## Lesson 1: Lines, Ellipses and Boxes

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##### 5:00 AM, Sunday July 12th 2020

Hey! Let’s see~

Starting off, your superimposed lines look good. They’re smooth, and properly lined up at the start, but you’ll occasionally alter their trajectory- you’ll recall that that has to be kept consistent. The ghosted lines/planes look quite good, too. A few things, however. Try to maintain a consistent speed throughout, especially at the end. It’s okay to miss, overshoot, or stop short of the end point. It’s not okay for your line to wobble. Also, see if you can plot start/end points for your non-diagonal center lines. You’ll recall that all lines need start/end points (because all lines are drawn using the ghosting method.)

In general, your ellipses look good. There’s a couple of minor issues, so let’s talk about them one at a time. In the table of ellipses exercise (of which there are 3 pages of, cough cough cough), your ellipses are confident, circular, and of a consistent degree/tilt in a frame. They’re not always drawn through 2-3 times, however- sometimes it’s more, sometimes it’s less. Try to be a little more conscious of when you stop, and especially how you stop. To remove that visible flick, for example, I’ll recommend lifting your pen off the page at the end, managing the ghosting motion until it’s off. In the ghosted planes exercise, remember that our goal is for our ellipses to be circular, first and foremost, and then touch all 4 sides of the plane. The funnels exercise looks good. The minor axis does a good job of cutting each ellipse into two equal, symmetrical halves (notable exceptions are the ellipses at the edges, but this is expected), but it doesn’t always extend all the way. Either extend it further, or stop your ellipses there.

Starting off the box section, the plotted perspective exercise looks good. The rough perspective exercise starts off a little lacking (in regards to its line quality, as well as its convergences), but improves considerably by the end of the set. Just to be safe, however, I’ll remind you that each line is drawn once, and only once. Remember, also, that you’re the one who decides when to commit to a line. If you’re not ready, that is if the ghosting suggests that the line could be better, simply don’t. Take your time, try out a bunch of different points, and when you’re satisfied with one, go for it. Ultimately, the success rate of this exercise is directly proportional to the time spent on it. Solid attempt at the rotated boxes exercise. The boxes are snug, and they rotate quite nicely, too. One thing I’d like you to focus on next time is the size of your boxes. Drawing big is not only a sign of confidence, but also a great way to provide yourself with some room to think through the various problems that these exercises tend to throw at us- you’ll find this particularly useful in the later lessons. Finally, nice job on the organic perspective exercise, too. The foreshortening is consistently shallow, and coupled with the subtle increase in size, does a good job of suggesting flow. The line-weight is a little heavy, however. A single superimposed line is enough, usually. No worries, though, you’ll have plenty a chance to practice that in the 250 box challenge. Speaking of, feel free to move on to it!

Next Steps:

250 Box Challenge

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##### 2:40 AM, Monday July 13th 2020

Thanks a lot for the critique! I'll make sure to keep your advice about line weight and achieving better line quality in mind while I'm drawing boxes for the challenge (all 250 of them...).

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