In writing my Literacy Narrative I first tried to trace a story line through my experience with writing. As I made my way through chronologically I came naturally to some kind of conclusion about what role writing has played in my life at different times. The image I chose to be featured on the site is an old picture of me, I hadn’t learned to read yet, but I had developed a habit of memorizing the words to my favorite books and reciting them as I pretended to read.
For me, reading has always been a big part of my life. From the moment I learned to read, it is almost as if I have not been able to stop. I really appreciated taking the time to step back and reflect on the steps I have taken to become the reader and writer I am today. Sure, there have been some times where I really did not enjoy the things that I have been asked to read in class and I have struggled with writing. However, I truly do not think I will ever lose the passion that I have when I finally finish a book I really enjoyed or receive an “A” on a paper I worked so hard to write. I hope to inspire others that may not truly appreciate certain genres to realize that there are pieces of literature that they will enjoy; I challenge them to go out and search for it because it may be found where they least expect it.
When writing this piece, I found that the words flowed relatively easily. It is much easier to write about yourself than something you have to research. You automatically know what comes next. I started this post with a simple outline, just to organize my thoughts and really get them to flow onto the paper. The most intriguing line in this essay is as follows, “There were a select number of books that had been read to me so many times, I would mouth the words simultaneously with the reader.” It encapsulates my journey as a young reader and shows how enamored I become when given a good story. I find it the best to delete that parts of my outline as I continue writing. It’s almost like this twisted competitive drive I have to get to the finish line, the more I can delete, the closer I am to finishing. I also use the outline as a way to stay on track and keep myself focused. The hardest part with this specific project was keeping in the word parameters. I have always had this issue with writing. I tend to include a lot of small details that most likely do not need to be included in the paper. Editing the paper and cutting out the less important details is probably what I struggle the most with. I find it helpful to have a friend peer edit the paper. It gives the words a fresh set of eyes and someone who was not there during the writing process. In the end, after the peer editing and the cutting, the paper really reflected how I feel about reading and writing.
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My journey into literacy has been one full of discovery and wonder. Reading has always been a large part of my life and continues to benefit me in many ways.
This is a picture of me in front of neon sign at Ponce City Market. I chose to just put some colorful streaks across the image because I just liked the colors. I think the wavy patterns are really fun which also reflects on my personality to an extent.
I created my avatar using the Bitmoji IOS app; attempting to replicate my face (in cartoon form) as accurately as possible. In the background I pasted a black and white picture of the New York City skyline using Adobe Photoshop Mix. New York is the city I was born in and where I currently live. To me New York City is representative of home, family and friends. I chose to put my face in color to contrast the black and white background. This is representative of myself growing, learning and exploring while being away from home. Yet, New York City and the people in it are always with me wherever I go.
I’ve always loved to travel. Exposure to new places, people and cultures has allowed me to gain a greater perspective on the world. That’s why I chose to the black and white image taken in Alaska. Although i’m looking at the same thing, the lens on either side reflects a different image. This demonstrates how I try to look at situations from multiple perspectives and keep an open mind, which is something that travel has enabled me to do. I was also messing around with pixlr and was able to incorporate another picture taken in Fiji. Not only are these places far in distance, but they’re also far from similar. I’m fascinated by the contrast in environment, climate and overall lifestyle between places all over the world and can’t wait to continue to explore what else is out there.
Although I have had some sketching experience in the past, I have had very little practice drawing comics/ cartoons, and so I wasn’t sure which style I should choose for my avatar. Ultimately, I decided that as we are in a class that looks at graphic novels, I wanted to challenge myself to draw in a new style. I think that this image represents my personality because it is a little bit quirky and fun. It is also filled with bright and bold colours and my avatar has a massive smile. I always try to get enjoyment out of what I am doing and I’m striving to become bolder and brighter, so I think this image represents me well. This image also speaks to the topic for this class because it is in the style of the novels that we are studying. My avatar is also holding a giant pen; which means to represent drawing and/ or writing (typically associated with an English class). Although the cartoon doesn’t really look like me, I have tried to keep some of my distinctive characteristics, such as my green eyes, and my tendency to wear black trousers. Even though I really enjoyed creating my avatar, I faced some various difficulties in the process. Firstly, I had to practice drawing in this new, unfamiliar style – it took me several practices before I was happy with the result. Secondly, the colours appeared patchy when I scanned in the image, so I had to Photoshop the image once it had been scanned in to try and create the appearance of smoother block colours.
So when I started this image I really did not know what to do so I just kinda thought about my favorite animal and went from there. So thats how the panda got into the mix. I have always loved the panda as I see it as the cuties fluffiest animal out there. My love of the fluffiness of the panda made me always desire to be hugged by a panda. For some reason that manifested itself into me being a baby rapped in a blanket being hugged by the panda. This project was kind of a mystery for me so I just tried to start somewhere and go from there. I trued my best with the creation of the image. I was severely limited by my lack of use of any of these photo editing website and my lack of artistic creativity.
While I was originally planning on doing a pretty simple drawing for my avatar, after seeing the submissions already made, I decided to go out of my comfort zone with some pixel art.
My initial struggles included finding a program that would minimize the work needed. I took a picture I had already had and pixelated it, which didn’t work well at all. Then I found a pretty nifty program that would let you could compose pixel images. This meant, however, that I had to start from scratch. The lips were challenging, and I don’t think they look very realistic. Straight off I knew the eyes would probably be hard to get to look correct, so I drew sunglasses instead.
I chose to make it a gif because I thought it would be creative, and I like the retro look of the pixels. The flashing banner references our English class. I was originally planning on having the banners be the books we’re going to read in this class, but the difficulty in the execution was too great. The animation aspect and set up of the program made it difficult to incrementally change the gif. I had to first finish and decide that I liked everything about the face and background before I could move onto the books; if I saw something I didn’t like, I had to manually change each pixel meticulously so each slide matched.
Now I feel more confident that I could make more images styled in this way if I so chose. I quite enjoyed myself while making it, so that possibility is likely.