250 Box Challenge

5:23 PM, Friday March 17th 2023

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This is my submission for the 250 box challenge.


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2:01 AM, Saturday March 18th 2023

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

You'll find that some of the points I bring up are similarly written or possibly exactly the same as some of the ones in your previous critique. This is mainly because re-using some of our writings allows us to get to students in a more timely manner, address any questions more in-depth and help prevent us from burn out from the sheer volume of submissions we look at. Hopefully this is understandable, and if you feel it is thank you for understanding.

Quickly though I will say that your lines are looking much better and this is a stronger attempt overall than your previous.

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, 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:

  • Line weight isn't a requirement of the challenge but I do recommend practicing it in your future attempts. It's an incredibly useful tool but one that people often require a fair bit of mileage before they feel comfortable applying it. The sooner you start to build up that mileage the sooner you'll see better results.

  • I'd like you to experiment with rates of foreshortening more. You're doing a better job than you were by bringing at least some of your vanishing points in closer, but you still don't bring all 3 of them in closer. Be sure to get some practice doing so.

  • 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.

Overall while you did make a few mistakes your boxes are improving so far (and are looking much better than before) and with more mileage you'll continue to become more consistent. That being said I'll be marking your submission as complete and move you on to lesson 2.

If you have any questions that you feel would help your understanding of this section before moving on feel free to ask them.

Keep practicing previous exercises and boxes as warm ups, and good luck.

Next Steps:

Move on to lesson 2.

This critique marks this lesson as complete.
9:49 PM, Friday March 24th 2023

Excellent, thanks for your time Tofu.

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