The Secret Language of Comics

Avatar Sketch 1

This is a picture of a monkey that I took when I went to Florida one summer. I took this picture because of the red neon “Follow Your Dreams” sign to the left of the monkey. It seems that the monkey is following his dreams and is happy so I should to. I’m guessing the monkey’s dream was to create graffiti art because of the spray can in his hand. Although the graffiti art created by the monkey is not the best, he seems to be enjoying fulfilling his dreams. His smile makes me want to follow my own dream, regardless if I succeed in achieving them or not.


As you can tell this is my avatar for my website. I created this using an avatar maker website called Picrew, and I used Shirazu Yomi’s template to create my Avatar. [ ]

This is a semi-realistic representation of me. Of course, I don’t have cat ears in real life, but I added them to my avatar because I love cats. My Instagram for your page is filled with cat photos and memes. Though I don’t have any pets, I will adopt one once I have a stable income. They are so cute and bring me so much happiness by looking at them. As for the little bird on my head, I wanted to add it because it represents a relationship with someone who loves birds. They have a special place in my life. We can connect to a level that I haven’t with others. I wasn’t sure if I wanted to include the little bird, but I realized the avatar was not complete until I did. I added it with a smile on my face.
I wanted the avatar to represent the physical aspects of me: skin tone, eye color, hair color, and clothes. One thing that I wanted to point out was the clothes in the avatar. Right now in my life, I am trying to find my own aesthetic, especially in the way I want to present myself. Clothes are one of the best ways to express yourself, and currently, my wardrobe is mainly full of pajamas. Thanks to Covid, the only time I leave my house is to go to work which is one day a week, and I have a uniform. Otherwise, I have to be presentable is during zoom sessions where only my shoulders and up are visible. I wanted to expand my wardrobe and experiment with different types of clothes. However, that did not go as plan. Therefore, this avatar is more of a future version of myself that I aspire to be. The version that I will hopefully achieve before the fall semester when I will be on campus.


My Avatar

I chose to make a simple avatar that accurately reflects who I am. My last name is Burger and minus my family, everyone – including teachers and coaches – refers to me as such. I also only put “Nathan” on top instead of “Nathan Burger” because I felt as if the viewer is able to understand the picture represents my last name. I also chose to keep the drawing simple as my favorite type of art is Pop-Art. I used google drawings to create the picture itself. I drew, edited, and colored to the best of my ability to display my avatar.

The most difficult part for me was generating the work itself. I did not know how or what I could do to create something that reflected who I am. I was going to use several pictures of myself doing various activities I enjoy (working out, watching football, hanging with friends, etc.) but then creating a simple “Burger” popped in my head.

Inspired by:

Sunday Sketch #1: Avatar

My avatar is a combination of three items: a treble clef, the letter R and a distillation flask. The electrical plug and the distillation flask represent my love for science and technology, more specifically chemistry. The treble clefs show my passion for music, and the letter R stands for my name and family (all my family members have the same first letter in their names).

As a whole this image is a collage or mixture of my interests. It is ironic that there is a distillation flask, because it is used to separate mixtures, and over the course of this blog more of my interests will be revealed. Alternatively, this image can be seen as me playing an instrument, as the tilted flask looks like a bassoon and the letter R represents myself, and the clefs at the bottom are unplayed music. Unfortunately I do not play bassoon, but I do play the violin.

Avatar Sketch

I drew this avatar of me dancing. I chose to depict myself in my favorite color (pink), including my headphones. I pictured myself dancing and smiling because in my free time I am always doing something with music: dancing, singing, humming, or just listening. I try my best to look on the bright side and be positive, so I’ve included a little rainbow as my “aura.” As you can see, my name is written in graffiti lettering. I thought it would accurately represent my personality. I am energetic, friendly, messy, and sometimes chaotic. To me, graffiti feels energetic and lively with countless stories to tell. I struggled to find ways to convey my personality without obvious pictures or words, however, I think a smiling, dancing, girl in pink pretty much sums it up!


When thinking of ideas for what my avatar should be or include, I felt like I had several to choose from. However, once I started to look for appropriately licensed images, most of my ideas were cut back so I started to rethink and decided to maybe do a collage with photos I have taken myself. My hobby and liking of photography began sometime in middle school (I want to say around seventh grade) when I started to take pictures of the sky—whether it was because I thought the clouds or sunset color(s) of it looked cool. I started to take photography “more seriously” and expanded my range of what I photographed after enrolling in a photography course my sophomore year of high school. I like taking pictures of flowers/plants after it rains because they have cute little water droplets all over, I also like taking pictures of cool/pretty architecture (a decently large section of my camera roll during the dates of fall semester consists of Emory buildings). But, the type of pictures that still dominate my camera roll are sky photos so I used one of many—which was a very difficult decision as well—for the background of my avatar.

I was thinking of simply adding my name on the sky picture, but then I thought that would be a bit too plain—even though I consider myself to be a minimalist. I named my website mieldiez which is the direct Spanish translation of Honey10. Honey10 is the name for fans of the K-Pop group UP10TION, which is my top favorite group. I have been a fan of UP10TION since 2016 and have made many memories that are dear to me through the years as a fan of them, so I decided to do a doodle of their lightstick—which is technically a fancy battery-powered glowstick for concerts—and included my name in it. The doodle was a bit difficult, yet fun, to do since I am not very skilled nor used to doing digital art; when I draw, it has mainly been traditional art.

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.

Image used as inspiration:


This is my DIY avatar! 100% homemade and au naturale. To be honest, I’m not quite sure what kind of animal it is. It’s an odd amalgamation of a feline, bear, and dog, combined with a chaotic explosion of pastel colors. However, I feel like this simple image represents me as a person and my interests well. Firstly, it’s a creative mess. I’m very creative, and one of my hobbies is art, even though it may not look like it. I consistently try to explore the boundaries of my imagination and endeavor to create art that that transcends all horizons. Secondly, I love finding new ways to make digital drawings, and I’m very inquisitive! It was my first time using pixlr, and it took a while to get the hang of it and figure out what the various tools were for. Since I had used adobe before, I feel like utilizing a new platform would be a great experience. I was curious about the extent of this program and spent an hour tinkering with the brushes. Thirdly, the bright, pastel colors illustrates my personality well: easy-going, blends well with others, bright, but also somewhat mellow at times. The dotted fireworks symbolizes my capacity to be dynamic and daring, as well as my desire to be brilliant. Lastly, I like cute things and animals. The only difficulty I had was that iPads were definitely not made for these programs. I also lost my apple pen.

Sunday Sketch – Avatar


This is an image created by Hans Olofsson. I am emotional. When I watch a movie, a short 10-second long scene is enough to make me cry. After the movie ends and the light of the theater turns on, I can see that I am the only one who is crying when I look around. This sometimes makes me embarrassing a bit. I easily empathize with people’s feelings. I often cry with my friends when they are sad and laugh with them when they are happy. This image is crying and smiling simultaneously and I thought this would be perfect to show a big part of my personality. It took quite a long time to find an image that is drawn, not a real picture, and fulfills my want. I searched a lot of various words on flickr to choose my avatar. 

Sketch 1: Avatar

Due: 1/31

Tag: sk1


  • Very basic photo editing
  • Introduction to the concept of Creative Commons
  • Uploading and publishing to your new WordPress site
  • Visual images as representations of complex conceptual topics


Once you’ve created your web site, you need an image to represent yourself and/or your site for the class: an avatar. Your avatar can be whatever you want it be but try to create something that both reflects your personality and speaks to the topic for this class in some way.

Start by choosing one or more of your own photos as the basis of the avatar, drawing something yourself and scanning it, or finding one or more Creative Commons-licensed images on Flickr that you can modify. (Make certain to keep a note for yourself of the URL for the photos you use if they are not your own.)

CC-licensed images

Creative Commons licenses work with copyright law so that creators can share their work in a way that allows others to use it with attribution. The video on the left gives a good overview of the concept of Creative Commons licensing. The one on the right gives more explanation of how they work. They are short and worth watching.

You can find CC-licensed images by choosing licensed images on Flickr or with an advanced Google image search.

Edit Photo

Crop and otherwise edit the photo(s) in a photo editing application (like Photoshop or Pixlr). You can create a layered or collage effect, if you’d like. Add your name on your badge in such a way that it’s legible — it can be your full name, just your first name, or the nickname you want to be called this semester.

Your final badge should be square and at least 512 pixels wide and high. Please make certain your badge is square so that it will fit into the design on the student sites page.


When you’re done, you’ll need to put the image two places, with an optional third:


Load the badge into your Media Library and publish it to your site in a blog post. (If adding it as a feature image means that the entire square image won’t display, then also insert the image into the post itself.)

Include information and links in the post about the source(s) for images included in your badge.

Write a paragraph or two about why you chose those images, what aspects of yourself and your interests are represented in your badge, and/or what difficulties you faced in creating the badge.

Please tag your post with the tag “sk1,” plus any additional tags that you think are appropriate.


Go into your dashboard to Design > Customize > Site Identity. Load the image as your site icon (not as the logo).


If you do not already have a gravatar, create a gravatar account and load your avatar there. From then on, your avatar will show up as your picture when you leave comments here and on other students’ sites.