Hello amenX, I hope you are well.

Before I wrote this critique I spotted that this work is over 2 years old, and that you’ve already completed lesson 3. So I’m writing this critique with that in mind, and have taken a quick look at your more recent work to try and make this as helpful as I can, given the age of the submission.

Starting with your lines and mark making, there is a mix of straight smooth lines and some more wobbly hesitant ones. I can see you placed dots to plan your lines, and the fact that some of them were smooth and straight shows you were using the ghosting method, which is good. While your mark making has improved, particularly over the course of lessons 2 and 3, I do still see a tendency for you to hesitate sometimes.

Just remember that the confidence of the stroke is far and away your top priority. Once your pen touches the page, any opportunity to avoid mistakes has passed, so all you can really do is push through. Hesitation serves no purpose. Mistakes happen, but a smooth, confident mark is still useful even if it's a little off. If the line is wrong, we leave it and move onto the next step. Accuracy is something that you will improve on as you continue working through Drawabox and practice ghosting.

It may help you to include ghosted and/or super imposed lines that go the full length of your page during your warmups. I've found that helped me use my whole arm and improved my line confidence.

I would recommend that you read this comment from Comfy, https://drawabox.com/community/submission/VQH7VG0J/C4CM0EXQ where he talks about hesitation.

As far as I can tell, it looks like you didn’t add line weight to the silhouette of your boxes during this challenge. This is fine, as it is optional. I’d suggest that you try adding line weight to the silhouette when you practice this exercise in your warm ups, as it is good practice for super imposed lines, and will make adding line weight to more complex constructions less daunting if you’re already well versed in doing it on boxes.

I see you used hatching on one of the front faces of your boxes, and on most pages you’ve done it neatly, well done.

Moving on to your box constructions, I can see you did a good job of extending your lines correctly (away from the viewer) to check your perspective estimations. You also included a reasonable amount of variety in the rate of foreshortening, proportions and orientations of your boxes, good work.

You did have a tendency to make one or more sets of lines completely parallel on the page, instead of having them converge. For this exercise we want to draw the boxes in 3 point perspective, so each set of lines converges to its own vanishing point. By making sets of lines parallel on the page, you force that vanishing point to infinity, and miss an opportunity to practice your convergence estimations. For example page 36 https://i.imgur.com/LdcJkSn.jpeg quite late in your challenge has 4 out of 6 boxes with one or more VP at infinity.

On the boxes where you do make the lines converge you showed a good amount of improvement through the challenge, well done. Sometimes your lines converge in pairs https://imgur.com/KSHwTwo 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.

Knowing the age of this submission, and that you have long since moved on to the later lessons and are doing well with them I feel it would be absurd to give you revisions. However I know that you “paid” to have this submission reviewed through the critique exchange program by writing five critiques so If you want an up to date critique on your boxes feel free to do a page or two and reply to me with them and I’ll see if I can give you any more relevant up to date feedback on them.

Keep up the good work.