250 Box Challenge

9:19 PM, Sunday October 17th 2021

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I actually had a lot more trouble with this challenge than I thought I would. For some boxes I just couldn't help going back and redrawing lines for them, as there was just some concept that i couldn't grasp until like the end (and it's still something I can't describe with words)

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9:29 PM, Wednesday October 20th 2021

Hi there, I'll be handling your box challenge critique.

Congratulations on completing the box challenge, it's definitely a lot more work than most people expect. Not only does it help deepen your understanding of important concepts but it shows your desire to learn as well. Be proud of what you've accomplished and that desire you've shown. That being said I'll try to keep this critique fairly brief so you can get working on the next steps as soon as possible.

Things you did well:

  • When you're not redrawing lines the lines you create to make your boxes are looking fairly confident.

  • You're trying to apply line weight which is good. It's not a requirement of the challenge but most people need a bit of mileage with it before they start to feel comfortable. Line weight is definitely a useful tool and one that's worth learning, just remember like every other line confidence is our top priority and accuracy will improve with mileage.

  • Good work experimenting with orientations, proportions and rates of foreshortening. Experimenting is an important habit to build because it helps us form a more well rounded understanding of the concepts we're tackling, without it we risk only improving at drawing one certain way.

  • Overall your convergences are becoming more consistent as you progress throughout the challenge which shows your sense of 3D space is improving.

Things you can work on:

  • You draw quite small, drawing larger is recommended because it helps us become more comfortable working from the shoulder and allows us to see our mistakes more clearly.

  • Don't redraw lines, mistakes are how we learn so it's important that we make and learn from them. Redrawing doesn't erase them either, all it does is create a bigger mess and make our work look worse. While it can be hard to quiet our inner critic try your best to work with your mistakes.

  • There are times when your lines converge in pairs or you attempt to keep your lines a bit too parallel which results in them diverging. This is an example of lines converging in pairs, and this shows the relation between each line in a set and their respective vanishing point. The inner pair of lines will be quite similar unless the box gets quite long and the outer pair can vary a lot depending on the location of the vanishing point. Move it further away and the lines become closer to parallel while moving it closer increases the rate of foreshortening.

The key things we want to remember from this exercise are that our lines should always converge as a set not in pairs, never diverge from the vanishing point and due to perspective they won't be completely parallel.

Overall while you did make a few mistakes your boxes are improving so far and with more mileage you'll continue to become more consistent. That being said I'll be marking your submission as complete and moving you on to lesson 2.

Keep practicing previous exercises and boxes as warm ups, and good luck.

Next Steps:

Move on to lesson 2.

This critique marks this lesson as complete.
11:02 PM, Wednesday October 20th 2021

Thank you, I just have one question; are there set guidelines to how to do homework? Or is it just picking 2 previous exercises and reading through the content and practicing again to warm up?

11:27 PM, Wednesday October 20th 2021

I'm assuming you mean for warm ups.

It's covered in lesson 0 but you just pick a couple of exercises you've completed and work on them to warm up. If you feel the need to read through them to refresh yourself then do so, but largely this will help you build up mileage with the concepts without just sitting there and grinding.

Be sure to rotate through all of the exercises so you don't create holes in your skill set.

10:49 PM, Friday October 22nd 2021

Ok, thank you

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