Lesson 1: Lines, Ellipses and Boxes

2:58 PM, Wednesday June 22nd 2022

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11:17 PM, Monday July 25th 2022

Hey Quat, congratulations on completing lesson 1!

I will do my best to give you some advice.

1. Lines

2. Superimposed Lines

First thing I notice is that your lines in general are very wobbly. https://d15v304a6xpq4b.cloudfront.net/lesson_images/5bcda336.jpg

I think you should focus on more straight lines, by doing faster and more confident strokes. It's normal to do wobbly lines if you are trying to be accurate, but at first you should focus on straight lines.

You also have some fraying on the end of your lines, which is also normal thing. Yet you should not worry too much about this at the start, because confidence comes first. Straight lines that are fraying is still better than having wobbly lines.

A good thing is that you are not fraying at the start of each line! Keep it up!

Also there is no real arcing going in your lines, that's also a positive!

3. Ghosted Lines

Your lines seem to be fairly accurate, but you seem to be focusing too much on accuracy (hence wobbly lines)

Confidence >> Accuracy

4. Ellipses

5. Tables of ellipses

Good job of keeping your ellipses inside the bounds, very accurate, almost no overshooting. However they are a little bit deformed and should be drawn with confidence from your shoulder. Don't be afraid to make a smooth and fast ellipses, as you can still course correct on the second or third pass, unlike with lines

6. Ghosted Plains

Pretty much the same stuff as in the other excercises

8. Funnels

I'd recommend doing the arcs for the funnels first and after that place a line in the middle.

Some of the ellipses have a slightly wrong degree and because the minor axis doesn't go along the middle of the arcs it's actually hard to tell if you got perfect ellipses going on, because they need to be cut in halve by the minor axis.

8. Boxes

9. Plotted Perspective

It looks like you got a good grasp of the core concept of the exercise and followed the instructions correctly.

Only thing I noticed is that some of your boxes have been drawn too much outside of the vanishing points, therefore seem to be a little warped. I guess you did this just to figure out how it would look, as you only did it in one frame and that's a good thing! Only advice I can give here is maybe give the outlines of the boxes a second pass so they appear a little bit thicker, so one can distinguish them better from the other linework! Good job!

10. Rough Perspective

Remember that all horizontal lines should be parallel to the horizon line and all vertical lines should be perpendicular to the horizon line. Some of your lines are a little wonky and drift off in the wrong direction, just keep this in mind when drawing objects in one point perspective that are being faced from the front.

Another thing is that you confused some of your boxes in terms of which side is in front the other. Those can be hard to distinguish sometimes when drawing through your boxes (as demanded by drawabox, which you correctly kept doing).

My advice is after completing a box, lean back and look at the front plane of the box, then at the edges that connect to this plane and then the planes that connect from those edges. Take some time and think about which plane faces the viewer and which is actually not visible in the back and then cross hatch one of those front planes (i recommend hatching the plane that covers the edge in the back, where some of the back-planes meet, most of the time this is also the biggest plane on your box)

The only thing you did straight up wrong in this exercise is not plotting your drawn lines back to the horizon line. Instead you drew over your lines as they were to meet the vanishing point, but this way it makes it way harder to actually see which lines were actually off the vanishing point and which ones were correct. Keep this in mind as this is a common mistake: https://drawabox.com/lesson/1/16/plottinglines

12. Rotated Boxes

You did a good job at keeping the edges of the different boxes close to the adjacend ones!

However some of your boxes, especially those in the corners seem to not be rotating enough, they need to rotate more drastically. Along the horizintal and vertical axis your boxes look better, still not rotating enough but you are closer to what is asked for. Check https://d15v304a6xpq4b.cloudfront.net/lesson_images/d73eea49.jpg The first box in this example is rotating the right amount but the second should be rotated even more drastically, but actually follows the same vanishing point as the first box (which is wrong).

The boxes in the four quadrants are the hardest one to do and you did a good attempt, however they should be rotated more and when drawing a box that has a horizontal and a vertical neighbour I would advice to try keeping the rotation of both boxes in both directions, so tilting horizontally and also tilting vertically at the same time.

One extra effort could be to apply hatching to the spaces between the boxes, which makes the single boxes more visible, but that was optional, so it's all good!

14. Organic Perspective

You have a nice variance in your pathes that your boxes are following!

Some of your boxes look a bit wonky as your lines that lead in the same direction should be at least parallel to each other or even better slighty converge towards a vanishing point. For me it looks like you actually did draw most parts of the boxes right, but instead of drawing the front planes of the box you only drew the back planes which should not be visible. This correlates with the confusion of the front and back planes when you hatched one plane on a box in the rough perspective exercise. So it might be better for you to draw through you boxes and then identify the front planes from there, until you get a hang of distinguishing those two parts of the boxes. As this is a fairly new concept and also a hard exercise to do, it's totally fine to not get everything right on the first try, as you will improve as you draw more boxes in the future.

Another thing I noticed is that you tried to fix some of your lines. Part of this practice is to never correct a wrongly drawn line, as it should be visible where you made mistakes and learn from it, hiding those makes it harder to learn from. In future exercises do not correct your wrongly drawn lines, just pretend as they were correct and move on.

Another thing that you could do to make it more clear which box overlaps which is by giving line weight to the parts of the lines where overlap happens. Do not redraw the whole line and don't do a wobbly draw over, instead you can do a ghosted line only along the overlapping part of the already drawn line, so it is clear to the eye which line is in front of the other.

Also on the first page you could have varied more with the size of the boxes, meaning the boxes in the front being very large and further back being smaller, but you already improved upon that on the second page, so good job on noticing and improving on the go!

A general note:

Please consider using 0.5 Sized Fineliners for future exercises. It is actually required for lessons after lesson 1.

Check lesson 0 on why this is important https://drawabox.com/lesson/0/4

So all in all I can see a good understanding of the concepts of these exercises.

The biggest takeaway I think will be to be more confident with your lines. Make your lines as smooth as possible with confident and fast movements from your shoulder and it's totally okay if they are not accurate. Accuracy will come by itself, but never be afraid to miss your mark or even overshoot. That is totally normal and your lines will become more accurate, but that is not a thing to focus on as long as your lines are coming out wobbly.

Keep up the hard work and you will improve, I am sure of that!



Next Steps:

Next step would be to do the 250 Box Challenge, but you already seem to have done that. So next up is waiting for your 250 Box Challenge to be critiqued, or if you are feeling ready for it, moving on to lesson 2.

Remember to always take the time needed to finish an exercise correctly and consider doing the 50% rule where you just freely draw for the sake of it, not doing studies or course-work (if you are not already doing that).

Looking forward seeing more of your work on the discord!

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7:00 PM, Tuesday July 26th 2022

Thanks for the critique and I appreciate the tips and advices and about the pen I can't get more suitable pens for draw a box from the place that I am at because reasons

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