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9:46 PM, Friday May 29th 2020

Sorry I took a while to respond, I honestly didn't even expect to get a response at this point, so thanks.

Anyway, I guess you could say that I tried to follow the direction...

Completely missized the guidlines/initial box and did a poor job judging the convergences, etcetera etcetera.

I suppose there is no reason for me to be complaining about my own work anyway so I will stop there.

10:17 PM, Saturday May 30th 2020

Hi Madas! Thanks for committing to this revision.

Honestly you did a splendid job here. I thought I've been too harsh in asking more pages from you, since you already did so much in this lesson, but you showed me that you took this seriously and you should feel satisfied with the result.

I'd still like to fill each response with feedback, so I'll point out what I believe are some minor mistakes that you'll have no problem working on in the future:

First of all, I can clearly see that you did greatly on drawing correctly the gaps between boxes, but only for some of them. The three boxes on the upper left corner seems to be inconsistent compared to the others you made, because they seem to get smaller and drift away from the center with larger and larger gaps. You did a good job with the first ones, so I'm assuming the reason you made them that way is that you tried to maintain a "roundness" of the whole layout, deciding to distort them a bit to accentuate the rotation. Even though it was actually a good attempt, it is more important to keep your boxes and gaps between them consistent because if not, then you're relying on guesswork instead of construction (which is something that will be very important in future lessons).

Another thing that I'd like to point out, is that your linework needs a small boost in precision as well as confidence. Many of your lines are a bit wobbly, and they often miss the mark.

You already know the importance of confidence from the Lines instructions: making a committed, smooth line is always more important than being precise but slow and hesitant. But sometimes your lines are way off the far dot you placed (in the bottom lower box you even placed an isolated side, connecting 2 dots separated from everything else. Try to avoid that, every line should be consistent with the other ones), and that could mean that you're not ghosting enough.

Ghosting is very boring at first, because you'd need to go back and forth many times before feeling confident enough to commit a stroke, but the more you do it, the easier it becomes.

All the exercises on the Lines section (super-imposed lines, ghosted lines and planes) will help you getting better in all that, so be sure to practice them a lot in your 10-15 minutes of warmup of your future drawing sessions. It will pay off!

Having said all that, I'll renew my congratulations for having completed Lesson 1 and all your requested revisions.

I'll be more than happy to mark this lesson as complete and sending you to the 250 box challenge!

Some advices for your boxes: don't rush (it will be a LONG challenge, but take it slowly or you'll make the same mistakes), read carefully the instructions (it would suck to draw 250 boxes only to realize one repeated mistake could be caused by just misinterpretation) and draw big. Drawing no more than 5-6 boxes per page allows you to train your hand on those pesky lines while also showing you better any error.

Good luck and if you have any more questions ask away!

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