Lesson 1: Lines, Ellipses and Boxes

4:55 PM, Friday May 20th 2022

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Hey! Well, I have quited my job after planing this form nearly 4 years. I'm and I'll train as hard as I can; I always wanted to become a Concept Art, 3D Animation and VFX.

The work you see in this homeworks are the first drawing stuff I did ON MY LIFE I always wanted to learn how to draw, but it only became an option since 10 days ago, and now I'm starting my journey since I watches Jurassik Park

when I was a kid.

Be totally harsh if its needed on the critique here, it all will be welcome and will help me to reach my personal goal.

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3:34 PM, Monday May 23rd 2022

Hello Lhynz! Happy to see you trying to learning to draw! Remember not to skip on the 50% rule of lesson 0, it's super important!

Overall you've done a good attempt, but there are a few important things I want to comment on, let's go over everything section by section:

Starting with your lines they get a lot better as you go through the lines section, but they are a bit wobbly overall. Your first priority with lines is to make them confident and straight, so focus on that first and don't worry if you need to sacrifice accuracy to achieve it.

Here's one example, top line is a level 1 line, and bottom line is a level 0 line. This is because a confident line will always be better than a wobbly line in these exercises. Remember that these lines don't have to look good, they're just practice for yourself. So if they help you get better it doesn't matter how they look!

There are a few things that can cause the wobbliness as well:

-Drawing with your wrist, make sure you also aren't drawing with your wrist and that you draw all your lines with your shoulder as well, and if you are already doing it.

-Drawing too slow. Drawing faster makes it easier to draw confidently, so give it a shot!

-Not rotating your page when drawing your lines. Whenever you draw a line you must rotate the paper so it's at your most comfortable position, if you don't rotate it then it'll be much harder to do a confident line.

Another thing is that sometimes I can see a bit of fraying at both ends of the lines, make sure that whenever you draw a line you carefully place the pen at the starting dot so the lines can fray on maximum one end.

Other than that you're doing a good job planning and drawing carefully each line without repeating them!

Moving onto your ellipses just like with your lines they are a little bit wobbly overall. You want them to be as confident as you can make them, so try to loosen up a little bit until they end up being fully confident. Drawing a bit faster can help as well so give it a shot. Once you can draw them confidently you can start worrying about accuracy, but not before!

Your accuracy is pretty good in general as well, there are a few cases in which you don't get the ellipses to touch the sides of the adjacent ellipses or them to touch the top or bottom lines, but in general I think you're aiming for them. Keep practicing and accuracy will improve with time!

Another thing is that your ellipses get a bit deformed at times. This applies as well to the ellipses on ghosted planes, which I think they're a bit more deformed than the others. You might be thinking that the centre of the ellipses is the same as the centre of the planes or that you should modify the elliptical ellipse shape so it touches the contact points, but this is not the case. Ellipses have to be symmetrical and have the same shape regardless of where they are, so the only things you can change is how wide the ellipse is, which position it is in and their size.

Lastly on your funnels sometimes you aren't aligning the ellipses to the minor axis. Make sure you always aim for the ellipses to be cut symmetrically by the middle line even if that means you need to ignore the initial curves. Pay also attention to the angle of the ellipses as well. They have to be cut symmetrically by the line, so they can't be tilted.

Finally in your boxes a few things:

-The same thing I said on the line section applies here. Make sure you loosen up until your lines are fully confident. Remember confidence is always more important than accuracy even in boxes.

-Sometimes you're repeating lines that were off but no matter how off a line is, don't repeat it. Keep going as if it was correct as drawing them will make the drawing messier and can encourage bad habits like automatically redrawing your lines after you miss.

-On rough perspective you are already doing some good attempts at guessing the perspective and you're doing a good job with the line extensions, but you still seem to have trouble at times keeping height lines perpendicular to the horizon line, and width lines parallel to it. I know it's hard, but make sure you always are aiming for it. You can check if the starting and ending dots are correct or not, and if you find that they aren't you can change them. You can put down as many dots as you want as long as it's before drawing the actual line, so give it a shot!

-On plotted perspective you did a good job following the instructions of the exercise, nothing to say here!

-On rotated boxes you've done a great attempt apart from the line issues I mentioned. Most boxes are rotated and all are kept close together, good job! The main problem you had is that you drew boxes with divergences which made the exercise much more confusing. This is something you'll learn on the box challenge, so make sure you keep it in mind in future attempts after finishing the box challenge.

-On organic perspective you did a good attempt drawing the boxes apart from the line issues I mentioned.

The main thing is that I think you aren't drawing starting and ending points for all of your lines. If this is the case make sure you do it because it's super important for applying the ghosting method properly.

Remember also that you can add lineweight to the parts of outer lines that overlap with other boxes to clarify which ones are on top and which behind, so give it a try next attempts you have at the exercise!

Lastly you are already doing some good attempts at the perspective of the boxes. Good job! They still have issues but that isn't a problem as you'll work on them on the box challenge.

Overal llike I said you've done a good attempt, but I want to make sure you can draw confident lines without repeating them on boxes, and draw ellipses confidently, so I want you to do 1 more page of tables of ellipses (remember to try to draw faster until you can draw the ellipses smoothly and confidently without worrying about accuracy) and 1 page of rough perspective (same thing, focus on drawing lines as confidently as you can without worrying about accuracy until you can get them confident and straight). Good luck and keep up the good work!

Next Steps:

-1 page of rough perspective

-1 page of tables of ellipses

When finished, reply to this critique with your revisions.
7:10 PM, Tuesday May 24th 2022



Woha, what a nice review, thank you so much for all the details you pointed.

I'm not gona lie, before sending to you I did quite more ellipses to try to improve on that, I'm sending the one that looks more confident, I had to speed up as you said, but instead they were quite innacuarate and couldn't hold up with diagonal cuadrants. I think that I improved the most on the rough perspective, ellipses are really hard, I mean I can do really good ellipses but only if I do a big ones, when I'm forced to draw little ones, my aim gets worse

12:50 PM, Thursday May 26th 2022

No worries, glad it helped! In general try not to do more homework than assigned, if me or any other critiquer thinks it's better if you do more pages, we will say so, so don't worry about it even if you feel like you need to do more pages.

Them being inaccurate is alright. Like I said your first goal is to make them as confident as you can make them. If they're a little bit wobbly the result will always be worse than a confident ellipse, no matter if it's quite inaccurate.

And yup small ellipses are super hard when drawing with the shoulder, but as long as you keep practicing with your shoulder and draw them confidently the accuracy will get better with time.

Now about your revisions you've done great progress overall. Both ellipses and lines are much more confident than they were previously. They still are a little bit wobbly, so try to loosen up a little bit and draw a bit faster so they end up fully confident, but great work!

Overall like I said you've done a pretty good job so I'll mark this as complete.

From now on you need to do warmups before every session, so don't forget about them! And make sure you ask any questions you might have. Keep up the good work and good luck on the box challenge!

Next Steps:

250 box challenge

This critique marks this lesson as complete.
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