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Two weeks have gone by now and I have finished the practices my mentor has given me, meaning I have begun to work on larger images closer to my final product. The first practices consisted of techniques and little concepts I needed to understand, here are a few examples:

  • Texture. Grace explained to me that texture with ink pen can be difficult at times. How areas with rough textures should be portrayed through light, quick strokes, trying to ‘scratch’ the paper with the tip of the pen rather than simply drawing, for example.
  • Lighting. Instead of colouring in darker areas, they should be layered to provide a more realistic feeling. Sketching vertical and horizontal lines provides the image with a more unique feeling, leaving little white areas at times to avoid complete black. As for lighter areas, sketching gently leaving large random spaces between lines, or simply dotting the area every so often to avoid complete white.
  • Perspective. This is specific to drawing landscape or architecture. In the beginning, Grace suggested that I use pencil to outline the base lines, or the horizontal lines, within the image I was creating. This was to ensure that the lines were somewhat parallel, with the closer parts being bigger and the farther parts smaller.

After I was taught these concepts, I began to start drawing actual images. For this blog post’s topic, “how to be interesting” and “how to respond,” my mentor and I have already had experience. Stated in my previous blog, we usually converse about relevant topics while teaching/being taught.

Throughout my last mentor meeting, Grace provided me with some interesting examples in order to teach me about avoiding certain outcomes. Since I was doing ink pen artwork, she began to talk about how one’s focus/concentration is a major component when illustrating, grabbing out a few examples. She showed me a few of her other students’ ink pen artwork, sparking conversation and describing how they had messed up, specifically because they were distracted at the time. At first, I was somewhat confused with what she meant by ‘distracted.’ I asked her for clarification, where Grace then explained that they were talking to other students or doing things they weren’t supposed to, like being on their devices or playing with her iPads. Not only did I find this interesting, I found it kind of funny. I asked how each example had been messed up in order to avoid these mistakes myself, eventually asking “what if they weren’t distracted? Would this still happen?” Grace replied with “not very likely, but sometimes students still make funny mistakes.” I’m happy that I was able to respond and express my interest for her stories, as it improved my learning experience and made it more entertaining. I’m also happy to say that I haven’t run into a large mistake yet.

During the next few weeks, I plan to start creating my major in-depth illustrations, learning new concepts/techniques along the way. See you next, next week.

MIR In-Depth #3

The following weeks of In-Depth have been going slow. After changing mentors, it took some time to schedule the first meetup. During the time where I was waiting for Massullo Music’s reply, I did some research at my own leisure. I found various instrument maintenance videos blogs that provided repair information.

https://www.robbstewart.com/dent-removal/

https://www.musicnotes.com/blog/2015/08/27/musical-instrument-care/

It was also fun learning the origins and production process of instruments to gain a better understanding of their structures and past stories.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DHSu0trGkRg

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G5LqrMcq1QE&list=PLB713FA0736926DA4&index=3&t=0s

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GYxf-_SbCS0 

https://www.britannica.com/art/musical-instrument

Since it was my first meeting with Sandro on Friday, my goal was to get familiar with the work environment, the other technicians, and the general flow of his workday. When I arrived at the shop, I was happy to recognize some tools and machines that I wouldn’t have known if I didn’t first go to Long & McQuade.

  • Compressed air tool
  • Acid baths
  • Mandrels & metal balls
  • Felt pads
  • Sheets of cork and felt
  • Small gas torches
  • Dent hammers

Although my time at Long & McQuade was short, I was still able to learn a lot.

Unlike Long & McQuade who are known for student rentals and quick fixes, Massullo Music focuses on the maintenance and repairs of professional musician instruments. While at the shop, a symphony orchestra oboe player came in and discussed her instrument’s water collection problem with the technicians. Their conversation was very hard to follow and involved a lot of terminologies I didn’t understand, most of which were about the parts of an oboe (which I do not play). While Sandro was taking apart the instrument, I was told how plastic easily condenses moisture but putting oil helps repel the water. I was also able to watch one of the technicians hammer out dents on a tuba using the dent hammer and various sized metal balls.

Most of Massullo Music’s customer instruments are high quality, professional, treasured, thousand dollar works of pure beauty of which I do not have the experience nor the courage to help work on. So to gain hands-on experience, I will be working on their rentals and possibly some minor repairs on instruments they trust me with. For my next meeting, I will focus on hands-on work and get the chance to consult with Sandro about my flute’s sticky key problem.

Here are the pictures:

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Ed de Bono connections:

Through our first meeting, we were able to connect over what it means and the significance of being an instrument repair technician. We talked about the joys of seeing the customer’s face as they receive their fixed instrument and being able to bring the beauty back to a broken instrument. During my LACE interview with my mentor, I asked questions on what made him peruse his career and how he finds gratification in his job. During our meeting, we brought those topics up again and discussed our interests and goals together. I said how people don’t usually think of instrument repair as a career when looking at music-related jobs. One of my goals is to shine light on this profession while acknowledging the pros and cons of other’s opinions.

I look forward to seeing the progression of my In-Depth project.

In-Depth Blog Post 3

As of Thursday, In-Depth 2019 has been going great. I met quickly with Ms. Krueger to discuss a time commitment but I figured out that she is very busy and won’t be able to meet on a regular basis. We didn’t actually get around to discussing any robotics as she needed to be somewhere else. This was a downer as I really wanted an engaged mentor this year, although, on Thursday (Feb. 14), my luck changed. I got an email back from someone who I mentioned in my last post, saying that he is interested in my project and wants to help. We then scheduled a phone call and discussed how we are going to meet. My new mentor is a student at UBC on a Co-op program, so he is really busy, but he says he can meet at least every two weeks. I will probably go to him at UBC for our visits since he has access to robotics labs and CNC machinery. He may also be able to get me electronic parts for the robot that I would normally be buying myself. I then did some research over the weekend on what robot I want to create; I then emailed him about it. The robot I want to build will be an advanced robotic arm, with at least 3-DOF (degrees of freedom), and will use stepper motors instead of servos. I also want the robot to have an exchangeable tip, so I can design it to use a claw, and maybe have another tip to hold a pencil. I also want it to have sensors, I don’t know much about sensors, but I’m pondering having it be able to track a face, to act like it’s looking at you. I don’t have a finalized design yet but I will start working with OnShape (an online 3d modelling program) to create a design. I’m not sure how much I will be able to 3d print and how much I will create with CNC metal. I will have to design it first then figure that out. I am excited to work with CNC though. I will forward our thread of emails and I will get my mentor to complete a criminal record check soon. I’m really excited to continue working with my new mentor! Although, I will still try and meet with Ms. Krueger because I believe she can still teach me some interesting concepts.

In-Depth Blog post #3

img_1380-1Throughout the last few weeks, I have done a lot of research into cooking, and cooking techniques and adaptations. Although at the beginning of my project I planned to focus on lentil and curry dishes I have realized that cooking is about techniques and comfort adapting recipes. During my last meeting with my mentor, we discussed broadening what we should cook to set a technical foundation. In this way, I will become more comfortable with several different dishes and cooking skills, and at the end of my project can focus more specifically on lentils and curry. During the last few weeks, I made a Thai red curry on my own and made another dinner with my mentor. I made skirt steak with chimichurri sauce, roasted sweet potatoes, spring greens with a raspberry vinaigrette, roasted vegetables, and apple crisp. Although this doesn’t follow my original plan, I learned a lot of cooking skills. Such as how to hold a knife, how to form artificial convention currents on a Barbeque to improve roasting, and how to cook without a recipe. For all these dishes we used online recipes for ingredients and then did not look at the measurements. All the food turned out great!

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According to Edward de Bono in How to have a beautiful mind showing interest in conversations and responding properly both play a part in having meaningful conversations with others. During my mentor meeting, I took an interest in his ideas with my project. My mentor suggested to “have a 100mile themed meal in the spring,” this would entail cooking with ingredients produced within 100miles of my house. In this way, we can promote and support local businesses. Similarly, to his 100mile themed idea, I suggested we do one dinner where we cook camping food to dehydrate for our summer trips. This would help me with my food planning for both TALONS and personal trips. Moreover, camping meals are my mentor’s favorite to cook and plan, as he always takes the lead on meal planning during our yearly trips. I demonstrated how to respond by “build[ing] upon that point in order to take it further” (pg64). I built around my mentor’s point of having a 100mile theme and suggested we theme more of our dinners to make it more interesting. Moreover, I responded to his 100mile idea with different businesses I knew in the area. By responding and showing interest in a deliberate manner we can improve the depth of our conversations with those around us.

In depth #3!

In-depth week four!

My goals for this week were to continue to eat healthily and to start doing some research on composting. My meal plans have gotten more and more extravagant and frivolous.

One of the biggest milestones of in-depth so far is this weekend, I went to a bulk store! This way, I can get everyday food items like rice and beans but instead of buying them in plastic packaging, I can just get it in jars and other eco-friendly containers. I didn’t get much this trip, I simply got white rice because my family buys a lot of that in plastic packaging. The bulk store I went to was Weigh to go Bulk store in Vancouver (3534 W 41st Ave, Vancouver, BC V6N 3E6). Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to find a bulk store in the Tri-City area except for the bulk section in certain grocery stores.

Recently, I’ve tagged along with my mom when we go grocery shopping. I try to help her choose produce items that don’t have plastic wrap and I bring mesh bags as reusable produce bags. We always bring our own bags to pack out our groceries, so we don’t use grocery bags or have to pay for them (every dime is worth it). I’ve been on a lookout for reusable straws but for the time being I’ve been asking restaurants to give me my drinks with no straws. Something that I’ve missed is when I eat out, they always have napkins which create waste. I plan on not using the napkins and bringing my own handkerchiefs around.

As for my mentor, she’s sent me a lot of recipes. I some tasty roasted vegetables the other night with carrots, onions, cauliflower, tomatoes, and sweet potato. I couldn’t find an alternative for parchment paper; however, I did wash the parchment paper to reuse it for next time. All of these were bought without packaging and I brought the leftovers to lunch the next day.

Unfortunately, due to her own circumstances, my mentor said that she might not be able to meet with me as consistently as I would like, so as a solution I’ve been trying to get in contact with Ms. Voykin, the head of our green team. I’ve sent her a brief email explaining the mentorship and asking for her assistance; however, she hasn’t replied. I plan on going to see her in CL on Tuesday to ask her in person.

My current mentor though has been a lot of help. The two of us have been able to connect on a lot of topics. I’ve been sharing things I’ve learned about zero waste living and she’s been connecting her meal plans and cooking tactics back to it. She told me that she once gardened and had a composting system she put in place but when she moved into an apartment, she had to minimize her composting system. I plan on asking Ms. Voykin for more help on composting because I am definitely lost in that department.

Until next post!

In-Depth #3

I’ve spent the last week or so applying the knowledge that Ms. Learmonth has shared with me. I’ve been focusing mainly on drawing figures in fashion and applying my designs to the figures. When drawing figures, you use the head as a kind of measurement. Seven heads tall is a typical figure, but in fashion and anime, a more exaggerated figure of eight heads is used. I first used markers until I became more familiar with the proportions, and then drew them freehand.

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I’ve really been enjoying the things I’ve been doing to further my project like looking at new trends in the industry, gathering inspiration for future projects, and teaching myself how to make simple garments by watching online videos. It’s been a busy week for me, so I haven’t been able to see Ms. Learmonth during CL or afterschool like I usually do. Instead, I’ve been working on the last task she gave me, which was practicing my fashion sketches. I hope to meet with her during Tuesday’s CL so she can critique my drawings and give me some pointers on how to add realism to the fabric and garments.

I’ve shared my interests in the fashion industry with many people. When Ms. Learmonth asked me why I was so interested in this particular subject for my In-Depth, I shared that I was considering a future in the industry, and a potential retail business during my high school years. I connected this to a concept that Edward, Valerie, and I had for a venture producing and selling clothes in our community. Unfortunately, it didn’t end up happening, but I expressed to Ms. Learmonth that I hoped to be able to do it sometime in the near future.

When Ms. Learmonth originally asked what my go-to figure was for fashion sketches, I drew a blank. Afterwards, I created a generic figure because I had no idea what guidelines I should follow. When I returned to see her, I asked for clarification and she told me about the basic male/female figure in sketching and about measuring by the length of the head. This gave me a solid base to use for the sketches I have above. By asking for clarification, Ms. Learmonth gave me the information I needed to continue my project.

During the next few weeks, I want to continue sketching and learning more about sewing clothing effectively. I like the sketches I have so far, but the proportions look a little off. I for one enjoy the aesthetic of the sketches, but it would be beneficial to know if it’s hindering the representation of the garments in any way. I also want to be able to add more detail to the fits and the fabrics in the drawings. This and becoming more familiar with sewing machines are what I hope to accomplish in the coming weeks. All in all, In-Depth so far has been a fruitful journey!

In-Depth #2

I recently had my first meeting with my new mentor, Liza Child. We got along very well and didn’t particularly disagree on any subjects. However, she did find that my plan to learn three completely different scripts was a little too ambitious and needed some editing. I stayed very open minded during this discussion because I recognized that she knows a person’s learning speed for calligraphy much better than I do because she is an expert in calligraphy and because she has led several different workshops in calligraphy before. However, I made sure to comment on the fact that I would be open to a more frequent learning schedule to learn more about calligraphy and to maintain a challenge. From this, we have designed a more attainable and practical learning process that relates directly to her expertise and to my goals.

 

First, I will start by trying out the first two basic scripts on which all modern and traditional calligraphy is based on: Spencerian and Copperplate. After I have tried both, I will pick one that I will study more in-depth, to a point that I thoroughly know and understand all the letter forms and rules of that script. With this knowledge, I will have a base from which to start exploring modern calligraphy. Modern calligraphy allows more room for personal preference and creativity and doesn’t have to strictly follow the unmoving rules of traditional scripts; however, it is based off traditional scripts and therefore requires the knowledge of a traditional script to learn. I will start learning modern calligraphy by learning the modern script that my mentor has developed and uses for her own projects. This will help me understand the difference between a traditional script and modern calligraphy and will help me start designing my own style and script of modern calligraphy towards the end of the project.

 

Due to the time I lost during my search for a mentor, I have not had any advances with learning calligraphy. However, Liza and I have planned a more rigorous and frequent meeting arrangement to make up for the time I lost. This will also greatly aid me with the catch-up blog post that I aim to have finished by next Sunday. After the first meeting and a lot of planning, I am very excited and looking forward to my next meeting to learn more about traditional scripts and modern calligraphy.

In-Depth Post #3

During the past two weeks of In-Depth, I have spent the majority of my time preparing, organizing, and practicing. Before I get further into the swing of completing looks on myself and other people, I need to be fully confident in my basic skills. I have returned briefly to SFX and regular makeup, practicing spirit gum and wax adhesion, as well as bruising and blood application techniques. Building up the muscle memory of something like highlighting and contouring, or lash application takes a lot of practice, and if you have a strong foundation, the entire project will end up looking better.

Why I’m mentioning this may seem confusing, but the reasoning behind this is that without fundamental basic knowledge of basic makeup techniques, you will never be able to create a cohesive, smooth look. I don’t want my canvases to be blindly trusting me. It is important that I know the extent of my skills enough that people feel comfortable relying on me without worry of what is going to happen.

On top of practice, I have spent a lot of time organizing my makeup and taking inventory of the colours and materials I possess. A messy or limited work space can hinder an artist, as well as disappoint if I were to organize and entire design only to realize all to late that I don’t have enough green.

My goals for the next two weeks are to plan out my first 3-5 designs, and possibly execute 2-3 of them. Once the planning process is complete I can really let go with creativity, but until then, it’s important that all of the preparations are taken care of.

The second, more exciting part of my last two weeks has to do with my mentor. She and I met up for the first time in person last week and we spent about an hour and a half just talking. She is honestly one of the kindest, most amazing people I’ve ever met, and I’m beyond thrilled to finally get to start working with her. We spent most of our time expanding on our previous telephone conversation which really allowed me to recognize they concepts of agreeing and disagreeing from How To Have A Beautiful Mind.

As previously mentioned, my mentor works for a makeup company who is dedicated to healthy, and eco-friendly products. Many of their beliefs are similar to mine, that makeup shouldn’t harm you and that the environment has to be protected in any company’s makeup production. After this is where our opinions diverged.

Many of the facts and reasoning that my mentor and her company were talking about seemed somewhat redundant, nonsensical, or in a few areas downright wrong. As a scientifically minded person, the struggle of not biting back and being able to respectfully disagree was difficult. This proves once again that In-Depth provides us with valuable skills that aren’t necessarily directly related to our project.

Nonetheless, our conversation was wonderful, full of anecdotes, stories and ideas. I’m excited for next time, where we will start working with makeup and hopefully be able to continue more interesting philosophical cosmetics conversations, and continue to build our mentee/mentor relationship

 

In-Depth Post 3

This last two weeks of portraiture have been quite a struggle. While I am improving on sketching the facial proportions, blending and smudging decently is a lot harder to do. I only have one acceptable mediocre sketch to show for this, as the other 3 turned out quite frightening.

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The trouble with blending is the specific technique that it requires. First, it is important to keep a sharp pencil and light hand when first laying down the graphite. Some parts of the face will need to be darker, but it’s also necessary to estimate how much darker the shade will become once blended. The smudging tools that I use are rolled up pieces of paper (for precise and tiny details) and cotton swabs (for the soft texture of the skin). Using the correct material at the appropriate time will refine the texture to what we are trying to achieve. It also helps get an even blend over the entire surface, hopefully without overdoing some areas before others. One of my worst mistakes is that I don’t pay enough attention to the edges of the surface so the middle of the picture looks blurry but the rest is rough. To conclude, it takes a specific type of effort to make blending look good. I’m still not a big fan of how it looks in the end, especially because having stroke likes in portraiture isn’t necessarily a bad thing.

In my last meeting with Ms. Kim, I was able to apply some of Edward De Bono’s principles into our short conversation about this singular, low quality work. I exercised the “how to respond” chapter more than “how to be interesting”, mainly because it provided me with more opportunity for direct corrections. I generated interest by connecting matters together when I addressed the hardships that I faced when drawing hair. Ms. Kim searched up some examples of curly hair that could refer to, because it is nothing like the hair I drew the week prior. I still need to get a grasp on this issue as soon as possible, because I don’t want it to ruin the quality of who I’m drawing at the moment. Ms. Kim also pointed out that the shading on the face is relatively patchy, and that I need to paint a full wash onto it before I proceed with the highlights and shadows. I agreed with this because the slenderness of the original face made the tone differences quite angular, so this advice is particularly helpful to me.

Corrections for this week:

  • remember the eye highlights
  • add more detail (sharp stroke) into the hair and correspond the shades to the shape of the head; make the hair fluffy by blending too
  • smoothen and unify the skin by blending initial tone and then shades with another material

In-Depth BP #3

It’s already week five and I’m super excited! However, with the sudden downfall in snow, I have not seen Ms. Learmonth in a while. Quick breakdown: During our first meeting, she discussed using the dark room and she said that I need to come in at block 2 for two days and learn how to use it with the rest of the class. We both agreed on a Monday/Wednesday and I went on to emailing Mr. Quinto (my block 2 teacher) on skipping two classes for this opportunity. But when I woke up on Monday, the snow had covered the streets and I could barely get to school myself. I managed to get down to a bus stop and get to school but It seems like Ms. Learmonth had the same problem as me and couldn’t make it to school. Tuesday was a district snow day and on Wednesday we both agreed to do it the following day so we could both catch up on what we’ve missed. Yet, on Thursday when I walked into the photography class, A substitute told me she wasn’t here today. I’ve emailed Ms. Learmonth asking for a concrete time this week to meet up and I’m currently waiting for a reply. Even though this has set me back a week on my goals, I don’t regret it as I have learned that schedules don’t always go to plan and sometimes altercations must be made. On my own time, I’ve gone out and bought ILFORD DELTA 400 black and white film for both the 35mm and the medium format with 24 exposures. I plan on meeting up with some friends this week and try to get some portraits and other interesting B/W subjects. See you next week!