Sunday Sketch 4: Edible Snowfall

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This combophoto depicts powdered sugar as snow, accumulating on a hilltop. I randomly got this idea while brainstorming ideas because I had just finished watching a baking show on the Food Network. One of the bakers made a remark about how the confectioner’s sugar they were using to make frosting looked like fluffy snow. One of the major challenges I had in creating this photo was trying to find an image of powdered sugar that made sense. A lot of the images I came across were of sugar in bags which did not really make sense if it was supposed to be snow falling out of the sky. Finally, I discovered this image of powdered sugar in a sieve being sifted. In terms of the editing, it was relatively simple and helps get the gist of my idea across.

Sketch 3: Sociology Visualized

I was very excited to do this week’s sketch since visual note-taking is something I already do on a regular basis. Whenever I have enough time to rewrite notes, I try to rewrite them in a simple but effective way. I really enjoyed creating these notes for my Intro to General Sociology class. Now, I feel more inspired to rework more of my notes from now on. This was also my first time taking handwritten notes digitally on GoodNotes. It was surprisingly easier than I originally thought it would be and I feel encouraged to continue using the medium. I especially enjoyed having the ability to mix my handwriting and drawing with typed titles in cool fonts.

For these notes in specific, the visual concepts I incorporated onto the page has helped me make a mental image for the research process and different types of sociological research. Some of the research methods are new concepts but with the image now attached with them, I have a connected image I can refer back to. One thing that is important to remember from this lecture are the steps of the research process. With the flowchart I used, I remember the exact order of the steps. At the start of this sketch, my lecture notes were pretty boring and unlikely to be reviewed, but now these visually appealing notes are worth rereading.


Literacy Narrative Reflection

Link to Literacy Narrative, Part 1

The writing process for this literacy narrative went better than I thought it would. Since middle school, I have written more book analyses and scientific reports than creative, personal writing pieces. The freewriting exercises we did prior to this assignment definitely helped with my creative flow. I had brainstormed and put down a lot of descriptive details about the events I included. When it came time to start writing, I was easily able to write the parts of the narrative about my experience in detail. However, it was trickier to write opening and closing lines because I wanted to make interesting points that drew the reader in and left them satisfied.

“Some things may have changed, but the feelings I had originally felt during our visits instantly returned every time I stepped foot into the building.” This is one of the most interesting lines from my narrative. It reminded me that I am a reflective and nostalgic person. I think it was somewhat easier to talk about my previous experiences with reading and writing because I reflect on my memories from the past on a regular basis. I tend to remember things I experienced in greater detail than other people who were with me who barely remember anything. While writing my narrative, I found it both comforting and sad to reminisce about my childhood and all of the fun memories I have from that time.

Sunday Sketch 2: That’s a loot of cards!

I brainstormed ideas for this sketch while sitting at my desk. I focused mainly on the objects on the tabletop and tried to think of creative ways to use them in a larger, more complex image. It took a while to come up with an imaginative idea, but I finally thought of one as I stared thoughtfully at my cluttered desk. I realized my flashcard box looked similar to a chest. My first thoughts instantly went to a treasure chest filled with pirate booty.

I started drawing valuables you commonly think of being in and around a treasure chest such as gold, jewelry, and other flashy things. I also added piles of sand that would likely be in a buried chest. To make the sketch more lively and animated, I added marks at the top that signify the motion of the chest being opened and the special riches being shown to the world. The sketch, as a whole, looks like an image captured moments right after the lid popped open.


Sunday Sketch 1: Avatar

In this image, a drawn version of myself is sitting down and putting pencil to paper. This image represents various parts of my identity. One of the most prominent features of the drawing is the hijab on my head. It is a visible symbol of my religious identity, including the culture, values, and beliefs I practice on a daily basis. The actions portrayed in the drawing are realistic to my status as a student and also what I do in my free time. Not only have I always enjoyed writing in school, but I also enjoy writing and drawing as hobbies. I am a very artistic person and have found my creative outlets through different art forms such as bullet journaling and calligraphy.

While looking for my avatar, it was challenging to find an accurate representation of myself in cartoon form within the limits of Creative Commons-licensed images. As a result, I found an image on Flickr that I liked, and then I added my own creative flair to it. I traced and freehanded parts of the image and added elements that made the drawing more personal. I made the girl in the picture look more similar to myself by changing the skin tone, clothing, and other smaller elements.

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