Lesson 1: Lines, Ellipses and Boxes

12:25 PM, Tuesday December 19th 2023

Drawabox Homework - Google Drive

Drawabox Homework - Google Drive: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1ZyJuvoC8cE9IXlJqh-SpTP2uabhHdqcH?usp=sharing

Please do sort it by name, I gave every picture numbers in order to arrange them. Thanks a lot!

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4:50 AM, Monday December 25th 2023

The progress on your homework looks promising! You seem to be good at drawing the elllipses, but your boxes could use some work.


The first pages of lines look fine, just try to have more consistent strokes to avoid fraying in the future. It's evident on the second page. The ghosted lines are solid.


The ellipses are well rounded and most of them touch the edges in the planes, funnels, and table exercises. Good job! However, there should be another line down the planes (see page 4,5,8, and 9). This ensures your elipses hit all the points.


The boxes in the organic perspective exercise are a bit chaotic. The line they're on is too heavy in regards to line weight. The boxes themselves have nice rotation and size variation, but some of the lineups are confusing (e.g. the first section on the first page where three boxes overlap each other). The rest of box exercises are clean.

Keep it up!

Next Steps:

Do one page of the ellipses in the planes exercise. Don't forget to add the 3rd line down the middle of the "x". Do another page of the organic perspective boxes. Then you're all set for the 250 box challenge.

When finished, reply to this critique with your revisions.
8:17 AM, Monday December 25th 2023

Hey! Thank you for taking your time and giving me a helpful feedback.

I've done the exercises you recommended, hopefully I did a better job this time. Cheers!

Here is the link:


12:54 AM, Tuesday December 26th 2023

Hi! These are great! The ellipses and boxes have appealing angles and perspectives. Just be aware of tangents. That's when two edges or points touch each other awkwardly (see the boxes in the 3rd section of the page. It's better to overlap the forms as you did in the 2nd section (see the closest boxes to the right).

Next Steps:

Nice work! Move on to the 250 box challenge.

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A lot of my students use these. The last time I used them was when I was in high school, and at the time I felt that they dried out pretty quickly, though I may have simply been mishandling them. As with all pens, make sure you're capping them when they're not in use, and try not to apply too much pressure. You really only need to be touching the page, not mashing your pen into it.

In terms of line weight, the sizes are pretty weird. 08 corresponds to 0.5mm, which is what I recommend for the drawabox lessons, whereas 05 corresponds to 0.45mm, which is pretty close and can also be used.

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