Art reflection

Photo on 4-29-16 at 8.36 AM #2

(1) In Paragraph 1 you evaluate your process and artwork.

I think I did well at making the shapes interlock because the top and the bottom lines interlocked, and the lines on the left and right interlock as well. I am also proud that I was able to use characters from one of America’s most popular comic, Calvin and Hobbes. Calvin is a little boy and Hobbes is his tiger doll. I used Calvin’s hair and Hobbes’s tail and make my pattern similar to a traditional Japanese motif. If I could do this project again, I would change my motif so that at the end of the thick lines, it would be a little round so that it looks more like a tiger’s tail.


(2) In Paragraph 2 you explain your creative thinking.

I drew a couple of dozen sketches until I found a design that I liked. I had to go through this process because I was not able think of how to use Calvin’s hair and Hobbes’s tail in the traditional Japanese motif. I used Calvin’s hair to create a circle in the middle of the pattern, and Hobbes’s tail so that the lines extend from the circle to the edge of the pattern. Also, I experimented with Hobbes’s tail so that I could make it more interesting. While I was experimenting, I was able to make the lines go over and under each other. I thought that this was interesting because the lines looked more lively. This style gave the pattern movement as opposed to my first design which was more static because it only used straight lines from the centre which looked like the streets of old Rome. Sketching was useful because it helped me experiment with the lines so that I could pick out the ones that I liked. I was also able to get new ideas for the motifs while I was sketching them. Sketching also made me get new ideas. I found sketching more useful than keeping my ideas in my head because by putting my ideas on paper, it helped me think of new ideas. One example of this was when I first tried to make the thick lines hairy, it did not work out, so I made them smooth and connect to each other. Also, I made the oval in the middle have triangles, so that it looks more like Calvin’s hair. Sketching made this process much easier for me.


(3) In Paragraph 3 you explain the cultural influence and the personal interest that you included in your artwork.

My cultural influence was a traditional Japanese motif. The Japanese motif was like a ball with a lot of strings coming out of it. Some of the lines were connecting or overlapping with each other. My personal interest was Calvin and Hobbes. I used Calvin’s hair and Hobbes’s tail. I used Calvin’s hair as the ball and Hobbes’s tail as the strings. I chose this Japanese motif because I liked its complexity. Also it was interesting how the ball in the middle was a traditional Japanese thread ball. I chose Calvin and Hobbes because it is one of my favourite American comics. I thought that I could use Calvin and Hobbes in my motif and I wanted to challenge myself. The traditional Japanese thread ball is important to me because the traditional Japanese thread balls remind me of the stories my mom read to me when I was small. This is because in most of these stories, there were traditional Japanese thread balls. Calvin and Hobbes is important to me because I liked the sense of humour of the comic. I could relate to Calvin and I wish I had a friend like Hobbes.


(4) In Paragraph 4 you evaluate your artwork’s elements (lines, shapes, colours) and principles (pattern, unity).

I used ovals for the circle in the middle, triangles for the spikes around the oval, and long, thick lines that extend from the spikes. I chose red, green, and yellow for my colours because they are bright colours.  I especially like the colour red because it energises me. My pattern is vertically and horizontally symmetrical. The left and the right sides are mirror images of each other, as are the top and the bottom. All of the corners are red. Green fills the space between the red corners and the entire centre is yellow. My artwork is interlocking on all sides and is accurate because I used graph paper to make sure the lines interlock with each other.

improv tournament reflection

How did I use offer and acceptance in your improvisation?

I think I was able to use offer and acceptance in my improvisation because even if the story did not flow as I wanted to, I did not change the story again to make it flow for me. I went with the flow and kept on thinking of how to continue the story. Sometimes the story didn’t make sense, so we tried to make it make sense again.
In what ways could I improve my performance?

I could improve in speaking more clearly because then the people in my group would not know what I was saying and they would mess up. Also I could improve in thinking of the story because some parts of the story that I said where just weird. Also, I could have stayed focused and not crack up when somebody said something funny.


How could I use the skills of this game for performance?

I can use this skill when somebody makes a mistake in a performance, I could flow that up to make the story back on flow. Also, if somebody forgets their line, I could cover it up by saying their lines for them.


I think I got a 7/8 because I offered and accepted most of the time.