Lesson 3: Applying Construction to Plants

12:42 PM, Wednesday December 23rd 2020

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This lesson was hard. Most excercises I had to redo mulitiple times without seeing any improvements. Any comments, tips or insights deeply appreciated.

I think I hate potato plants now.

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2:10 PM, Monday December 28th 2020

Hi polarshifts,

Overall I think you've done a good job! I'll also commend you on the clarity of your image submissions. Mine look like they were taken with a disposable camera in a dark alley..

In terms of critique, the main thing I've noticed is your line confidence. There's a fair bit of that 'furry' line habit going on. I'd really like to stress that it is better to just go for it with a continuous line than it is to be hesistant. Something I've really tried to hammer in to myself is to confidently draw things regardless of how they turn out. I'll be making hundreds of thousands of bad drawings throughout my journey. It doesn't matter. The only thing that matters is that I fully throw myself a each one and don't worry about what others will think.

With regards to your leaves, I think you could do with practicing contour lines a bit further. The lines are pretty flat and detract from the idea that theyre 3D. Contour lines will either make or break your drawing, so if you're going to do them then make sure they promote the idea of form. I hope that makes sense.

Finally, the texture on your cactus is distracting. This isn't because its bad at all. In my opinion it's because the pacement of the nodes/spikes or whatever they are are all extremely similar to one another. Nature is random. Randomness and variety sell the idea of reality whereas repetition and sameness suggest an object is man-made. I hope this helps. Also, just because you don't see improvements, doesn't mean you aren't improving. That nagging voice in your head saying you are stagnating should be pushed aside. If you keep going and choose to be confident no matter what, you'll improve.

All the best,


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8:06 AM, Wednesday December 30th 2020

Thanks. I will take your points on board.

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