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5:50 PM, Friday January 6th 2023

Welcome to drawabox and congrats on completing Lesson 1. No worries about the ballpoint btw! Let’s see how you did!

Starting off, your superimposed lines look great. They’re smooth, properly lined up at the start, and of a consistent trajectory. Your ghosted lines/planes look quite confident, too, but I should mention that your start/end points are a little too big. Remember that the idea is for a perfect line to swallow them both. That said, them being as big as they are makes it very clear that you’ve not forgotten to plot them for the non-diagonal center lines of the planes (as most students do), so good on you for that!

Moving on to the ellipse section, the table of ellipses exercise is well done. The ellipses themselves are a little same-y (so not a lot of variation when it comes to their degrees), but they’re also smooth, rounded, and properly drawn through, so no worries. The ellipses in planes are also well done, and improve immensely in page 2. I can tell that you’re still stressing about their accuracy a little (i.e., do they fill the whole plane, or float inside of it?) – don’t! – but even like this, you’re perfectly fine, so no need to stress too much about it either way. Finally, your funnels are mostly good. The ellipses at the edges, I’m sure you’ll agree, are a little insecure, and their degrees are also wrong (they should remain the same, or increase in degree), but that’s alright – those are notoriously difficult. Just spend an extra second or two ghosting them, now that you know, would be my advice.

The plotted perspective exercise looks clean.

The rough perspective exercise starts strong, and shows some nice improvements throughout the set, but there’s a few issues, even by the end, so let’s talk about them. First, there’s the automatic reinforcing habit. I’ll remind you that each line is to be drawn once, and only once, regardless of how it turns out. Resist the urge to redraw a line that’s come out wrong. Second, remember that there’s no difference – as far as the way that they’re drawn – between these lines, and the ones in the ghosting lines or ghosting planes exercises. They add up to a different big picture, really, but if you’re too stressed about that, you won’t be able to focus on the individual lines, and they’ll come out wobbly (as they have here). So try not to let the exercise itself overwhelm you – all it is is a collection of lines.

The rotated boxes exercise is a good example of you doing this well. Despite how complicated it is, you’ve taken it slow, and drawn one line at a time, and the result is as it should be: the boxes are snug, and rotate nicely, both up front, and in the back. There’s the occasional error that we’ll fix as we progress through the box challenge, sure, but the majority of it is good, and that’s more than good enough for us at this stage.

Finally, save for the automatic reinforcing habit, which we’ve addressed, the organic perspective exercise looks good. I’m especially pleased to see so many unused points here – it’s clear you’ve taken your time with each page. As a result, your boxes are well constructed, and flow well as a result of their size and foreshortening. Nice work, and keep it up!

Next Steps:

I’ll be marking this lesson as complete and sending you off to the box challenge. GL!

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9:35 PM, Friday January 6th 2023
edited at 9:35 PM, Jan 6th 2023

Thanks for the critique! I'll try to avoid the automatic reinforcing habit from now on

edited at 9:35 PM, Jan 6th 2023
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