sunday sketch 1

Happy Friday. I chose this image as my avatar for sunday sketch 1. This is a picture of a raccoon at a local park back home in Vancouver. Honestly I like raccoons, they are pretty cute animals and are very intelligent. There is a family of raccoons that lives in my neighbourhood and I always see them walking across the streets when I walk my dog at night. In a way this badge represents my love for nature and animals. While creating this badge, I had problems finding a image on flickr that I thought was unique and liked. If I think of a name maybe I’ll name him..

Eric Qian English 181 2021-01-29 16:23:58

This is an image of Eren Jaeger from the comic based anime: Attack on Titan. I chose a picture of Eren because Attack on Titan is the first anime that I have ever watched, and I have been enjoying it very much so far. Eren is a character that is driven by pure determination to revenge his mother, who unfortunately was eaten alive by a monster titan. Although I have not experienced such a horrific event, I can relate to Eren’s drive to achieve his goal as I have a similar type of drive to achieve some of my goals in life as well. When creating the badge, I encountered the copyright issue where the image that I found and was originally going to use did not have a Creative Common license. Hence, I could not use that image and restarted my work on a different image.


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.

My Avatar

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You’re going to publish a post today. Don’t worry about how your blog looks. Don’t worry if you haven’t given it a name yet, or you’re feeling overwhelmed. Just click the “New Post” button, and tell us why you’re here.

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  • Because it will help you focus your own ideas about your blog and what you’d like to do with it.

The post can be short or long, a personal intro to your life or a bloggy mission statement, a manifesto for the future or a simple outline of your the types of things you hope to publish.

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  • Why are you blogging publicly, rather than keeping a personal journal?
  • What topics do you think you’ll write about?
  • Who would you love to connect with via your blog?
  • If you blog successfully throughout the next year, what would you hope to have accomplished?

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Sunday Sketch 1: Avatar

This assignment will be easy. I have the perfect avatar idea!

Those were my thoughts when I first started this task of creating an avatar to represent myself and my website. I had initially wanted to use a panel from my favorite manga (One-Punch Man) as the foundation for my avatar; I would have then edited my name into one of the speech bubbles. This idea would have been perfect if it had not been for that pesky thing called copyright. After extensive searches on Flickr and Google, I could not find a single CC-licensed image of the manga panel I wanted. I, a sane man who would never dare to risk copyright infringement, bowed down to the power of copyright laws and resorted to the next best option: using an image from my phone’s camera roll.

This was the photo I settled on.

Four-year-old me shooting imaginary Power Rangers blasters is a perfect reflection of who I am today—a child at heart. Children thrive on having fun, and one cannot have fun without a vivid imagination. I believe adults also thrive on having fun, and that is why I never let my vivid imagination die out. To this day, no matter how dull and bleak some days might be, I continue using my child-like imagination to have fun however and whenever I can. I continue to shoot those imaginary Power Rangers blasters.

Sunday Sketch #1

I chose this picture to be the basis of my avatar because I thought it was highly symbolic. To me, the water and the land represent my future aspirations and the work those aspirations will require. As you can see in the picture, there is much more water than land. This is because my future is uncertain and I have to discover what I want to do with the rest of my life.

In the top right corner of my avatar, I put a Michael Jordan quote that reads, “I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed. ” Since most people believe that they had a humble upbringing to a certain degree, this quote could be interpreted as rather cliche. However, I interpret it more in a future sense. Although I do not know what the future holds in store for me, I know I can learn from my failures, which will hopefully lead to success.

The picture I selected was taken about a month ago when my friend and I went to a local beach.

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.