Hi there, I'll be handling your box challenge critique again (I didn't realize this until I was answering your questions later, so don't feel any pressure from this).

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 did well:

  • You're doing a good job of drawing the lines constructing your boxes smoothly and confidently.

  • It's nice to see that you're taking the time to plan each of your hatching lines and space them evenly. This helps keep your boxes looking tidy rather than looking like they were rushed on to the page.

  • You're doing a great job of experimenting with orientations, proportions and rates of foreshortening. Experimenting is an important habit to build when learning any new skill, it helps form a more well rounded understanding. I hope you'll continue to display and nurture this habit in the future.

Things you can work on:

  • Line weight isn't a requirement of the challenge but I do recommend practicing it in your future attempts. It's an incredibly useful tool but one that people often require a fair bit of mileage before they feel comfortable applying it. The sooner you start to build up that mileage the sooner you'll see better results.

  • 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 a few mistakes your boxes are improving so far and with more mileage you'll continue to become more consistent. That being said I'll be marking your submission as complete and move you on to lesson 2.

Now I'll address your question:

Anxiety definitely sucks and most people experience it to at least some degree (if they actually want to improve). If it's actively causing your day to get worse or for you to put off things that you need to do then it's definitely not something I'm able to comment on responsibly, and I'd recommend talking to a mental health professional about it.

If however it's much more tolerable and the standard level of anxiety most people would feel when wanting to succeed / they show their work to someone then I have a few things for you to keep in mind.

The first being that ultimately you're here to learn and that means you aren't expected to complete these exercises perfectly, nor would I be able to do all of them perfectly, nor would Uncomfortable. Drawing is difficult and part of learning is making mistakes, even the biggest names in the industry will make them, it happens.

The second being that because we expect you to make mistakes the worst thing that can happen is you're asked for some revisions. Some people feel like this is a sign that they've failed (usually happens if they had a stricter upbringing when it comes to school) but this isn't a school where you're given a report card. If you make a mistake we point them out and tell you how to improve, if you actually want to be here you'll put in the work and improve. If you ignore instructions and choose to ignore advice then you may be asked to redo a lesson or challenge, and if you continue to do so we may ask that you drop the course (rare but it does happen on occasion), this only really happens when you actively show you're not trying and wasting everyone's time. Someone not trying is very obvious by the way so it's nothing to be anxious over either.

The final thing to keep in mind I suppose is that we're just here to judge your work. Just via the amount of submissions and students we deal with unless your work is incredibly standout (often because it requires a lot more explaining and revisions sadly) we aren't going to see your username and immediately recall what your work in the past was. Some people may initially feel a bit hurt by this or like they're not special, but it's just reality and most people aren't special with all the positives and negatives associated with that. I can ultimately assure you that I want you to finish this course, meet your drawing goals and succeed at either finding enjoyment or the career of your choice. That being said understand that some of us deal with over a thousand different students in a year, it's just not possible for us to remember every single person (especially when the task is something that doesn't have allow for much personal style or creativity like drawing a ton of boxes). Much like working in any public facing job, sometimes a person's face or username may look familiar but if that person was a totally normal customer then they aren't going to stand out much. If that person however decides to scream and throw products around the store seeing them sets of red flags (so as long as you're not this person you're fine).

So to sum up all 3 points, as long as you're actually trying your best to follow the instructions there's no need to be nervous. You're here to learn, we're here to help. If you make a mistake or get overwhelmed and miss an instruction or two we'll point them out, assign you some revisions so you can improve your work and show us that you understand what you need to be doing and then move you along.

I hope that manages to at least help a bit.

With all of that said keep practicing previous exercises and boxes as warm ups, and best of luck in lesson 2.