1. When this task was introduced to you what were your first thoughts, reactions? Why?
I thought it would be interesting getting to communicate with another school and artist. At first I expected communication to be somewhat difficult because of the distance and time gap. But it actually turned out to be smoother with a website like Edmodo.
2. What are you excited the most about the collaboration unit?
I guess I'm mostly excited to work with my New York buddy and putting all the pieces of our artwork together to create something to be proud of.
3. a) Explain how you have been connecting with your buddy?
So far it's only been on Edmodo, and not really anywhere else.
b) What is your buddy’s name and what did you learn about them?
My buddy's name is Mariana, some hobbies she likes to do are biking and swimming. She has one brother and two sisters, and likes hip hop music. On Edmodo she said that she used to play violin, likes animals, and wants to become a vet in the future.
c) What similarities or differences did you notice between you and your buddy?
Like Mariana, I like biking, swimming, and animals. Also in the future I may want to become a vet.
4. How has (will) your drawing/learning been (be) effected because of the collaboration so far? (for example are you working differently because you are working with someone else?)
Kind of. Because of the different opinions and ideas of my partner and New York buddy, Not everything we do will be done as expected. For an example, me and my partner agreed on a sentence for the book, but since our partner also had her own sentence we decided to merge them.
5. a)What did you think about Graeme Base writing to us?
I thought it was pretty interesting and neat since I really loved his book as a child. So getting a reply from him was cool, especially since he put so much effort into it.
b) What did you learn from his letter?
There are a lot of things he wrote in his letter, so I did learn a lot (but I'm not going to write all of it down since it's probably too long). One thing I learned was that Graem Base's inspirations tends to come from traveling. Another thing I learned was what techniques he used in his artwork. "The technique I used in Animalia is watercolour and transparent inks on hot-press (very smooth) illustration board. I also use technical drawing pens, coloured pencils and gouache - very much a 'mixed media' technique"
c) Describe what you think of his book.
I've read his book ever since I was little and from then until now, I always thought it was very interesting. One thing that always got my attention all the little things he added through out the pages.
6. What challenges have you faced so far?
I haven't faced too much challenges yet, but I remember at some point, all the different things going on (designing all the different parts of the page and communicating with out New York buddy), got me kind of confused and my work wasn't very effective for about a week, but afterwards, everything went smoothly.