Lesson 1: Lines, Ellipses and Boxes

7:33 PM, Friday January 14th 2022

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8:44 AM, Monday January 17th 2022

Hello and welcome. I’ll be taking a look at your Lesson 1 submission today.

Starting with your superimposed lines, these look quite good. They’re smooth, properly lined up at the start, and of a consistent trajectory. Your ghosted lines/planes look quite solid, also, though your planes are missing their non-diagonal center lines.

The table of ellipses is well done. I notice that your ellipses are a little hesitant in their first rotation, however. See if you can ghost a little more, until you’re ready, ideally, and then commit, rather than sticking to a predetermined number of rotations or something like that. Also, consider drawing a little bigger; it’ll be much easier to engage your shoulder, then. The ellipses in planes are well done, though both their smoothness and their roundness is a little lower in quality as compared to their neighbors in the previous exercise. Though this is normal (these frames are much more complicated), it’s important to not let that bother you – accuracy is not a concern of ours, after all. The funnels are nicely done, and I’m glad to see 2 pages of them – this sketchbook looks quite small; what size is it, exactly?

The plotted perspective exercise is well done, though you should’ve used a ruler for the hatching lines, too.

The rough perspective exercise shows some improvement throughout the set, as far as its convergences are concerned, and they’re in a good place by the end. Linework, on the other hand, is not, and this is entirely due to the automatic reinforcing habit. Remember that each line is to be drawn once, and only once, no matter what.

The rotated boxes exercise is well done, if a little small. Here, especially, it’s important to draw big, as it’s exactly that space that gives your brain some much-needed room to think through the problems this exercise throws at it. Despite that, you’ve done well; the boxes are snug, and properly rotating, if a little dirty, given the hatching. Their far planes are at times a little flat, but no need to worry; that aspect of them will get better as we progress through the box challenge.

Finally, the organic perspective exercise flows quite well, as a result of the boxes themselves, as well as their size, and foreshortening, but the automatic reinforcing will sometimes harm this, what with thick lines popping to the front, though the box itself is, according to its size, nearer to the back. Nonetheless, it doesn’t take away from it too much.

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Solid work on this lesson. I'm happy to mark it as complete, and move you on to the box challenge. GL!

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10:40 PM, Tuesday January 18th 2022

Thank you for the feedback!

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