Lesson 1: Lines, Ellipses and Boxes

5:09 PM, Sunday April 21st 2024

HOMEWORKS Lesson 1: Lines, Ellipses and Boxes (Mr. Elliott BIEHLER a.k.a MEUPORG) - Album on Imgur

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Hello to all the Drawabox team,

I'm handing in my work today as it's the last day before my credits run out.

I'd like to warn you that I suffer from attention deficit and dyspraxia : I did my best to complete all the exercises.

This is also the first time I've used the "IMGUR" application. I hope you will receive all my exercises with the web link I posted.

Thank you for your time and attention.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or encounter any problems.

Warm regards

Mr. BIEHLER Elliott, aka MEUPORG

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10:42 PM, Sunday April 21st 2024

Hello and congrats on completing lesson one. My name is Rob and I'm a teaching assistant for Drawabox who will be handling your lesson one critique. Starting with your superimposed lines these are off to a fine start. You are keeping a clearly defined starting point with all of your wavering at the opposite end. Your ghosted lines and planes turned out well. You are using the ghosting method to good effect to get confident linework with a pretty decent deal of accuracy that will get better and better with practice.

Your tables of ellipses are coming along well. You are doing a good job drawing through your ellipses and focusing on a consistent smooth ellipse shape. This is carried over nicely into your ellipses in planes although you are deforming some of your ellipses at times. https://drawabox.com/lesson/1/17/deformed You are compromising your overall ellipse shape by adjusting for accuracy midstroke. 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. This will be less accurate at first. Although accuracy is our end goal it can't really be forced and tends to come through mileage and consistent practice more than anything. Your ellipses in funnels are having the same issues with distorted ellipse shapes and wobbly linework. Your ellipses are off to a good start but there is room for improvement when it comes to your ellipses both in terms of overall consistency of shape and smoothness so make sure you keep practicing these in your warmups as they can take a while to get used to.

The plotted perspective looks great, nothing to mention here. Your rough perspective exercises turned out pretty well. You are getting a mix of confident linework here along with some wobble creeping back into some of your lines. https://drawabox.com/lesson/1/14/wobblinglines This is probably happening because you are more concerned with accuracy now that you are constructing boxes and you are slowing down your stroke to compensate. That hesitation because of your concern for accuracy while making your mark is what is reintroducing the wobble into your lines. Try and rely a bit more on the muscle memory you build up while ghosting your mark and almost make your mark without thinking. This will be less accurate at first but will give you consistently smooth and confident linework which is our first priority. Accuracy will come with mileage and can't really be forced. You are doing a good job extending the lines back on your boxes to check your work. As you can see some of your perspective estimations were quite off but that will become more intuitive with practice. One thing that can help you a bit when doing a one point perspective exercise like this is to realize that all of your horizontal lines should be parallel to the horizon line and all of your verticals should be perpendicular(straight up and down in this case) to the horizon line. This will help you avoid some of the slanting lines you have in your constructions.

Your rotated box exercise turned out pretty well. I like that you drew this nice and big as that really helps when dealing with complex spatial problems. You also did a good job drawing through your boxes and keeping your gaps narrow and consistent. I am noticing that you are struggling with the rotation on the outer rows, which is perfectly fine given the difficulty of this exercise. The more you draw and develop your spatial thinking ability the easier these rotations are to handle. This is a great exercise to come back to after a few lessons to see how much your spatial thinking ability has improved. Your organic perspective exercises are looking pretty good. You seem to be getting comfortable more using the ghosting method and drawing from your shoulder for confident linework which is great. Your box constructions are fairly wonky throughout this exercise and you need to develop a better sense for how box lines converge to vps so the 250 box challenge will be a great next step for you.

Overall this was a solid submission that showed a good deal of growth. Your line confidence grew quite a bit as you worked through the box exercises. Your ellipses were definitely the weaker area of this submission so make sure to keep practicing them during your warmups. Otherwise, I think you are understanding most of the concepts these lessons are trying to convey quite well. I'm going to mark this as complete and good luck with the 250 box challenge. Keep up the good work!

Next Steps:

The 250 Box Challenge

This critique marks this lesson as complete.
7:33 AM, Saturday April 27th 2024

Hi Rob!

Thanks again for your constructive criticism.

This first lesson was difficult for me and I was afraid of a severe revision. But your intervention was very motivating and I feel relieved.

When you said : "All of your horizontal lines should be parallel to the horizon line and all of your verticals should be perpendicular(straight up and down in this case) to the horizon line", I had completely forgotten that part. And now that you've mentioned it, it makes perfect sense. Thank you very much.

You're right, I really do have trouble with ellipses, I'm taking a living model course, and every time I have to draw a curved line, it’s really hard (If you have advices for that, I’m interested)

You said in your message : "you keep practicing these in your warmups, I don't know if this will be precise in the next lesson, but I haven't really understood how this part works. Is it me, or the person who gave me a review, who chooses which warm-ups I should do?

In any case, I'll give you a good rating for your critique. You really deserved it ;)

I don't know if we'll meet again, but I wish you a good day and a great weekend, Rob !

Warm regards.

Mr Elliott BIEHLER

6:01 PM, Saturday April 27th 2024

Hi Elliott,

This section from Lesson 0 covers how you should handle warmups. https://drawabox.com/lesson/0/3/warmups



8:16 AM, Wednesday May 1st 2024

Thank you Rob !

Have a nice day ;)

Warm regards.

Mr Elliott BIEHLER

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