Lesson 1: Lines, Ellipses and Boxes

1:44 AM, Friday January 28th 2022

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Very embarssing to post, I apolgize deeply if it looks bad, please be gentle with your critques!. I am not good at perspective or pen and ink lol.

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5:06 PM, Friday January 28th 2022

Hello I'll be taking a look at your lesson 1 homework.


-Starting with the superimposed lines I can notice that they wobble significantly, make sure that you are prioritizing confidence over accuracy here, it is always better to work with a line that is confident and inaccurate than working with a wobbly line that is accurate. Something that can help you when you are beginning to do these exercises is to loosen up and draw your lines a bit faster to avoid any chances of wobbling.

-Moving on to the ghosted lines your linework is still wobbly, make sure you are using the ghosting method to draw each mark to the best of your ability, and remember to engage your whole arm with a locked wrist, don’t worry too much about hitting the endpoints, accuracy tends to come with mileage and it cannot really be forced now.

-The ghosted planes are no different from the ghosted lines, and here your linework still shows the same problems but overall it seems that you did a better job committing to your lines. I have no doubt that you can still improve more, just be confident and take your time to ghost each line.


-Starting with the tables of ellipses I can definitely see that you gave your best shot at this exercise, your tables are looking tidy instead of rushed and you kept in mind the degree, angle and spacing of these ellipses. You also have drawn through them as needed, remember to only do it 2-3 times.

-Your ellipses in planes are turning out nicely, here you did a better job committing to them, there are only a few things to keep in mind. Always aim to draw symmetrical ellipses and do not worry about having your ellipses touch the four sides of the plane as it can make them distorted and wobbly.

-On the funnels always aim to have the minor axis line to cut each ellipse into equal halves and keep working on the alignment. You are doing a great job when it comes to drawing the ellipses themselves but again remember to draw through them only 2-3 times.


-Starting with the rough perspective, here you are doing a great job when it comes to aligning the sides of the boxes to the horizon line, this really helps your boxes look more solid and believable. Overall your line work has improved too, but I can still see some wobbly lines, Your estimations to the vanishing point are pretty good and they will get better with ´practice

-Your rotated boxes are turning out nicely and I can clearly see that you did your best here, keep aiming to have the gaps between boxes narrow and consistent. This will help you when using the sides of adjacent boxes as hints to draw your next box.

-Finishing with the organic perspective your linework is looking pretty confident here. Avoid repeating any lines you make a mistake, don't try to correct it by drawing another line over it as it only makes it stand out more. Your box's perspective has some issues but that is not a problem as you will work on it on the box challenge

Before you move on I want to make sure that you are using the ghosting method correctly to draw confident lines, so I'll have you do some additional work.

Next Steps:

-1 page of superimposed lines

-1 page of ghosted lines

I look forward to seeing your work, good luck.

When finished, reply to this critique with your revisions.
5:09 PM, Friday January 28th 2022

Oh I forgot to mention, I can see that you are working on a sketchbook, I suggest you consider switching to loose pages as it will make working through these exercises easier.

9:53 PM, Friday January 28th 2022

I'd perfer to work on sketchbook, because I draw on the floor mostly, and need a hard space due to the carpet (perphas I should get a clipboard or something?) I think the paper was a lot like printer paper, so I assume it should be alright for now. But I will try to find some good printer paper and maybe make a switch over to that.

10:00 PM, Friday January 28th 2022

Okay, so are you sure you are engaging your whole arm while drawing on the floor? That sounds pretty complicated to me. But anyway, you are free to use and do what feels more comfortable to you. Good luck

9:49 PM, Friday January 28th 2022

Thank you for the wonderful critque! Lines are very hard for me, so I will try to improve as much as I can and with these exercises!

12:25 AM, Saturday January 29th 2022


I think it got better, now. Super imposed lines got wobbly at the end.

1:32 AM, Saturday January 29th 2022

Yes, this is definitely much better, so just keep practicing these exercises and now you can move on to the 250 Box Challenge

Next Steps:

250 Box Challenge

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