drawabox lesson 1 critique guide
May 13th, 2020
- This is a quick guide to help people who feel they aren't ready to critique lesson 1 submissions. It's definetely not meant to substitute feedback, so even if you have this guide, submit your homework to the website. As stated on lesson 0, feedback is super important and if you don't get it there are things you will miss, don't skip it!
- I will point out common mistakes people have, but I recommend looking back to previous sections of the website once you see things you aren't sure about, it will help you to keep learning and improving.
- A good way to start is diving the critique in 3 sections, lines, ellipses and boxes.
- In the lines section, you mainly should look out for these mistakes:
- 1.Wobble in lines. In drawabox you should always prioritize confidence over accuracy.
- A wobbly line is a mistake, no matter how accurate, and a confident line will be correct, as with practice the accuracy will get better.
- 2.Fraying on both ends. The line should never fray on the starting dot. The student should place the pen carefully at the beginning of each line so this does not happen.
- 3.Arching lines. Sometimes the lines will arch a bit.
- It's worth mentioning this might happen because they are not mostly using the shoulder pivot. It can happen while using the shoulder too however, and in this case it can be fixed by trying to arch consciously to the opposite direction.
- 4.Not plotting lines. Sometimes students, specially on ghosted planes, will stop placing a starting and ending dot before drawing a line, trying to freehand the line without ghosting.
- Mention them that starting a line with a starting and ending dot is important for applying the ghosting method, and that it should not be skipped.
- 5.Repeating lines. No matter how off a line is, a student should never repeat it, they should kept the line as it if were correct and move on.
- In the ellipses section, you should mainly look out for these mistakes:
- 1.Ellipses must be drawn through ellipses 2 to 3 times, (2 times preferably)
- 2.On the ellipse tables, keeping the ellipses should be kept within the bounds, each
- ellipse touching each other, without overlapping.
- 3.Just like with lines, the ellipses must be drawn confidently, prioritizing confidence and smoothness,
- over accuracy. Even in ghosted planes with ellipses.
- 4.On funnels, the minor axis (the line in the middle) should cut ellipses in 2 symetrical halves.
- In the boxes section, you should mainly look out for these mistakes:
- 1.All the mistakes previously mentioned on the lines section (Of course, if you already mentioned
- them to the student, you don't have to mention them again.)
- 2.On all the boxes exercises the student should draw through boxes, except on the organic perspective, in which it's optional.
- 3.On rough perspective, width lines should be parallel to horizon and height lines perpendicular to horizon.
- This is a hard task, and it's hard to some students, but if they have this mistake, mention it so
- they can keep it in mind.
- 4.On rough perspective, they must use the line correction method.
- 5.On rotated boxes, corners between boxes must be kept close.
- 6.On rotated boxes, some boxes aren't rotating.
- 7.On organic perspective and rotated boxes it's normal for the perspective to have mistakes,no need to critique the student harshly as they will work on it on the box challenge.
- 8.Lineweight should be added with confident ghosted lines, and solely to the part of lines to overlap, not to whole lines.
- As a last thing, remember this is just a guide, feel free to make any changes you want and to add things you think that are important, keep refreshing the lesson's content on the website, and don't hesitate to ask if critiquing gives you some questions, that's how you learn!
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