Lesson 1: Lines, Ellipses and Boxes

3:01 PM, Friday June 19th 2020

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At the moment I'm working with a .7 pen which is a bit leaky and it's hard to make lighter lines, so apologies for all the smudges. I've got some got some .5 pens on the way for future lessons. :)

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4:45 PM, Sunday June 21st 2020

No worries on the pen this looks pretty good for the most part. Congrats on finishing lesson 1 I'll be taking a look at your submission. Starting with your superimposed lines these are looking very good. You are keeping a very defined starting point and getting minimal wobble as you do these. You are getting a bit more tapering on the longer lines but that is to be expected. Very nice overall. Moving onto your ghost lines and planes these are very strong. You are using the ghosting method extremely well are getting smooth confident AND accurate lines. Really nice work.

Moving onto your table of ellipses these are coming along nicely. Great job drawing through your ellipses and I am seeing some improvement in your ellipse shape consistency as you worked through these. This is carried over nicely into your ellipses in planes. There are a few cases where you comprimised your ellipses shape intregrity in order to accurately try and fit it into the plane so that is something you might want to be aware of. https://drawabox.com/lesson/1/12/deformed I'm not noticing anything major though just something for you to keep in mind. Your ellipses in funnels are looking pretty good as well. You are having some tilt issues here so please check these lesson notes https://drawabox.com/lesson/1/13/notaligned Once again I'm not seeing anything major here I just want you to be aware of it.

Plotted perspective looks fine nothing to say here really. Your rough perspective exercise looks good. Great job extending your lines back on your boxes and checking your work. As you can see some of your estimations were a bit off so this is a great way to check yourself and adjust for future practice. I can see that you are starting to apply some line weight to these. One tip I can offer here is to ghost the lines where you add line weight the same as you would every other line you make while doing these lessons.

Your rotated box exercise came out very nicely for the most part. Your lines are nice and confident and you did a great job drawing through your boxes and keeping your gaps narrow and consistent. You are having a bit of a issue with not rotating your boxes enough which is a pretty common mistake. Please check the lesson notes here. https://drawabox.com/lesson/1/16/notrotating Other than that this looks really fantastic. Finally, your organic box exercises are looking very good. You are having some convergence issues with your boxes which you will practice a lot with the 250 box challenge. Your linework here is looking superb though and I like that you are starting to use line weight to separate the closer boxes from the further ones. This is a fantastic submission overall and you should be really proud of the work you submitted here. I wish you luck on the 250 box challenge and keep up the solid work!

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8:48 AM, Monday June 22nd 2020

Thank you so much for the detailed analysis! :) I will focus on the things I have trouble with in my warmups. I did feel like the ellipses were one of the more trickier parts of this lesson so I definitely need to work more on those. I'm sure the 250 box challenge will help to iron out some of the other mistakes I am making.

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