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1:41 AM, Tuesday September 14th 2021

I would drop using that tool. It is better to learn through your own efforts and that includes creating your own Ys. Better to think them up than copy (it's really not difficult, 4 dots in a Y shape). The tool may also limit what you do in terms of variation and understanding of box size and perspective.

You may feel the tool is helping you cause you have to think less, I think it may be hindering by taking away a significant cognitive step. IMO.

10:37 PM, Tuesday September 14th 2021

Cool, thank you. I will take your advice! So, it can be ANY Y?

11:58 PM, Tuesday September 14th 2021

Yes. But not having angles less than 90 degrees helps. Start simple and obvious until you get comfortable. Then bit by bit you can push the box parameters of size, foreshortening, angles etc.

From previous answers I have read it is OK to do some extreme foreshortening but it is best for the majority of boxes to have fairly distant vanishing points ie ones that aren't on the paper.

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