Lesson 1: Lines, Ellipses and Boxes

6:54 PM, Wednesday October 7th 2020

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Thanks in advance for whoever ends up going through and critiquing my work; much appreciated.

The first link was the first page of the Superimposed Lines exercise.

Here are the rest:

Super Imposed Lines (2)


Ghosted Lines


Ghosted Planes


Ghosted Planes (2)


Tables of Ellipses


Tables of Ellipses (2)


Ellipses in Planes


Ellipses in Planes (2)




Plotted Perspective


Rough Perspective


Rough Perspective (2)


Rotated Boxes


Organic Perspective


Organic Perspective (2)


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3:46 PM, Thursday October 29th 2020

In general, please try to keep all of the images in only one link. Using one link for each image makes the critiques take way longer.

Starting with your lines, they're pretty confident and accurate overall, good job! Just 2 things.

On the superimposed lines, you got fraying on both ends. Before drawing a line, make sure that you put your pen at the starting dot of that line, otherwise it might fray.

On ghosted planes, you haven't plotted some lines. Keep in mind you need to always draw starting and ending dots before drawing any line.

Ellipses are pretty confident and clean overall, good job! On the funnels keep in mind that the central line (The minor axis for the ellipses) needs to cut them in 2 simetrical halves, so aim for it. Even if the curves are misplaced, ignore them if necesary. Main objective is to allign the ellipses to the minor axis.

On the bottom right ellipses, you've drawn 2 minor axis for the ellipses. Ellipses can have only 1 minor axis. The ones on the example where lines that were off, so they were redrawn.

In boxes as well it seems like you haven't plotted most of the lines. Just like I mentioned before, start each line by drawing the starting and ending dots, otherwise you won't be able to ghost it properly.

You also seem to have missed some lines and tried to redraw them. If you miss a line just leave it be, don't correct it as it will make the drawing messier.

On rough perspective you have trouble to make some of the vertical lines perpendicular to the horizon and some horizontals parallel to it. It's hard, but make sure you're aiming for it, It'll get easier eventually.

On rotated boxes you got confused (which is completely normal. But you haven't kept things together, and you haven't rotated the boxes. You've also tried to redo lots of lines you weren't sure with. Here as well even if you don't like your lines, don't redo them, it makes the drawing way messier and harder to read.

And lastly on organic perspective more of the same, you're repeating lots of lines, that's your main issue. I also think you aren't plotting your lines here as well, so careful with that too. In general put more care on each line you do.

Overall good job, but you've had some of the major issues on the rotated boxes, It looks like you haven't plotted lots of lines, and you've repeated a lot of them too. So before moving on, I want you to repeat rotated boxes. I'm not expecting you to do it perfect, I just want you to make sure that you approach the 4 issues I mentioned.

-Repeating lines that were off

-Not drawing starting and ending dots before drawing a line

-Not rotating the boxes

-Not keeping the corners between boxes close.

Good luck with it!

Next Steps:

1 more page of rotated boxes

When finished, reply to this critique with your revisions.
2:44 PM, Tuesday November 3rd 2020

Thanks for critiquing my work. Here's the re-do:


Yeah I really did struggle with rotated boxes. It was mostly visualizing the moving of different vanishing points. Do you think the exercise can be repeated to help with that, and visualizing in 3D space in general, or does the 250 Box Challenge do that better? Also, what do you think is the best exercise to practice among each of the following sections: Lines, Ellipses, and Boxes? Thanks in advance for critiquing my re-do and answering my questions.

8:42 PM, Tuesday November 3rd 2020

You should practice all of them on your warmups from now on. Rotated boxes included. When starting a drawabox session do a 10-15 minute warmup where you do 2-3 exercises.

It's in that time where you'll practice the previous exercises. 250 box challenge will start after that. About the practice thing I recommend dividing the exercises equally, you can focus a bit on some exercises where you struggle the most, but make sure you don't neglect the others.

About the exercise itself, you've done a much better job! Now the boxes rotate, and the corners are close together, which were the 2 main mistakes you were doing on the exercise.

Don't forget that you should still not to repeat lines (I've seen you do it a few times throughout this exercise) and don't forget that you should focus on confidence over accuracy on every line, some of these are a little bit wobbly.

Good job like I said, so I'm marking this as complete. Good luck in the box challenge and keep up the good work!

Next Steps:

Box challenge

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