Lesson 1: Lines, Ellipses and Boxes

9:54 PM, Wednesday October 20th 2021

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My own feeling is that line quality is still my limiting factor. I didn't feel like I was struggling with the rotating boxes in the way that a lot of people seem to, but the rough perspective boxes do indeed look rough, because of inaccurate or curving lines.

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9:12 PM, Friday January 7th 2022


Your Superimposed Lines look confident. Not a bit of wobbling/course-correcting there. You also started roughly at the same point. Nice job. The fraying will reduce overtime as you work with muscle memory. Looking towards the end point can help with fraying less. But yeah, nice confidence.

Ghosted Lines look decently done. Next step for you would be aiming for hitting the end points. But there is a fair bit of that here, so nice job. Keep in mind you can look at the end point as you ghost, and that you should ghost as much as you'd like to get your arm really comfortable with the motion.

Ghosted Planes look confident. But I see a lot more curving with these lines. You might want to work on that. Try ghosting more. Get your arm to be comfortable with more straight motions. Your sitting position/posture might also affect this. You may have also been rushing this. One line is one line, one plane is 8 lines, a box is 12, etc. Take your time on each line. We'd much rather have a few good lines than have a complete piece have rough lines. Other than that, still good confidence.


Your Tables of Ellipses got a bit better over time. Though there are a lot of ellipses that look like you prioritized accuracy over confidence. We can work on fitting the ellipses snugly later. You should work on confidence first. Perhaps you weren't ghosting enough to get your arm familiar with making ellipses. That will get better with practice.

You had a lot more confidence going into Ellipses in Planes. But the ellipses are very loose, there isn't really a clear shape with these ellipses. You might want to plan/image the ellipse more, as well as ghosting more. Imagining/planning the ellipse can give you an idea as to how you should ghost it, making more cohesive ellipses.

For Funnels, it looks like you went for confidence more. That's good. You might just want to prepare more, until your arm is really ready to make the mark. Nice job lining the ellipses up to the minor axis (center line) though!


You did Plotted Perspective correctly. Nice job taking the time to plot each line with it's vanishing point.

Rough Perspective looks, rough. There are some boxes that are curved. But you kept your boxes straight for the most part. Just keep in mind that we're paying close attention to the rules of the perspective system in this specific exercise. Other than that, your line quality took a dip. That's understand, considering we're doing more than just putting lines down. But, don't rush ghosting if you were. Ghosting helps our arm make the best mark possible.

Your Rotated Boxes look great. There is a significant change in rotation in each new box, nice job. You drew through your boxes, and kept gaps narrow. Nice first try with this spatial challenge. I would only advise to go a little slower and ghost a bit more.

Your Organic Perspective Boxes look wonky. You might want to think a bit more about each line's convergence. Either that, or you might want to take better care of each line. Especially as we head to the Box challenge, we want to prepare as much as we need for each line. But these are good first tries at this spatial problem.


You had a fair amount of confidence going into this. Great job at putting confidence where it was need Your line work could use some improvement. Try taking your time, making your lines smoother and straighter. Remember that ghosting is basically the act of telling your arm what it needs to do for the mark. Ghost as much as needed to make your arm familiar with executing the motion. I'm sure you can make good improvement when you know what to look out for, and when you put your mind to it. I think this needs some revisions. Try your best, take all the time you need, and don't be too hard on yourself. If anything you did a good job with these concepts.

Next Steps:

A page of Ghosted Planes (try to get familiar with roughly one motion of the arm)

A page of Ellipses in Planes (use the ghosted planes revision for this)

A page of Organic Perspective

Do your best!

When finished, reply to this critique with your revisions.
1:30 AM, Thursday February 24th 2022

Thanks, ERVI for all your feedback. I'd basically given up hope by the time you replied.

I'm not going to put revisions here, because I took it all into account and redid most of the lesson to submit for official critique. If you want, you can check it out here: https://drawabox.com/community/submission/FI7VWW50.

All the best,


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