Lesson 1: Lines, Ellipses and Boxes

10:38 PM, Friday July 10th 2020

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10:15 PM, Saturday July 11th 2020

Congrats Clementine for completing the exercises. Here's my feedback


Superimposed lines feel rushed. Be sure to take the time to reposition the pen on the paper. There is frayingon both ends

Ghosted lines are alright, they veer a little to the end point but not too much. Just remember that smooth and straight is more important than hitting the point

Ghosted planes are ok. Well done


table of ellipses: you were supposed to do a border inside the page, this complicated your job quite a lot. The ellipses are acceptable, focus on passing over the first loop more accurately than fitting the ellipse in the right space

Ellipses in planes are ok. You hit the point nicely. You can work on the same problem as before. Surely done well enough

Funnels are your weak point in the ellipses section. Passed barely. Focus on maintaining the same axis.


Plotted perspective a bit sketchy. Maybe you don't have a lot of practice in technical drawing, or maybe you were nervous. It's acceptable anyway

Maybe it will surprise you, but rough perspective is actually well done. You will get a much better eye for perspective later, but you seem to have understood the point, and that is something that can't be said for a lot of the other people submitting here

Rotated boxes is where it all falls apart. they look like a sheet instead of a ball. This is mainly due to not rotating

This might help you

Organic perspective contains some really wonky boxes. Remember that in the initial Y the angles all need to be >90° Also some edges diverge from the VP. The edges need to get closer to the edge that makes the initial Y, when you move along said edge. In other words, pick a line of the Y. Start from the center and move out to the vertex. From there two segments start, correct? Now, those two need to be shorter than the other two lines that make up the Y, respectively. And that must be true no matter which initial line of the Y you chose.

You will get a heck of a ton of practice in the 250 boxes challenge, so no need to redo that one

Next Steps:

I'm sorry, but the rotated boxes exercise won't do, so while you're at it, might as well do a couple funnels. I'd like to see submitted:

  • Two (not two pages, just two) regular funnels and one corner funnel

  • The rotated boxes exercise

Standard recommendation: remember to do your warmups and to draw from the shoulder.

When finished, reply to this critique with your revisions.
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6:08 AM, Saturday July 11th 2020

Great work on most of Lesson 1. I can tell you worked hard. In regards to your rotating boxes exercise, you could practice foreshortening more. You drew most of the boxes the same size, which doesn't create the illusion that they are getting closer.

3:52 PM, Saturday July 11th 2020
edited at 4:27 PM, Jul 11th 2020

I noticed that but wasnt sure how foreshortened it should be, but thank you for pointing it out! Is there anything else you can critique?

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edited at 4:27 PM, Jul 11th 2020
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