Lesson 1: Lines, Ellipses and Boxes

3:22 PM, Friday June 10th 2022

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Hi! The first exercises are made up with a black pen. The ghosted planes are the last done with it. The rest are made with a fineliner.

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1:15 PM, Saturday June 11th 2022

Hello, Ruby! I’ve broken down the critique below:


Superimposed Lines: Good - confident and no major wobbles.

Ghosted Lines: Good - take care not to redraw lines. It’s ok if the line doesn’t turn out as planned.

Ghosted Planes: Lines are confident and straight. However, some planes have been drawn over twice. Try to avoid redrawing lines in the future for these lessons/


Table of Ellipses: The larger, more circular ellipses are pretty good; confident, which is what we’re aiming for. However, quite a few of the ellipses have been drawn through more than 3 times (they should be drawn through 2-3 times). There’s some minor deforming of ellipses which is probably a result of hesitation and trying to actively course-correct, which results in small wobbles.

Ellipses in Planes: The ellipses here are a bit more confident than the ones in the previous exercise. However, there are still some that have wobbles and have been drawn through over 3 times.

Funnels Exercise: Here, the ellipses have been drawn through the appropriate amount of times which is good! For the most part, this looks fine. The minor axis (the straight line) doesn’t cut the ellipses in 2 symmetrical halves, though, so watch out for that next time if you do this exercise again.


Plotted Perspective: Good.

Rough Perspective: Good. The width lines (horizontal) are parallel to the horizon line and the height lines (vertical) are perpendicular to the horizon line.

Rotated Boxes: Good effort. Some of the boxes’ corners aren’t consistent with each other: https://d15v304a6xpq4b.cloudfront.net/lesson_images/9a16c189.jpg. In addition, some of the boxes aren’t really rotating, like the one in the top right corner. It’s more like the viewer has moved themselves down to see the bottom of the box, instead of the box actually rotating. Don’t sweat it too much, though, this exercise is a rough one.

Organic Perspective: The general perspective, when boxes go from big to small, is good. The individual boxes’ perspectives are a bit wonky, but don’t worry because there’ll be a chance to practice that in the 250 box challenge. Lineweight was added to the parts of the boxes that overlap, which is good.

All in all, solid work! The ghosted lines are good and the ellipses are coming along. Just remember not to redo lines unless it’s called for (to add lineweight or something) and to not be hesitant when executing the ellipses. In fact, I would suggest incorporating the Ellipses in Planes into your warmup routine, they're a great way to get your shoulder moving before a drawing session. Hope this critique helps :)

Next Steps:

Move onto the 250 Box Challenge! Once you complete that, or at least sometime in the future, give the Rotated Boxes another shot, keeping in mind that they should rotate, and not just shift in perspective.

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7:08 AM, Thursday June 23rd 2022

Aaaa thank you very much for this critique man!

I haven't been checking this because it said it could take weeks to get a reply, should have been looking for this way more!

And I've been revising my work and agree with what you say so yea, I think I'll add the Ellipses in planes to my dayly routine or at least do it a few times per week.

Thank you again!

9:39 PM, Thursday June 23rd 2022

No problem!

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