## Lesson 1: Lines, Ellipses and Boxes

##### 4:41 AM, Monday February 7th 2022

Someone in the community recommended numbering each element of the exercises to help with critiques in that the person critiquing the exercises can refer to specific elements if they wish; so I tried to number everything (except for the Rotated Boxes exercise); for official critiques please let me know if this is actually helpful or if it is discouraged.

I'm so excited to be wrapping up Lesson 1. Thanks for any and all feedback.

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##### 5:46 PM, Monday February 7th 2022

Hello and congrats on completing lesson one. My name is Rob and I'm a teaching assistant for Drawabox who will be handling your lesson one critique. Numbering each element of these exercises was definitely not needed but it doesn't cause any issues either. Please do remember to number your boxes for the 250 box challenge though as it makes it much easier for the person handling the critique since the entire submission is just boxes and it also makes it much easier to see your progress as you work through the challenge. Starting with your superimposed lines these are off to a fine start. You are keeping a clearly defined starting point with all of your wavering at the opposite end. Your ghosted lines and planes turned out well. You are using the ghosting method to good effect to get confident linework with a pretty decent deal of accuracy that will get better and better with practice.

Your tables of ellipses are coming along pretty good. You are doing a good job drawing through your ellipses and focusing on consistent smooth ellipse shapes. This is carried over nicely into your ellipses in planes. It's great that you aren't overly concerned with accuracy and are instead focused on getting smooth ellipse shapes. Although accuracy is our end goal it can't really be forced and tends to come with mileage and consistent practice more than anything else. Your ellipses in funnels are looking fine. I'm not seeing any real issues here. Your ellipses are off to a great start and I'm really seeing many issues here. Great job.

Overall this was a really solid submission that showed a nice deal of growth. Your line confidence and ellipses are both coming along nicely. I think you are understanding most of the concepts these lessons are trying to convey quite well. I'm going to mark this as complete and good luck with the 250 box challenge. Keep up the good work!

Next Steps:

The 250 Box Challenge

This critique marks this lesson as complete.
##### 7:17 PM, Monday February 7th 2022

Thank you so much for your critique, Rob.

Regarding the slanting lines in the Rough Perspective exercise, I do understand the basics of 1-point perspective pretty well; I think the errors were more due to either poor execution or trying to connect corners of boxes that had some lines drawn so badly that the corners no longer lined up to be horizontal or vertical. I was trying to find a balance between staying true to keeping my horizontals and verticals horizontal and vertical as well as making the boxes actually connect to look somewhat like boxes. It only takes one mistake to screw up an entire box :)

Yes, I do agree I went overboard with the line weight on the Rotated Boxes exercise; sorry about that. I wanted to show the smaller boxes really getting farther away with the line weight. I didn't use a marker or a ruler at all; I did it all free-hand with the same pen I used for the exercise; it took me way too long to add all that extra line weight. I tried to be much more judicious for the second page, doing only 1-3 passes over the outline where helpful. I do realize that I ended up covering the initial line work and I apologize for that. I'll try to stick to just a single pass to add line weight to the outer lines of forms.

For the 250 Box Challenge, should I be using the exercises from Lesson 1 as a warmup for 10-15 minutes before each drawing session, or do I only start warming-up for Lesson 2?

Thanks again.

##### 10:29 PM, Monday February 7th 2022

Yep warming up is always recommended even for the challenges. Just use the exercises from the lessons you already completed. Good luck!

##### 7:32 PM, Tuesday February 8th 2022

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