Lesson 1: Lines, Ellipses and Boxes

5:42 PM, Tuesday June 28th 2022

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Reason for submitting during a Promptathon:

I'm aware you all are on vacation and that it'll be a while to get a reply, thats 100% alright. I'm posting it because I've just completed it and wanted to just get it turned in so I don't forget. If that's alright. Have a great break!

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12:45 AM, Saturday July 2nd 2022

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 all of your wavering at the opposite end. 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 pretty good. You are doing a good job drawing through your ellipses and focusing on consistent smooth ellipse shapes. This is carried over nicely into your ellipses in planes. It's great that you aren't overly concerned with accuracy and are instead focused on getting smooth ellipse shapes. Although accuracy is our end goal it can't really be forced and tends to come with mileage and consistent practice more than anything else. Your ellipses in funnels are having a few issues. You could have spaced them a bit tighter together. https://drawabox.com/lesson/1/14/spacing They are also having some issues with tilting off the minor axis. https://drawabox.com/lesson/1/14/notaligned This is something you should always start considering when drawing your ellipses. One thing you could have done with these is start with a narrower degree ellipse in the center and then widen the degrees of the ellipses as they move outwards in the funnel. Please check the example here. https://drawabox.com/lesson/1/14/step3 This helps with practicing different degrees of ellipses. Your ellipses are off to a great start but there's still room for improvement when it comes to accuracy so keep practicing them during your warmups.

The plotted perspective looks great, nothing to mention here. Your rough perspective exercises have a few issues. You are getting a mix of confident linework here along with some wobble creeping back into some of your lines. https://drawabox.com/lesson/1/9/wobbling This is probably happening because you are more concerned with accuracy now that you are constructing boxes and you are slowing down your stroke to compensate. That hesitation because of your concern for accuracy while making your mark is what is reintroducing the wobble into your lines. Try and rely a bit more on the muscle memory you build up while ghosting your mark and almost make your mark without thinking. This will be less accurate at first but will give you consistently smooth and confident linework which is our first priority. Accuracy will come with mileage and can't really be forced. The bigger issue is that you skipped the last step of the homework and didn't extend the lines back on your boxes to check your work. https://drawabox.com/lesson/1/16/step6 So as a revision I'd like you finish the exercise and extend your lines back to check your work. 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 decently. 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 but instead simply drawing them moving back in perspective. https://drawabox.com/lesson/1/17/notrotating So looking at the boxes you drew through for this exercise it's pretty clear that you are struggling quite a bit with the rotations for this exercise which is perfectly fine given the difficulty of this exercise. This is a great exercise to come back to after a few lessons to see how much your spatial thinking ability has improved. One small note is that please do not shade your assignments with pencil or marker as you did with this exercise. Only use the tools that are allowed for the given lessons. Your organic perspective exercises are looking pretty good. You seem to be getting comfortable using the ghosting method and drawing from your shoulder for confident linework which is great. Your box constructions are decent for the most part but there are some wonky ones here and there so the 250 box challenge will be a great next step for you in learning how box lines need to converge to vps.

Overall this was a solid submission that showed a nice deal of growth. Your line confidence and ellipses are both coming along nicely. Other than skipping that last step on the rough perspective homework, I think you are understanding most of the concepts these lessons are trying to convey quite well. Once you get that revision submitted I'll take a look and you can most likely move on to the 250 box challenge.

Next Steps:

You skipped the last step of the rough perspective homework and didn't extend the lines back on your boxes to check your work. https://drawabox.com/lesson/1/16/step6 So as a revision I'd like you finish the exercise and extend your lines back to check your work.

When finished, reply to this critique with your revisions.
1:57 PM, Saturday July 2nd 2022

Thank you for the critique, when I submit the Rough Perspective including step 6 do I submit it alone for offical critique or would I submit it with all the other homework as well and would that use another point?

3:37 PM, Saturday July 2nd 2022

Just submit the revision right here as a reply to this message. You only have to submit the page I asked for.

3:45 PM, Saturday July 2nd 2022
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