Sketch 9: Breakfast at Tiffany’s Recreated

Original Image Source: https://images.app.goo.gl/TncUbrvLq1nPzzEc6

I decided to recreate the opening scene of Breakfast at Tiffany’s. In the scene, Holly Golightly is standing in front of a Tiffany’s store display window in NYC with her morning coffee and breakfast. This is one of my favorite classic movies and as I brainstormed for ideas, I knew I recognized that I had props and wardrobe that would fit the scene. Although I didn’t have the exact outfit, I think my substitution works well, except it would have been even better with gloves and actual pearls. I’m really proud of my attempt at recreating her hairstyle with a scarf; it looks better than I envisioned. I also didn’t have exact props (coffee cup, paper bag, and pastry) but the ones I used get the point across. The only thing my recreation doesn’t portray is the glass window she’s looking into and the storefront background. My facial expression is neutral like hers, however she has a longing look because she really wants the jewelry inside and the status that comes with it. I struggled to portray that look of yearning and wishing.

Halfa Kucha Reflection

The writing process for my halfa kucha was similar to writing a paper. I brainstormed preliminary ideas about how trauma and recovery were portrayed in the two books I chose. I started with one book and then it was easier for me to directly compare the other book to those points. After I had my main points, I wrote a script for what I wanted to say in each subsection. There were two big subsections, the two themes about society’s view of the characters’ trauma, and within each subsection there were three detailed section, one for each book and one related to the quotes from Herman. I went back through, timed myself, and cut down significantly on the script so that each “paragraph” only took up 20 seconds or less. I normally write a lot of fluff because it sometimes takes me a while to get to the point depending on the writing piece I’m working on. I was surprised I didn’t have a lot more to take out when editing.

I chose visuals after writing my script. It was easier this way because I only had to look for frames that aligned with what I had written. I think it would’ve been personally harder to do it vice versa. I tried to choose scenes that the audience would recognize and wouldn’t take too much time to read. I overall didn’t mind this style of presentation. The time limit helped me cut down on what I wanted to say in order to get to the point and be concise. While giving the presentation, I didn’t like the time limit because it felt rushed and naturally, I ten to take a longer time to think about what I want to say before talking. There were points in my presentation where I had to forgo important points that I wish I had time to bring up or clarify. I liked how other people’s presentations were even more concise and really easy to follow although I think it would take a lot of time and editing for me to cut down further in my writing.

Sunday Sketch 8: Daily Productivity Visualized

Daily productivity shown as a bubble cloud

The two main questions I tracked for this sketch were “Throughout the week, how productive am I?” and “How is productivity defined?”. By the end of the tracking period, I would say I successfully answered both of my questions. I was not surprised to learn how irregular my productivity is each week. Some days I get a lot accomplished and other days not so much. I was also not surprised by the absence of exam review hours in the cloud. It is something that I plan to do everyday however I rarely get around to it. It was embarrassing to see how many big bubbles of social media usage are present in the cloud. Prior to this project, I knew I used it a lot but it was scary to see how much of my day is eaten up by social media. On days that I had fewer classes, towards the end of the week and the weekend, I tended to have a spike in hours of social media usage which is understandable. Although I could be using this time to make up for the lack of exam review or finishing assignments, I use social media as a form of self-care and procrastination.

One thing that did surprise me is that I was productive every single day. There was not one day that I did not do something or that I didn’t feel at least a little productive. I was always working on an assignment or personal tasks. This plays into my other central question of the definition of productivity. There are a lot of mainstream definitions that highlight getting school or work related tasks done. However, I think everyone has differing definitions of productivity. Personally, I believe productivity does revolve around school and work related activities but, it also includes personal tasks such as extracurriculars, housekeeping/errands, or self-care practices. By this definition, I was very productive everyday because in most, if not all cases, I did a large combination of school work and other personal tasks. It was important for me to make this designation because I often beat myself up over not being “productive” enough despite actually being very productive based on my own definition. It’s important to acknowledge that mainstream productivity is one sided and doesn’t account for a large array of other tasks. People may look down on others who don’t study for long periods of time but they don’t consider the other huge priorities and commitments that make up a persons day outside of studying.

I chose to use a bubble cloud because I wanted a creative representation of categorical comparison. The first design that came to mind was a stacked bar graph. It was simple and I wanted something that most people wouldn’t think to use. I researched good methods of comparing across categories and bubble diagrams were suggested. The cloud makes it more visually appealing and I am able to see the inconsistencies in the crowd (small amount of bubbles or abnormally huge bubbles). I enjoyed this project because it helped remind me of my unique productivity in a current time that pushes constant productivity through studying and staying on top of the mountains of assignments assigned each day. It’s also really important for me to analyze my productivity in the hopes that I can make changes to my routine to tailor it so that I am more or less productive while maintaining my overall personal health.

Literacy Narrative Part 3 Reflection

As a whole, the literacy narrative project has helped me achieve many of the learning outcomes for this class. The process of transforming my written literacy narrative into a comic allowed me to write across different genres and formats. I used technology for the large majority of the process, more so in making the comic version. I published the different formats of the narrative to my website, a digital platform. I used an app to create my comics, with the use of typed text, images from the Web, and other technological elements. Overall, the process involved the repetition of research, drafting, editing, and reflecting. I went through multiple drafts of the written text to make sure it sounded good and the comic in order to see which format of frames I liked the best. After getting feedback from classmates and other peers, I implemented changes so that my comic would be a better experience for readers. As I edited the comic, it inspired me to make a few edits to the written text as well. I was then able to rewrite the narrative back into text form based on my final comic.

It was interesting to return to the alphabetic narrative after finalizing my comic. I think the comic was really helpful in that it helped me simplify my narrative. This is meant in a good way – I was able to get rid of unnecessary details and make the actual story shine through. In my first drafts of the written narrative, I included a lot of fluff and I honestly didn’t have a clear path for the story to follow. After reviewing the comic, I decided to focus specifically on my public library experience rather than talk about my experiences outside of that realm. I am glad I made this shift because it made me feel more grounded and I could actually analyze the effects the realm has had on my perceptions of reading and writing. Also, I think it has a positive effect on readers in that they don’t have to go between distinct, vaguely connected ideas. In the earlier drafts, it seemed like certain parts of my narrative went along with different “thesis” statements, which could be confusing. My views of these memories has also been focused in a way. Instead of a general comment about how reading and writing is no longer fun to me, I now think about how these activities are still fun to me, it’s just my perspective changes depending on the setting. At school, I dislike them because it feels forced and stresses me out. However, at the public library, I am relaxed because to me, it symbolizes freewill and exploration based on past experiences.

Link to narrative rewrite: https://selazzioui.wordpress.com/literacy-narrative-part-3/

Literacy Narrative Comic Reflection

This writing process has helped me achieve many of the learning outcomes for this class. The process of transforming my written literacy narrative into a comic allowed me to write across different genres and formats. I used technology for the large majority of the process, more so in making the comic version. I published the written text version of the narrative to my website, a digital platform. I used an app to create my comics, with the use of typed text, images from the Web, and other technological elements. Overall, the process involved the repetition of research, drafting, editing, and reflecting. I went through multiple drafts of the written text to make sure it sounded good and the comic in order to see which format of frames I liked the best. After getting feedback from classmates and other peers, I implemented changes so that my comic would be a better experience for readers. As I edited the comic, it inspired me to make a few edits to the written text as well. 

There were a couple of major differences between writing my narrative as written text versus a comic. In the written text, it was easy for me to write freely by adding as many details as I wanted, within reason. For the comic, I had to downsize the amount of the narrative I wanted to tell. If I included every aspect of my written text, I would have had many more pages of frames. In order for my comic to be effective, I had to be even pickier about the details I included to ensure I wasn’t wasting valuable space. The comic format was easier in that I already had visualizations in my head of the scenes played out in my narrative. All I had to do was draw them out which took time but as a visual person, this format is more effective for me to explain my thoughts and opinions. Now that I have two different formats to compare to one another, I feel like the comic represents me more accurately. It is a representation of how my narrative is organized internally. I like that it has to be efficient because it gets the point across. In contrast, my written text can become clouded with fluff which can be distracting to readers.

On my second, final draft of my comic, I made more intentional decisions. I chose bright colors to represent how vivid these memories are and how vivid my childhood was. These memories brought a lot of happiness and forms of familial love and connection to me as a child. I chose different perspectives that represented different points in the narrative. For example, sometimes the frame was zoomed into a specific element in order to emphasize its importance. If I had more time and professional help, I would have changed the organization and design of the actual frames. I made different formats of frames from my storyboard draft however, I still feel like the organization could be even more creative. I would also find ways to make time shifts more smooth and coherent. In some cases, it can seem sudden when time shifts. 


Link to the final comic: https://selazzioui.wordpress.com/literacy-narrative-part-2/

Sunday Sketch 7: Quadriptych

This quadriptych shows a person lying in bed late at night and on their phone. At 1:59 a.m. on Sunday, March 14th, 2021 (start of Daylight Savings Time), they vow to go to sleep after one more video. When they look at the time again, it is now suddenly 3:00 a.m. The person is shocked and thinks they spent all that time on their phone.

My design process for this quadriptych was similar to that of when I created my triptych. I brainstormed short stories that could be portrayed from start to end in a limited number of panels. One new observation I made was that a lot of popular memes have this same goal; they try to make a joke in one or a couple of images with little to no text. I was very inspired by all of the memes I saw today in reaction to the start of Daylight Savings Time. Every year, I see many people react in the same way, making this situation relatable and easy to understand. I don’t think it was harder than a triptych because of the extended middle panels. I specifically showed a time change because that could be easily shown with the change of the clock face across two panels. It would have been harder if there was no action or the story being told was not “dynamic” in any way.

Tracing Pages Reflection

The thesis of my essay is “The two different uses of slowed progression of time and movement were used to highlight the significance of both scenes.”. My main arguments are that the choice of moment and flow were most influential on the pages I analyzed. The design choices made these pages stand out among others throughout the novels.

I enjoyed the process of tracing and annotating. It was interesting to analyze the pages without text, even though the pages I chose originally didn’t have much dialogue or text. It was useful to go through the five choices in comic making and see if I could see them represented on the page. The suggested themes to consider were also helpful because they helped me categorize my annotations. The whole process helped me delve deeper than surface level observations.

My writing process didn’t completely change with the inductive thinking format. I knew pretty quickly what my first two topic sentences would be. It has always been hard for me to formulate thesis sentences. In this instance, I found it to be more difficult because I would easily slip into thinking that my first topic was my thesis even though it wasn’t. This confused me until I took some time to draw conclusions I made from the points made in the first couple of paragraphs. I was then able to choose which I felt fit the best.

As mentioned before, this project helped me look deeper at the pages. I think I overlooked some concepts when I first read these two novels. Analyzing them allowed me to look really close and try to observe as much as possible. It is easy for me to gloss over pages and not look at deeper meanings. After this process, I realized why that can be dangerous. It can cause me to miss important themes and messages that could possibly change my viewpoint on a character, situation, or topic. For example, I honestly missed the point of the zoomed-in panels in Stitches and the many little panels on the page in Spinning. I have been able to understand the likely motivations behind these design choices. I think I now appreciate the creativity and attention to detail a lot more.

Link to project: https://selazzioui.wordpress.com/tracing-pages/

Link to assignment prompt: https://eng181s21.davidmorgen.org/assignments/tracing-pages/

Sunday Sketch 6: What’s in my bag?

My items:

  1. My glasses and eyeglass case – This is essential to my everyday life because my eyesight sucks and I need help seeing at a distance.
  2. A polka-dot umbrella – I forgot to take it out of my bag but I put it in there at the beginning of the week when it was storming days on end.
  3. An extra spoon and fork – It was leftover from my lunch out this afternoon. I may need it for future meals.
  4. My pink calculator – I forgot to take it out of my bag but I put it in there at the beginning of the week when I went to go study in Woodruff Library.
  5. A pair of black earbuds – I use this pair or another of my other pairs of earbuds/headphones 24/7 because I listen to music and podcasts frequently throughout the day and I use them for any Zoom sessions. (I have way too many, sadly. :/ )
  6. A KitKat – A friend of mine randomly handed me this today since she knows I’m constantly hungry.
  7. A mechanical pencil and a wooden pencil – I always have these writing tools because they are essential to being a student. I prefer the mechanical one and only have the wooden one as a backup.
  8. My wallet – I brought this along today in case I went to the store and needed money for purchasing. I didn’t go.
  9. Tissues – It is officially allergy season and I have horrible allergies.
  10. Lip balm – Even though I am wearing my mask whenever I am out, it’s routine from pre-COVID to bring my lip balm everywhere just in case.
  11. My Kindle – I falsely convinced myself that I would have some free time today and read outside in the nice fresh air.

I would say that this photo inexplicitly represents me. It included a lot of aspects that are essential to my everyday functioning, such as my glasses and earbuds. However, on the surface level, the items didn’t reflect my true self. I think my reasoning behind including the items is more representative. One example is that for a lot of the items, I put them in my bag in case of an emergency, showing that I am a well-prepared and thoughtful person. I plan ahead in case things go wrong, like a pencil running out of lead or me having an unexpected sneezing attack. I only removed a couple of items that were really personal, however, in a way, they would have been a lot more explicitly representative. That level of authenticity would have been uncomfortable for me to share publicly. I think this catalog is a form of writing, especially with the help of short explanations. It was similar to a comic in that the image has underlying meaning that is uplifted with accompanying text.

Sunday Sketch 5: Triptych

Source: Summayah El Azzioui

I decided to take a lighthearted, comical approach when crafting my story. I partly took inspiration from the Nancy triptych mentioned in the prompt and another triptych I came across that showed the struggle of a chocolate chip cookie actually being an oatmeal raisin cookie. I brainstormed situations in which there would be a fun surprise in the third panel and settled on a relatable awkward but laughable situation of someone “accidentally” eating someone else’s food. It was easy for me to come up with the components of each panel however I struggled with making the ending easily understood but not too obvious. I decided to use a zoomed-in perspective so that the reader can see the thief’s reaction and the subtle clue on the food container. This sketch was similar to previous writing in that our literacy narrative comics needed to be condensed forms of a larger story. This sketch differed in that we had an even more limited space (only 3 frames) to express a whole story.