I was very happy that we were assigned this sketch assignment because it finally gave me a reason to use the music I always listen to and incorporate it into some sort of schoolwork. I have always been a music lover, for as long as I can remember. I use to make my grandma play the “Fruit Salad” song by the Wiggles for me when I was only five years old. I still can’t go anywhere without my music. What I decided to do for this sketch was choose one song from my top three, most played playlists. The three songs I chose are listed above, and they all are apart of different playlists that signify something different. “Bad Day” by Daniel Powter is played whenever I…am having a bad day (who could’ve guessed that). If I’m ever in a bad mood, or something didn’t go my way and it gets me down, this is the first song I go to when I plug in my earbuds. If you can guess, “Power” by Kanye is the song I play for myself whenever I feel empowered or in a great mood. I play Kanye’s “Power” a lot of times when I’m heading to the library to put me in the confident, “hyped up” mood to study and finish my work. I listen to “Sunday Candy” when I feel like life seems to going just as I intended and there doesn’t seem to be anything wrong.
What I did over the course of a week or so, is I tallied in the notes app on my phone each time I played the song per day. At the end of each day, I looked at the notes and saw the number of times I played each song and that determined if I could reassure myself that I had an overall pleasant day or not. I think if I eventually went more in depth into this project, I would add more songs that correlate to different moods to provide me with a better representation of how my day actually went. I think that using music was a very smart choice by me, not only because I knew I would stick with it and be able to gather a significant amount of data, but because there is always a lot of emotion in any type of music. No matter what song is playing, there is a certain emotion that was intended for the audience to feel; which is why I believe that each of these songs are able to signify how I was feeling that day.
This was one of the more difficult assignments for me, so far this year. I thought the “Tracing Maus” assignment was going to be the toughest, but this was definitely a challenge. Normally, I would’ve thought that because this is a drawing assignment, it should have come easy to me because I do, in fact, love to draw; but it wasn’t so much the drawing aspect of it, it was the content of which I had to draw about. I had never been asked before in my life to reflect on myself as to what type of reader or writer I am. And still, honestly, I am not completely positive as to what type of reader I am, but I do have a better idea after reflecting on the one specific moment of me reading The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien. I think overall, the message is conveyed through my comic as to what type of reader I think I am. Most of the pictures and illustrations I drew directly relate to the text above them, or even exaggerate them a little bit.
Despite the difficulty of this assignment, I am happy that I was able to do it because it allowed me to get a better understanding of what I need to improve on as a reader, which will flow into me bettering myself as a writer.
Open-Mindedness and Strategy
It was pretty hard for me to come up with an idea for this sketch. After looking at classmate’s ideas and the ones that were on the website, it seemed like a lot of the good ideas were taken. So, I turned to what every teenager does when they can’t figure something out for schoolwork, and went on my phone to procrastinate. There, I saw a video of Anthony Davis, an NBA player on the New Orleans Pelicans, throwing down a nasty dunk. That video sparked my idea for this picture. I could not find a perfect picture of Anthony Davis, so I turned the tables and decided not to make it about him, but about the Pelicans. My biggest challenge was getting rid of the background on the basketball player; but it ended up working out perfectly when using the tools on Microsoft Word. I am pretty satisfied with the outcome of my two photos and I think it really goes to show that not all content on social media is bad.
This sequence of events is something that has happened to me too many times in the past two months of being at Emory. I make the decision to head towards the library to finish all of the work that I have, but the second I sit down, I end up spending more time messing around with my friends than doing any of my work. Despite the library being a study area for students, I find the first two floors, and at times the third floor, to be more of a social setting rather than a study lounge.
It wasn’t that difficult to turn this story into a six-panel comic. I knew I was going to include the three instances where I was pulled away from doing my work. I found this assignment easier than I had expected it to be.
Deck of Cards
After taking this picture, I analyzed it for a few moments to determine what I wanted to write about in my reflection. What I realized, is that I am a very simple, and organized student. I only have books in my bag that I needed for the last day of class that I had so that I am not carrying any unnecessary weight on my back. The things that I always have with me however are the cards, the chapstick, the water bottle, the pencils, and the granola bar. I constantly have these things in my bag in case I get tired and need fuel to get me through the day, or if I ever get bored in between classes, while not at my dorm, and I find someone to play cards with. I actually think I’ve had that same pack of cards in my backpack for the past two years.
One other thing I noticed just from the layout of the objects in my backpack, is that I laid everything out in a very neat and organized fashion. I have always told myself that I have, what I like to call, “undiagnosed OCD”, because there are certain things in my life that I feel the need to be just perfect otherwise I get agitated. For example, if a teacher doesn’t erase ALL of the marks on a dry-erase board, I get agitated; or if things on my desk aren’t in the right spot, I just get bothered by the inconsistency in it. I definitely think this had something to do with why I organized my belongings from my backpack in such a tight fashion.
With this assignment came multiple struggles. I was not sure how to completely go about creating my mini comic strip and I still am unsure if I executed this correctly. I think the one thing that confused me most, or that made it the most difficult for me was that it was ONLY three panels. In my mind, a story needs to have more than just three panels with some words on it to be able to tell a complete story and have a lesson of some sort.
When drawing this Triptych, and coming up with the captions, I didn’t truly understand how dark I made it sound until I looked at it with new eyes as a finished product. Although, despite it’s bluntness, I do agree with what I wrote. I believe that if you are going to work hard, it should be because you want to achieve a final goal, and have that hard work pay off. If you work hard just for the sake of working hard because someone told you to, then you will not achieve anything. I believe there should be an aspiration behind every effort put in by someone so that what everything they put into their goal, will eventually payoff in the outcome.