I got the feedback from my lesson 1 exercises. There was some good feedback, but one thing I wish I would have been told was how to correct some of the issues.
For example, one of our exercises was to do a page of ellipses. Some of the feedback was “Aim for smooth consistent curves and then work to tighten the ellipses up by drawing through them.” And “..keep an eye on that minor axis and make sure your ellipses remain aligned with it.” I understand what he was saying, but I don’t know HOW to do this. A little more explanation on this would have been helpful.
Below are some of the major points I pulled out:
For my lines
- “You may be going too slowly or drawing with your wrist.” When I thought about this, he was right on target as I did and still do revert back to using my wrist, some habits are hard to break!
- “Focus on making a smooth line, consistently. When you find the speed you’re comfortable with, you can then focus on accuracy.” This is one I’ll must have to keep practicing on and find that speed over time.
For my Ellipses:
- “Aim for smooth consistent curves and then work to tighten the ellipses up by drawing through them.”
- “Keep an eye on that minor axis and make sure your ellipses remain aligned with it.”
For my Rough Perspective:
- “Make sure that your horizontals are parallel with the horizon and that your verticals are perpendicular. This is an easy way to make sure you’re keeping things in perspective with the horizon.” This is a really helpful hint and I’ll put it to use!
- “Though there will be exceptions in other work, in this curriculum, the combination of dark pen marks and the focus on construction means that if you leave part of a drawing untidy, it tends to draw the eye. Being careful with each mark is a good habit to instill for later exercises.”
For my Rotated Boxes:
“As for the reason the image itself is a bit squared out around the edges, that’s because the boxes aren’t rotated enough. To avoid this, you’ll want to shift the VP along the horizon line enough that the box rotates instead of moving back in space.
If you would like to see my submitted homework, Drawabox Lesson 1