1. When this task was introduced to you what were your first thoughts, reactions? Why?
When we were assigned to do a collaboration with our New York buddies, I was very exited. This was my first time in doing collaboration projects with other schools. At first, I thought it would be a small challenge, where we just needed to draw animals from books. But It turned out to be much interesting because, we didn't just draw and design animals, verses and backgrounds, we had online website to communicate our NY buddies and worked together to finish the 2 pages inspired by the book Animalia. Especially, I thought the concept of creating illustration inspired by other art works was very creative.
2. What are you excited the most about the collaboration unit?
In the collaboration unit, I am most excited most about the NY buddies. In the process of creating the scene, the characters, the verses, I am always surprise to see, as we are collaborating, they are very friendly and always support each others opinions. Although there are some difficulties communicating online, but they always reply and give ideas into the illustrations. Now, I am exited about how the groups can combine different details into one beautiful page of the animal illustrations, just like the book Animalia.
3. a) Explain how you have been connecting with your buddy?
At first, we decided as team to have the gist ideas ( the jobs ) that were required, assigned for each person: How we design the pages:
1. We can split pages , and work on the different session.
2. We can brainstorm on the sentence for our animal. We can also design the letter K together by sending images on Edmodo.
3. We can vote on the animal that we like to work on.
In the process of creating verses , we communicate with our buddy and brought 3 or more so that they can vote on the best verse. After the verse is done, we split jobs and work on portions. We take pictures of backgrounds, animal designs and comment on each other's opinions and arts.
b) What is your buddy’s name and what did you learn about them?
My buddies's name is Sally. I learnt how she took responses and worked from them. She was great when she communicated often and gave ideas on how we should developed the verses. The first day of getting to meet Sally on think link, I was surprised on how she liked art, and we shared common interest in things that we like. Her drawings were amazing and creative. She had so many ideas to share and give great feed backs to my art works and I also commented back to her drawings as well.
c) What similarities or differences did you notice between you and your buddy?
Despite of age difference and school, Sally and I were really similar in our interest. She wanted to become an artist or designer in the future, as well as I. She had pets , loved cartoons and liked to travel many places. In the process of working on the project, Sally had a unique mindset in verses and her drawings. He discovered, explored new things , as I saw in her designs. It was fun to work with someone who had the same interest and shared similar ideas.
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?)
Collaborating with someone online was a difficult task. To me, it was hard to work alone on one portion without knowing what my NY partner did with the other portion of the illustration. Of course , everyone has a different style and level in their drawings, so it made it even more difficult to merge the whole picture together perfectly. That was why I had been changing my style of drawing to match with my partner's drawing and started to become worried about the result of the picture. As we progress into the drawings, it would be effected and may changed the final piece of the drawing. For example: change the animals to be more of a cartoon style , realistic style, maybe the animals needed to match with the background and verses so that the picture would match.
5. a)What did you think about Graeme Base writing to us?
It was a great pleasure to be able to meet the artist who created the famous book: Animalia. To me, it was a big surprised, because this was the first time that I was able to communicate with Graeme Base to talk about the art works that he illustrated in every single pages of the book. When I thought of Graeme Base wrote us a letter, I was nervous if he answered my questions from my letter sent to him. I was really happy that he had answered some of my questions. It was a great chance to be able to ask a professional artist and asked about his life, his jobs and experiences of the artworks in the book.
b) What did you learn from his letter?
I learnt how he had covered all of the questions in one letter. Not only that, he described in details of each of the pages of the animals, from the designing of the backgrounds , the characters of the animals and the genius verses that he created. From the letter , he described the order of the pages , the time that took him to do the pages and the experiences that he had from the book. As I read the letter, I recognized how he told an overall story of his family, his daily life, his common interest.
c) Describe what you think of his book.
I think : Animalia is a unique book. Although many people think that it is for kids to read, but it had complex words from great verses. Also, the animals has so much details . By looking further into the designs of the book, there are different colors combine with a beautiful background that is distinct from other animal books. Animalia was a kingdom of animals that are uniques from the vibrant colors to the semi realistic/ cartoon style , that make the book become of the well known books. Looking at the verses , people who read the book can be able to identify the animals actions, along with the personalities of the animal.
6. What challenges have you faced so far?
In the progress of the NY collaboration, I completed the animal , along with the background design with my partners. The only challenge was the design of the verse that my NY buddy needed to work on , and the background colors. After all of the verse, animals and backgrounds are done, then we can start on merging different portions and complete with a printed illustration.