Hi there, I'll be handling your box challenge critique.

I thought I recognized your name from somewhere and looking through your previous work I realized this is your second time going through the early course material. Glad to see that you're giving the course another attempt and hope you find it helpful.

Congratulations on completing the box challenge again, it's definitely a lot more work than most people expect let alone doing it twice. 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:

  • Your lines are looking smooth and confidently drawn. You mention over/undershooting being a problem but I don't notice it occurring too often, largely the advice you mentioned (lifting your pen) is what we recommend, if you're doing that already however it may just come down to the speed at which you're drawing or just needing more mileage to become more accurate. Sometimes there's no magic replacement for mileage.

  • Your hatching lines are evenly spaced and tidy, rather than rushed which usually ends up creating a mess.

  • Line weight isn't a requirement of the challenge so it's great to see you apply it. As I'm sure you've noticed by now it takes a fair bit of mileage to be comfortable working with it but your results are looking good so far, keep it up.

  • You're experimenting with orientations. Experimenting is an important habit to build in order to deepen our understanding of new concepts, it's a great habit to have and one that I hope you'll continue to nurture throughout the rest of the course.

Things you can work on:

  • There's room to experiment with proportions and rates of foreshortening more. You mostly keep your boxes in similar shapes/sizes and often keep your vanishing points further away which results in your lines being closer to parallel. Try mixing in some thin/long/wide boxes and try moving your vanishing points closer to create a more drastic rate of foreshortening. (Note this isn't me saying you don't at all, you just don't very often or leave one side quite parallel)

  • 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 looking pretty solid so far with noticeable improvement and with more mileage you'll continue this trend and become more consistent. That being said I'll be marking your submission as complete and moving you on to lesson 2.

Keep practicing previous exercises as warm ups and good luck.