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## 250 Box Challenge

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##### 1:45 PM, Friday August 16th 2024

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:

• You're doing a good job of drawing the lines constructing your boxes smoothly and confidently.

• It's nice to see that you're taking the time to plan each of your hatching lines and space them evenly. This helps keep your boxes looking tidy rather than looking like they were rushed on to the page.

• You're doing a great job of experimenting with orientations, proportions and rates of foreshortening. Experimenting is an important habit to build when learning any new skill, it helps form a more well rounded understanding. I hope you'll continue to display and nurture this habit in the future.

Things you can work on:

• 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.

While I've noted a few things you can work on in the critique above, you've completed quite the daunting challenge. Overall your boxes are looking solid so far, good work.

That being said I'll be marking your submission as complete and move 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.
##### 2:41 PM, Friday August 16th 2024

Hello Tofu, thank you very much for the corrections, i’ll take all of them and keep doing my best in the rest of the lessons (sorry if my english isn’t the best, i’m from Argentina :D)

I already ask this to another coordinator of Drawabox, but he told me that he strarted drawing with drawabox and that maybe it was better to ask someone else. The thing is i'm getting a bit frustrated trying to apply some of the rules in my daily drawing which has nothing to do with lessons. For example when i’m designing a tattoo (i’m a tattoo artist) i allways fall again to the habit of drawing from the wrist instead of the shoulder because it still gives me better results. Do you think that if i continue doing the lessons that will automatically disappear or is there anything else i can do to improve that? Also, i already took a look to lesson 2 (i'm an anxious person) and there are two texture exercises. Am i supposed to draw the textures and their shadows from the wrist on from the shoulder?

Thank you again and i'll start lesson 2 soon!

##### 4:56 PM, Friday August 16th 2024

Your english is fine, no worries.

While there are concepts and fundamentals that you learn through this course. It's up to you ultimately what you choose to use in your drawing outside of the course. If you find that using your wrist for your tattoo work is better, then feel free to use your wrist.

As you build up mileage and utilize your shoulder you may find that it becomes more comfortable to use in certain scenarios (or all the time). You can then hopefully choose what to use and when in your own work to get the results you desire.

As for textures, you should try to use your shoulder. When doing course work follow all of the instructions as closely as you can.

Hope that helps.

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### Wescott Grid Ruler

Every now and then I'll get someone asking me about which ruler I use in my videos. It's this Wescott grid ruler that I picked up ages ago. While having a transparent grid is useful for figuring out spacing and perpendicularity, it ultimately not something that you can't achieve with any old ruler (or a piece of paper you've folded into a hard edge). Might require a little more attention, a little more focus, but you don't need a fancy tool for this.

But hey, if you want one, who am I to stop you?