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9:50 PM, Saturday March 2nd 2024

No worries, accidents happen.

This link works, thanks.

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.

  • It's nice to see that you're taking the time to plan each of your hatching lines and space them evenly. This helps keep your boxes looking tidy rather than looking like they were rushed on to the page.

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

  • There are boxes that don't have all 3 sets of lines extended, these boxes are technically incomplete. Please be careful about following all of the instructions going forward.

  • I'd like you to experiment with proportions and rates of foreshortening more. Mix in some longer/thinner/wider boxes to see how your lines behave in different scenarios. As for foreshortening, currently you tend to keep your lines close to parallel and push your vanishing points far from your boxes. Try bringing your points in closer so that your lines have to converge more dramatically. Remember that experimentation is important.

  • 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 will quickly mention that the box challenge was recently updated, I'd recommend reading/watching through the new material as it may help reinforce/clarify any of the concepts in the challenge which will help you going forward.

I'd like you to draw 30 more boxes please. For the first 15 I'd like you to draw your boxes' vanishing points explicitly on the page after you've drawn your starting Y, this will make it so you have to keep these vanishing points in mind (this is the method we use in the first 50 section of the new challenge). For the latter 15 go back to drawing without drawing the vanishing points (like we do later in the challenge) which will hopefully be easier after the first set.

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:

30 more boxes please.

When finished, reply to this critique with your revisions.
7:52 PM, Friday March 15th 2024
edited at 7:53 PM, Mar 15th 2024

Hi Tofu,

Here is the link to my 30 more boxes:


edited at 7:53 PM, Mar 15th 2024
8:01 PM, Friday March 15th 2024

These are looking really solid, you're doing a good job of experimenting with rates of foreshortening and you've extended all your lines correctly.

I'll be marking your submission complete.

Keep practicing boxes and previous exercises as warmups and best of luck in lesson 2.

Next Steps:

Move on to lesson 2.

This critique marks this lesson as complete.
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