## 140 boxes and Having fun. Am I doing something wrong?

##### 12:07 AM, Sunday June 23rd 2024

I'm about 3 months and 140 boxes into the 250 box challenge. This challenge is a lot of fun. After re-reading/watching the instructions and looking at other student submissions, I think I may be missing something.

Questions:

1: "freely rotated" boxes. Ive been organizing them to explore/experiment with each boxes relative relationship to to the others and their respective ruler lines. Please see examples. https://imgur.com/a/K3TjCKQ Some boxes end up looking similar or sharing VP's. Each one has intentional differences to see how they look together. Looking at others' work it seems like their boxes have more variety and are randomly placed on the page. Am I misinterpreting the instructions?

2: construction. I have been drawing the boxes in an assembly line fashion starting with the Y's. See link. https://imgur.com/a/Z4gZ8a7 Should each box be fully constructed before moving onto the next one?

1. Line weight. It seems like I get carried away with weighting each line. https://imgur.com/a/K3TjCKQ. Boxes 95-100 & 115

Could point refer me to the lesson where this is addressed?

1. Cross hatching. Is there a right way to cross hatch? I have been experimenting with it. https://imgur.com/a/K3TjCKQ. Boxes 106 & 115. Looking at others' work, it seems like I am doing something different.

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##### 2:49 PM, Sunday June 23rd 2024 edited at 2:50 PM, Jun 23rd 2024

While some of the deviations you've opted to take are inconsequential, others are less so, and so it really highlights why in Lesson 0 we stress the importance of following the instructions to the letter and not modifying them yourself. At the end of the day, you're not going to be in a position to understand how the changes you make might alter the intent of the exercises and the purpose they serve within the course as a whole.

Most notably, your "assembly line" approach to constructing all the boxes at the same time, rather than one at a time, is not something I would recommend. Construct your boxes in their entirety, one by one, and avoid anything that might put you at a greater likelihood of going on autopilot.

It's important to keep in mind that exercises are rarely just "get to this end goal by whatever means". It's the way you get there that matters, less the end result.

Overall though, I think your best bet right now is to review the instructions for the challenge and follow them as they're conveyed there without modification.

As to your question about line weight, that is explained in the rotated boxes section of lesson 1. There's a video about it a ways down that page, which you will also want to review.

edited at 2:50 PM, Jun 23rd 2024
##### 6:06 PM, Monday June 24th 2024

Thanks for the feedback and pointing me in the right direction. I will re-review the instructions. Thanks

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