Lesson 1: Lines, Ellipses and Boxes

3:59 PM, Thursday June 2nd 2022

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I tried to do multiple kind of course before, but I never really get passed before the first stage, because ADHD and I'm not really ingaged, but this time, I think I can go through with "drawabox" even if it takes a couple of years (since I'm probably going to need that much time), Anyways I'd like to move forward as fast as I can, so if its too bad to pass, I'm fine with repeating so I can move forward.

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11:47 PM, Saturday June 11th 2022

Glad to see you have a learning mindset! Just remember, moving forward quickly isn't always the best strategy when it comes to these lessons.


Superimposed lines: Minimal amount of wobbling, but a lot of fraying on both pages. Take the time to position your pen at the start so you have a better idea of where your line is going.

Ghosted lines: You did a good job on these lines, however all lessons need to be completed with a fineliner pen!

Ghosted planes: Some wobbling here, but there's more confidence in your lines. Make sure your back and hand are in a good position before executing lines.


Tables of ellipses: They fit together nicely so good job there. The ellipses themselves are bumpy and have uneven shapes, this is a result of drawing too slowly and carefully. Drawing quickly with confidence is key.

Ellipses in planes: Only one ellipse is floating, but most of them are deformed. A smooth ellipse should be your main priority.

Funnels: The ellipses in the funnels are too loose and not aligned to the minor axis. Try your best to keep your ellipses inside the funnel, and check the angle you are physically drawing at to prevent slanting.


Plotted perspective: Be mindful of where your perspective lines are compared to the horizon line (big smooth line in the middle you started with.) These lines appear to be going in every direction, making it difficult to tell where you intended for the box to be.

Rough perspective: The red depth lines are supposed to be going towards the horizon line, not the corners of your frames. As a result, many boxes are deformed and wobbly. Ghost and plan where you will put these lines ahead of time.

Rotated boxes: The over all shape of your boxes are flat due to not being rotated on the sides and corners. The boxes closest towards the middle should be bigger, while the boxes towards the sides should be smaller and taper away from the viewer. From there, use your existing vertical and horizontal axis as a guide to drawing the corners of your diagonal corner boxes.

Organic perspective: Many of these boxes keep getting jumbled up towards the front and middle. I'd recommend starting with the front most facing box, and carefully deciding how big your closest boxes will be. While evenly spacing out your medium and smaller boxes towards the back.

Next Steps:

The exercises you will redo are:

Ghosted Lines: This exercise came out just fine, it just needs to be done with a fineliner pen.

All Ellipse exercises: These ellipses for the most part are too loose and deformed. The goal here is to have tighter, clean lines still touching the sides of your planes and each other.

All Box exercises: You will have a hard time with upcoming lessons if you do not have a grasp on where perspective lines go. As well as not connecting, wobbling, or slanting boxes. Take a closer look at the points made in each lesson involving the horizon lines, vanishing points and how boxes are constructed.

Over all for each exercise, check to see how your body is positioned to make it easier for yourself to draw straight lines. Use the ghosting method more frequently. And remember-no rushing!

When finished, reply to this critique with your revisions.
11:22 AM, Wednesday June 15th 2022
11:21 PM, Saturday June 18th 2022

You've certainly improved, however there are certain lessons you seem to still struggle with. Don't worry, this is just another step towards artistic growth.

This time you'll redo:

Funnels: These funnels are much more aligned than the previous ones, but they are still too loose. Your ellipses should fit snugly against the walls of your funnels, without any part of the ellipse spilling on the outside.

Plotted perspective: More clean than last time but these boxes are still distorted, loose, and jumbled up. The placement of your first box should be between the two vanishing points. You'll really want to take your time with ghosting these boxes, as wobbling lines and can throw off the rest of your boxes. I can see the extra effort you put into this one, just keep trying your best.

Rough perspective: Your red lines should be connected to the horizon line, and drawn with a ruler. Same problem as your plotted perspective, you need to focus on giving your boxes straight lines using the ghosting method for an extended period of time.

Rotated boxes: Keep the gaps between your boxes narrow, and the sides of your boxes aligned with each other. Place your boxes against the straight lines of the axis, don't be afraid to draw through your boxes.

Next Steps:

Redo the exercises listed above once more.

A timer or separate practice sheets have the potential to help you out with the remaining exercises.

Focus on minimizing the amount of wobble on each and every line you make, and the spacing between your boxes. Do not rush.

Remember that just because you've made one mistake, doesn't mean you shouldn't try as hard with the rest of the exercise. Mistakes are unavoidable, and it's okay to make them-that's what helps us learn.

When finished, reply to this critique with your revisions.
12:02 PM, Tuesday June 28th 2022

I'm probably going to need to send 1 or 2 more (at least) retake for this lesson :( https://imgur.com/a/kP722Oi

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