9:40 AM, Monday August 9th 2021
Hi there, sorry for the delay I'll be handling your box challenge critique.
Congratulations on completing the box challenge, it's definitely a lot more work than most people expect. Not only does it help deepen your understanding of important concepts but it shows your desire to learn as well. Be proud of what you've accomplished and that desire you've shown. That being said I'll try to keep this critique fairly brief so you can get working on the next steps as soon as possible.
Things you've done well:
By the end of the challenge your lines are looking much tidier and more confident.
While there is an occasional wobble your hatching lines are mostly maintaining confidence as well as being fairly evenly spaced showing you're taking the time to plan them rather than just rush them on to the page.
You did a good job of experimenting with proportions, orientations and rates of foreshortening. This experimentation will help deepen your understanding of new concepts so it's a great habit to build. I hope you'll continue to nurture and demonstrate it in the future as well.
Overall your convergences are looking more and more consistent as you progress throughout the challenge with fewer cases of distorted boxes occurring from diverging lines.
Things you can work on:
At times it can be tricky to tell if you're trying to implement line weight or you're redrawing lines (or both). If you're trying to apply line weight just remember to keep it subtle and with more mileage you'll find yourself becoming more accurate. If instead you're trying to redraw your lines I encourage you to stop. Redrawing doesn't erase the mistake you made and just makes things look worse, on top of that mistakes help us learn how our boxes (or subject of choice) react so they're actually beneficial.
There are times when your lines converge in pairs or you attempt to keep your lines a bit too parallel which results in them diverging. This is an example of lines converging in pairs, and this shows the relation between each line in a set and their respective vanishing point. The inner pair of lines will be quite similar unless the box gets quite long and the outer pair can vary a lot depending on the location of the vanishing point. Move it further away and the lines become closer to parallel while moving it closer increases the rate of foreshortening.
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.
Overall while you did make some mistakes your work is looking pretty solid so far with noticeable improvement and with more mileage you'll continue this trend and become more consistent. I'll be marking your submission as complete and moving you on to lesson 2.
I'm glad you decided to give the course another shot, burnout is difficult to deal with which is why we stress the 50% rule of splitting your time between study and drawing for yourself in lesson 0.
Keep practicing previous exercises as warm ups and good luck.
Move on to lesson 2.