Lesson 2: Contour Lines, Texture and Construction
3:12 PM, Saturday January 28th 2023
It was pretty difficult more than lesson 1.
Hey there, i'll be helping you out in this critique today!
Organic arrows: Well done! You've experimented with a wide range of angles and twist, i can see great confidence and also your farther end compressing.
Also, one tip: when it comes to arrow heads, you can try to add dots like ghosted lines to help avoid disproportionate arrow heads (which i only saw one case, but just wanted to point out)
Organic forms: Good job in making your forms curved on both ends! Most ellipses fit snugly within bounds which shows that you've been training them pretty well! I do notice two cases of floating ellipses, which of course is a mistake. Generally this happens when you don't plan out the ellipse you draw, or begin with ghosting instead of planning: https://drawabox.com/lesson/2/5/floating
Another suggestion is that if you have too much failed attempts of sausages, try to attempt them on a separate piece of paper before going to the main paper where you'll do the exercise. Once you feel comfortable, then draw them in the main page.
Also some cases where your ellipses aren't aligned perpendicular to your minor axis, that i point out here
Texture analysis: Nothing much to say here, you've done a great job in really study every detail!
Dissections: Fantastic! it probably took a long time for this one to be complete!
Form intersections: You did a great job in maintaining shallow forshortening / equilateral shapes, although there is a few that look more dramatic, which should be avoided, but isn't a big deal rn. In the all boxes page, you did miss out on marking the intersection on some areas, which i helped you out on marking here https://imgur.com/a/7KBr8iZ
Organic intersections: Generally a well done exercise, but some cases where gravity felt unrealistic, and other pointers that i've made you can see here
Overall a great submission! Throw all of these exercises onto your warmup pool (Or, with texture, you can do the 25 texture challenge as a side-quest) And proceed to...
Thanks you so much for this feedback which is really appreciate knowing that it has been more than a month since I published my lesson 2.
Im actually at 70% of the lesson 3 and I did 7/25 textures of the challenge :)
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