Month: September 2017

Fast/Slow: Rickshaw

For this assignment, we used the fast/slow technique to draw a rickshaw using watercolor paint and pens. We used watered down the paint, applying the gesture drawing technique first, then the contour line drawing technique afterward. Gesture drawing and contour line drawing are very similar, except for one point. Gesture drawing is meant to be done quickly, drawing out the basic position of the object. Contour Line drawing is meant to be done slowly, using a continuous line to draw out the details without doing any shading. What I found challenging for this assignment, was gesture drawing because there was a time limit which didn’t allow any precision. However, through this process, I learned how to work with my mistakes and practice drawing from what I observed rather than from my memory. For someone who is doing this assignment for the first time, I would advise them to first think about the proportions of the object and just simply transfer what you see onto the paper.

 

 

 

Vanishing Past, a Found Poem

A change in path, a change in personality, a change in future. In the novel The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, Sherman Alexie creates a complex character who learns to survive in two drastically different settings.

Junior lives on the Spokane Indian Reservation. The community was heavily affected by segregation between Indians and Americans, the Americans being taught to “kill Indian culture” (Alexie 35). Junior suffers from “all sorts of physical problems that are directly the result of [his] brain damage” (2). He has lopsided glasses, disproportionate limbs, and a lisp. Junior practically looked like a “three-year-old Indian grandpa” (3). as he described himself as. Because of his disabilities, he often got bullied by the kids at school, who called him “Globe” pointing to where they wanted to go on his skull. Junior’s life soon took a turn for the better after he talked to his math teacher.  Junior wanted a future, so his family moved to Reardan. The place where “the smartest and most athletic kids anywhere” (46). lived. Struggling to fit in, Junior changed his approach. Instead of constantly turning towards violence, he learned a “whole other set of rules ” (65). These minor changes resulted in drastic changes; from “loser” to “winner”.

A change in path, a change in personality, a change in future. Moving to the “hopeful” and “magnificent” (50). Reardan, all Junior can see is “a bright future vanishing the past”.

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