I personally like my 2 motifs that I drew. I like it because I used to draw many motifs like that when I was small so it brought back memories from when I was little so that was very nice. In this unit, I had a time where I couldn’t come with many cultural influences and personal interest ideas. I solved this problem by looking back at the photos that were taken when I was little. I could see what influenced me when I was little and what I liked when I was little. I also asked my parents their thought of my personal interest and cultural influence. they said that Japan was a big part of my life because I lived in Japan longer than anywhere around the world. I think I could improve my cultural interest and personal interest idea by asking more people such as friends or siblings
My motif interlocks very well. It makes a cool pattern of black and white. I think it will make an even cooler pattern when I print with orange and blue, which is the colors for my final print. The pattern is many triangles with 2 different colors forming a diamond shape altogether. There is unity in my color plan. Orange symbolizes the sun and the blue symbolizes the ocean. They are both my personal interest. There aren’t a lot of things that we know about the sun and the ocean.
The drawing in class 1 looked more like an alien than a human. It barely had any shadows and you could see that I did not use any blending stump. The blending stump was also a reluctant tool for me. I’ve never seen such interesting and cool tool. The drawing might have not been as good as the final drawing because there wasn’t enough time. We learned different skills through our journey, such as grading(gradation).
I would check the whole drawing many times over and over so I know what I’m drawing every time. For example, after I draw the eyes I woul check the whole face. Before after I drew the eyes I would go straight to the mouth. I would also use the value comparing paper so the values are the same. This will make the drawing more realistic.
I chose the word ‘reflective’ and ‘cooperative’. I chose reflective because I had to reflect on different opinions and make my drawing better. For example, if Mathew said the size of the nose is too big, I would look at the drawing and fix the problem. I also chose the word ‘cooperative’ because most of the times we had to work by ourselves without Mr.Reed. I had to ask my friends for feedback and they would actually give very detailed feedback. We could work with each others so I personally think it’s very nice.
Our class finished our bookmaking and finally presented it in front of the first graders. There were some bad parts and some good parts. I’ll start with the good part. The first graders were really engaged, they liked my illustrations and enjoyed the story. I also agree with the good parts. Aoi(Reader) told me that some words are hard to understand. Next time I maybe can use some easier words. Other than that the grade ones liked the book. What I learned from this whole project is that to write a book for the audience, not you. In that way, the audience can enjoy the book even more.
I was happy with the book that I made. I am also very happy with the illustration that I did because I have trouble with art. I wrote thinking about grade 1 vocabulary skills. My illustrations were greater than I thought it would be. My favorite part was making the cover page. It was fun because I did it using technology. In this project, I could develop my making skills because I made everything alone. It was very fun making the book and I want to do it again. I hope the grade 1s enjoy my book.
Q and As
Did you use your time effectively?
A: Yes most of the times, but I sometimes I got distracted by my friends.
What difficulties have you overcome?
A: It was hard to make the digital drawings
Are you happy with the materials you chose? Would you make adjustments next time?
A: I’m happy with the most of the stuff but some of my illustration got off. Next time I’ll use hot glue.
Today I made a tiger. I am going to stick it to the cover page.
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