## Lesson 1: Lines, Ellipses and Boxes

##### 10:29 AM, Sunday January 31st 2021

Hey,

I've just finished Lesson 1 and as you can see on my first pages the ink quality is not the best as my as they died when I started the challenge but I've bought in the middle of it a new set of them, so my lines have been getting more clear :p Overall I guess I still need to be more confident with my lines ,when I'm making them. And the rotated box challenge was a whole disaster as you can see...My brain just didn't really process what to do next so at the end I just kinda went in and yeah...As you can see it went terrible but that's okay for now :)) (I also decided to include these "disasters" as they've been my first tries!)

Any feedback is really appreciated, so thanks in advance.

Have a nice day

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##### 3:36 PM, Monday February 1st 2021

Hi, well done for completing lesson 1!!

Lines

Lines are smooth, with very little wobbling, good job :)

You have fraying near the end of the superimposed lines which is totally fine at this stage, as long as they're not fraying at both ends (which yours aren't).

I've noticed that on some of the boxes, when a line you've drawn ends up going off course a little, you draw another line to make up for it. Don't do this - next time, just keep the original line as if you meant to place it there and move on.

Ellipses

Your ellipses in general are quite good already, for example in the table of ellipses most of them fit within the bounds of the table and are touching the sides.

I would say that sometimes when you draw ellipses with a long major axis, the ends become quite pointed so work on rounding them out more.

The lines are a bit more wobbly here, especially for the circular ellipses. Remember to prioritise confidence and smoothness rather than accuracy.

Boxes

I'm impressed by how little of your lines overshoot in the ghosted planes exercise, well done! Also very nice straight, confident lines in the rough perspectives exercise.

Don't worry about the rotated boxes, the important thing is that you weren't afraid to attempt it. I would recommend narrowing the gap between the boxes next time so that you can use the neighbouring lines to help you: https://youtu.be/Jm-xtdM0s2s?t=435

In the organic perspective exercise there are some issues with the shape of the boxes, however this is natural at this stage so don't worry about it! You will improve with time. You could also make more of the boxes overlap with each other.

The 250 box challenge will help with both the rotated boxes and the organic perspective exercises.

Overall, I would say a very good attempt :)

Next Steps:

You should be incorporating these exercises into your warmups, particularly the ghosted planes with ellipses as this will tighten up the ellipses and improve your accuracy. In addition, superimposed lines are also good for practising adding line weight to make sure the line on top doesn't go off course.

Next step: 250 box challenge. You could revisit the rotated boxes exercise after the challenge and try again with your new understanding.

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##### 3:22 PM, Tuesday February 2nd 2021

Oh thank you so much for your detailed analysis of my first lesson, that really helps a lot :) Gotta tackle the 250 boxes challenge now ,so I'll hopefully understand perspective and rotation more so I can try the rotated and organic box challenge again!

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##### 6:02 PM, Monday February 1st 2021 edited at 2:07 AM, Feb 2nd 2021

Hi there, congratulations on finishing lesson one! :)

Your lines and ellipses look smooth and confident. Your boxes look good.

-Ellipses in Funnels: I see that you made an attempt to make your ellipses wider as they move further away from the center of your funnel, nice job.

-Rotated Boxes: It turned out pretty good. You've done a nice job getting the boxes to rotate. However, the gaps of between outer boxes are not very narrow and consistent. I think you should pay more attention to plotting and planning on where to place lines more accurately next time.

-Organic Perspective: When drawing the "Y" of the box try to make sure the angles are greater than 90° between each line to avoid it looking distorted. Also note that our lines must be extended away from the viewer, towards the implied vanishing point, never towards the viewer because extending in the wrong direction made some boxes of yours look more like trapezoidal prisms.

Great job overall, I think you're ready to tackle 250 box challenge.

Next Steps:

The 250 box challenge is next.

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edited at 2:07 AM, Feb 2nd 2021
##### 6:12 AM, Wednesday February 3rd 2021

Thank you so much for the feedback and critique, this really helps a lot :)

Gonna pay more attention to the "Y" of my boxes as I finally realize what I've done wrong...I made them often too acute or that the vanishing points of them pointed towards the viewer haha...So that made some things more clear! Gonna tackle the 250 boxes challenge next, thanks again.

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### Sakura Pigma Microns

A lot of my students use these. The last time I used them was when I was in high school, and at the time I felt that they dried out pretty quickly, though I may have simply been mishandling them. As with all pens, make sure you're capping them when they're not in use, and try not to apply too much pressure. You really only need to be touching the page, not mashing your pen into it.

On the flipside, they tend to be on the cheaper side of things, so if you're just getting started (beginners tend to have poor pressure control), you're probably going to destroy a few pens - going cheaper in that case is not a bad idea.

In terms of line weight, the sizes are pretty weird. 08 corresponds to 0.5mm, which is what I recommend for the drawabox lessons, whereas 05 corresponds to 0.45mm, which is pretty close and can also be used.