Lesson 1: Lines, Ellipses and Boxes
10:45 PM, Saturday May 21st 2022
Thank you so much for your help!
Hello and congrats on completing lesson one. My name is Rob and I'm a teaching assistant for Drawabox who will be handling your lesson one critique. Starting with your superimposed lines these are off to a fine start. You are keeping a clearly defined starting point with all of your wavering at the opposite end. Your ghosted lines and planes turned out well. You are using the ghosting method to good effect to get confident linework with a pretty decent deal of accuracy that will get better and better with practice.
Your tables of ellipses are coming along pretty good. You are doing a good job drawing through your ellipses and focusing on consistent smooth ellipse shapes. This is carried over nicely into your ellipses in planes. It's great that you aren't overly concerned with accuracy and are instead focused on getting smooth ellipse shapes. Although accuracy is our end goal it can't really be forced and tends to come with mileage and consistent practice more than anything else. Your ellipses in funnels are looking fine. I'm not seeing any real issues here. One thing you could have done with these is start with a narrower degree ellipse in the center and then widen the degrees of the ellipses as they move outwards in the funnel. Please check the example here. https://drawabox.com/lesson/1/14/step3 This helps with practicing different degrees of ellipses. Your ellipses are off to a great start but there's still room for improvement when it comes to accuracy so keep practicing them during your warmups.
The plotted perspective looks great although I am a bit puzzled by your added line weight here. You were allowed to use a ruler for this exercise but for some reason decided to add line weight by hand. While I'm discussing line weight I'll address the problem that I'm seeing with your added line weight in the rough perspective exercise as well. You appear to be reverting back to using your wrist for adding line weight which is reintroducing wobble back into your lines. If you want to add line weight that's fine but treat it the same as any other line you would draw for lessons. Ghost it multiple times and then draw from your shoulder with confidence. Also only go over the line one additional time as added line weight should be subtle. Your rough perspective exercises turned out pretty good. You are getting a mix of confident linework here along with some wobble creeping back into some of your lines. https://drawabox.com/lesson/1/9/wobbling This is probably happening because you are more concerned with accuracy now that you are constructing boxes and you are slowing down your stroke to compensate. That hesitation because of your concern for accuracy while making your mark is what is reintroducing the wobble into your lines. Try and rely a bit more on the muscle memory you build up while ghosting your mark and almost make your mark without thinking. This will be less accurate at first but will give you consistently smooth and confident linework which is our first priority. Accuracy will come with mileage and can't really be forced. You are doing a good job extending the lines back on your boxes to check your work. As you can see some of your perspective estimations were quite off but that will become more intuitive with practice. One thing that can help you a bit when doing a one point perspective exercise like this is to realize that all of your horizontal lines should be parallel to the horizon line and all of your verticals should be perpendicular(straight up and down in this case) to the horizon line. This will help you avoid some of the slanting lines you have in your constructions.
Your rotated box exercise turned out decently. I like that you drew this nice and big as that really helps when dealing with complex spatial problems. You also did a good job drawing through your boxes and keeping your gaps narrow and consistent. Your line confidence took a bit of a nose dive with this exercise as I think you started reverting back to using your wrist for drawing some of these lines which resulted in line wobble. The other possibility is what I mentioned previously where you are slowing down your stroke to compensate for accuracy. The rotations here aren't perfect but this was a good effort overall. This is a great exercise to come back to after a few lessons to see how much your spatial thinking ability has improved. Your organic perspective exercises are looking pretty good. You seem to be getting comfortable using the ghosting method and drawing from your shoulder for confident linework which is great. As I mentuioned previoulsy you appear to revert back to using your wrist for some of the line weight here which is introducing wobble into your linework so keep an eye on that. Your box constructions are pretty solid for the most part and you already seem to have a decent understanding of how box lines need to converge to vp's. The 250 box challenge will be a great next step for you in your improving your convergences.
Overall this was a solid submission that showed a nice deal of growth. Your line confidence and ellipses are both coming along nicely. I think you are understanding most of the concepts these lessons are trying to convey quite well. I'm going to mark this as complete and good luck with the 250 box challenge. Keep up the good work!
The 250 Box Challenge
Thank you so so much for such a detailed critique! Going into the 250 boxes challenge, I'll remember to use my shoulder and the ghosting method to draw both the primary lines and the single line weights too. For future lessons, I'll remember to focus on accuracy of spheres during warmups as well. Hope you have a nice day!