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! 

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,



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,






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.  


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,






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!

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Grit Score: 4.00/5


  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?

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.



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.