Hi! I'm Junnie! First of all, I'd like to congratulate you on finishing Lesson 1! I'll be giving you feedback regarding your work.

1. Lines

Superimposed Lines

  • I'll assume that the second picture in the Imgur album is actually the first page you did because it has a lot more fraying at the starting point compared to the first picture. In that case, I think it's great that you were able to spot your mistakes and fix them as you went along the lesson. Remember to always be mindful of where you place your pen before drawing anything. Fraying at the end point is perfectly fine at the beginning, and will definitely get better with practice.

  • I noticed that a lot of your lines are pretty straight (no wobble) but there seems to be some waving which indicates that you're focusing on trying to follow the original line instead of drawing a straight line. Moving forward, make sure to prioritize straight, confident lines over accuracy and precision since those are easier to fix through practice.

  • Your lines generally arc upward then downward, showing a more circular motion (a lot more apparent in your longer lines). There could be a few reasons why this is but I'm guessing that it's because you're either relying more on your elbow for drawing, or your arm motion is limited by your drawing posture. Try to rotate your paper to an angle that allows you to fully extend your arm freely. In my case, this is at around a 45 degree angle (which allows me to draw straighter lines by moving my arm away from my body). Also, I think a lot of people have the misconception that you need to have your wrist and elbows locked when drawing to draw a straight line but that is simply not the case, especially when drawing longer lines. Instead, try to pay attention to how your arm folds and unfolds during a drawing motion. Sometimes, you'll have to make adjustments to your wrist and elbow positions to maintain a straight trajectory and that's perfectly fine (you just need to be intentional with your actions).

  • Another advice I can give is for you to keep your eyes on the end point instead of the tip of your pen as you're drawing. This is also helpful for ghosted lines.

  • Overall, you did a great job with this exercise! In the future, I suggest adding lines that have even more curvature, and also more variety to your line lengths (especially shorter ones) since you would also have to get used to drawing shorter lines using your arms.

Ghosted Lines and Planes

  • There's a LOT more wobble in your lines compared to your previous exercise, meaning you probably slowed down your drawing speed. This could happen when you're focusing more on hitting the desired end point, which shouldn't be our priority at our current level. Remember that there are three different levels for ghosting (level 1: straight lines; level 2: straight lines that pass through the end point but overshoot; level 3: straight lines that end exactly at the end point). Right now, you're at level 1. There's no need to rush to level 3 as you'll naturally reach that point with more practice.

  • I noticed you repeated some lines in your ghosted plane exercise whenever they don't hit the end point. Try to avoid doing this in your future work as these will serve as reminders of what not to do. It's better to have our mistakes be seen than to hide them, since mistakes are part of the learning process.

  • There wasn't a lot of variety in line length in your ghosted lines exercise but you were able to add more in your ghosted planes. Great job!

2. Ellipses

Table of Ellipses

  • Your ellipses look good! You're doing a great job drawing through your ellipses and making consistent, smooth ellipse shapes.

  • There's some overlapping between your ellipses but otherwise you're doing an excellent job drawing the ellipses within boundaries.

  • Some of your ellipses have a bit of deformation (https://drawabox.com/lesson/1/13/deformed). This is what the TA said about deformation in his critique of my own L1 homework: "This is likely happening because you are too worried about accuracy and are probably slowing down your stroke to compensate. Try and rely a bit more on the muscle memory of the motion you build up while ghosting and almost make your mark without thinking. Although accuracy is our end goal it can't really be forced and tends to come through mileage and consistent practice more than anything."

  • There are also a couple of ellipses that seem to have been drawn through more than 2 times. Remember to limit yourself to around 2-3 loops. You can add more loops to your ghosting movement and focus on executing each ellipse to your fullest ability.

  • Overall, I think your homework demonstrates a good understanding of the exercise. In particular, I love how much variation you added to your ellipses, and how much you filled in each frame. Practicing drawing even smaller ellipses with your arms is important in the long run.

Ellipses in Planes

  • The ellipses here are a lot more smooth than those in the previous exercise, but some still have deformation. In addition, undershooting and overshooting is a lot more apparent here. This is perfectly fine as our focus should be on smooth, confident ellipses before accuracy.

  • Remember that you need to hit all 4 edges of the plane you're drawing in. You can adjust the degree and rotation of your ellipses to achieve this. Add more loops to your ghosting movement like what was mentioned in the note about deformation above.

Ellipses in Funnels

  • Great job! Your ellipses here are a lot smoother!

  • I also like the variety in your funnel sizes, allowing you to practice even more ellipses of different degrees and rotations.

  • However, a couple of your funnels have misalignment (https://drawabox.com/lesson/1/14/notaligned). Try to be more mindful of this as you visualize the ellipse you're trying to draw while ghosting.

3. Boxes

Plotted Perspective

  • Great boxes! I think they're very well-executed and clean!

  • I like the added line weight and the shading you did, but I can see some lines overshooting their supposed end points. Although these are minor mistakes, these could also indicate a bit of rushing. Don't be afraid to take your time doing each exercise!

  • Some line pairs aren't completely parallel to each other but apart from that, I think your homework demonstrates a good understanding of the exercise.

Rough Perspective

  • Some of your ghosted lines here are quite smooth but a few still have the wobble issues I mentioned before. Try to draw your lines faster to prevent this (even if they overshoot or miss your target).

  • A lot of your boxes lack extended lines. Make sure to draw the extended depth lines no matter how wrong they are. These boxes, in particular, have depth lines that do not converge towards the VP at all which might indicate some guessing (https://drawabox.com/lesson/1/16/guessing). Please review the rules of 1-point perspective and re-do this exercise with points I mentioned above in mind.

  • I also suggest adding more variation in box shapes (like having more thin rectangles, etc.) to help you understand how depth lines would look at different distances from the VP.

Rotated Boxes

  • I like how clean the overall image is so great job on that! You also did a good job keeping the corners of the boxes close together. However, there are a couple of mistakes that hindered your ability to convey the spherical shape we try to build with the boxes. I'll break them down in the following points.

  • Your initial four boxes are not equidistant from the center. What I mean by this is that they're not at equal distances from the center point. Their placement is important because they will serve as landmarks and reference points for all of your boxes. For example, since you will be drawing two boxes to the left and right of the center box, you can use the initial reference boxes to estimate box sizes to help you create a more symmetrical image.

  • Some of the boxes on the upper-left quadrant are not drawn through (the back face isn't visible/the non-visible edges aren't drawn).

  • The boxes generally don't maintain a consistent shape (e.g some become longer/taller rectangles). Carefully plotting each corner point with their VPs in mind should help with this.

  • Some of the boxes don't look rotates as their lines seemingly converge at the same vanishing point as adjacent boxes. Take a look at the example here to see what that looks like (https://drawabox.com/lesson/1/17/notrotating). In particular, I think this is most apparent in the middle-horizontal row of boxes of your homework.

  • I think you made a lot of effort to complete this exercise so no revisions are necessary. This is a great exercise to come back to after a few lessons to see how much your spatial thinking ability has improved. If you plan to do it again, I suggest adding more line weight to visible edges (of each box, instead of the overall shape) by ghosting as it will be a good exercise similar to the superimposed lines exercise.

Organic Perspective

  • I like the variety of boxes you drew in this exercise! It's good practice to draw boxes of different lengths, widths and heights to familiar yourself with them.

  • I also like how you experimented with your pathing a lot in the different frames!

  • One criticism I have of your work is that most of your boxes are isometric (their line pairs are almost perfectly parallel to each other). Since you're drawing boxes in 3D space, it's better to draw line pairs with more convergence. Don't worry about this too much, though, as you'll get the hang of this as you proceed with the 250 box challenge!

Overall, I think this was a pretty good submission that showed your growth and conveyed a good deal of understanding for each exercise. Again, make sure that you're doing each exercise to the best of your abilities to keep improving. I included instructions for the rough perspective exercise. I'm going to mark this submission as complete once you reply with your updated work for that exercise!