll be marking your submission complete and moving you on to the next lesson. Keep practicing previous exercises as warm ups and good luck in lesson 2!

Next Steps:

Move on to lesson 2.

This critique marks this lesson as complete.
edited at 8:14 PM, Jul 18th 2021
9:48 AM, Sunday July 18th 2021

Thank you so much for the in depth review. I will read it many times to digest everything you said. One thing though, this part: If you take a look at this example, the link just takes me to the homework submission. Did you meant to show me something else?

8:13 PM, Sunday July 18th 2021
edited at 8:15 PM, Jul 18th 2021

I did! Sorry about that must have switched to the wrong tab when grabbing links.

Here's the actual example.

The link in your critique is changed as well so if you go back to it in the future it'll all be correct.

My apologies again and best of luck in lesson 2.

edited at 8:15 PM, Jul 18th 2021
8:22 PM, Sunday July 18th 2021

Got it. Thank you!

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