Lesson 1: Lines, Ellipses and Boxes

2:44 PM, Sunday December 27th 2020

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Just some background info:

I'm currently a Game Art Student and noticed a lack of knowledge in the fundamentals in comparison to some of my peers, so I started to do the Drawabox lessons. I don't feel like I learned anything at all but that might be my brain trying to talk me down w/o reason.

I appreciate every comment you throw my way and hope it helps me understand the fundamentals better ?

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6:16 PM, Tuesday December 29th 2020

Lines are good overall, pretty confident and smooth. The only issue I can see is that on the ghosted planes you haven't been plotting all of them. Before drawing any line you first need to draw the starting and ending dots of it, otherwise you won't be able to ghost it properly. You've also not been filling your pages entirely, make sure you fit them so you get more out of each exercise.

Ellipses are accurate, but you're having trouble making them confident. On these exercises, you need to make the ellipses always as confident and smooth as you can, accuracy is secondary. So a smooth ellipse will always be better than a wobbly one, no matter how accurate this ellipse is.

This is why you need to prioritize confidence and sacrifice accuracy when drawing those ellipses. Accuracy will catch up with practice, so don't worry about it.

On boxes you're doing mainly a good job, though you have some issues:

-Lines are getting a bit wobbly. Unline on your previous exercises, you're prioritizing accuracy instead of confidence of your lines. As I mentioned earlier, on these exercises you always have to prioritize confidence over accuracy.

So you should approach lines the same way you did on the lines section, it doesn't matter if a line forms part of a box, you should ghost it and draw it exactly the same as you did on the ghosted lines exercise.

-You're repeating some lines. No matter how off a line is, don't go over it, just leave it and go to the next. Correcting it will only make the drawing messier and harder to read.

-On the rough perspective exercise you're having trouble mantaining vertical and horizontal lines to be perpendicular and parallel to the horizon. After drawing 2 dots of a line, make sure you double check the relationship of that line with the horizon, if it's off, then just place another dot before drawing the line to correct it.

-On rough perspective you're separating a bit too much the corners between some boxes. Don't forget that all the corners of the boxes should be close to each other on this exercise. Some boxes are not rotatining as well, check back the page of the exercise to see what I'm talking about, other than that and the issues mentioned earlier, good job!

-On organic perspective you're having some perspective issues (but no need to worry about it as you'll work on them on the box challenge), the main thing here is that you aren't plotting your lines, just like in ghosting planes. As I said earlier, whenever drawing a line, you should first draw the starting and ending dots, otherwise you won't be able to ghost it properly.

Overall good job! But I want to make sure that you know how to draw ellipses confidently before moving on, so I want you to do one more page of ghosted planes with ellipses. Make sure you draw the ellipses as confidently as you can.

Next Steps:

-1 page of ghosted planes with ellipses

When finished, reply to this critique with your revisions.
7:37 PM, Tuesday December 29th 2020

Thank you again for reviewing my homework, it helped a lot! Here's another page of the ghosted planes with ellipses:


If the link doesn't work, let me know over on Discord, thank you!

7:41 PM, Tuesday December 29th 2020

That's much better! Some of these are still a bit wobbly, and some are a bit pointy in the ends, they should be more rounded. You might be thinking that the ellipses need to follow the guidelines of the planes, if that's the case it's not true. The center of the plane doesn't have to be the center of the ellipse and it doesn't necesarilly need to fit the plane snuggily. Keep it in mind on your warmups.

But like I said good progress! I'd say good luck with the box challenge but you've already finished it, so once you finish 5 critiques just give me a ping or answer this and I'll critique it. Congrats on finishing lesson 1!

Next Steps:

Box challenge

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