8:31 AM, Saturday August 22nd 2020
Feedback for your Lesson 1 homework.
Excellent work - I can see your lines are strong and confident throughout these exercises. Ghosted Planes in particular are well made. Some of your lines either overshoot and undershoot the dots, which is normal at this stage. So why not focus on accuracy in the future, so that you hit the dots precisely. A few tricks to hit dots accurately: lift your pen when you reach the dot (to avoid overshooting), and adjusting your ghosting so you hit it when you draw the line. (For example, when I ghosted exactly to the dot, I tended to undershoot when drawing the line; so I adjusted my ghosting to overshoot slightly so I hit the dot when I actually made the line.)
They look great, nicely packed into the Tables. Some of them spill out of the boundaries in Funnels and Ghosted Planes, but again, that's normal. I noticed some of the ellipses are drawn over maybe 3-4 times (especially in first page of Ghosted Planes, and some in the Funnels). I recommend drawing ellipses over twice only: that continues to build confidence while you focus on accuracy/keeping them inside the boundaries without the 'safety net' of drawing over many times. You can practice drawing tables of ellipses or funnels as warmup/practice, as you keep doing more DaB - which is what I've been doing myself.
This is where the rubber hits the road! Plotted Perspective is fine, though I encourage you to use the same care when hatching the box faces as you do with drawing the box. Hatching is another way of practicing ghosted straight lines (instead of dot to dot, you're ghosting from edge to edge), and you'll be doing lots of hatching in 250 Boxes anyway. Rotated Boxes looks excellent - the boxes are tightly packed, and they rotate well. That's the hardest exercise in Lesson 1 IMHO, so you've done great work!
Rough Perspective and Organic Perspective are a bit weaker than the rest of your homework. Your lines are still confident in Rough Perspective, but I notice you've "done over" some of them repeatedly, presumably to fix mistakes. I encourage you to not get into the practice of doing-over mistakes: keep the mistake as it is, and move on with the aim of drawing your next line more accurately. Likewise with Organic Perspective, also, it appears that some of the boxes aren't plotted out before drawing. Again I encourage you to plot out the dots first, then draw the lines/edges - so you know precisely the starting and endpoints of every edge and can practice accuracy in all your boxes. It's OK and normal to make that mistake - now you know how to proceed with 250 Boxes! Well done with these exercises.
Overall, congrats on finishing Lesson 1; continue to the 250 Box challenge. Don't forget to use these Lesson 1 exercises as warmup before you do those boxes -- Tables of Ellipses and Ghosted Planes are good practice.
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6:23 AM, Friday September 4th 2020
Thanks for the critique! I appreciate it