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My Brain

To represent the ENG101 class about gamely thinking, I drew my brain and the thoughts provoked from the class’ learning outcomes. Each learning outcome led to specific lessons I learned, and through each of these lessons, I learned more techniques and devices to channel my newfound gamely mind. Although each thought is not directly related to one another, I connected each thought together because I believe the thoughts provoked through the learning outcomes each influence each other, even if I do not realize it at the time. In a game, each move and choice leads to another, even if the player does not realize this while they are playing. This class taught me that if I utilize the skills we learned to think “gamefully,” each of life’s experiences teaches a different part of my brain a new lesson. These moments are all interconnected, and they form who I am. ENG101 has helped me realize this concept.

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My Childhood Coming to Life

Growing up, Monopoly was an integral part of my family life. Every Friday night, we would sit around the fire and play Monopoly. Although we never finished the game, Monopoly always yielded an exciting evening. For my 3-d printing challenge, I wanted to print something that meant something to me. I scrolled through the websites Professor Morgen linked to online and came across the top hat game piece from Monopoly. This image struck me since I always played as the top hat in Monopoly. I took this image to the Tech Lab, downloaded it, and ran it through the DremelDigiLab 3D Slicer software to make it into a 3-dimensional object. I adjusted the size by making it slightly bigger than the real game piece because the real piece is so small and I wanted something a little more substantial in size. I then chose if I wanted to make the hat black or white, and I chose black. When I came back to pick up my game piece, the hat was bigger than I expected and white instead of black. I was a bit surprised by these varying details, but I was still content with the final product. Even though my hat does not look exactly like the hat on my monopoly game board, I am excited to have a physical piece of my past to carry with me. 

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Pandapods

When I was deciding what to include in my Sunday sketch, nothing came to mind at first. I looked in my backpack to see if there were any interesting items I could incorporate into my sketch. I looked at Christoph Niemann’s sketches and saw that he used an earbud in one of them. With this inspiration, I decided to incorporate my Airpods into my sketch but using a different image. I thought of some different images I could create using my Airpods, and a bear came to mind. I looked up photos of bears and ultimately decided to draw a panda bear because of the contrast with colors: grizzly bears have many brown colors but panda bears are black and white. My white headphones would fit perfectly with a panda bear, so I decided to use them as the eyes. I looked up images of panda bears and gathered inspiration from them to use in my drawing. Below is my drawing of “Pandapods.” I hope you like it and find it cute!

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Friendly or Foe?

I chose the two images I combined because I originally wanted to do something with birds turning into dinosaurs because they share a common ancestry. At first, I was thinking about maybe combining a bird claw with a dinosaur hand, but that didn’t seem like it would follow the same style as Atlanta artist Stephen Mcmennamy’s “combophotos.” But I was still motivated to include hands or claws in my combophoto. So I thought to myself: What creature has really defined claws? A lobster came straight to my mind. And how cool would it be to have a claw coming out of a human hand? I searched for images for human arms and lobster claws on Flickr and I ended up finding two that fit well together. Some challenges I faced as I created my combophoto were figuring out how to morph the two images together using Photoshop. I am very new to this software, so it took many tries and lots of experimentation to finally get the two images perfectly lined up. Another challenge that I ultimately was unable to resolve was that the backgrounds of the two images are not very similar to each other, so the images do not transfer seamlessly into each other. Perhaps I can find a way to isolate one of the images and add in my own background so the images flow together better. I think my final image conveys the potential violence each person has. The original photo of the arm had a delicate, soft hand at the end of it: A hand that looked capable of no harm. However, my combophoto surprises the viewer by showing a hand that is sharp and known to hurt others. Through my combophoto, I aim to portray the potential of violence each of us has within. But it’s up to each and every individual to choose if they wish to unleash it. 

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A tour of my backpack

This “What’s in my bag?” image represents my interests, motivations, and organization. Firstly, I have shown the folders of the five classes I am taking this semester–Spanish writing, english, history, art history, and financial accounting. These folders depict my range of interests and abilities. I take an advanced Spanish class since I have spoken since I was a baby, I am taking the required freshman English course but am excited about it since I love writing classes, I’m taking a history class about South Africa since my father was born there and I want to learn more about my roots, art history since I took it in high school and am looking forward to continuing, and financial accounting as a prerequisite for the business school if I choose to go down that path. I have only depicted two notebooks since I type my notes for my other classes–although I currently have two sprained fingers as depicted by the medical tape (on top of my laptop) that I keep in my bag to wrap my fingers. Additionally, I keep a planner in my bag where I plan out my work schedule and note all important dates. The page it’s opened to is from finals week when I created a detailed daily study plan that I closely followed to keep up with my work. I also always carry around my headphones since I love listening to music when walking from class to class or studying. I also carry a water bottle, pencil case, computer charger, and books for my classes, which mostly all require a lot of reading. I believe this image is very representative of me as a person since I enjoy learning, reading, and writing. The items in my bag keep me organized and on task, which is something I’m always working to improve. In order to create this image, I chose to present my folders in an “artsy,” fan-shaped way to showcase my create abilities and I flipped to a specific page in my planner to represent my organizational skills. What was challenging about this assignment was not being able to showcase my humor and deeper personality through my school supplies. I wish I had included a quote or something like that to showcase my deeper values. I do think that representing myself in a catalog of the stuff in  my bag is a type of writing because I am able to depict myself in a way where people can draw their own interpretations from what I’ve shown in my bag. What someone carries in their bag says a lot about a person, and I believe this catalog taught my reader a lot about me.

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Brain Entangled

Hello, and welcome to my page. Below is my badge, which represents both my physical appearance and my motivations for taking a class on games and computers. In my avatar, we see a girl with brown hair and brown eyes. She has a slight smile on her face and an inquisitive look in her eyes. She is ready to learn, just like me. Layered with the photo of a girl who looks like me is a photo of computers tangled with wires and cords. This represents the computer-based learning I hope to gain from this course. Intertwined within my avatar’s head is a few tangled cords. By mixing my head (where the brain is located and picks up knowledge) with the computer cords, I hope to grasp a genuine understanding of making my own website and creating games that can improve certain situations using these online and written tools.

Behind my avatar’s head are cropped portions of computers and wires. This represents my understanding that, although I will learn so much from this class, it is not possible to learn everything about games and computers in the shorts semester we have together. There is always so much more I can learn, and this class is only the start of my vast accumulation of knowledge in this field. And I cannot wait to get started!

Sources for image:

https://search.creativecommons.org/photos/8d9f418a-1baf-48bc-a6f7-fcec46448550

https://search.creativecommons.org/photos/dcd97c3b-1e6e-48af-a0c1-671a0b5acab7