Lesson 1: Lines, Ellipses and Boxes
7:05 AM, Tuesday March 22nd 2022
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Welcome to drawabox, and congrats on completing Lesson 1. Let’s take a look at it, shall we?
Starting off, your superimposed lines are looking solid. They’re smooth, properly lined up at the start, and of a consistent trajectory. The arcing ones show some hesitation, from time to time (particularly at their ends), so I’ll quickly remind you that it’s more important that they’re smooth, than that they’re accurate, but it’s nothing serious, nonetheless. The ghosted lines/planes look quite confident, also, and I’m pleased to see that your start/end points aren’t as big by the end, as they were in the beginning (that was the right call!) That said, despite that, you’re still a little too conscious of them, still, as evidenced by the light wobble to your lines, as they approach them. Try not to be. Here, too, what matters is not that the line stops at the right place, but rather that it’s smooth, and straight.
The table of ellipses exercise looks great. Your ellipses are smooth, and rounded, but, though you’ll certainly draw through them, you won’t do so particularly consistently. Be sure to pick a number (2 or 3), and stick with it – in other words, don’t choose depending on the ellipse. Also, do try to hit that number; you’ve got a few ellipses here that stop short of 2 rotations, or go beyond 3 – avoid this if you can. Save for that issue, the table of ellipses exercise looks good. Despite these more difficult frames, your ellipses here maintain their prior smoothness/roundness. The funnels, too, are nicely done. You do struggle with some of the smaller ellipses, I notice, but that’s par for the course, so if I had to change anything about them, it wouldn’t be the way I draw them, but rather that I draw them at all – stick to larger ones, starting out.
The plotted perspective exercise looks clean.
The rough perspective exercise shows some great improvement throughout the set, and I’m pleased to see that, in addition to that, the number of unused points on the page also decrease – it shows me that your initial guesses are getting more accurate. The only issue here is to do with linework; try not to go over a line a second time, regardless of how it turns out. Automatic reinforcing – that is, the habit of correcting an incorrect line – is not something we encourage, as in addition to not really ‘fixing’ the mistake, it encourages a habit where one is afraid of failure. There’s no need to be, failure is, actually, very useful to us as artists.
The rotated boxes exercise looks great, though you do seem to have opted to add the reminder boxes at the end, rather than at the start, as we suggest. Nonetheless, the boxes here are snug, and rotate nicely as a result. The latter isn’t 100% the case in the end, but that’s entirely expected, and something that we’ll go into more detail on in the box challenge – hold out until then.
The organic perspective exercise has some automatic reinforcing issues, also (especially bad here, since they have a habit of making boxes in the back (i.e., boxes that are meant to be far away from us) read as close to us, which contradicts what their size is saying), but looks good other than that. Your boxes are nicely constructed, and, as per their size, and foreshortening, flow quite well, too.
Solid work on this submisson! I’ll be marking it as complete, so you may head on over to the box challenge. Good luck!