Lesson 1: Lines, Ellipses and Boxes

5:19 PM, Tuesday July 27th 2021

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I feel satisfied after finishing this first lesson, not even based on how my work looks, but just because of the fact that I mostly tried my best to follow the instructions. There are of course some mistakes but I am able to accept them easily now. I am mostly thankful that I was able to find a resource like this because I don't know what I would be doing otherwise.

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7:06 AM, Thursday August 12th 2021

You made it fool! by observing your work I can say that you had put a lot of effort, focus and time to finish the exercises and you are doing great too!Alright lets roll the intro.

hi there!.I'm chiran and I’m here for your submission to review.I’ll try my best to provide helpful analysis of your work by breaking down into three parts.

This feedback will consists of three parts. to know more about these parts, lets dig in!

PART 1: THE PRAISES ( The job you did well on lines, ellipses and boxes)


  • there is a little bit to not at all fraying on the starting end in super imposed lines exercises so what it Indicates is that you really did take time to position the pen correctly at the starting point.good job! fraying on the end point is normal as we are getting used to drawing from your shoulder.

  • Ghosted lines exercises are done pretty well too!.the lines are planned before executing meaning you did take time to plot the starting and end points of a line.


  • Ellipses are smooth, confident,within the boundaries and are drawn through 2- 3 times.sometimes they are drawn more than 3 times.although its not a big deal, it should be avoided.

  • great job on prioritizing confidence over accuracy here as well.

  • you did strive to keep ellipses within the funnels and increased their degrees as they move outwards, so thats job well done.


  • your boxes are off to a good start. they are drawn through ( like having x ray vision) and are planned before executing by using the ghosting technique to plot down the points so thats perfect.

PART 2: Where It went slightly off? ( where you should keep an eye on)

In this part I will just point out where it went off. In the coming part I will explain how to avoid them and how you can improve them.

  • Lines:

  • first thing I noticed in the super imposed line exercise was course correcting the lines.if you ask how did I identified the course correcting ? well its simple, when you course correct ( it is not going over another time) , the lines will contains some S curves and arches and sometimes will wobble also.

  • there is a bit of wobbly and uneveness in your lines. some lines are arching too. improvements can be seen on the later exercises but you should keep an eye on them consistently.

  • It would have been better If you had drawn the planes( in ghosted planes exercise) in a variety of angles and rotations like this :https://d15v304a6xpq4b.cloudfront.net/lesson_images/5d408290.jpg instead of keeping them parallel and by doing so

you will get some confidence in drawing lines in a variety of angles and of course you are free to rotate the page to find the comfortable angle of approach.


  • Ellipses in funnels exercises: just a reminder here is that the purpose of this exercise is to try and align our ellipses to the minor axis as best as possible while also keeping them within the funnels although you did strive to align your ellipses to the minor axis ( in ellipses in funnel exercise) but some of them are off. Its not a big deal.continue to strive to align your ellipses to the minor axis as possible.


  • plotted perspective looks great and continue to hatch the faces of the boxes which are facing front although it is not mandatory. you will get the sense of 3d space and form and get to know which side is facing the viewer.

  • little advice on the rough point perspective; you can also try and construct some bigger boxes in one point perspective to solve more complex problems.not a problem here but keep in mind to include them in your warm ups.the boxes got improved in the second page of rough point perspective. good job for keeping the horizontal lines of the boxes parallel to the horizon and vertical lines of boxes perpendicular to the horizon. and there are no guesswork in this exercise other than this

  • Rotated boxes: main thing I noticed in this exercise is that some of the corners between the boxes are not kept narrow and consistent ( we can see on bottom left and right corner as well).It would have been better if you had hatched on the gaps between the boxes to get better view of the rotation.

  • splendid work on organic perspective exercise: again it would have been better if you had constructed the boxes in varieties of angles and rotations. at this stage its completely fine.

  • perspective is slightly off in both rotated boxes organic perspective exercise. I'm not fussing over it. I'm pretty confident that these will improve largely after completing the 250 box challenge. feel free to revisit these exercises after completing the 250 boxes.

In this part I'm not fussing over it and I'm not even expecting perfectionism but I'm just pointing out where it went slightly off so that you can next incorporate these points to improve your work.lets move on to part 3


Starting from lines:

well the confidence should always be prioritized first, later you can work on accuracy. at the beginning its always hard to get it right, but keep reminding yourself that confidence should always be greater than the accuracy.

How to Reduce wobbly, arches and s curves issues in our line work:

Wobbly lines are the result of slow and hesitant in execution. https://d15v304a6xpq4b.cloudfront.net/lesson_images/5bcda336.jpg

Subtle S curves and arches in your lines are the results of course correcting your lines.

What is course correcting? Well course correction are the correction where your subconscious brain will correct your line path when they are off, to reach the end point. You can think the lines as a space craft (When a spacecraft gets off of its trajectory, or path through space, it must be put back on the right path.) so our brain will do some mischiefs making the lines that arch and curves in the path.

One answer I can give to reduce the wobbly, arches and s curves issues is: trying out variety in your speed of drawing your lines

this point is always mentioned in every feedback, why? because to get you improving...Speed of execution: when to increase the speed of drawing the lines and when to slow down?

If the lines came out dark, wobbly, contains subtle S curve and undershooted then increasing the speed of drawing your lines can reduce these issues. however if the lines are overshooting more and the flow of ink in your pen is inconsistent then its advisable to reduce the speed and try to lift the pen off the page when reaching the end dot.

feel free to experiment with different speed of drawing your lines from point A to point B during your warm up session and opt for the smooth and consistent ones. Increasing the speed of execution can really help in reducing wobbly lines. And it can also help in reducing the course correction of your lines too!.

arching might happen because not using the shoulder pivot to draw the lines. If arching persists even after using shoulder to draw the lines then they can be reduced by arching consciously in opp direction to compensate the error. through practice they will get better.

  • next time while doing the ghosted lines and planes exercises make your best to drawn some lines in variety of angles and you are free to rotate the page to find the comfortable angle of approach.

Ellipses: next time while doing ellipses in funnels exercises in warm ups, make your best to try and align your ellipses to the minor axis as possible while also maintaining the ellipses within the funnels and touching each other gently.

  • you should definitely continue to use ghosting method, drawing from your shoulder and make sure that you are always use your arm to get the best flow as possible. while ghosting ( hovering in a motion over the page not touching the page) make sure to plan where the ellipses will sit, that means where will the top and bottom edge will go and start and end an ellipse at the minor axis ( the narrow width ). you are free to rotate the page here as well

  • last thing to mention in ellipses section is to make sure to drawn through your ellipses two to three times( 2 times preferably) not more than 3 . yes I said not more than 3 because the ellipses will look darker and gaps between the successive passes will not be consistent


  • Rotated box exercise:while drawing your corner boxes, you can use the neighbouring edges as hints and can try to keep that boxes edges parallel and same length to the boxes besides and below it.( this advantage can only be taken when you keep the gaps between the boxes narrow and consistent)

  • for the box construction in organic perspective exercise is that after you plotted out the Initial Y of a box think about how you want each set to converge and try and think about (in rough terms) where the vanishing point is going to be for each set.I's is just a reminder tho.here you can take a look at this image:https://cdn.discordapp.com/attachments/365180330103013388/716494148093607946/unknown.png

  • here you can take a look at this helpful y generator as well https://tasty-tangy-meeting.glitch.me/ in order to construct variety of boxes. its not all required to mention here.don't get too overwhelmed ,these will come into play in 250 boxes challenges.

  • To avoid depth inconsistency in the scenes of organic perspective boxes, you can try and construct very small boxes at the end of swoopy line thinking that these boxes are very far away from the viewer and work your way up to the starting end of swoopy lines by increasing their width, height and depth lines. Feel free to exaggerate the size of the box when it is very close to the viewer.

  • last but not the least, continue to incorporate these exercises in your regular warm up routines. pick any 1 or 2 exercise and try to do it for 10 -15 min with striving towards the goal. because these warm ups are the hard requirements for any artists at any skill level

My point of view: It would be better to ask for revision for rotated boxes and lines. But its not required. because you did strive towards the goals of these exercises even though they are off. so you are going in the right direction and I'm sure that you will consider the above mentioned points and works towards it in your warm ups

yes we have come to an end of this feedback.I'm marking your lesson as complete.

Hurray! you completed it. congratulation on that. i hope this feedback helps. have a wonderful artistic journey ahead

Thank you Fool.

Next Steps:

  1. you are ready to move on to 250 box challenge

  2. provide some time for the warm up session

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3:45 PM, Thursday August 12th 2021

Thank you very much for the time and effort you put into critiquing my work! I'll take all the steps you gave me to improve my work and will start doing more rotated boxes as my warmup. Thanks again and have a good art journey as well.

10:10 AM, Friday August 13th 2021

Hey! thank you so much.I'm glad that It helped.

good luck with the boxes.I'm 100% confident that you will improve throughout.

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