In taking a step back and slowing down with my Drawabox lessons, I took the time to reread the lesson about the 250 box challenge. I don’t know why I missed this the first time, maybe because I just wanted to get on with the exercises, but this time I read very slowly and took notes.
By profession I’m a Business Analysis, I spend 40+ hours a week attempting to understand processes, procedures, client issues, and why they do what they do. I analyze them, so not truly understanding why I am doing something drives me crazy and I get very frustrated. In addition to this, I love drawing boxes. If you look at any of my notebooks from the time I took drafting in high school to the present day you will see boxes everywhere, they are my go to doodle.
So when I was originally working through this exercise, I was getting very frustrated with the quality of my boxes and not fully understanding what I was supposed to be getting from this exercise. So taking a step back and rereading the lesson has been eye opening!
One sentence really explained the whole exercise to me. This exercise is “all about developing your understanding of 3D space and how forms can be manipulated within it.” I know that artist use boxes for so many different things, helping them layout buildings, helping then build vehicles, even helping them get a human body correct. So once I took started thinking about how a box would help me place an object in space, I really started to see this as a building block!
I didn’t understand the purpose of extending my lines other than seeing if the lines of my boxes would converge by extending my lines. But after reading the lesson carefully I also picked up on the fact that these extending lines would also help me tell if I was getting my boxes to actually move toward a vanishing point.
There were so many other things I also picked up on such as when I should use one-point, two-point, or three-point perspective. This insight has made the exercise much easier for my analytical brain to cope with. It is also making me slow down as I think through each point as I draw the boxes in the first place!
If I hadn’t stopped my self, if I’d continued doing what I was and plowing through just to get it done and move on, I don’t think I would have every fully appreciated the exercise or gotten much out of it!