I decided to draw my avatar by tracing various helmets in Motorsports. The helmet design is similar to the driver from Formula One, but I made some alteration while sketching like removing and adding certain features just for personal preference. I believed that using Motorsports helmet would be good ideas since it goes with the statement that how I like Motorsports during the first class. I relate the helmet with the visual novel since the only human part you can see is the eye. I believe that eye is the only way we can interpret visual novels since it is used to understand the content of the visual novel is through our eyes.
The reason I chose this photo is because I believe it encapsulates the theme I am trying to get across with my Website as well as my love for the outdoors. I think a picture can capture any moment in time. In doing so, pictures allow us to simultaneously analyze a moment as part of a sequence of events occurring in the world. I consider myself an outdoorsman, so I feel the picture also touches on my passion of the outdoors.
Some difficulties I encountered while editing and posting this image include making it a square image and finding out how to add text to an image.
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What a mess.
Unintentionally, that’s actually one aspect of this avatar that is somewhat reflective of me and how I work. My desk is generally a mess, yet somehow I can find what I need (usually).
Everything else has a reason for being here. Let’s start off with the face.
My face is split in half in this picture. The right side of the face [our right] is smiling and happy, with the eye wide open. This represents my happier side, the one that is present more so in the nighttime, as represented by the moon on the corner of my mouth. This is the side of me that most people within classes and study time don’t see, simply because of the environment I am in. I have nothing against going to class or studying of course.
On the left side of my face, my eye is closed, and my mouth is flat. There are also bags under my eye, which shows how little sleep I typically get. This point is further driven by representation of the coffee cup with the clock that shows 4 AM. The orange dot on my mouth represents the sun, which means this is how I am in the daytime. I am typically a very tired and “stone-faced” person, one who doesn’t usually smile or laugh too much.
The overall image of this split face is not as much to show split personalities, but to show that there are different sides to me, as with any person, that come out at various times. This shows a dynamic character rather than a static, one-faced personality.
The detective hat and magnifying glass set represents my curiosity for things unknown. As a detective does, I examine all the small details and try to piece them all into a single image. This way, I can learn the grand scheme of whatever topic I am learning. I do this in classes such as biology and chemistry, where I believe that everything links back to a single purpose or parent. This way of learning has helped me understand concepts easier, as I have something further up to connect it to.
On the detective hat, there is also a chess piece and a musical note. This is to represent my main hobbies, the ones that have allowed me to grow the most as a person.
On the topic of purpose, I am a very goal-driven person. This is shown through the single star in the night sky. While I may seem to be a person surrounded by darkness and negativity, I always have sight of the grand goal and keep it in mind. This is what drives me to continue doing anything in life, whether it’s to improve small things or create big things. However, to others, it may seem as though I’m just a dark person who has no drive.
The green background doesn’t completely fill in the entire back. Instead, there are parts at the edges that are not colored, as well as spaces in between that also have not been fully colored in. This is intentional. Something that I have learned as I’ve grown older and as a person is that not everything needs to be filled in. I used to strive to make sure every single small detail was fulfilled, and I wouldn’t be satisfied if that didn’t happen. However, I’ve learned to accept that not everything will always be filled and complete. Some things in life will never be answered; however, that is okay. I can still be satisfied with how something turned out, even if not everything is complete to the full extent.
Finally, the shape of the name. The robotic text of my name is also intentional. I used to be well known at my old school as a machine. People would say that I was more like a robot than a human. I had to solve problems with equations, if/then statements, and the like. I didn’t really try to look at things based on a mixture of logic and feelings. However, as I’ve grown, I feel like that robotic style has started to fade. However, this logical style of thinking is still who I am, and I will not strive completely away from that. We can see this being represented in the name because of the fading ends of some of the lines in the name. For example, the top of the C on my last name is fading. However, it is still incredibly easy to tell that the text is in a robotic style. I won’t stop being robotic, but it will indeed start to fade little by little.
There was absolutely some difficulty in this avatar. What do I use to represent myself? How can this be interpreted? All these were questions that can be answered differently and are so open-ended that it’d take years to finalize any answers. Not only was it hard to understand myself and what I want, it was also hard to get back into art. Digitally drawing was something I tried to get into, but never did. Conventional art media and digital art has very different techniques utilized for the same purpose, so my old art lessons proved to not be very effective.
I am satisfied with the current state of my avatar. However, I am excited for the day I look at this avatar and say, “I can do better.” And when that day comes, I look forward to redrawing this avatar. But until then.
The picture I have chosen to represent myself is one of a colorful brain. Half of the brain in this illustration is not very interesting, but still shows a little color. This may indicate untapped potential waiting to be unleashed. The other half of the brain is bursting with color and fresh blooms. I believe the colorful side of the photo shows how with a little nourishment and encouragement, one can be very successful. I really enjoy this photo because I think it reflects me very well. I have a feeling that the majority of this class, including myself, has a lot of untapped potential when is comes to visual writing. With a little “nourishment”, I think we can all flourish in this class. The most difficult part of picking a photo for my avatar was deciding what I wanted to be the center of attention. My first thought was something based on a comic book character or a well-known comic book landscape. After some thought, I decided to go outside of the box and choose something complete unrelated to the subject at hand. I think this photo encompasses how I feel about my future in this class, and sheds light in a different perspective of visual writing.
Attached is my avatar. This picture is of Ben Franklin from the $100 bill listening to headphones with a background. To be totally honest, I’m not 100% sure why I chose this picture. I had no real ideas for a self portrait and didn’t want to draw a crappy picture of myself so I got creative. I chose Ben Franklin for no real reason, I guess I like the idea of modifying an icon and I like history. I feel that this properly represents my eclectic style; I will work with whatever whenever. It was important to me that he was listening to music because music plays a huge role in my life and is something I’m very passionate about. The two biggest challenges I faced when making this avatar were thinking of an idea and executing it. I’m not the greatest drawer so I had to think of something which represented me. This poorly edited picture is the what I ended up with. The other challenge was producing the image. I’ve never worked with photo editing software before and I think it shows. It took me well over an hour and a half to figure out how the program I used (Pxlr) worked and to assemble and edit the entire thing. The result is what you see here, a brief statement of me.
Ben Franklin picture:
For my avatar image, I decided to create a picture that would represent me in this class. I did not know whether I want it to be my real photo or a drawing. After a long time of thinking about it, I finally found a solution to my problem in the idea of creating something in between. In other words, I wanted to make my photograph look like a drawing. I picked my photo and made it more “cartoony” via the application called Cartoon Face. Due to the fact, that I wanted this sketch to represent me in the context of this class, I thought that having comics theme as a background would be the best decision. Additionally, using the application called Snapseed, I typed my name in a bubble because, in my opinion, it is an important element of comics.
One of the main difficulties that I faced in creating this badge was the fact, that I did not have any experience with photo editing programs, sketches, badges, and creating anything like this avatar. But we always need to start somewhere and try something new.
An image for a poster, that I previously purchased, on Amazon.
This image sits right behind my bed in my dorm room. The reason I appreciate this poster so dearly is because it combines numerous different facets. The first is that it combines on of my favorite movie series, Star Wars, and my interest in politics. This image, clearly, is a play-on to the historic Uncle Sam “Your Country Needs You” wartime poster. In addition, Star Wars is a notably famous comic series that directly relates to the comic themes of our English class.
When I was younger, Star wars was always my preferred movie series. When I was younger, I used to hate Darth Vader because I saw him as the hated villain. However, in the past three years, I have started to appreciate him as a character more. He is such a dynamic and conflicted character that I feel like we all can identify with.
Bitmoji. Bitstrips, Inc., 2017. Vers. 10.23. Apple App Store, https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/bitmoji/id868077558?mt=9
Like many other 19 year olds today, I spend a lot of time using social media. During my free time, I scroll through Instagram and Facebook and send many Snapchats daily. Most of the time, pictures speak louder than words and I send many responses using the ever popular Bitmoji application. This app allows users to customize their own avatar and use them to convey hundreds of different messages in both the iMessage application and on Snapchat. I decided to compile 6 of my favorite Bitmojis as my avatar. Starting from the center going clockwise, I selected the avatar of me holding a matcha boba tea, by far my favorite drink! Next, I chose a picture of me holding and reading books, one of my favorite pastimes and a pretty obvious choice for this being for an English class. I then chose a picture of me jumping with a smiling heart because I strive to always be cheerful and full of love and following that, a picture of my avatar peaking up from below, showcasing my curiosity, especially towards learning. My last two images show my avatar excited with some stars and a “selfie” with some hearts to reemphasize my happiness and loving nature. I feel like all of these images represent me and help give a greater insight on who I am.
“President Theodore Roosevelt Sargent Reproduction | 1st Art Gallery.” Oil Painting Reproductions from 1st Art Gallery, http://www.1st-art-gallery.com/John-Singer-Sargent/President-Theodore-Roosevelt.html.
This is my virtually assembled avatar, an attempt to portray not only my physical, but an insight into my personality. Let’s start off by analyzing my expression: i’m not displaying joy nor sadness, just neutrality; this is my way of thinking. I try to be as neutral and objective in my thoughts, given that many times emotionally-dictated thoughts (which translate to actions) can be irrational, especially in the professional and educational ambient. The background, a vibrant red “zap effect” serves to represent anything that might be happening to or around me; although life’s occurrences might get overwhelming, I try my best to remain neutral, objected, and mindful of my response to the given occurrences. The black shirt is relatively self explanatory to anyone who knows me personally, because I always tend to wear black shirts.
There was one main difficulty while creating this avatar: besides my ability to play and create music, I have no artistic ability whatsoever, therefore making the creation of a personal avatar was extremely challenging. With that in mind, I had never explored photoshop or any designing tools that would allow me to create this avatar. I faced the situation upfront, and ultimately was able to design the avatar below with the assistance of a cloud-based website and Pixlr. When faced with a difficulty, I will not spend my time complaining; I’ll do my best to mitigate the difficulty and set myself on the path to success.