Lesson 1: Lines, Ellipses and Boxes

10:21 PM, Thursday February 13th 2020

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Hello, and thank you for critiquing my first lesson homework!

The first two pages i did with a thin liner and scanned at work, but otherwise i have only used the 0.5 fineliner. I also only got to scan one of the ghosted planes, before circling it.

Sorry for the quality of the scan, i dont have anything else, than my cellphone at home.

Well i think that's it for the excuses for now.

Thank you so much to whomever of you, that critiques

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3:50 AM, Saturday February 15th 2020

Hey there, good job on completing lesson 1.

Starting off with your super imposed lines, your lines are pretty frantic and have a lot of fraying going on. Remember that the focus of this exercise is about drawing confident lines with the shoulder and developing a good flow. Perfect execution is not required here, but confident smooth lines are what we are looking for. Keep practicing this exercise to find a good pace for yourself to keep your lines a little more grouped and smooth. Your ghosted lines are looking good, they are confident and very focused on flow over accuracy. On the other hand, your planes are getting sloppy again and it seems you neglected ghosting, so make sure to always ghost and use your shoulder.

Moving on to your ellipses, you show a lot of good growth here. Your ellipses in tables start off shaky and have a lot of variance, but by the time you get to funnels they tighten up a lot. With your ellipses in planes you are definitely showing you understand where the ellipse should make contact with the sides of the planes creating a snug fit, and while the drawing mechanics of it are a little shakier you do a pretty good job. With your ellipses in tables

you do a good job packing everything in tightly and leaving no room for ambiguity. Finally, regarding your ellipses in funnels you are doing a nice job keeping your minor axes aligned to the funnel axes.

With your rough perspective boxes the biggest thing I'm noticing is your tendency to redraw. One of the main reasons we use ink is to force us to be mindful of our marks and cause us to prepare until we are ready. So remember to use your shoulder, the ghosting method, and take as much time as needed to fully prepare. To your credit, you get better about this as you progress through the exercise. Your boxes are pretty well oriented in relation to the horizon by trying to keep your horizontal lines parallel to the horizon and your verticals perpendicular. Your converging lines are about at the state we expect for beginners and as you practice drawing towards far off points your accuracy will improve. Remember to take your time on these exercises, as a box has 12 lines, it may take you roughly 12 times as long to draw a box as a single line, and that is ok!

Moving on to your rotated boxes, you did a great job completing this exercise. Your kept your lines pretty neat for the most part, you rotated your boxes well, and you kept everything organized in the midst of the complexity. With your corner boxes, you would have had more success if you had adhered to the adjacent lines as perspective guides as explained here. In terms of packing though,you kept your boxes nice and tight. With this exercise our only goal for students is for them to complete the exercise to the best of their abilities so they can be introduced to new types of spatial problems and solution strategies, so job well done!

Finally, let's take a look at your organic perspective. I notice right off the bat that you are trying to apply line weight to clarify your forms with various levels of success. Your instincts are correct though, so good job! Remember that line weight application is just the practical version of the super imposed lines exercise (but now you know ghosting!) so keep practicing that exercise in your warm ups. Your boxes have a good variance in size from large to small to sell the illusion of depth and your forms overlap to further reinforce that. Your perspective is about where we expect for students - you have a decent amount of diverging lines which result in far planes being larger than near planes which is opposite of reality, but that is why we have the 250 box challenge.

With this, your lesson 1 will be marked as complete. Congratulations!

Next Steps:

Your next step is the 250 box challenge. Keep practicing ghosting and using your shoulder confidently, and don't forget to adhere to the 50/50 drawing for the sake of drawing guideline laid out in lesson 0 so you don't burn out. Keep up the good work and see you next time.

This critique marks this lesson as complete.
10:08 AM, Saturday February 15th 2020

Thank you very much for your very good critique! You are describing some problems dead on, which I have had a very hard time putting into words myself! But i especially think your point about not hurrying too much is something, I need to remind myself of.

I will make sure to read through it some more times, and use it in the 250 box challenge.

Thanks again!

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