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9:32 PM, Friday December 3rd 2021

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 minimal wavering throughout. 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/1/13/deformed This is likely happening because you are too worried about accuracy and are probably slowing down your stroke to compensate. 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 less issues with deformed ellipses but you are getting some wobbly linework with these because you are still a little too concerned with accuracy. Try and focus a bit more on getting smooth consistent ellipse shapes and don't worry about accuracy so much as this stage. As I just mentioned rely a bit more on the muscle memory you build up while doing the ghosting method and try not to hesitate and slow down while making your actual mark. Your ellipses are off to a good start but there is still room for improvement when it comes to your ellipses both in terms of overall consistency of shape and accuracy 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 decently. It's great that you are keeping up with the confident linework on these. You are also 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. That said the big issue with these is that you did not follow the directions and draw through your boxes. Please check the lesson here. https://drawabox.com/lesson/1/16/step5 So just because I really want you to make sure to fully read and understand the lessons and homework assignments I'd like you to do one more page of this exercise as a revision. Make sure you draw through your boxes this time. 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. You are running into a pretty common issue of not actually rotating your boxes in some cases(mainly the top and right sides you are getting some rotation on the left and bottom) but instead simply drawing them moving back in perspective. https://drawabox.com/lesson/1/17/notrotating 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 really good. You seem to be comfortable using the ghosting method and drawing from your shoulder for confident linework which is great. Your box constructions are quite solid for the most part and you seem well prepared for the 250 box challenge. Nice work.

Overall this was a really solid submission that showed a nice deal of growth. Your line confidence and ellipses are both coming along nicely but keep practicing those ellipses during your warmups. I'd like you to do one more page of the rough perspective exercise since those weren't completed correctly just so you make sure to fully read through assignments for future lessons. Otherwise I think you are understanding most of the concepts quite well. Once you get that revision submitted and I take a look you can most likely move on to the 250 box challenge.

Next Steps:

One page Rough Perspective Exercise - Make sure you draw through all of your boxes and then extend your depth lines back to check your work

When finished, reply to this critique with your revisions.
2:41 PM, Friday December 10th 2021

Thank you for the critique. Will keep these points in mind.

Please find the resubmitted Rough Perspective Exercise here: [https://imgur.com/a/0wQEvNq]

3:50 PM, Friday December 10th 2021

Alright, these look great. I'm going to mark this as complete and you can move on to the 250 box challenge. Good luck!

Next Steps:

The 250 Box Challenge

This critique marks this lesson as complete.
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