Lesson 7: Applying Construction to Vehicles

11:28 PM, Wednesday August 18th 2021

Lesson 7 submission - Album on Imgur

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Phew, finally done with this lesson (I hope).

It took me some months to complete (besides the fact that I got kind of busy, since it's been pretty much a year since my last submission).

I gotta mention that after completing the form vehicles exercises I realized that I may have misunderstood how I should have approached them, and drew them more complicated than they should have been.

On another note, the angles of the cars are all kind of similar given the limited angles that the ellipses of my ellipse template have :/

All of that aside, thank you for everything !

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11:51 PM, Thursday August 19th 2021

I find it truly adorable that you still have the humility to add that little (i hope) in there. Yes, Rikchan, you are very much done. I don't think I've seen a single student who's drawn quite as many individual marks, with quite so much care, breaking down every last little piece of construction in complete specificity. I mean, you've definitely overdone it and didn't need to go quite so far, but it's mind blowing to see.

But let's start at the beginning. Your form intersections are coming along pretty well. Your linework is confident and well planned, and your forms are fairly solid. Your boxes would definitely have some wackiness to them if you extended your lines out (like we do in the box challenge), so it wouldn't hurt to take a bit more time in figuring out how each edge should be drawn to maintain consistent convergences, but all things considered it's a minor issue here. The intersections themselves define believable and reasonable relationships between the structures, demonstrating a well developed grasp of 3D space. Your cylinders in boxes are similarly well done, though there's always room for growth and improvement, as the line extensions suggest. But you're definitely zeroing on the "good enough" zone where the naked eye wouldn't be able to tell the difference.

You are correct in that you misunderstood what I wanted from the form intersection vehicles, but it seems a lot of students do, so this is something I'll clarify in the future when my gradual overhaul of the course material/videos reaches this lesson. For now though, I think the misunderstandings themselves are okay - you've done a great job of focusing on the core structure of the vehicles. You just didn't need to take it quite so far. The exercise was to basically do the same thing as the form intersections, but arrange the forms in the general structure of a vehicle. Didn't need to deviate from the core primitive forms.

Continuing onto your main vehicle drawings, I'm really blown away by the sheer amount of time and patience you've invested here, and honestly the fact that you were able to keep these constructions straight in your mind even when dealing with such a total forest of construction. To be fair, I do think there were some where you may have gotten a little lost. This one feels a little escher-esque where the front wheel seems to be sitting further out from the middle of the car than the back wheel. The strange thing about it though is that it still feels weirdly plausible (even if the eye can't quite understand how you get from the front to the back). In that way, it's not wrong, it's just visually puzzling, like M.C. Escher's pieces. Regardless, the forms all feel very solid and cohesive.

Throughout the work, you invested an incredible amount of time into studying your references, and breaking them down, with proportional studies like this one that really stood out. Some, I do think, were a little off - like the canoe - though I can't be sure. The proportional study seemed to make it almost diamond shaped, though the drawing itself came out much more reasonably structured, with more of its length committed to its center. I'm not sure if the diamond shape is actually correct, but regardless the end result did still come out feeling quite believable and realistic.

To that point, the best part of your submission here is that you didn't worry about the end result. At every turn you treated each drawing as an exercise, as a mental obstacle course to help exercise your brain and develop your understanding of how these structures existed within 3D space. You've done a fantastic job, and there's not much more I can say than that.

So, congratulations - I'll go ahead and mark this lesson as complete, and with it, the entire course. You should be very proud of what you've achieved.

This critique marks this lesson as complete.
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4:54 AM, Saturday August 28th 2021

salute tobyou

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