Lesson 1: Lines, Ellipses and Boxes

3:38 PM, Sunday October 10th 2021

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Finally i'm finished !!! This is my redo of lesson 1 through official route, last time i was on lesson 2.

Lesson 1 (Before) https://imgur.com/a/Uz73jZj

Not gonna lie, when i look back on my previous lesson 1 homework i noticed a lot of problems, that includes :

  • Didn't read the instructions carefully

  • Some of the lesson i'm grinding it if the result wasn't satisfactory, which is very bad

  • I didn't take my time at all, you can even call it speedrunning. I often didn't use my shoulder to draw and didn't use ghosting line method

On this homework attempt, i tried to avoid all of this thing. i just tried my best and take my time on every single homework.

One last thing just to make sure, i heard you only do 50 boxes if you have done 250 boxes challenge, is this correct ?

Sorry if the the comments is long, i just thought it was necessary to point it out. I can't wait for the critiques :)

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4:22 PM, Sunday October 10th 2021

Welcome back, cucumber. I'll be your TA today so let's get started.

Your superimposed lines are looking really nice. They are confident, controlled, and your accuracy is coming along nicely. Some of your really long lines get a little wavy but that's not surprising - lines that long are hard to keep razor straight. Your ghosted lines are also looking good; I am loving the line quality and how you pull off the pressure near the end to get a nice taper. With your confident strokes the overall quality is really pleasing to look at.

Your ellipses are showing a little less confidence. There are times when you seem to pull off the page and then come back down. The marks that do show up are really strong and confident, and you clearly are ghosting so this is just a nitpick at this point. Your ellipses in tables are pretty consistent and packed together so there's no room for ambiguity. In your ellipses in planes you are missing a lot of the contact points you need to be hitting to really cement the ellipse in the space defined by the plane so make sure you are ghosting enough to hit those targets. With your funnels exercise, most of your minor axes are aligned to the funnel axes, the only thing I want to point out here is that some of your ellipses get a bit rushed looking. Overall though, good job.

Your rough perspective is on the right track. Your lines are strong and confident, your horizontals are parallel to the horizon and your verticals are perpendicular giving you a proper orientation to your boxes. I am noticing that sometimes it seems that because you've done this before you are taking some things for granted; most notably is sometimes your lines aren't connecting all the way over so you add a little secondary line to close the gap. Just make sure you're trying your best to hit both starting and ending points of the line you intend to draw. Your converging lines are heading in the right direction and with more mileage your accuracy will continue to improve.

Moving on to your rotated boxes, you did a very good job keeping things neat and controlled. Your hatching is consistent and not rushed, your line quality is strong, and you drew nice and large to give your brain plenty of room to work through these spatial reasoning puzzles. There are a few things I want to bring to your attention:

  • Rotation: Your boxes are not rotating, but rather being skewed and translated over, so watch this gif again and try to internalize how the rotation is driven by the motion of the vanishing points along the horizon.

  • Adjacent Lines: In some of your boxes, especially the corners, you are allowing too much space between your adjacent lines causing you not to be able to utilize them as perspective guides. Make sure to be mindful of this technique as it's very useful.

Overall you did a really good job here though. As I already mentioned, you kept it neat and controlled, you drew through your forms, and you didn't get timid with your lines. One inconsistency I see with hatching is your corner boxes - you are hatching the entire thing instead of just the side planes like your other boxes, so keep that in mind and always try to be consistent.

Finally let's look at your organic perspective. You've clearly got some mileage under your belt, as your perspective is more developed and you are mindful of convergences. I am seeing some more rushing though with haphazard lines so make sure to always keep a good pace and if you feel yourself rushing when you near the end of something, take a step back so you can avoid making silly mistakes. It's a common thing for us to push into a sprint when the finish line is in sight, but drawing isn't a race. I like your compositions; you did a good job exploring 3d space with scaling your boxes as well as overlapping them to really sell the illusion of form and space on your page.

Overall you've done well here. I will be marking your lesson 1 as complete. You are correct that if you have done 250 boxes already you will need to submit a new 50 in addition to your previous 250 for critique. Remember to take your time and keep up the good work.

Next Steps:

50 new boxes in addition to your previous 250 you have done.

This critique marks this lesson as complete.
3:29 AM, Monday October 11th 2021

Thanks sven for your critiques, that's a lot of things to take in, i will reread your critique for time to time until i understood it. About your last point you're right, i often rushed things when doing this lesson, i guess bad habit is hard to stop. I will remember your advice to take a step back and take my time.

One question, for the next homework, should i include the additional box exercises ?

3:25 PM, Monday October 11th 2021

All you need to include is your original 250 boxes plus your 50 new ones. Make sure to let us know which ones are the old boxes and which are the new 50

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