Eminent Interview Reflection:

Sadly I wasn’t able to get an interview with anyone during this Eminent Project.  I had the opportunity to send an upmost of around 20 messages to 20 different people, but I wasn’t very consistent in sending messages every 2 days, so I only ended up messaging around 5 people, with none of them responding. The people I was focused and keen on interviewing we’re Mike Shinoda and his bandmates from Linkin Park, more specifically Joe Hahn, Rob Bourdon, and Brad Delson. My process of thinking was I believed these were the best people to interview as they’ve been working with Mike Shinoda for over 20 years and definitely know him very well. They would also be great people to ask about his eminence and how Mike himself contributed to Linkin Park’s success as they’re primary sources. Trying to message and interview Mike Shinoda himself well… The reasons are self-explanatory. While reflecting on my process of choosing people to contact, I probably should’ve picked people that were a bit less known and more likely to respond to messages sent by me, as this would’ve increased my chances of getting an interview by a lot.

I’m using the word “messaging” because the people that I wanted to interview happened to be famous enough that I couldn’t access their emails, unless I was an agent that wanted to book them for a show or something. So, instead of giving up on interviewing the people closest to Mike and Mike himself, I decided to reach out to them through 3 areas where they’re active in social media. Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. I gave all the people I wanted to interview a message through each of the 3 platforms.  I verified that each message had all the necessary information including who I was, where I was from, why I was reaching out to them, what I wanted from them, and when I wanted to meet with them. Additionally I included that I would preferably meet with them preferably through a zoom or skype call. I also mentioned that if that was not possible I could try for a voice call or even just sending them text questions which they could answer in text. I made sure to do this at least once a week, I was setting a goal of doing it at least 2-3 days but to be completely honest, sometimes I forgot or thought that I could put it off until tomorrow. Reflecting on the process of sending messages, I believe that I improvised quite well when I decided to message (on 3 different platforms too) each person when I couldn’t email them, and I did a good job of sending in-depth, productive messages. However I definitely should’ve sent way more potential emails/messages during this assignment, contacting 5 people was not enough.

Even without the interview, I had a lot of fun and learned a lot about my Eminent person through other resources, however I am disappointed that I couldn’t get an interview this year, it would’ve been a great addition to my speech and Learning Centre. Reflecting on this entire process, I will make sure to be more diligent in the future. Thank you!



John C Maxwell 3 Nuggets Reflection

John C Maxwell, 3 Nuggets Reflection

Nugget 1:

  • Leaders are big-picture thinkers.

This nugget illustrates that as a Leader you think bigger and see more things than the people you work with, and it is your job to be able to communicate those ideas and teach the people you’re working with how to paint and admire the bigger picture as well. And as a Leader you also see incoming problems and successes before others, and it is also your job to warn your group before this happens.  Additionally, you can comprehend abstract concepts better than anyone else. And you see all challenges and projects through multiple different views and lenses, a bigger picture. Hence the name “big-picture thinkers.” Not only this, bigger-picture thinkers know what they want their end result to look like, which means they can set appropriate goals for the group. Being a big-picture thinker is relevant because it defines effective and in-depth leadership, it’s a significant skill that is key to good leadership. It’s important to me as I like to exercise this skill as much as I can. I use this skill during leadership planning to first, set a goal for the group, and second, give the group as many ideas as I can think of and try to remind the group to approach planning in different ways. On the upcoming trips I will use big-picture thinking to plan our trips more creatively and effectively, and to make sure to help grade 9’s see the different sides of the coin and the rest of the picture. Such as lessons on why these trips are important to the TALONS community, and why planning needs to be so thorough (to make the trips fun and safe of course.)

Strategic Thinking Behaviors to Better See the Big Picture | LSA Global

Image Source: https://lsaglobal.com/blog/3-strategic-thinking-behaviors-better-see-big-picture/

Nugget 2:

  • A Pint of example is equal to a Gallon of Advice

This nugget explains how showing others what something is and what it means is way more productive and helpful than telling them without an example. For instance, I can tell one of the Grade 9’s how to write forms for a leadership event or trip, and hope they understand what I’m saying and implement it correctly. However, advice has a few fatal flaws. First, everyone approaches advice differently, I might give advice that means one thing, but someone might take it as a totally different thing. Second, advice isn’t always complete. It’s very hard to give in detail, step by step instructions on how to do anything. Without those instructions, how can you be sure that anyone is doing what you asked them to do correctly. Example is much better than advice as you can physically show someone what you want them to do instead of giving them instructions. Hence the idea of “A pint of example is equal to a gallon of advice.” This metaphor is very similar to the saying of “a picture is worth a thousand words.” People do what people see more than people do what people hear. This is important in leadership as it’s advice for leaders to show people they’re working with on what to do and how to do it instead of giving them instructions and nothing else. I can use this on upcoming leadership planning by stepping up and showing the 9’s the how to’s. I made sure to use plenty of examples while planning the fall trips by actually partially writing on the draft form to show the 9’s how to write one and showing the 9’s past Go-Gear checklists as well instead of just telling them how to make one. This isn’t only an important part of leadership, but in everyday life as well. Show, don’t tell. I use this all the time teaching my little sister how to do math, or even playing volleyball.

KEEP CALM AND GIVE EXAMPLES Poster | HHJ | Keep Calm-o-Matic

Image Source: https://keepcalms.com/p/keep-calm-and-give-examples/

Nugget 3:

  • Work on yourself more than you work on others.

This nugget describes the significance of why you must work on yourself more than you work on others, because your leadership challenges start with yourself and change with yourself. To help others, you must first learn to help yourself. And to lead others, you must first learn to lead yourself. This is because how can you expect to lead other people when you yourself don’t have good leadership qualities, or how do you expect to teach others when you yourself do not know what you’re teaching. As a leader it is your job to first, learn the material you’re teaching, and to show improvement in yourself before you want to improve others. You can’t show effective leadership if you aren’t an effective leader. This nugget is very relevant to me because I used to find myself leading a group that I’m either not capable of leading, either through experience or lack of knowledge (or both), or I’m just not a reliable leader. There have been many group projects in middle school where I tried to delegate tasks and make sure everyone was doing their jobs. Sometimes these projects went super smoothly, but ironically enough, after doing my best to lead the group, I myself contributed the least and didn’t do what I told others to do. After experiencing multiple instances of this happening, I can now recognize the importance of improving oneself before getting others to do the same. On future TALONS trips, I’ll make sure I know what I’m doing and to test if I’m ready to lead the 9’s. But most importantly, I will continue to hone and improve my leadership skills. Have it be through volunteering to lead outside of the timetable or just focusing on being a better person in general.

Why Great Leaders Do These 5 Things in Every Meeting | Inc.com

Image Source: https://www.inc.com/the-muse/how-to-stand-out-crowded-meeting-great-leaders-run-meetings-like-this.html


Maxwell, J. C. (2014). Developing the leaders around you, Participant Guide. The John Maxwell Company.

Comment below on why you think these nuggets are important to you!


Partner Interview Reflection

Partner Interview Reflection

During the partner interviews I had plenty of fun and I learned many things. I gained a lot of insight into proper interviewing, not only from the feedback my partner, Joanne, gave me, but also from observing the interviews of my group members and others outside of my group. The positive feedback I was given noted that I did a good job of keeping attentive body language to tell the interviewee I was listening, proper eye contact, I kept a clear and loud voice, and I also asked good shooting and fishing questions plus many in-depth follow up questions. Additionally, my introduction to the interview was also friendly and welcoming, and I did my best to form connections with my interviewee and ask for clarifications on things I didn’t completely understand. I also made sure to thank my interviewee! I will make sure to bring these good qualities to my Eminent interview. If the Eminent interview ends up being a phone or voice call, I will make sure to emphasize my voice even more, however I will still do my best to keep the habit of having good and attentive body language. Overall, I will make sure to build upon my current interviewing strengths to make my interview as productive and welcoming as possible. Some of the constructive criticism feedback I was given was to take the interview a tad more seriously, as I did laugh a lot and joke around a bit as this was a less formal interview. However, during the Eminent interview, I need to take it a bit more seriously. Furthermore, I did sometimes unintentionally interrupt the interviewee with the next question or follow up question as I thought they were finished answering when they were not. And even though I did have a clear and loud voice, I did occasionally stutter a bit as I was nervous. During my Eminent interview, I need to make sure to first, take it seriously, and second be more careful of what I say and when I say it.

Besides my feedback and criticism, I also learned a lot from observing the interviews of others. One funny thing that happened was that one person in my group accidentally got distracted by a hummingbird outside. I’ll make sure not to get distracted during my Eminent interview. I also saw other interviewers sharing their own answers and examples to the question they gave if the question was a bit harder to understand, or to just connect with the interviewee. Some interviews also ended up turning into mini conversations, which I think is a good thing. To summarize, I will build upon my good qualities for my Eminent interview and work on my subpar areas, as well as referencing this peer interview experience. Thank you.


Eminent Introduction Blog Post Reflection

Eminent Introduction Blog Post Reflection:

I had a lot of fun looking at the posts of other TALONS students.  All of them were super well written and I learned a lot of new things about a lot of new people.   Who knew a guy named Khan is the mastermind behind Khan Academy? Or that Naomi Osaka is also a fashion star? These blog posts have enlightened me. One thing I realized after feedback on my own blog and glancing at others is I should have added a video featuring Mike Shinoda in my blog post. This feedback will hopefully inspire me to be more interactive in future blog posts, and overall to put more effort in to do better. I believe that reflecting on these blog posts has also made me more accustomed to what eminent is going to look like this year. I am looking forward to the Eminent interview. and what this project has to offer. Thank you!

Since I did not include any performances or videos featuring Shinoda in my introduction blog post, I have decided to put one here.

  • HERE is Mike Shinoda performing in 2018 at Reading Festival in honour of Chester Bennington (rest in peace.)

Eminent Person Introduction Blog Post – Mike Shinoda

Eminent Person Introduction Blog Post

“When we started the band, it was because we were waiting for a sound that never happened. We got tired of waiting, and we decided to just do it ourselves. “   – Mike Shinoda ¹

Mike Shinoda: Don't be ashamed if you're hurting - BBC News

(Shinoda in 2018,  Photograph by Getty Images)

Personal Connections:

I listen to a lot of music, and funny enough, Mike Shinoda just so happens to produce a lot of said music. Additionally, he is one of the reasons I started listening to any music to begin with. Back in 2013, I fondly remember watching a YouTube game compilation with “In the End” playing continuously in the background. This chance encounter led me to start gradually listening to more and more music. Nostalgia and the fact that I strongly enjoy Linkin Park’s/Mike Shinoda’s music is why I am pursuing him for Eminent. My favourite album from Linkin Park has got to be “LIVING THINGS”. I may get into learning how to create my own music because of him.

I can connect to Mike Shinoda as he is an Asian-American who strangely enough also has a Bachelor in Illustration, which skills he now uses to create album art.  As a fellow Asian-American and person who loves to draw as a hobby, I can wholeheartedly respect Shinoda. Shinoda is a great leader and group member, shown in his work as the co-founder of Linkin Park. Mike received the nickname The Glue from one of his band members as he “held everything together.” He has also collaborated with numerous other artists to shape his music. I aspire to improve my leadership and collaboration skills to the level of Shinoda’s. This is funny enough a skill I’m working on very diligently in TALONS. I also wish to be as creative, unique, and original as Shinoda is with his music and art. Most importantly, I strive to make a lasting positive impact on the people around the globe.

Mike Shinoda

(Mike Shinoda in 2018, Photograph by Ana Ginter)


Xero was a band formed in 1996 by 3 high school friends, Mike Shinoda, Rob Bourdon, and Brad Delson. After graduation, they slowly began to take music more seriously. They later recruited Joe Hahn, Dave Farell, and former vocalist Mark Wakefield. Struggling to find a record deal, Mark left Xero. After recruiting Chester Bennington, Xero changed their name to Hybrid Theory. The band finally signed with Warner Bros. Records as a “developing artist” in 1999. Having to change their name again to Linkin Park. Warner Bros. was initially skeptical of Linkin Park’s early recordings, as they did not like the band’s rock and hip-hop approach to music. The label wanted Mike Shinoda either demoted or fired from the band. However, Chester Bennington stepped in and defended Shinoda’s vision for the album.

linkin-park_2000_credit_james-minchin-iii.jpg, James Minchin III

(Linkin Park in 2000, Photograph by James Minchin III)
Mike Shinoda is third from the right.

Mike Shinoda’s Linkin Park instantly became an international sensation after their debut album “Hybrid Theory.” Which was not only the bestselling album of 2001 but also became certified Diamond by the RIAA in 2005. And it’s now sold over twenty-five million copies worldwide. Future albums such as “Meteora”, “Minutes to Midnight”, and “LIVING THINGS” have all continued Linkin Park’s success. The band is one of the best-selling worldwide, with over 100 million records sold. They have also won many awards, such as two Grammy Awards and six American Music Awards. Eleven of Linkin Park’s singles have reached number one on Billboard’s Alternative Songs list. They are ranked as one of the greatest bands of the 2000s. Musical artists influenced by Linkin Park include The Chainsmokers, Blackbear. The Weeknd and Imagine Dragons. Furthermore, Shinoda has many successful solo projects and songs, such as “Remember the Name” and “Post Traumatic” in remembrance of Chester Bennington, who sadly committed suicide in 2017. Rest in peace.  These accomplishments make Shinoda’s and Linkin Park’s music timeless.

Mike Shinoda’s Linkin Park transformed music with their original spin on evolving sound. Linkin Park is also a main source of nostalgia, hope, and inspiration for many people. Shinoda never gave up his dream of pursuing music. He knew what he wanted to do, and how to do it. The fact that he can also play a multi load of instruments and rap well is unbelievable too. These are the reasons I use to believe that Mike Shinoda is indeed Eminent.  Something we can all take away from studying Mike Shinoda is “This is ten percent luck, Twenty percent skill, fifteen percent concentrated power of will, Five percent pleasure, Fifty percent pain, And a hundred percent reason to remember the name. “(Shinoda, 2005, 00:22)

Mike Shinoda and Chester Bennington of Linkin Park

(Mike Shinoda and Chester Bennington performing, 2014,  Photograph by Christie Goodwin)

A goal I have for my next phase of research is to interview someone who knows Mike Shinoda well or even Mike himself. This is to a gain a better understanding of who Mike is and what he does.


  • Gerber, B. (2020, October 6). Mike Shinoda on the legacy of Linkin Park’s hybrid theory 20 years later. Vulture. Retrieved October 22, 2021, from https://www.vulture.com/2020/10/mike-shinoda-interview-linkin-park-hybrid-theory.html.
  • Mike Shinoda. Linkin Park Wiki. (n.d.). Retrieved October 22, 2021, from https://linkinpark.fandom.com/wiki/Mike_Shinoda.
  • Pementel, M. (2017, July 25). The impact and legacy of Linkin Park’s work. Metal Injection. Retrieved October 22, 2021, from https://metalinjection.net/editorials/the-impact-and-legacy-of-linkin-parks-work.
  • Wikimedia Foundation. (2021, October 15). Linkin Park. Wikipedia. Retrieved October 22, 2021, from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Linkin_Park.
  • Wikimedia Foundation. (2021, October 16). Mike Shinoda. Wikipedia. Retrieved October 22, 2021, from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mike_Shinoda.
  • Xplore. (n.d.). Mike Shinoda quotes. BrainyQuote. Retrieved October 22, 2021, from https://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/mike_shinoda_428155 ¹

Favourite songs of mine from Linkin Park:

Digit Lit Reflection


  • What are your thoughts on hybrid learning (in person and at home) compared to when you are in your learning groups (at school for all classes). Which format do you prefer, and why?

I think each learning schedule has its own benefits and it really depends on what classes I’m partaking in, or how motivated I am to be in that class. Overall though I liked hybrid learning more this year for the sole reason that I had time to sleep in when I didn’t have online class and being able to make lunch at home.  I find myself also working more efficiently at home compared to at school (excluding all group projects.) As I can freely move around and take breaks on my own time, and because I’m not distracted by any of my peers. Though I can’t compare this high school year to previous ones because as I’m writing this as I’m only a grade 9 but having shorter school days does put less stress on my body. Though some cons to hybrid learning are that I do get to spend less time with people I meet at school and some of the courses I took this year kind of only worked if I was at school in person, such as woodworking and foods.  Hybrid learning days also sometimes messed with my school schedule as I had a Y block when I didn’t have a B block, or if I had volleyball practice after school and I didn’t have a B block, etc. But I do prefer the hybrid learning days. One last thing is that hybrid classes also do reduce the risk of covid transmission.

Learning groups are great for getting to spend more time with everyone and it gives myself and everyone more time to get to know everyone, and this really helped in the TALONS program. However, learning groups did have the number of people in some classes halved which did make getting to know everyone difficult. Learning groups also works best for the more in-person focused courses. But after experiencing the hybrid classes, you do sometimes miss the extra free time at home.

Overall, I think both are fine with me, but I do prefer the hybrid learning days. However, a good balance of the two (this year it was half-half basically) is way better than just hybrid learning days by themselves or full days by themselves in my opinion.

  • How has technology benefitted you during the hybrid learning experience?

Without technology I wouldn’t be able to do any work at home, nor partake in any online classes, so without them the hybrid learning experience wouldn’t even be possible. I guess technology has benefited me in making hybrid learning possible and giving me the opportunity to spend more time chilling at home on the couch and on my chair. Without technology I wouldn’t be able to complete half of the assignments given to me at home, or just made most of them easier (I mean I’m not going to be writing essays by hand and looking through thousands of books for research does seem overkill.) I also couldn’t be a part of online meetings without my laptop.

And having technology during your other block at school also makes learning easier and more efficient as there’s more writing essays by hand there, and also, I’ve seen that TEAMS has been very useful overall at home and at school as you can hand in assignments there and your teacher can share important information at any time and it’s just convenient thing for everyone to have.

It also let me chat with my peers and friends while I was at home.

  • How has technology impeded you during the hybrid learning experience?

Even though technology were the thing that made learning from home possible, it does offer a lot of great distractions from what you’re supposed to be doing. I find myself playing games, texting others, watching movies, and browsing my phone during supposed school hours while I should have been doing schoolwork. Funny how technology made working from home possible but also impeded the same job it created.

At the school part of hybrid learning I also found myself not doing my work and doing something else on my electronics, but not as bad compared to at home as I didn’t have as much freedom, and I did have a teacher watching me.

Basically, it helped me procrastinate (a bit.)

  • Is there anything that you hope remains a part of school that was new because of hybrid learning after the pandemic is over and school returns to normal?

Shorter school days, or school starting later so I may have more time to sleep in. And maybe some half days because some days you do go to school, and you think to yourself “This could’ve been an email” or “I could have just done this at home”. I like the idea of packing the same amount of learning or even more into less time at school if that makes any sense.

The new use of TEAMS and those little programs that make learning a lot easier should definitely stay too.

  • Link to 2 Projects in school /TALONS that used digital technology and explain how the use of that digital technology enhanced your project. Ideas include In-Depth, Eminent, Zip, individual class projects in Talons or other subjects…

For my zip project I drew a short little illustrated story, digitally. I thought doing this project digitally instead of on traditional paper would not only help me learn digital art, but it would also be easier to share this assignment with others. So, I got my drawing tablet, and I used a program called Krita to create this mini story, and I think it turned out pretty well, and gave me the opportunity to add some colour to my story. Doing the project digitally on Krita also let me download a comic page template which made it way easier. Overall, I think deciding to do this project digitally really saved me some time, let me learn and gain more experience about digital art, and it let me add a bit of colour to the story.

For my in-depth project I did character design and drawing, digital technology let me meet with my mentor online and learn from her, and without all the online tutorials I wouldn’t have learned as much as I did, and I wouldn’t have improved as much as I did. I was also lucky enough to expose myself to the art of many other artists that shared their work online so I could learn from them and add some style or components that they incorporated into my art.

Thanks for reading!


Virtual In-Depth Night


Hey everyone, thanks for stopping by my blog!
My name is Justin, a grade 9 TALONS learner, and this is my In-Depth presentation!

So for a quick rundown, the topic I dived In-Depth for this year is character drawing and character design! Which basically just means drawing people . And I’ve been having tons of fun 😁.

During the past few months of In-Depth, I’ve learned to put my pencil and paper to good use. I’ve learned proportions and basic anatomy with my mentor (Thanks Ms.Croft for making this possible!) I also had the opportunity to watch some great YouTube tutorials online and look at some art from other Artists on my Instagram feed, I actually got into drawing after stumbling upon some art by Klegsart on Instagram (check him out if you can!)I think I definitely improved compared to some of the stick men I used to draw a year ago. I also tried to pick up digital art but it’s been super challenging and it’s still a work in progress.

I’m super grateful to be able to share my work and I hope that you enjoy this Final In-Depth Final Project! (sorry for the really bad camera quality I really need a better camera.)

So, for my final project I decided to design a character, because, ya know, character design.


And also since it’s Mermay (the last day is today actually) I decided to uh, draw some mermaids.

Pop any questions or comments below and I’ll do my best to answer all of them. And also my character doesn’t have a name yet, so go ahead and suggest one below too.
Thanks and have a great day!









In-Depth Blog Post 6

In-Depth Blog Post #6 

Hello everyone! Welcome back to the final blog post for In-Depth, it’s been a wild ride everyone and I wish you guys the best. Stay strong y’all.  

Progress and what I’ve doing these past days: 

So, my learning during the past few days (or weeks) has been pretty stagnant unfortunately. I haven’t found too much time and motivation to draw recently. Even though I have been doodling often, and honestly, I haven’t been focusing on studying or improving. It feels more like art burnout than art block right now. I just need time to adjust myself. Though it’s obviously hard with things having deadlines. 100% I’ll start working diligently starting this week and beyond. This time I’ll be trying my best to draw a full body. I’m going to draw my heart out until In-Depth Night since I do believe I have been slacking a bit. 

And speaking of doodling, here’s one from this week: (and yes my camera is super bad I swear it looks better in person.): 

And an idea to tackle this art burnout is to just take an inevitable break from drawing people. Since that’s what I’ve doing for so long now. I’m thinking of digitally painting landscapes as well, even though it doesn’t relate much to character design, I think it’ll be a good refresher not only as a break, but to work on color theory, mapping, and brush strokes. Just switching things up from character design/ portraiture. Focusing solely on thing for so long ends in burnout.  

And as always, besides these doodles, my mentor gives me some small homework to loosen up my lines and to help me improve at proportions, gesture, etc. However, we ended up having our meeting together the day before this blog post was due. And I didn’t have time to finish working on the assignments, so unfortunately, I can’t show you the finished product, however, to give you an idea of what I was supposed to do, here are the criteria for the assignments that my mentor gave me: 

Spiral drawing: 

Gesture drawing: 

Light contour + spiral: 

And lastly, I’ve been brainstorming ideas for characters to create. I’m thinking of making my favorite songs into people, then drawing them a persona. I don’t know if that’s going to work out well, but I don’t know until I try it out! So, wish me luck.  

I wasn’t able to uphold my promises last blog post. But I’ll do my best to uphold them for this one. 

My Mentor! and How to Have a Beautiful Mind: 

Again, my mentor and I had a quick meeting in person socially distanced in the classroom. Here’s a quick summary of what happened at the meeting. My mentor wanted me to keep working on my contour line drawings, and to help me use more rounded lines. So, my mentor gave me a few examples of spiral drawings (as shown above in the criteria picture.) and some quick gesture drawing (one example is also above.) And, a quick example of another contour, but this time on top of an existing spiral drawing. She gave me the examples and asked me to draw my own drawings incorporating those 3 techniques on my own time, and that was about it! And even though these blog posts will soon be over, we are still planning to meet next week. 

So, what are some concepts my mentor brought up in our last meeting? And alternatives did my mentor give me during the past few weeks I’ve been working with her? 

A concept that my mentor brings up very often, almost in every sentence, is art, because of course my in-depth is drawing. Another concept that that my mentor brings up quite a lot, including our previous meeting, is lines. Lines are the concept behind drawing, and most of art as a whole. Lines create shape, which paint a picture, the practical idea. Another concept that my mentor brought to the table at the previous meeting is real-life. She wanted me to draw from real-life, not realism, but to have something in front of me to reference, instead of a photo or an image. Her reasoning behind this is that when you’re referencing a photo, you’re creating a 2d drawing from a 2d reference, but if you’re referencing a 3d object, you have more to work with, which is obviously better. 

Alternatives, my mentor was able to incorporate a lot of different alternatives throughout this project, a perfect one to showcase this is the homework she gave me this last meeting. Not only did she give me an assignment, but she made sure to add alternatives to the spiral drawing, such as choosing to add a contour drawing on top, and an alternative option of drawing a few gestures, or even combining the three. 

Since art is a very loose ended subject, which anyone can take on by doing anything, the topic of art offers thousands of alternatives, you draw what you want and draw it however you want. Alternatives In art can help build skill and a wider knowledge of art as a whole, this is because the more you do things differently, the more you learn, and the more you can incorporate what you learned into you art. Also alternate views can change how each person looks at art. My mentor gave me a lot of alternatives when it came to work and teaching, and even when critiquing my drawings. An example of this is whenever I hand back some homework, she tells me how I could do this thing differently. She tells me I could’ve drawn this nose differently to add character, or how I could exaggerate this person’s jawline, etc.  

My mentor also looked for alternatives to suite my ability and to suite my schedule too! Props to her. 

Another mentor could have offered me completely different alternatives. A mentor candidate that I had focused solely on digital art, so all my meetings may have been different as a whole, which would in turn lead to different offered alternatives. Others may have taken a completely different approach to art, which would also lead to completely different alternatives. Some might offer less and be more strict on art and its boundaries, some teachers will tell you that there’s only one way to do this, or that using references is bad, and they point you to alternatives such as memorization and such! (It isn’t don’t listen to them; references are key.) Others can be even more relaxed to the point that they don’t even care, which opens even more alternatives. 

Conclusion, each person will offer you different alternatives, so a different mentor means different alternatives. 


My Learning Center: 

Ideas since my knowledge of the in-depth learning center is sort of vague so far: 

  • Explain why I chose this in-depth topic and what my inspirations were to start. 
  • Live drawing session (this will be A LOT OF FUN I’m excited.) I can draw people that are visiting my learning center. 
  • A virtual gallery showing off my art, and I can explain my reasoning behind each piece and my process. For this I could either just post a bunch of images on a document or website. But I could maybe also use something like Kunstmatrix. (https://www.kunstmatrix.com/en) 
  • A tutorial on how to draw faces, gestures, proportions, etc. Talk about techniques and how anyone watching can become an artist. 
  • We can have a scribble.io game (online guess the drawing.) Another *alternative*, or any type of interactive game/activity. 
  • A Process video/time lapse. 

*These aren’t final, but I will be incorporating these potential ideas into my in-depth learning center! And I’ll probably think of a few more I can add as time goes on too.  

Thanks for reading! 


In-Depth Blog Post #5

In-Depth Blog Post 5 

Welcome back to this ol’ blog, and  here’s the long awaited blog post #5! I Hope everyone is doing great. 

Progress and what I’ve doing these past days: 

I’ve done quite a bit of doodling these past two weeks, not really doing any large projects but instead focusing on quick studies and getting sketches down and everything. I said this last blog post, but I believe that quick doodles really help your art, you just need to put a bit of effort and thought into what you’re drawing and focus your effort on learning and improving. Which I’m trying my best to do. I’m kind of still having a bit of art block though. A lot of times I just don’t find the motivation to start. But once I do start drawing it gets easier from there. And similar to last week, I’ve been focusing solely on faces. Trying to learn proportions and anatomy to be more exact. Art’s been going decently but I do think if I put just a little bit more effort into drawing more, it’ll go even better. 

Here’s one of my quick doodles: (trying to focus on front view faces this week as you can see, also my camera is superbly bad, I swear it looks better in person): 


Besides my daily doodles and everything, my mentor gave me a bit of home-art-work to do. This time she asked me to spend an hour drawing a portrait, of myself, a self-portrait. This was a bit challenging in the sense that I had to go more for a realism style instead of my usual semi-realism (sort of half-cartoony, half-realistic). I also struggled with getting a bit of the shading in the hair. I also struggled a bit with drawing realistic lips, which has got to be my biggest weakness right now. Besides that, I think I did a really good job otherwise in my first realistic self-portrait. I’ve learned from this that drawing self-portraits is challenging in the sense that you’re putting yourself on paper. To me it’s just weird in a way. Also, another thing I have to add is that I believe drawing realism is the easiest thing to draw. I believe this because realism, unlike personal styles, has it’s own uniform style, which makes it easier to replicate and work with. So, I think I did well translating my face onto paper in a realistic way. 

I can’t really show my self-portrait for privacy reasons though, sorry about that. 

Next week I’ll try to get some color down in my sketches, or actually, I’m thinking of starting a small art project that isn’t doodling next week, I’ll keep you informed on how it’s going next blog post, I’ll probably even finish it, fingers crossed. 

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

This week, my mentor and I had a quick in person meeting (socially distanced). To summarize the meeting: We did a bit more contour line drawing, this time our shoes Trying to focus on getting less angles and edges, instead focusing on rounded and “comfy” lines. She also gave me a short lesson on proportion and “halves” which is basically where each key part of the face is located. To elaborate. The middle of the eye is usually located in the middle of the head (half) and the nose is located halfway between the eyes and the chin, the lips are found halfway between the nose and the chin, etc. 

My quick shoe counter drawing (I avoided edgy lines yay!)

I couldn’t record a conversation since I was too busy drawing and it was in person, but I wrote down a small conversation me and my mentor had during this meeting and identified all the Hats I could find: 

I – Me 

M – So today we’re going to start off with a small contour line drawing. 

I – Why? We already did a lot of contour line drawing already, is this a warm up? 

M – It’s sort of a warm up. 

I – sort of? 

M – I looked at the drawings you sent to me over the past 2 weeks, and they feature a lot of angles and sharp edges, well actually most of it is sharp and angles. (refer back to the hand I posted in last week’s blog post) 

I – Oh right, I guess I really do like sharp corners and lines. I just find drawing curvy lines a bit challenging sometimes. 

M – So, the main reason for this small shoe contour line drawing we’re going to do is to try and draw more curvy and smooth lines. 

I – But what’s wrong with sharp and edgy lines? I think they look nice. 

M – They do look nice, but when drawing contours, and especially gestures, we want curved and smooth lines, they’re especially needed to express motion, ideas, and shape on paper, which edgy lines sometimes fail to do, since they are ragged. 

I – Oh okay, that makes much more sense thank you. 

M – Let’s get started! 

The Hats: 

White Hat: 

When my mentor was explaining to me why curved lines are so important in contour line drawing and drawing in general. 

Red Hat: 

When I was expressing how much I loved edgy and straight lines and how I avoided drawing curvy lines. And my tired attitude toward doing another contour line drawing 

Black Hat: 

When my mentor explained to me why edgy lines were bad in drawing contours in gestures after looking at the work I sent her.  

Yellow hat 

Me realizing my faults in only drawing edgy lines and how it affected my art. 

Green Hat: 

I believe this entire conversation fits under the green hat, since it was about creative learning, specifically about clearing misunderstandings about different lines. 

Blue hat: 

This entire blog post is the blue hat!