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Senior Capstone Career Project - Product Work Log
Name: Edith Loarca
Product: Children’s Book On Domestic Violence
1:30- 2:00 PM
Hasty Elementary School
Activity: I was with my facilitator, Jane Gill, and we discussed information between each other over my product and the information I needed to fill out the forms for my Senior Project.
Commentary: This was a very good time to get to know each other. I’m more comfortable working and getting ready to design my book with Ms. Gill by my side. She offered some ideas to help me out with the psychology part of my book, and has offered to get me in contact with her son-in-law who manages with domestic violence situation constantly.
Time Spent: 30 Minutes
Total Time Thus Far:30 Minutes
10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Activity: I was at home working on my cover design and drawing sketches over my main protagonist. I planned out the environment and remain undecided if it should be urban setting or a wildlife setting. I began my outline in regards to character names, setting, descriptions.
Commentary: Although I began my outline I still need to develop it thoroughly. Decisions still have to be made, but this time spent on my outline made me realize the creativity and thought that is needed to be an author. I enjoyed drawing out sketches for my book, but it is a very long process to do. The drawings have to be something that a child is comfortable with and thinks is entertaining to see. There is a lot of mistakes that are made, corrected, rethought, and possibly redesigned. It is a cycle that is repeated over and over until the final outcome is the one you want.
Time Spent: 2 Hours 30 Minutes
Total Time Thus Far: 3 Hours
1:00- 2:00 PM
Activity: I went to Hasty Elementary School to go and learn with Ms. Gill. During my time with her, we discussed different techniques and art tools needed and preferred for my children’s book. Different mediums create and display different effects on the illustrations. I looked at the pros and cons of using water paints, pastels, markers, acrylic paints, and oil paints. In the end I decided that water paint would create the best mood for the illustrations.
Commentary: This meeting showed me what was the best way to illustrate and paint my drawings. Each drawing creates a mood within readers that reach out in an almost subconscious level, so it is important to use the right mediums. Of course it all depends on what is trying to be conveyed to the public. Lighting within the picture can also be easily controlled using water paint which is very important for all illustrations. Ms. Gill also generously offered to provide the water paints needed for my project in order to help me in my product.
Time Spent: 1 Hour
Total Time Thus Far: 4 Hours
4:00- 5:00 PM
Activity: I have stopped the illustration process for the moment. I have started on the development of the story. I went back to the websites that I found over domestic violence that I am using for my research, and I am trying to incorporate these thoughts into the book. Reading the experiences and thoughts of children that went through this truly gives me a better handle in making my protagonist. I wrote down the description and characteristics of the character, but I have yet to phrase his words that he will be saying.
Commentary: I have been working on my protagonist for now, and I plan on developing the characters one by one, so other characters will be planned out later. The websites are extremely helpful, but I plan to pay a visit to the Cherokee Family Violence Center for a better perception. I will need to set up dates for a meeting. I got a notebook that I had and that is where I will develop and plan out my children’s book. I plan to present this notebook alongside the actual children’s book to the judges.
Caption: I am writing down thoughts that will make the book better and entertaining for children.
Total Time Thus Far: 5 Hours
2:45- 5:00 PM
Activity: I continued on my story development. I am still writing in my notebook. I have created a list of words, author’s vocabulary if you may, in order to keep myself informed and to let anyone recognize the terms that will be used in the creation of this book. The main character is almost in completion, but he will not be finished until I come up with the phrases he will say. I want to start with that after I meet with the Violence Shelter crew and members. The last 20 minutes I worked on my cover and on making a rough draft with first using pencil, pens, and some water colors.
Commentary: I am still at awe in realizing what it truly takes to develop a story, and making sure that it will capture a child’s attention and that a child can relate to my protagonist. At the beginning of this project I believed it would not be so time-consuming, but it seems I was wrong. I do not mind though. I am actually enjoying it, and the painting process is very relaxing.
Caption: I am beginning to water color some sketches to see how it would look like with the paints on the illustrations.
Time Spent: 2 Hours 15 Minutes
Total Time Thus Far:
7 Hours 15 Minutes
2:30- 3:00 PM
Activity: I went to Hasty Elementary once more to visit Ms. Gill. Unfortunately, we were only able to see each other for a short period of time. She showed me the collection of water color that also works very good. I was able to learn some techniques that made the cover design really shine. We also discussed the idea about adding physical texture to the actual book. That truly captures a child’s attention. I see that some authors use texture, so that children can interact with the book, and that way they pay attention to what they read.
Commentary: I really appreciate the time I spend with my facilitator. I learn many new things topics along her side. I just need to find a date when I can spend more time with her. I loved the idea of adding texture. I will definitely use that technique for my children’s book.
Total Time Thus Far:
7 Hours 45 Minutes
2:00- 3:00 PM
Activity: I was able to finally spend an hour with Ms. Gill. I was able to water paint my cover some more. The rest of the time was just planning out how I will illustrate my protagonist and the way the lay out of my book will be. Ideas, such as having two illustrations per page versus just one, were considered and discussed. I decided to hold my opinion and think about it more. Sketches were recorded in my sketch book.
Commentary: There are different ways my protagonist came out, and I was not able to decide which is best. I think I will show the different pictures to some kids I know and let them decide which one they like best. This whole project is all children focused and I like to keep their opinions in mind.
8 Hours 45 Minutes
Activity: I focused on two assignments for the day. One of them being looking up the Cherokee Family Violence Center. I checked out their website so that I could get a better view on what they are and what they do. I am planning to send them an email or give them a phone call explaining my situation. The second bullet on my mental list to do is writing down the plot development chart to give me a true basis to my story. I also have gone a little farther ahead than anticipated on the content of my book. I am making a rough draft of what will be said. For the age group I am trying to focus on I have considered to make the story into an ending rhyme perhaps. Last thing that was not planned but still did for the last hour and fifteen minutes was creating some more drawings and having them ready for my facilitator to review.
Commentary: I am somewhat hesitant on contacting the violence center. I want to meet them, but I work almost every day, so I have to find a day that can work before I set a date with them. I have a friend that is a regular volunteer so hopefully that will ease things as well. It is truly an amazing experience writing this story. All the research that has to go in it, and the amount of creativity needed is beyond of what I originally thought. I truly do hope I am able to put it all into rhyme because that way although the topic may be hard for some kids it still has that sense of classic rhyme that could help them feel comforted.
Caption: I continue researching the topic of childhood domestic violence and reading stories behind survivors of CDV. I write key note within my notebook.
Time Spent: 3 Hours
Total Time Thus Far: 11 Hours 45 Minutes
1:30- 2:30 PM
Activity: Since I just started the text for my book I have only created some sketches to along with them. That was what I brought in for Ms. Gill, my facilitator, to review. We talked about the edits that have to be made or adjusted. Some sketches were thrown out, but I brainstormed new ideas so that it could be replaced. Another thing we talked about, and I am very excited for, is the location of the physical texture that will be added to the book. Of course I still have to figure out how I’ll be able to accomplish this, but it will happen hopefully.
Commentary: Meetings with Ms. Gill are very pleasant. When I receive critique I feel like they are comments that make my picture way better. From my viewpoint I do not see the mistakes or strays that are in any of my content. It is always better to get an experienced eye to look at anything.
Total Time Thus Far: 12 Hours 45 Minutes
Activity: I simply worked on more of my content today. I looked up the websites I researched at the beginning of my project. The websites contained information over domestic violence and stories or blogs that people, teens, and including kids posted to share their stories. Another insider into their minds for which I am grateful for. Hopefully their thoughts will truly shape my protagonist and who he is. I also worked on editing the sketches I made and redrawing original ideas but in a different way.
Commentary: As a beginner author I feel a sense of pride seeing this coming together bit by bit. Reading the blogs also makes me truly realize that my protagonist is based on their experiences and in a way they all help make this happen. As I’m creating the book I growing this attachment towards this small family that is going through a lot, and I just hope I can help small kids through this small family.
Caption: I am holding up one of the final sketches of a page in my children’s book that I created today.
Time Spent: 1 Hour
Total Time Thus Far: 13 Hours 45 Minutes
Activity: Once again I met with my facilitator to discuss and create. For the first fifteen minutes she looked over my sketches. The rest of the time was spent somewhat solo. I was still with her, but we decided to let me look over my notes and come up with ideas. I ended the hour with only two new ideas. I also was thinking of the water color part of it all. Some drawings have paint and others are in the process of it.
Commentary: Today was a very simple meeting. Nothing major really happened. It was a good time to truly sit down though and focus on this project. Between work, classes, and family it can get a little over whelming but times like these I am grateful for.
Total Time Thus Far: 14 Hours 45 Minutes
5:00- 8:00 PM
Activity: Today I truly went at it. I went three straight hours working on my content and text. It is halfway done, and I can’t be more excited. It is very time consuming figuring out how to phrase the role of victim and attacker in a way that young children can still read and understand. Domestic violence is an extremely difficult and sensitive topic to discuss, so creating a story discussing this topic is complicated.
Commentary: Even though it is time-consuming I do this hoping I can actually help children that suffer through domestic violence. Hopefully I will continue on with my sketches.
Caption: I was studying my notes and with that I was able to begin writing my story.
Total Time Thus Far: 17 Hours
5:00- 8:15 PM
Activity: I continued on my book. Since this week is school winter break I created a schedule for this week, so I can use my break to be productive and truly pay close attention to my senior project. I have now completed three fourths of my children’s book. Before writing anything I visit websites of young children’s authors that give out advice on how to write successfully.
Commentary: Another day dedicated to my project. I wrote with mind and heart together. My protagonist has been truly developed now along with his family which helps me out a lot because it makes writing my book easier.
Caption: I continued on with my research looking at several websites that discussed CDV in depth.
Time Spent: 3 Hours 15 Minutes
Total Time Thus Far: 21 Hours
Activity: The first hour and a half I finished my book off. All the rhymes came together and I am sure my message came through. That there is hope beyond the violence, and that there is life without the perpetrator. It seemed it took long, but it happened within an hour and a half. The next hour and a half I finished my sketches that I worked on before. I also created the last few sketches I needed.
Commentary: It is almost done, and I am so happy and sad seeing the finish line so close. I am also proud to see the investment of time and effort give to this cause. Now since I have completed the text of y book I can solidify my illustrations from sketches to final drawings next.
Total Time Thus Far: 24 Hours
5:00- 7:00 PM
Activity: I now finished my sketches that goes along with my text. I transferred the illustrations from my sketch book to specific water color paper, so it can be ready to water color.
Commentary: I am a huge fan of anything paint-related, so being so close to water coloring is really exciting. Illustrating was almost equally as challenging as writing the book. Creating the drawings had to display what the text was saying. My illustrations are now on the water color paper, and I’m ready to take it and work with my facilitator to start the process.
Caption: I am now done with sketches, and I am holding up the sketch pad and watercolor pad where I will redraw the final illustrations.
Time Spent: 2 Hours
Total Time Thus Far: 26 Hours
Activity: Since my illustrations are done and done we decided that the start to color my illustrations was to outline them in sharpie so that the solid lines can still be seen and not blended in. So for the whole hour I carefully outlined all illustrations which sounds like something that could happen quickly, but it took the whole hour.
Commentary: It was simple and relaxing to do a simple task. It was a stress-free activity that I enjoyed doing.
Caption: I am outlining my sketches in sharpie in order for the illustrations to be seen even with the watercolors mixing together.
Total Time Thus Far: 27 Hours
Activity: I finally started the water color process. The colors needed to complement each other and flow together to create the feelings I need at whatever moment. Ms. Gill helped me with the color wheel and the mixture of paints.
Commentary: It was truly fun but needed concentration because mistakes cannot be made at this point of the illustration process. I am almost halfway but still need time with my facilitator to finish my illustrations.
Total Time Thus Far: 28 Hours
Activity: I started with water coloring the background with a light blue in order to begin the process. I finished the blue on all illustrations, and by the end of the hour I was starting on the different colors on the first two pages. Mrs. Gill was able to teach me several cool techniques such as the wet-on-wet technique which gave the paints more flow.
Commentary: Keeping the water colors from running into each other is a lot trickier than I thought. Water colors are a special type of art medium that really does take effort to control, but I love the feeling of it.
Time Spent:1 Hour
Total Time Thus Far: 29 Hours
1:30 PM- 2:30 PM
Activity: Previously I was able to finish 2 out of the 16 illustrations. Today with the one hour I had with my facilitator I managed to add color to 8 more pages making it 10 out of 16 complete.
Commentary: It is time to focus and wrap up my product. It has been a wonderful time with my facilitator, but I will be finishing up the rest of the illustrations at home. The next time we will meet it will be time to fill out the verification form and show her the final product.
Caption: Ms. Gill and I were focusing on the different colors that were incorporated into the illustrations and how they were used within the scales of my characters.
Total Time Thus Far: 30 Hours
6:00- 10:00 PM
Activity: I finished up the last six pictures I had to do. I photo scanned the pictures and created them into images, which I then typed my story onto the images. Time flew by, but I got it done. I placed everything into a flash drive and got it ready to be made into photobook at my local Walgreens.
Commentary: I’m very proud of myself. As I get closer to the end of my project I realized how much time I have put into this product, and of how much I enjoyed it.
Time Spent: 4 Hour
Total Time Thus Far: 34 Hours
10:30- 11:00 AM
Activity: I went to my local Walgreens and transferred my images and story into the photo kiosk that they had. I managed to resize and edit my pictures in order to create the final product.
Commentary: I had fun making it all fit into the book. As I was finishing up I felt a sudden relief to see that all my hard work paid off. Later that day I picked up my book and I felt extremely happy and proud as I held my final product in my hands.
Total Time Thus Far:34 Hours 30 Minutes
Hours with Facilitator- 9 Hours
Hours Alone- 25 Hours 30 Minutes
Total Hours- 34 Hours 30 Minutes ill redraw the final illustrations.