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.

For future reference know that you should be submitting your current work after receiving your critique, so in this case once your box challenge submission is complete is when you'd want to start on lesson 2 so that you can make use of the critique and work on anything that can be improved. We normally don't accept previously completed work because it's A) not your best work if it's out of date and B) If we address issues that you've since worked on and improved it wastes everyone's time involved. The box challenge is sort of the one exception to this case, people often get asked to do a few more boxes if they completed it a while back. I'm not sure if you were asked to complete more but it seems like this work is fairly recent so even if you weren't I'll be critiquing it as normal, just know that if you have completed lesson 2 as well you can't submit the old work.

With all that explaining out of the way let's get started.

Things you did well:

  • You clearly spent time planning your hatching lines, they're confident, evenly spaced and not rushed, good work.

  • You're demonstrating good line confidence throughout the challenge, your lines are looking straight and smooth rather than wobbly.

  • Good work experimenting with proportions, orientations and rates of foreshortening. Experimenting is a key habit when we want to develop our understanding of new concepts, I hope you'll continue to do so in the future.

  • Your convergences are largely looking more consistent by the end of the challenge with fewer instances of diverging lines, this leads to less distortion overall through your submission.

  • It looks like you're attempting to make use of line weight which is great, it's a difficult tool to master but one that can be incredibly useful. It requires a lot of mileage to become comfortable with so it's good that you're starting early.

Things that can be worked on:

  • Some of your boxes get quite small, we recommend drawing larger as it helps us become more comfortable using our shoulder as well as allowing us to see our mistakes more clearly.

  • There are moments where your lines are converging in pairs as shown here, this is a mistake we can work on. If you take a look at this example it shows how each line in a set relates to one another and their 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. You're definitely on the right track but there are some moments where your lines are getting close to being too parallel as well, or even diverge when attempting to make them parallel.

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 (unless specific sets aren't effected by perspective like in the 2 point perspective boxes you drew).

Overall this was a really solid submission and I have no doubt you'll continue to improve and grow with more mileage. I'll be marking your submission complete and moving you on to the next lesson. Keep practicing previous exercises as warm ups and good luck in lesson 2!