The Secret Language of Comics

Visual Notes Sketch

Introduction to Biology: Notes on Genes and Inheritance by Destiny Mascoll

This Sunday sketch assignment was a little difficult for me because I could not seem to make my notes make sense in visual form. I had to draw multiple drafts of my notes and change how I structured them so my notes would flow well. Even when I did this my notes still had gaps in the information needed to fully explain the topic. I have never thought about drawing out my notes since I thought it would take a lot of time and make it more difficult to understand the concepts. Even though visual notes are not my preferred form of note taking, doing these notes still allowed me to think deeply about the topics and information I was presented with.

While I was making my notes it was very difficult to translate big concepts into smaller pictures because they had so many little parts that all contributed to the overall understanding. To tackle these big concepts I broke them up into smaller pieces that I could explain with my image and then at the end group the images together under a specific concept. I think this thought process of breaking up large complex topics into smaller more manageable parts is necessary to fully understand difficult topics in a range of subjects.

Literacy Narrative Reflection

I found this assignment a little challenging because it required me to think back to my childhood. Which was difficult since so many other things have happened since then and also because I had to talk about my relationship with reading and writing. Through writing this narrative I was able to really understand and reflect on my relationship with reading and writing. My narrative is about my struggles with reading from elementary, middle, and high school and how they shape my reading and writing.

The free writing assignment was really helpful because it allowed me to have an understanding of what memories I wanted to focus my narrative on. When it came to writing the narrative I had distinct images in my head of what each memory felt like and I tried to convey that through the pictures that I drew. Through out this whole process of writing my narrative I learned that I like this type of writing because I get to explain myself as opposed to the thoughts and writings of someone else. The most interesting part of my essay is the title “How I learned to Love Reading” because it hints at a struggle that is going to be explored in the writing.

Literacy Narrative 1: How I Learned to Love Reading

Sunday Sketch 2: I’M All Tied Up

This Sunday sketch was very difficult for me, it took me a long time to find something to incorporate into a drawing. It took multiple drafts with different items to finally have an idea of what I wanted to draw. My first draft was trying to incorporate the string into a bow that would be used for a tie but I decided not to do that because I did not like how it came out. At the end I came up with using this wrapped up piece of sting as a bow to tie up a robe.

This Sunday sketch required me to think outside of the box and include something I normally would not have thought to include into my work. I had the most trouble finding and object to center a sketch around because for most items I did not have a clue what to draw. Then when I finally had an idea of what to draw I struggled with the idea of adding color to my drawing. I choose to have the bow be the pop of color on my drawing leaving the robe white.

Sunday Sketch 1

I choose this photo as my avatar because it reminded me of the flowers that grow in Barbados. My family is from barbados and this flower is commonly found growing on the side of the road and in peoples gardens. I chose this flower in particular because it is a really beautiful color. This flower reminds me of home and the many different people who have been a part of my life. Creating this badge was difficult for me because I found it hard to find picture that I related to. But this badge represents my past experiences and the people in my life who have made me who I am as a person.