Is it okay to use a ruler during the 250 cylinder challenge?
3:43 AM, Saturday August 28th 2021
Question to instructors and/or other students on the second portion of the 250 cylinders challenge: Is it okay to use a ruler to draw the corner lines on the face planes as well as the minor axis running through the centers of each plane?
I'm currently constructing ellipses in boxes and am finding it frustrating to have to line up all the corner lines and minor axes without a ruler. I have no problem drawing the boxes themselves freehanded with the ghosting method, and I don't really mind if they're not perfect. However, whenever I don't hit the corners or the center of two planes with 100% accuracy, I just get discouraged about moving on to the ellipses because I know that my botched minor axis is going to throw off the rest of the cylinder anyways.
Between constructing boxes with proper square ends and fitting ellipses neatly within those squares, I feel like I already have enough things to worry about during this exercise. Having to painstakingly align the minor axis for every cylinder just adds an extra layer of tedium that, in my opinion, doesn't even contribute too much to my understanding of drawing cylinders. I feel that ghosting straight and accurate lines gets back into Lesson 1 material and detracts from the focus of constructing cylinders.
Please, someone tell me it's okay to use a ruler or enlighten me on why it is imperative to freehand everything for this exercise. I'll suck it up and do it if I have to, but I'd rather not have to. Thanks!