11:16 PM, Monday April 10th 2023
Hello and congrats on completing lesson one. My name is Rob and I'm a teaching assistant for Drawabox who will be handling your lesson one critique. Starting with your superimposed lines these are off to a fine start. You are keeping a clearly defined starting point with all of your wavering at the opposite end. Your ghosted lines and planes turned out well. You are using the ghosting method to good effect to get confident linework with a pretty decent deal of accuracy that will get better and better with practice.
Your tables of ellipses are coming along pretty good. You are doing a good job drawing through your ellipses and focusing on consistent smooth ellipse shapes. This is carried over nicely into your ellipses in planes. It's great that you aren't overly concerned with accuracy and are instead focused on getting smooth ellipse shapes. Although accuracy is our end goal it can't really be forced and tends to come with mileage and consistent practice more than anything else. Your ellipses in funnels are having some issues with tilting off the minor axis. https://drawabox.com/lesson/1/14/notaligned This is something you should always start considering when drawing your ellipses. Your ellipses are off to a great start but there's still room for improvement so keep practicing them during your warmups.
The plotted perspective looks good although a few of the vertical legs on your boxes are slanting a bit. It's important to realize in a two point perspective drawing like that all of your vertical box legs should be perpendicular(straight up and down) to the horizon line. The other issue is that you for some reason didn't use a ruler to add line weight when you were supposed to use a ruler for the entire exercise. Your rough perspective exercises turned out pretty good. It's great that you are keeping up with the confident linework on these. That being said the main issue I'm seeing here and the rest of this exercise is your constant need to add line weight everywhere. So I have some notes regarding added line weight I'd like to share. If you want to add line weight make sure you don't revert back to using your wrist and are drawing from your shoulder with confidence. Also added line weight should be subtle so try and only go over a line one additional time instead of multiple times. You are also doing a good job extending the lines back on your boxes to check your work. As you can see some of your perspective estimations were quite off but that will become more intuitive with practice. One thing that can help you a bit when doing a one point perspective exercise like this is to realize that all of your horizontal lines should be parallel to the horizon line and all of your verticals should be perpendicular(straight up and down in this case) to the horizon line. This will help you avoid some of the slanting lines you have in your constructions.
Your rotated box exercise turned out pretty well. I like that you drew this nice and big as that really helps when dealing with complex spatial problems. You also did a good job drawing through your boxes and keeping your gaps narrow and consistent. While the rotations here aren't perfect this was a good effort overall. The more you draw and develop your spatial thinking ability the easier these rotations are to handle. This is a great exercise to come back to after a few lessons to see how much your spatial thinking ability has improved. Your organic perspective exercises are looking pretty good. You seem to be getting comfortable using the ghosting method and drawing from your shoulder for confident linework which is great. As said earlier the biggest issue with these past few exercises is your near constant use of adding line weight. I'm not going to assign any revisions here but my main recommendation while working through the 250 box challenge would be to get more in the habit of just putting down a single confident line and then leaving it alone. If you want to add line weight make sure you draw from your shoulder and only add one additional line. Added line weight should be subtle. Really try and work on just putting down confident marks without adding line weight though. Your box constructions are solid for the most part and you seem to be developing a good sense for how box lines converge to vps.
Overall this was a really solid submission that showed a good deal of growth. Your line confidence and ellipses are both coming along nicely. Outside of the line weight issues I talked about I think you are understanding most of the concepts these lessons are trying to convey quite well. I'm going to mark this as complete and good luck with the 250 box challenge. Keep up the good work!
The 250 Box Challenge
6:06 PM, Wednesday April 12th 2023
Thanks for the critique. I will make to apply your recommendations going forward.