Way-finding Route Map

When we were given this blog assignment I instantly knew what I wanted to draw. I am huge on coffee, once I wake up in the morning coffee is the first thing that is running through my mind. Personally, I am not in love with the Dunkin’ Donuts or the Starbucks on campus. With that being said, I go to Empire Tea and Coffee mainly everyday for my daily cup of coffee. It is about 2 miles away from campus and it is such an easy ride to get there! On the way to empire, when making a right out of Roger Williams University to then keep left onto Hope Street, you will pass the Lobster Pot on your left hand side along with several views of the water. In the distance you will be able to see the Mt. Hope Bridge which is headed the opposite direction to Portsmouth, Rhode Island. In this specific assignment, I was trying to achieve the goal of making a map for other people to find the destination with my directions. Given the circumstances, I did the best I could however I am not very good at drawing let alone making a map! When I was trying to sketch out the map I had a lot of trouble trying to think of the different land masses that were on the way to make note of in the map legend. However, I guess that is because since I am so familiar with the area, I don’t have to think about what is important to look for when I am driving by to get to the coffee shop. My AHA moment occurred when I pulled up the map from Roger Williams University to Empire Tea and Coffee because instantly when I saw the map I thought of 5 or 6 different things that I could add to the map legend which were already drawn on my map. So when I figured that out it was a huge relief and I was able to continue on making my way finding map. I made several connections to the discussions we had in class regarding how to make shadow and how to make lines look like more than just lines. When I began this assignment I was worried that I wasn’t going to be able to make the lines look like actual roads but, after I started drawing out some of the roads of Bristol everything kind of just tied into each other which also took a huge weight off of my shoulders. If I had more resources I would probably look into how to draw the streets and water in 2 dimensional aspects more so than I already did. This was one of the first assignments that I personally had to draw something 2 dimensional minus the different exercises we practiced last week in class. Besides that, I did not have any other requests for if I had more time or resources. This assignment was kind of interesting to me because it was a lot different than all of the other blog posts we’ve done this far.

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Luggage Tags

In this blog assignment I was trying to achieve the goal of deciding which luggage tag I would like most for myself. During this assignment, I had to be able to determine which shapes and colors fit best with each other regarding the way the letters fit into the design. When I had to decide which one was my favorite it was not very hard for me to do. I chose the thumbnail sketch I did because I enjoyed the way the letters intertwined with each other. For some of the other ones they weren’t as interesting however, I felt like the way these letters flowed into each other was very aesthetic and interesting to look at. When I was doing this specific blog post, I ran into a few different problems. I had trouble trying to separate the page into 36 different thumbnail sketches so some of them aren’t even because based on the dimensions of my sketchbook I could not possibly make each of them even. In addition to having that issue, I was having a lot of trouble brainstorming the different ways to make luggage tags. I think the reason I was having so many problems with making these luggage tags is because I have one on my suitcase at home already that I have been picturing in my head so I was telling myself there was no other possible design considering I have already found one that I really enjoy. Which leads me back to why I chose the thumbnail sketch I did. It was the same design as the one I have at home although, the actual one on my suitcase is a lot better than the one I made. My AHA moment occurred halfway through the assignment when I was embellishing some that had already been drawn. When I started using the colored pencils for some reason it sparked something in my mind and led me to immediately drawing several different designs onto the paper without any problems or blanks. I made a few different connections to the discussions we had in class. For some reason when I began making my luggage tags I started thinking back to when we did our mind maps and I thought of what different ideas went together. From there, it was easy for me to start making different designs and filling them with certain types of lettering and coloring to emphasize certain aspects of the luggage tags. If I had more time or resources, I would probably have drawn out the 36 thumbnail sketches of the luggage tags and then actually make my favorite one rather than sketching it out. It was interesting to draw it out and see it in a bigger perspective. However, as I previously mentioned in a few of my other blogs I enjoy actually doing art rather than drawing it because I am not the most artistic person. This assignment however, was very interesting to me and I did not get bored while I was making these different sketches. I did have a few issues trying to get my ideas down on paper at first as I already mentioned but toward the end everything was flowing right down onto the paper.

5 Photos of Sensory Forms

In this blog assignment I was trying to achieve the goal of getting 5 different photos that represented line, shape, division of space, color, and relative size. Before this assignment I had not known much about these terms besides what they stood for. For example, these are aspects that we pay attention to everyday without paying much attention to it. So, when we began learning about these terms and digging deeper into these topics I was instantly intrigued. When I began the assignment, I had a problem trying to figure out how I was going to be able to represent the division of space along with relative size. Reading about relative size in the book I was able to gain a general understanding of what it was, however I was having trouble trying to find the right object to describe those terms. My AHA moment occurred when I finally discovered which photos would work for what. I began trying to take photos for the terms I knew I would have trouble with, after I took the photos for those terms I knew I would have trouble with it was smooth sailing for me. A few connections I made from class discussions was I thought about the different examples you showed in class while I was brainstorming for my photo ideas. Although, even with those I still had a little bit of trouble trying to understand what I wanted to do in order to represent these terms so I thought a little deeper at how you told us to think about this assignment. You mentioned how you wanted us to look for something deeper in the object rather than say a bench itself. So, when I figured out that aspect of it, I started looking around at different areas that I could take these photos. My mom was visiting when I decided to take these photos for this homework assignment so I was actually in a hotel and at a restaurant where I had many different lines and different colors surrounding me the entire time. If I had more resources I think the photos I took would’ve been taken in a totally different area. The reason I say that is because even though I was in a new environment, I feel as if I was in an outdoor area or a totally different atmosphere the photos I took would’ve had a totally different meaning. However, I think the photos that I took have a very good representation of the words themselves. In addition, having more time would have benefitted me personally because I would have been able to look at my photos deeper to see which of them actually fit better with each term. I felt like by the time I took 20 photos and then narrowed it down to the 5 photos I needed for this assignment I had to rush in order to get this blog post done by the deadline. For the most part, I felt like this assignment was a good one in order to get our brains thinking more deeper into something than we normally would. 

This is a photo representing shape.
This is a photo representing color
This is a photo representing line.
This is a photo representing division of space.
This is a photo representing relative space.

Mind Map

In my first mind map I did on time management, I was trying to achieve what the best way to manage my time would be. As for my second mind map I was trying to achieve the goals of healthy living. Overall, I did not seem to have many problems when I was writing out my mind map. Everything kind of took its own toll and my ideas were just being thrown down onto the paper. However, if I had to find one problem I had when I was trying to design these mind maps it would be trying to make the mind map itself more creative. My AHA moment started once I wrote down my central ideas on both of my mind maps surprisingly. I had a little more trouble trying to map out the different aspects of “healthy living” however after I wrote down “working out” the words on the page started to flow a lot more easily and my progress increased a lot. I also think I had a little bit of an AHA moment after I took time off before I embellished my piece. The reason I say that is because I was kind of getting bored with my mind map toward the end of the first round and I didn’t have any thoughts on how I was going to decorate it. I took a shower and then watched a little bit of Netflix before I went back to embellish my piece. Soon after I began the second time, I looked down at my phone and 45 minutes had already passed. As I mentioned, I had no problem trying to get my words down onto the paper and I did not get stumped at all besides trying to decorate the mind map when I originally went back to embellish the mind maps. A few connections I made to the readings in class were how writing the ideas down on paper in a mind map form actually helps a person see things a lot more clearly. In addition, it is a good way to stay organized. Mind mapping is also a more fun and interactive way to learn. Before I did my own personal mind map, I googled a few for examples to go off of and I was very intrigued by all the different ways people designed their mind maps. Also, when I was drawing I was able to easily determine what different hue types I wanted to use when embellishing my piece. If I had more resources, I would probably look for other ideas on how to decorate my piece more. Maybe I would even take my two mind maps and try to somehow combine them into one while also keeping them separate at the same time. I think these two mind maps can be distinctly different if they had to, but at the same time I feel as if they could fit the same category as each other. Even now I wish I could’ve done something a little more creative with my pieces however I did the best that I could.

First Blog Post

Shannon Spor

As you can tell right off the bat, I am not a very artistic person. I get extremely frustrated when I am drawing for any class because I feel as if I am terrible at it. However, as I began sketching the flower I realized how different the meaning and message being conveyed may be without color. Everyday we look at things surrounding us while we perceive and take in many different colors without thinking twice about it. I chose this topic because as summer is beginning to end, the seasons are going to begin to change and leaves are going to be falling off of the trees before we know it. I guess what I’m trying to say is maybe I don’t want to let go of summer yet? The colors in my room are yellow, gray, and white so when I was looking around for inspiration I immediately…

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First Blog Post

As you can tell right off the bat, I am not a very artistic person. I get extremely frustrated when I am drawing for any class because I feel as if I am terrible at it. However, as I began sketching the flower I realized how different the meaning and message being conveyed may be without color. Everyday we look at things surrounding us while we perceive and take in many different colors without thinking twice about it. I chose this topic because as summer is beginning to end, the seasons are going to begin to change and leaves are going to be falling off of the trees before we know it. I guess what I’m trying to say is maybe I don’t want to let go of summer yet? The colors in my room are yellow, gray, and white so when I was looking around for inspiration I immediately thought of a sunflower. Theres not much of a reason why this flower is the size it is, however the color is yellow because that is the standard color of a sunflower. If I had drawn it with a different color, you or the person looking at it may not be able to understand that it was a sunflower. In the two photos attached, you can see I didn’t color it in at first. The reason for that is because I was very shocked at how different the message coming from the flower was without color. I figured if I had showed you my work process, we would be able to compare our two thought processes together to see whether or not we received the same message considering everyone sees things differently.

Mind Map 2

When I began reading the directions about this blog post I immediately knew I had to choose spring break. Its currently an issue I am witnessing through my life right now, as I will be going away over this spring break in March. I usually go away with my family over Christmas however, this year we did not get the chance to go at Christmas. So, it led me to brainstorming all the different things that were incorporated in spring break. I was unsure of where I even wanted to go, so doing this second mind map assignment it has already benefitted me positively. 

            In this particular assignment, I was trying to achieve an understanding of what was “included” with spring break. In other words, it is known to be a big thing for college students every year as I have witnessed my own sister and brother go away with their friends. Beginning to write out the ideas in my sketchbook, led me to have an open mind and understand that there is actually not much you need to have a good time besides the people you love. 

I ran into several problems throughout this assignment. I could not figure out how to structure the mind map to look creative yet simplistic. Personally, I am not good at art nor am I creative so making these different mind maps and sketches in my notebook is difficult enough for me. It takes a lot of dedication and time to sit down to fully do the assignment without having to rush. I found that I had to take more breaks with this mind map than I have in the past, but I am unsure of why. After coming back to the mind maps a few different times, I started to then start to find more creativity although, I still do not like the final product of my two mind maps. 

            Which leads me to my “AHA-moment”, I was extremely happy to realize that you don’t need to do everything all at once. For example, life is unpredictable, no person can tell you what is going to cross your mind come 20 minutes. Taking things in from different perspectives, and putting them into your art or brainstorming is a very helpful thing to think about. Many individuals often face stress when they look at all the different aspects life, planning things out through the aspects of branches and trees really helps to look at things in smaller-settings. 

            I made a few connections to class readings. However, one connection that was very clear to me was the discussion we had a few weeks ago in class when we broke into teams and had to look at different mind maps and trees. Learning about the purpose of mind maps in class was very helpful when it came to making my own. I took into consideration the specific types of maps you said were “well-done” versus what were done “more poorly” to help guide me through putting ideas down into my sketchbook. 

            If I had more time to do this assignment, I would take in outside sources and use them as a reference as different things to put down in my sketchbook surrounding the main concept of this mind map. Such as, the actual hotel I am staying at, what airline I am flying, where I am definitely going for vacation, so on and so forth.