Lesson 1: Lines, Ellipses and Boxes

2:45 PM, Thursday September 2nd 2021

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So I realised something long after I'd done the ghosted lines and planes, and the ellipses exercises: I had been watching the videos in 1.75 speed (as I always do with things) before reading the text lessons. But, I'd forgotten I was doing that and ended up thinking my line making had to be as quick as Uncomfortable's while he was... at 1.75 speed! I think that's part of the reason I had so much trouble getting things accurate, and also why it looks like my pen was running out of ink when it wasn't. After I'd realised this, I had been doing some ghosted lines and planed exercises at a slower, but still confident speed and did much better. Still awful. But better!

Another thing I noticed while doing the rotated boxes exercise. My mind slipped into a state of flow after the pattern recognition side kicked in and noticed that I could follow the edges of the other boxes. Flow is counterintuitively the enemy of deliberate practice and not a great thing for learning, so the corners of my sphere of rotated boxes obviously need a lot of work. I curved the box edges instead of rotating them, and a lot of the boxes are more deformed than rotated I think. I know this is normal at this stage of the course, but still I feel like I should do the exercise again but actually keep my mind focussed on what I'm doing to be more cognisant of where I'm going wrong, but then I thought maybe I should do the 250 box challenge before attempting it again. Or is it better if I just move on altogether for now?

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7:31 PM, Thursday September 2nd 2021

i think you should move on after this. this is looking really good for a start and youre clearly getting the point of these homework. perhaps the only criticism i would say is try to use the ghosting method in drawing your boxes so you produce a much neater line, otherwise, well done!

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well done, on to the next one ~ 250 box challenge. Good luck!

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6:28 AM, Friday September 3rd 2021

Thank you for the help! I do need to work on using thr ghosting methd better ehen drawing boxes because I noticed when it came to boxes, I was suddenly losing confidence and slowing down creating scratchy and wobbly lines. I'll apply that to my box challenge as sonething to consciously work on. Thank you again!

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12:50 AM, Monday March 21st 2022

You did good enough. I would like point out that your lines are frayed at the beginning which means your starting point is wrong. You should strive for lines that layer on top of one another. Remember that it is ok to go slow and to ghost your lines.

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6:48 AM, Monday March 21st 2022

Thank you! I had a lot of trouble at the beginning with that because I was going too fast, but I think I've improved a lot at that exercise since then (hopefully), now that I realise I can go more slowly. I also had a lot of trouble getting used to not drawing from my wrist which has made a big difference. Thanks again!

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