In-Depth Blog Post #4

In-Depth Blog Post #4 

Welcome back to my blog, so here’s blog post #4! Hope everyone is doing well. 

Progress and what I’ve doing these past days: 

I didn’t draw as much these past days since I had a bit more math homework and extra curriculars to also worry about. But I did do a bit of sketching. Besides some drawing assignments my mentor gave me, I’ve been mostly doodling, such as faces and basic gestures. Not really focusing on any studies this week, just doing it to have some fun and to take a break from work But I can totally see that these small doodles have improved from my doodles before, due to my earlier gesture studies. Next week I’ll try to focus more on the anatomy of the face so I can consistently draw heads well, especially at the tougher angles. 

Here is one of my quick doodles: 

And here’s one of my contour line drawing assignments (drawing the outline of my hand) had a lot of fun with this one (10 min) 

I’m also still on that digital hiatus, I haven’t found any motivation to start since right now I’m pretty well invested into traditional art, in which I have to purchase another sketchbook because I’m running low on paper. 

Still trying to find a consistent art style still as well. 

One thing that’s been bothering me however is that I’m almost at an art burnout. I haven’t been taking any breaks from drawing whatsoever, and I feel like some of the work I’m doing is getting repetitive, and that I’m also running out of solid ideas on what to draw, etc. Art “burnout.” So somewhere soon in the future I might take an art hiatus period (not just digital.) 

In conclusion, my art and character designing journey is going smoothly and on the right road, though my car is running a bit low on fuel, so I’ll have to recharge soon.  

My Mentor! (and How to Have a Beautiful Mind): 

So, this time, I had, you guessed it, the third meeting with my mentor. This meeting in summary was discussing more about contour line drawing and gesture drawing, building off upon our last meeting, and also discussing future meetings, homework, and ideas. 

Proof of the meeting: 

So how did I incorporate listening into the meeting with my mentor? Even though Bono didn’t really mention it, I tried my best to keep away distractions during the meeting, so I could do my best as a listener. I made a habit of reiterating what my mentor said in my own words as to tell her my understanding of what I was listening to. I made sure not to rush myself and let my mentor talk first, and I let my mentor do the majority of the talking, because I knew that as the mentee, I should spend more time listening to my mentor. As I wasn’t the one teaching my mentor.  

I basically made my best effort to pay full attention to what was being said during the meeting, so I could also commit what my mentor said to memory and to practice, which is something I struggle with, even now. I’m someone who’s easily distracted, and words easily go in one ear and out the other. Which is something I’ll have to try hard to fix. 

I also think good listening helps avoid arguments and disagreements, in the sense that there won’t be any misunderstandings that would have to be resolved, because you listened. Listening is a very important skill that I’ll be sure to better myself at in future meetings and future period. 

Now during these past few meetings, I’ve failed to ask questions. Don’t get me wrong, I have asked some questions, but they’ve only been to either reiterate what was said previous, or small shooting questions, such as, “Can you sketch in a contour line drawing?” (which the answer is yes, since you’re just drawing the outline of the object).  

Besides these smaller questions, I’ve found little opportunity to ask any larger, or rather, fishing questions, since meetings have either been tight on schedule, or I have just subsequently forgot to ask any. I also haven’t asked any multiple-choice questions. 

I understand that asking questions is the key to interacting as a listener and mentee, and it’s also a key component in growing your understanding, which is key in art. I’ll make sure to ask way more questions, specifically fishing and multiple choice, in later meetings, and I’ll make sure to quote those too. 

Thank you for stopping by,
Justin. 

 

 

In-Depth Blog Post #3

In-Depth Blog Post #3

Hey everyone! Welcome back to my third In-Depth blog post! Hope you’re doing well. 

Progress and what I’ve been doing this week: 

As always, I’ve been drawing regularly. This week I’ve been focusing solely on gestures and getting down the entire body instead of just the face. And I have gotta say I improved a lot. My gesture/pose drawing was super stiff and even the “quick” sketches took quite a bit of time. But since then, I’ve been able to get a good line of action with each character, and I’ve also been able to incorporate key shapes and lines into these drawings to make them much smoother and lay them out much quicker. Later in this week I’ll try to focus on the anatomy of the body to further reinforce my drawings and make it even easier. 

Something like this: (not as sharp but I’m getting there) 

Image result for gesture drawing

Credit: https://lithub.com/how-learning-to-draw-can-help-a-writer-to-see/ 

I still think there’s a lot of room to improve and get better in, so I’ll continue to up my game when it comes to studying and learning. I still need to work on my digital art, since right now I’ve been going on a digital art hiatus and I’ve been focusing mostly on traditional. I’m even thinking of getting paints soon so I can experiment with those.  

Still trying to find a comfortable and consistent art style as well. But I do think that’ll come soon. So, in conclusion, I think my art journey is going super smoothly and I’m looking forward to what it has to offer in the future. 

My Mentor! (And how to have a beautiful mind): 

I had my second meeting with my mentor recently. This meeting was, in summary, talking about the human body and basic proportions. How the body is 8 head tall, etc. My mentor also talked about contour line drawing and how it can help with gesture, poses, and proportions. And if you don’t know what a contour drawing is, it’s basically drawing the outline of something, no shading, no sketching, just the outline. And in this case, it’s with only one line. This means you’re not allowed to take the pen off the paper. Which I personally thought was super cool. We also talked more about art, poses, and all that. But those were the main focuses of the meeting. We also discussed homework for our next meeting, and it was a wrap. Ended being a very productive meeting. 

Soooooo….. generating interest and being interesting during these meetings is probably the easiest thing to do, let me tell you why. First of all, I’m passionate about art, like super passionate, and my mentor is also super passionate about art. So, building common ground, connections, and interest is super easy. I’m always trying to bring up new ideas and approaches with my mentor, an example is the “what if” statement, “what if” we did it this way? Or what if we drew this with this technique, etc. Since with drawing, anything is a possibility. And whenever my mentor is bringing up something interesting, I always build off from it. To be fair, just bringing up the topic of art in this context will make the conversation interesting. Though instead of saying “Now that is interesting.” I say, “That’s awesome” or “Woah.” Which in my opinion give off the same energy. I’ve also come to learn that being interesting and having an interesting conversation generates a lot of fun. So I try my best to incorporate being interesting into every conversation. 

Responding is definitely important. Because if you don’t respond, then there’s no conversation! During the meeting with my mentor, I of course responded a few times. During some of those few times, I had to ask for some clarification, specifically with contour drawings since I’ve never heard of them before. I think asking for clarification is important because it makes sure that both people are on the same page and nobody is lagging behind. Another thing, like I mentioned in being interesting, is that I try my best to build off my mentor’s ideas with my own ideas and evidence. Though this meeting I lacked giving any stories, so I’ll definitely share those next time! I find responding to be based around exploring the subject, and I think we did in our second meeting! 

Thanks for tuning in,
Justin. 

 

 

 

 

 

In-Depth Blog Post #2

In-Depth Blog Post #2

Hey everyone! Welcome back to my second In-Depth blog post so far! Some things have changed since my first blog post, well, a lot of things.  

Progress:

First, I have found a mentor! Yay! After I had a really hard time trying to email a bunch of artists online who either didn’t respond or said no, I found one. Turns out Ms. Croft, the grade 9 visual arts teacher, was nice enough to offer to mentor me. Props to her.
Second, I’ve created the Instagram account, I’ve met my posting schedule so far, which has been good. I’m sitting on 15 followers so far. Which I’m pretty proud of to be honest. I would say that part of my In-Depth project is going well so far. 

So, to go more In-Depth (get it?) my progress has been steady and good. I’ve been drawing close to everyday. Though lately I’ve been needing more time to do homework, etc. But mostly I’ve sketching faces, gestures and poses. Focusing on getting a pencil in hand for 30 minutes – 1 hour each of those days. I think I am improving, but I’ve been mainly doodling instead of doing any real studies. If I start doing more art studies, it will help my art. 

And as I said in my last blog post, I recently started digital art, and I spent a lot of time drawing digitally recently. I’m still trying to learn all the drawing software in Krita, specifically blending, which has been super confusing. Other than that, I think I’ve mastered all the basics. For our final social’s project, I decided to recreate a painting digitally, and I think it turned out well with someone of my caliber. 

– The recreation:


(recreation of Jacques-Louis David’s Napoleon Crossing the Alps)

To sum all of that up, my digital and traditional character drawing journey is going swimmingly so far, and I’ve been mostly on track with the goal of drawing every day. But I need to do more studies. 

There’s one issue I’ve been running into lately however, and that’s that I can’t seem to find a consistent art style that I would be happy with. I know this is just one of many artist phases. And plus, experimenting with different art styles is always fun. I’m aiming for a semi-realistic art style. Something similar to the styles of my favourite artists. 

My mentor and How to Have a Beautiful Mind:

Time to talk about my first mentor meeting! Our first meeting was fairly quick. It was mainly focused on making a schedule and setting down a basis for the rest of our meetings instead of the regular lesson. During this meeting we decided on meeting twice each month, once in class and the other online. We also discussed anything I would need to do before each meeting, and we came up with a few quick gesture and facial studies as homework to do.  

I was able to incorporate the first three aspects of How to Have a Beautiful Mind into my first mentor talk by doing the following: 

I was able to agree with most of what my mentor was talking about, such as what our goals as mentor and mentee would be throughout In-Depth, and we were able to come to an agreement when it came to the homework I was being given. Ms. Croft wanted me to do gesture drawing before our first class, but I also wanted to drawing some faces, so we came to a compromise and decided to do a full body study. I tried to avoid the “agree with everything” during our meeting, so I created a discussion and decided to build of my mentor’s ideas instead of just agreeing right away. My mentor was also talking about how she couldn’t meet with me outside of school hours. I saw her logic bubble and her circumstances regarding this, and I was able to agree with her decision. 

Disagreeing with my mentor will be a bit challenging, since there was really nothing to disagree with throughout our first meeting, and probably very little during the rest (which is a good thing). Though I’m sure that a few small disagreements will come up during future meetings. The most common disagreement I could see is “This is right for you but not so much for me”. In which I would first try to see where my mentor was coming from, and see if there was an opportunity to compromise or agree on the argument. If not, I would state why I am disagreeing and suggest a solution/try to explain my point of view. I know that my mentor knows much more things than I do, so I’ll respect that. 

Differing with my mentor however might be a bit more common, art is a super wide topic, and we might have different views when it comes to style and our own ways of approaching art. So, I can confidently say there will be quite a bit of differing in later meetings. In our first meeting, we differed on our plans for this ongoing project, but I ended up agreeing with hers since I found her opinion to be more solid and practical. In future meetings I’ll be more open in voicing my opinions so we can discuss accordingly. Try our best to reconcile and find a way that is comfortable for both of us. 

Thanks for tuning in,
Justin. 

 

 

 

 

 

In-Depth Blog Post #1

In-Depth Blog Post #1

Hey everyone, Hope you’re having a fantastic day! In this In-Depth blog post we’ll be talking a bit about my In-Depth topic and why I chose it, and what I’ll be planning to do/my step-by-step plan to better myself in this field. 

So, what is my In-Depth Topic and what inspired me to choose it? 

  • I’ve chosen character design and drawing people in general (such as portraits and gestures.) 

I’ve chosen this topic because I picked up art during the beginning of the spring quarantine, since I was bored and had little to do. Since then, I’ve grown a very fond liking to drawing, specifically the ability to be able to turn your imagination into something materialized in an art form. Recently, I got my hands on a drawing tablet, which motivated me even more to draw since it opened me to an entire world of new possibilities, to be more specific, the world of digital art. 

Drawing also gives you the ability to express ideas and emotion without the use of words, as they say, one picture speaks a thousand words. I’m not saying I don’t like to talk or write of course, don’t get me wrong I love it, but I do find art to be a very nice alternative. Another reason is that since I’m a Highschooler with a phone, I have social media, which is definitely the biggest influence when it came to art, since it gave me the opportunity to see thousands of other artists’ works. 

Also, art is pretty cool like c’mon. 

~ Some of my Inspirations: 

Ilya Kuvshinov – (source @kuvshinov_ilya):

Wallpaper Girl, Minimalism, Figure, Eyes, Brush, Art, Fingers, by Ilya  Kuvshinov, Ilya Kuvshinov images for desktop, section арт - download

Samuel Youn – (source @samyounart):

Samuel Youn on Twitter: "Winter… "

Klegsart – (source @klegsart):

Klegs🌃 on Twitter: "12 AM… " | Art, Anime wallpaper, Wallpaper pc

David Revoy – (source https://www.youtube.com/c/DavidRevoy)

Interview with David Revoy | Krita

+ Many others! 

What do I want to accomplish during this In-Depth Project? 

To put it in the simplest terms possible: During the end of this project, I would want to be able to look back at myself and my art before I started this project and say “wow I sucked at art back then, good thing I’m not bad anymore” or something along those lines. 

  • Learning more about anatomy, shading, clean line-art and perspective. 
  • I would also like to accomplish would be to better my understanding of digital art. And drawing software. Because holy is it confusing, it’s like learning a new language altogether. Layers this, blending that, right now I wouldn’t be wrong if I said I had no idea what I was doing when it comes to digital art. 
  • Better my understanding of traditional painting since I have yet to do any. 
  • Fill my room with my own posters/prints 

However, my main goal would be to reach at least 100 followers on a newly made Instagram art account. Kind of niche but I believe it’s a great way to measure my reputation as an artist plus gaining followers on the worst social media platform is no easy feat. This will make a nice challenge and motivator for this In-Depth Project and in a way make a reputation in the artist community. 

How will I accomplish this? 

Being a good artist and putting out high quality work can be very challenging, though I’ve learned that to do so, it comes down to hard work and continuous practice and continuous drawing. And I’ll try my hardest to do just that. I’ll spend around an hour a day just drawing. If I want to expand my knowledge of digital art it will just be through experience, so I need to continuously practice to better any potential digital art pieces. 

I will do a lot of studies, which are basically visual notes and practices in very specific areas. Such as hand studies or lighting studies. I will also follow a lot of tutorials and get advice from my mentor + other artists that have way more experience than me. This will be incorporated into that hour. 

Last thing that I need to do to accomplish these goals would be to always strive to try something new. What I mean by this is that I need to open myself up to different mediums, art styles, art, maybe even drawing software, etc. Only then will I be able to boost myself even higher. 

Some other things: 

  • Create an Instagram art account where I will post at least once a week. 
  • In doing so I might do fellow artists’ DTIYS (Draw this in your style) or commissions. 
  • Have a grand unveiling/maybe presentation as well of a final art piece for In-Depth. 
Plan:  Timetable:  
Create the Instagram Account  First week of New Year’s 2021 (fresh start) 
Post Art  Once a week. 
Participate in a DTIYS (redraw someone else’s art in a competition)  Anytime during In-Depth period. 
Start Final Piece  2 weeks before unveiling 
Start editing and preparing presentation/Final piece  1 week before unveiling 
Post Final Piece and Present it.  Week before school ends this year. 2021 

As an artist there aren’t really any deadlines unless you’re a professional one, but I tried to make something work. 

My Mentor. 

Sadly, I’ve reached out to many different artists alike, but all of the people I’ve reached out to have yet to respond and I get they’re pretty busy. But I do have hope. It’s also been hard finding a local artist that I know of. Though I think as an artist getting advice and help especially is really important. Theres nothing wrong about being self-taught and independent, though having an experienced artist who has gone through the same struggles as you have giving you their advice and teaching you tips, and tricks can help you flourish and grow much faster.  Plus, nobody is ever self-taught in the first place (except the first caveman) everybody watches YouTube tutorials and other related tools. 

Others and Resources that will support me. 

  • YouTube Tutorials and related tools (like I said above.) 
  • Other artists that I might reach out to. And their art. 
  • My Friends and Family as always. 
  • Pinterest and other places that offer good references. 
  • My tablet + Krita (my current software) 
  • YouTube Lofi Playlists of course. 

Other than that, my art improvement mostly lies on my hands (literally and metaphorically).  

What have I been able to complete so far? 

So far, I have created this Instagram account though I have yet to post any art. Though I did have a bit of drawing experience prior to choosing my In-Depth topic, though very little as I started drawing around April of 2020. The level of my art currently isn’t too terrible though I have A LOT to learn. 

How will I share my progress? 

I think the art posted on this newly made Instagram account is enough to show and compare my ongoing progress. 

Thank you!

Core Competencies Activity

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How Important is Grit? - Feedback2Reviews

Grit Score: 4.00/5

QUESTIONS:

  1. During Quarter 1, what went well for you? Examples: being back in the classroom, having only two courses, seeing my friends, keeping up with homework, playing volleyball, improving math, helping plan a virtual assembly, becoming more fit.
Overall, I believe that I was able to adapt really well to my first year in Highschool and the newly imposed protocols. This made the first quarter much easier than I assumed it to be and in the end it went smoothly. I was able to get my homework done on time; handed in on time, and I wasn’t too stressed and anxious. I had PE during the first quarter which was a great way to get some extra workout. Science went well, didn’t do too bad, had a lot of fun. Wasn’t too shabby I would say. Better than being in quarantine at home to be completely honest. Great first quarter.

 

 

 

 

 

 

  1. During Quarter 1, what did you find challenging or disappointing or stressful? Explain.
I think everyone was a bit stressed about the fact that we would be going to school in the middle of a giant global pandemic and I was definitely one of those people. Though I did adapt it was challenging during the beginning of the first quarter.
This was also my first year in Highschool which in turn made me a bit anxious, because I had to meet a bunch of people and adapt to an entirely different learning environment.Might be a bit cliché but some of the homework assignments did get me a bit stressed but that was no biggie.

 

 

 

 

 

 

  1. Think of ONE thing you really want to improve in Quarter 2 (and Q 3&4). Examples: a school subject, a sport, time spent on homework/studying, playing a musical instrument, leadership skills, a language, photography, a relationship, general fitness.
I had a few tests this quarter that I 100% know I would’ve gotten much better marks on if I just studied a bit more diligently and with a bit more motivation. This can relate a bit as well to all the other homework assignments I would say also.
Just to reiterate, some of my assignments were lacking as well due to lack of understanding and motivation as well. This semi-procrastination also took up a lot of valuable free time as well.
So to summarize, I would spend more time on my homework and studying to continue to better my own education and my grades

 

 

 

 

 

  1. What are two specific actions that you can start doing every day to get closer to your goal? How long will you spend on this action each day? What part of the day?
a)

Start doing assigned work the day it was assigned and doing a minimum of half an hour (30 minutes) of the assignment until it’s due. Preferably after extracurriculars and before 9PM. Also try to get the assignment in like 2 days before its assigned due date. This would stop any late assignments and get me a bit more motivated.
I would ask any teachers or peers for help if I don’t understand anything instead of the usual “trying to figure things out on my own” mentality.

 

b)

As well as doing 30 minutes of homework for each piece of homework until its done, I will also study for a similar amount of time before a test to try to understand the material as much as possible. I will also ask questions and voice my concerns.

 

 

 

  1. If you experience challenges, what might you do to work through them? Examples: ask help from a friend or parent; break the task into smaller chunks; “google” how other people may deal with similar problems.
Use some Grit

Asking fellow peers or teachers would be a big one for me.

Organize my tasks into breathable and manageable sections so I can more easily get it done.

 

 

 

 

 

How to be a REAL success.

 

How to be a real success.

Relationships. 

  • “Love people more than opinions.”

Love is… | Jason Stadtlander

This concept talks about getting to like and know other people not because of what they believe in (their opinions), but in who they are inside. This concept also mentions that opinions do not always define a person and we should be careful in creating those judgements in the first place. Just because we do not necessarily agree with someone does not mean we should dislike the person in question. With this concept, we can open ourselves to new relationship opportunities that wouldn’t be there without this idea in mind. People > Opinions. 

I chose this concept because, in complete honesty, I sometimes do judge people based on their opinions and way of thinking, sometimes negatively, contradicting the “Love people” part of the overall concept. Sometimes this could jeopardize an otherwise healthy relationship. After some thought, I came to the conclusion that judging people based off their opinions alone was very stupid and immature. Not agreeing on something as a base to disliking/not loving someone is a very negative train of thought and doesn’t help anyone gain anything. I have taken this idea to heart and I will not diss anyone’s music taste/ book taste, overall opinions, or anything related to that matter, and instead will look toward who the person really is instead. And I guess make an attempt to better my relationship with them. (Also I’m not a toxic person I promise.) 

I will continue to apply this concept to TALONS leadership events and activities by getting to know everyone and better my relationship with them through this concept. Looking past their opinions and loving everyone because of who they are. Not who they say they are. This will help with the activities and such since this would help spread less negativity around to get things to run smoother. Also, I will be able to work better and more efficiently with everyone. I think TALONS will be an even more tightly knit community through this one principle. 

Equipping. 

  • The law of significance – “One is too small a number to achieve greatness.” 

3 Ways to Equip People Using Technology

This concept tells us that we cannot do things, great things to be exact, by ourselves. We are not a “significant” enough force to achieve success. We rely and depend on the help of others close to us. Who help boost and push us along this path. Which alone, cannot be conquered and gained. The law of significance tells us that we need a team; a number greater than one, to achieve or set goals. This law is important in the sense that it is the base of the entire “equipping” shenanigans. We equip other people to our team because of this law. 

I chose this principle over the other ones because I feel it really summarizes this session well in the sense that this law is the base of “equipping”. We must equip people to help us on our journey because one person, ourselves, is not enough to achieve success and be successful. This law is also a great segue into the rest of the equipping session. I think it’s relevant to because of the fact that I always try to shoot for my goals individually. instead of the more efficient and realistic approach of getting help and equipping others alike to shoot for my goals with me. Onward, I would try to take this law into heart and try to tackle challenges as a team as often as I can. Compared to by myself. 

I will apply this concept to future TALONS leadership events and activities by trying my best to create leadership opportunities and growth not by myself, but with the incorporated effort of a team/multiple people (probably won’t be able to do it alone anyway.)  And achieve our leadership goals together since one person alone, no matter what the circumstances, is never enough. I think this would benefit TALONS greatly since with this principle we could get to know each other even better by combining ideas and just tackling challenges as a close community. 

Attitude. 

  • “Our attitude is a choice.” 

Attitude Isn't Everything, But It Is a 'Difference Maker' – TLNT

This principle talks about how our attitude shouldn’t be defined by the things around us and our environment. Such as how your astrology sign or whatever shouldn’t define your negative attitude. It wasn’t astrology’s fault for your terrible attitude. It’s yours. We can’t change the past, so we should focus on making our present and future better with good attitude, which we can change. Attitude is what you make it out to be, there’s rarely an excuse for having bad attitude. In summary, this quote is telling us to always have a positive mindset and attitude, since if you have a choice, why can’t it be a good one? 

I specifically chose this principle because a while back I used to blame negative behavior and attitude on the things around me pretty regularly. Though this principle sort of brought things into light again. It got me thinking a bit about how attitude isn’t shaped by the things around you. It got me wondering why people are always negative and decide to shape their own attitude toward the dark side. I think this is especially relevant right now in these times with everything going on. We must continue to keep a good attitude towards everything. 

I will apply this principle to future leadership trips, events, and activities by keeping a close eye on what my overall attitude is and to try to stay positive and spread positive energy around, and also helping others do the same. With this positive energy we can work more productively. We can communicate better. We can plan trips better. And have more fun. If everyone chooses to have a good attitude, everything will be better in general. If we choose to keep a good attitude, we can be more resilient and stronger toward hardships (especially in these times right now.) 

Leadership: 

  • “The secret of our success is discovered in our daily agenda.” 

The Power of a Clear Leadership Narrative

This quote talks about how you can’t become a leader, or truly successful, in one day. You have to gradually build up your leadership skills and reach your goals overtime. Don’t rush things and take things slowly. If you rush things, they’ll be messy and incomplete. If we can build things slowly, we’ll be able to learn and improve ourselves. What we’ll be tomorrow depends on what we do today. This quote talks about doing what matters today and every day, and you’ll reach success. We overestimate the end result, and we underestimate the process it takes to get there. 

I chose this principle because I’ve always tried to rush things in the past, which ended in the outcome being not so well. So, from experience I believe that this quote is super valuable if you want to achieve greatness in any aspect or form. I also believe that this principle can be applied to anyone who wants to be a future leader and/or reach any goals of theirs. Take small steps instead of a huge, inaccurate one that misses 99.99999% of the time. This principle can be applied to everyone, everyday. It’s really important in the sense that it tells us to get in a routine, which we can turn into good habits, which we can then turn into profits. 

This principle can be applied to leadership mainly through building a solid leader. It tells us to slowly but surely build and reinforce leadership ideas and opportunities to become a better leader in general. We can apply this idea by getting everyone to build a solid leadership routine and schedule. Planning proper meetings and taking the proper steps. We can use this to plan our trips better and more efficiently with better teamwork and a more built-in schedule 

 

Ecological Footprint

 

Reduce Your Ecological Footprint | Climate Protection | RESET.org

 

MY FOOTPRINT: 

  • 7.45 hectares. 

Comparison of Footprint:

Sinu – 8.35 hectares
Draedon – 6.8 hectares
Lucas – 7.9 hectares
Glen – 15.2 hectares
Ronan – 8.65 hectares
Ben H. – 7.9 hectares
Bana – 8.7 hectares
Dylan – 12.45 hectares
Colin – 12.25 hectares 

Actions that currently increase my footprint: 

  1. I currently am buying a lot of new clothes for back to school and since I recently had a gigantic growth spurt. 
  1. I like to flush the toilet a lot even if I don’t pee too much. 
  1. I take medium length showers, but I can probably (and should) take even shorter ones. 
  1. Our family and I use a fair bit of single use plastics which increases our daily garbage haul. 
  1. Our family currently owns 2 cars, and I am using one to commute to and back from school. 
  1. I spend tons of time on my electronic devices watching videos, playing games, doing homework, etc. 
  1. My diet consists of me consuming a lot of meat which isn’t usually organically raised, plus some processed foods which creates more waste and has a negative impact on the environment. 
  1. I do have a small garden at home but it doesn’t yield enough food, so we depend on grocery shopping and such, some of the goods bought not being local (but most are) and not being organic. 
  1. We don’t wash our cars too often, but the garden requires a bunch of water and tending too. 
  1. I eat/consume a lot of dairy, mostly milk and cheese. 

5 of the things I chose to reduce and Why: 

  1. Cars and reducing the amount spent commuting  

I want to reduce the amount of time spent commuting inside a car because first, our family doesn’t own any electric/hybrid cars so driving around every day to school and back and some other small trips might be a bit hard on the environment with all the co2 emissions. My dad has to drive me to school every day, which can also be a bit hard on him as well. 

  1. Electronics and reducing screen time 

I spend quite few of my time each day in front of a computer which isn’t too good for my eyes and my well-being. Homework itself I know is mandatory but some of that time is spent playing games and just watching videos which aren’t necessary and can be cut down. For my own sake I am trying to cut down my screen-time. Maybe be more efficient with doing my schoolwork to further scale down my screen-time. 

  1. Eating less meat. 

I chose to cut down on my meat intake because most of the meat I eat isn’t organic which also damages the environment quite a bit. Processed meat and non-organic meat can also be very unhealthy when consumed in large amounts or just being eaten in general. There are also a lot of healthy meat alternatives that I can easily try out. I also decided that cutting down on dairy wouldn’t be the best solution since of all the things that require dairy and it doesn’t have that big of an influence on the environment compared to meat. 

  1. Buying less clothes – 

I’m cutting down on the amount of clothes I’m getting since I believe I have already gotten enough clothes to sustain me for a while, but also because I do have an older brother in which I can rummage through his wardrobe to “borrow” anything that I like/need (with his consent of course). Cutting down on the amount of clothes bought would stop some environmental damage caused by manufacturing and stop more clothes from getting thrown in landfills.  

  1. Taking shorter showers – 

Reducing my time spent in the shower would not only give me more time do more productive stuff but it would improve my hygiene since instead of lazing around inside my shower I would have to spend that time cleaning myself more thoroughly. Reducing water usage and waste is pretty cool too. 

 

How I will be changing these things: 

  1. By Bussing. 

Instead of commuting to and from school using our family’s personal car, on the half days I will be walking to a nearby bus stop and commuting back home using transit. This will happen on the half days of school (for me it’s Monday, Wednesday, and Tuesday.) Sometimes if it’s heavy rain/bad weather or if I don’t have the opportunity to bus home, I’ll get picked up 

  1. By limiting my overall screen time. 

Reducing the amount of time on my devices be it texting, playing games, or watching non-educational videos. I will be recording my time spent on devices not used for homework or mandatory stuff each day starting September 30th I will be trying to lessen the average screen-time each day. Though time may severely vary if I’m busy/not busy with homework and extracurriculars. Going for an average of 2 hours each day. 

  1. Recording what I eat and limiting the amount of daily meat intake. 

I will record what meat I eat each day for all meals on each day for the next 2 weeks starting October 3rd (since I forgot to start recording earlier rip.) Recording my daily intake will help with controlling and reducing my overall intake. I will be attempting to lessen my meat intake and trying different alternatives. Just eating less meat in general and cutting down on available options, focusing on vegetables and other foods. 

  1. By buying less clothes and being content with what I have. 

This one is probably the easiest of the bunch. Try not to buy any clothes unless it’s completely mandatory. If I do end up buying one, I’ll donate something old out of my closet to compensate. I’ll record any clothing I managed to purchase over my recording period. 

  1. Have a reminder/clock/timer when I shower. 

I will record the length of each shower I’ll take starting from September 30th and I will compare the average time to my old showering length. I think recording the amount of time I spend in the shower and setting a goal will help severely decrease my water usage using the shower. I will be trying to lessen my average time spent in the shower each day from 6-7 minutes down to around 4-5. 

RECORDING (Sorry you can’t see my tables, formatting is weird): 

  1. Bussing 
Sept.30  Oct.1  Oct.2  Oct.3  Oct.4  Oct.5  Oct.6  Oct.7  Oct.8  Oct.9 
Bus  Bus  (Full Day)  N/A  N/A  Bus  (Full Day)  Driven Home  Bus  N/A (Full Day) 
Oct. 10  Oct. 11  Oct. 12  Oct. 13  Oct. 14           
N/A  N/A  N/A  N/A (Full Day)  N/A (day assignment was due)           

 

 

  1. Screen Time (minus homework): 
Sept.30  Oct.1  Oct.2  Oct.3  Oct.4  Oct.5  Oct.6  Oct.7  Oct.8  Oct.9 
15 min  45 min  1H  1H 45M  35 min  30 min  2 hours 14 min  3 hours  1 hour 45 min  30 min 
Oct. 10  Oct. 11  Oct. 12  Oct. 13  Oct. 14           
4.5 hours  2 hours, 10 minutes  4 hours, 20 minutes  30 min  N/A (day was due)           

 

 

  1. Daily Meat Intake: 
Oct.3  Oct.4  Oct.5  Oct.6  Oct.7  Oct.8  Oct.9  Oct.10  Oct.11  Oct.12 
2 Beef Burgers
1/3 Whole Salmon 
Bit of pork in egg rolls (had around 6) Spring roll size  Bit of pork in noodles (not too much) More of a topping  N/A  1 Tiny Hot Dog 

 

Spicy sausage fried rice. (Cut into very small pieces, not too much) 

Hot Dog (1 sausage) fairly small  Beef Chili Fries (Was reaaallly good) 

An acceptable amount of ground beef 

 

N/A  A HECK TON OF TURKEY (THANKSGIVVVVIINNNGGG) 

Maybe 1/7th of the entire turkey (was hungry) 

Thanksgiving dinner #2, Similar to previous dinner but ate way less dinner and focused on non-meat. 
Oct. 13  Oct 14.                 
A little bit of Turkey in Kung Pao Turkey (kung pao chicken but with turkey instead)  N/A 

(Day Assignment was Due.) 

               

 

 

  1. Clothes 

(NO CLOTHING ITEMS BOUGHT DURING THIS TIME) 

 

 

  1. Showering: 
Sept.30  Oct.1  Oct.2  Oct.3  Oct.4  Oct.5  Oct.6  Oct.7  Oct.8  Oct.9 
11 miin  9 min 20 sec  5M  N/A  4 min  8 min 10 sec  4 min 10 sec  5 min  4.5min  6 min 30 sec 
Oct. 10  Oct. 11  Oct. 12  Oct. 13  Oct. 14           
4.5 min  N/A  5 min 25 sec  4 min 40 sec  N/A 

(Day assignment was due) 

         

 

 

REFLECTION: 

Changes that were easy to make: 

  • Cutting my shower time down even smaller was a tough change to make on paper but once I started, not wasting any time in the shower didn’t seem that big of a challenge. So, I had the ability to cut down shower time fairly easily. Having each of my showers timed also really helped motivate me to get a good time, if that’s how you put it. 
  • I was really open to trying other foods besides meat. Even though I probably can’t live without consuming a bit of the non-vegetarian stuff, I thought that eating less meat on average wasn’t that big of a challenge to do and could be considered easy. However, if I’m not recording my daily meat intake I might go back to eating more meat. 
  • Buying less clothes was also a pretty niche footprint to cut down on so it wasn’t hard at all to “not buy” any new clothing or accessories. 
  • Bussing was hard figuring out all the routes back home and such though after I got the hang of it became pretty easy I would say. 

Changes that were difficult to make: 

  • Reducing my screen-time for non-mandatory uses. I like to play video games and its sort of a decently big side hobby. Trying to cut down on screen time in general was just fairly hard, especially on the weekends with little to do and a lot of my friends also being online so we could play together. Very tempting to also just binge different TV. Shows and watch a bit of YouTube but I held back on that. 
  • Learning the routes for bussing and everything for the first time was fairly tricky, since my bus route is complicated and requires getting on and off quite a bit to get home.  
  • I would say just in general getting in the routine of slowly changing your ecological footprint habits and reducing each of said footprints at the start was surely a difficult task but was slowly manageable.  

Obstacles I’ve met trying to reduce my ecological footprint: 

  • I forgot to record the first few days of my meat intake (started Oct.3 instead of September 30th). 
  • Resisting the urges to play video games (which I partly succeeded in completing) 
  • Thanksgiving dinner was a big obstacle in terms of cutting down my meat intake. 

Plans I will take in the future 

  • In the future I will take precautions to continue to reduce my ecological footprint casually through previous plans listed above, however I will not follow them as religiously as I did for this assignment. Since to be completely honest, I probably do not have the time for. 
  • Plans I will take are to continue to take shorter showers, cut down on meat when I have the chance too, really try to cut down on screen time, continue to bus home, and buy the least amount. 

 

 

 

Digital Footprint Assignment

Digital Footprint – What They Are and How to Manage Yours | Canto

1. How might your digital footprint affect your future opportunities? Give at least two examples.

POSITIVE IMPACT:

  • An employer or an affiliate might look at something I did/left behind online a while back and think, “Wow what?! This guy did is pretty cool, let’s hire them and give them a good future opportunity.”  An example of this could be me posting a picture of me working in a local soup kitchen, or helping others, stuff like that, etc.

POTENTIAL NEGATIVE IMPACT:

  • An employer or an affiliate could look at something I did/left behind and think, “Woah what?! This guy did something terrible!! Let’s not hire them and not give them a good future opportunity.” An example of this could be some racist tweets that I didn’t think before posting from 2012.

2. Describe at least three strategies that you can use to keep your digital footprint appropriate and safe.

STRATEGY 1:

  • Recording what I post online and making sure what I post online isn’t harmful and can’t negatively effect me in the long run. Just being careful of what I publish and share. Not post anything that would stain my reputation.

STRATEGY 2:

  • Not only being careful of what I post online but what I do and say online as well. Such as being careful using online forums, websites, and texting friends. Being careful playing games and just talking with strangers online in general.

STRATEGY 3:

  • Keeping my information safe and secure, using multiple passwords and not giving my personal info to anyone on the internet or in real life either. Keep a positive and secure footprint.

3. If you could go back in time, is there anything you would do differently online? Think of what type of advice you would pass on to your younger self or other students. How could you go about explaining it to them?

I would make sure to be more careful and considerate in general online, since as younger kids we don’t know any better, and keeping a better job of creating a good digital footprint throughout. I would give my younger self advice such as not to give out any personal information, not fall for any elaborate pyramid schemes and scams, keep secure passwords and to be more diligent online on the internet. Just tell  ’em to be safe 👍.