250 Box Challenge
8:38 PM, Tuesday July 13th 2021
250 is a lot more than I thought it was.
Hi there, I'll be handling your box challenge critique.
Congratulations on completing the box challenge, it's definitely a lot more work than most people expect. Not only does it help deepen your understanding of important concepts but it shows your desire to learn as well. Be proud of what you've accomplished and that desire you've shown. That being said I'll try to keep this critique fairly brief so you can get working on the next steps as soon as possible.
Things you did well:
The majority of your lines are looking smooth and confident, there are a few occasional wobbles but you have noticeably improved by the end of the challenge.
You're trying to implement line weight which is great, your accuracy may not be there just yet which makes things look a bit less tidy than they could but this is expected. Line weight requires quite a bit of mileage to become comfortable using so it's good to see you're starting to build up that mileage early, just remember to keep it subtle and confident and your accuracy will improve.
You experimented with different proportions, orientations and rates of foreshortening. This experimentation is key to deepening your understanding of new concepts so I'm glad to see you're making it a habit and hope you continue to do so in the future.
Overall your convergences are looking more consistent with fewer cases of diverging lines at the end of the challenge than when you began, good work.
Things you can work on:
While not a requirement of the challenge I do recommend adding some hatching in your future boxes, it's extra line practice and can help make your boxes appear more solid.
There are times when your lines converge in pairs or you attempt to keep your lines a bit too parallel which results in them diverging. This is an example of lines converging in pairs, and this shows the relation between each line in a set and their respective vanishing point. The inner pair of lines will be quite similar unless the box gets quite long and the outer pair can vary a lot depending on the location of the vanishing point. Move it further away and the lines become closer to parallel while moving it closer increases the rate of foreshortening.
Due to perspective our lines should never be completely parallel, never diverge from the vanishing point and always converge consistently as a set of 4 lines and not as pairs.
Overall this was a solid submission and I have no doubt you'll continue to improve and grow with more mileage. I'll be marking your submission complete and moving you on to the next lesson. Keep practicing previous exercises as warm ups and good luck in lesson 2!
Move on to lesson 2.