## Lesson 1: Lines, Ellipses and Boxes

##### 3:37 PM, Friday April 28th 2023

Having a lot of fun. And it is hard! But it's worth it to get over myself! Thanks and have a great day!

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##### 7:52 PM, Friday April 28th 2023

Hi,

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Rob

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My name is Rob and I'm a teaching assistant with Drawabox who will be handling your lesson one critique. The images you uploaded are not loading in this imgur album. Can you try making a new album and uploading them again?

##### 2:28 PM, Monday May 1st 2023

Hi Rob,

Here is the link DRAWABOX Lesson 1

Best,

Josh

##### 9:46 PM, Monday May 1st 2023

No problem,

Starting with your superimposed lines these are off to a fine start. You are keeping a clearly defined starting point with all of your wavering at the opposite end. Your ghosted lines and planes turned out well. You are using the ghosting method to good effect to get confident linework with a pretty decent deal of accuracy that will get better and better with practice.

Your tables of ellipses are coming along pretty good. You are doing a good job drawing through your ellipses and focusing on consistent smooth ellipse shapes. This is carried over nicely into your ellipses in planes. It's great that you aren't overly concerned with accuracy and are instead focused on getting smooth ellipse shapes. Although accuracy is our end goal it can't really be forced and tends to come with mileage and consistent practice more than anything else. Your ellipses in funnels are looking fine. I'm not seeing any real issues here. One thing you could have done with these is start with a narrower degree ellipse in the center and then widen the degrees of the ellipses as they move outwards in the funnel. Please check the example here. https://drawabox.com/lesson/1/14/step3 This helps with practicing different degrees of ellipses. Your ellipses are off to a great start but there's still room for improvement so keep practicing them during your warmups.

Your rotated box exercise turned out pretty well. I like that you drew this nice and big as that really helps when dealing with complex spatial problems. You also did a good job drawing through your boxes and keeping your gaps narrow and consistent. You are running into a pretty common issue of not actually rotating your boxes in some cases(mainly the top and bottom you are definitely getting rotation on the left and right sides) but instead simply drawing them moving back in perspective. https://drawabox.com/lesson/1/17/notrotating While the rotations here aren't perfect this was a good effort overall. The more you draw and develop your spatial thinking ability the easier these rotations are to handle. This is a great exercise to come back to after a few lessons to see how much your spatial thinking ability has improved. Your organic perspective exercises are looking good. You seem to be comfortable using the ghosting method and drawing from your shoulder for confident linework which is great. Your box constructions are pretty solid for the most part and I can see you are developing a good sense for how box lines converge to vps. Nice work!

Overall this was a really solid submission that showed a good deal of growth. Your line confidence and ellipses are both coming along nicely. I think you are understanding most of the concepts these lessons are trying to convey quite well. I'm going to mark this as complete and good luck with the 250 box challenge. Keep up the good work!

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The 250 Box Challenge

This critique marks this lesson as complete.
##### 1:46 PM, Thursday May 4th 2023

Thanks for the feedback! I have made note of the places to keep an eye on in my warmups log. On to the Challenge! Peace!

j

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