Not Completely Sure That I Get Convergence (250 Box Challenge)

4:42 AM, Thursday November 30th 2023

I've been making steady progress on the 250 box challenge (~box 95), but as I've progressed, I've been unable to shake the feeling that I don't really get how to get my lines to converge. I understand converging lines in theory; as parallel lines go back in perspective, they meet at the vanishing point. What I'm struggling with is actually getting the convergence rates right. First, I tried to eyeball it, but I'm not great at judging convergence with just my eyes yet. After that, I tried tracing my finger back to about where I believed the lines would converge. While that is generally more accurate, it's pretty tedious and it doesn't work very well on sets of lines that converge slowly. Does anyone have any tips for judging the speed at which parallel lines will converge in perspective, or is it one of those things you just get better at by doing a bunch?

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7:04 PM, Thursday November 30th 2023

The lines will converge faster as the vanishing point approaches the center of your pov- as it gets closer to your looking straight down that side.

There are tips and you just have to get better by doing it a bunch. Art is a skill, just like a sport. You can get good coaching to be shown how to properly throw a basketball but it doesn't matter how good the instruction is, you won't be able to consistently sink three pointers without a great deal of time spent shooting at the 3 point line.

11:36 PM, Saturday December 2nd 2023

First, thank you for that tip! I'll try to keep it in mind as I continue. Second, I really like the analogy that you used here. I'm not going to lie, sometimes I find myself getting frustrated when I struggle to correctly make the marks that I want to make. Seeing your explanation is encouraging; just because I'm making silly mistakes now doesn't mean I always will. Just gotta keep on drawing.

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