The Toulmin Model Poem

Thanks to my English teacher, I have been reminded that April is National Poetry Month. Thus, I will used this blog post to acknowledge this with some original poetry.  I am no poet by any means, so don’t expect any Shakespeare gold to spew out of my mouth (well, keyboard).

Since I just learned about the Toulmin model, I’m going to attempt to combine this with poetry accordingly. When reading about it, the book stated that using the model “often sounds stiff and lacks the nuance of more natural writing.”  For some reason, I find poems with strange structure to be the most interesting so I felt that using Toulmin would at least make my poem somewhat interesting.

The Toulmin model has six elements: claim, support (evidence), warrant (the assumption), backing, qualifier, and reservation. that being said, I will loosely use the template given in the book for Toulmin analysis: Because (evidence as support), there (claim), since (assumption), on account of (backing), unless (reservation). This poem’s theme is procrastination, which is what I am doing right now as I type this.

Because this is

Due tomorrow,

Or should I say,

Due today,

Since it’s past

The dead of night,

Therefore I should probably

Do this tomorrow,

Or should I say,

Do today,

Since He will check it,

Unless,

Of course,

It’s too late,

Or should I say,

Too early in the day,

To procrastinate.

 

I’m no good at this.

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From the desk of Amelia

Inspired by Austin Kleon and http://fromyourdesks.com/, I’ve decided to share my workspace.

Since my project revolves mainly around art and animation, my desk is definitely a significant part of “how” I am carrying out this project. That being said, I shall now reveal the desk.

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Well since I’m using a laptop, the desk isn’t really that important, but for the most part this is my usually set up.

There I have my trusty wacom bamboo fun tablet, my tablet pen, and my laptop. Everything I do creatively is on a lit-up screen, not paper. You can even see some of my artwork in this image. Recently I’ve been taking requests online, so finding time to work on my project has been rather difficult. Then again, the only one I can blame is myself… ≖‿≖

Moreover, having a tablet would be pointless without a program! The one I use for everything (sketching/painting/animating) is Paint Tool Sai.

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It’s a neat program. Lightweight and easy to use. To do animations, I rely on layers and opacity, creating a kind of onion skin effect. Same goes for making coloring quick and efficient. For example, layers can separate lines in a way that you never overlap them. I shall demonstrate with drawing in the first image.

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Since I’m too lazy to get a legit animation program, I just use http://gifmaker.me/. This forces me to insert pictures frame by frame, which is rather tedious, but ehhh you gotta do what you gotta do.

That’s pretty much it! I hope this was kinda interesting. My workspace represents my character: boring for the most part. ヽ(๏∀๏ )ノ

Applying SOAPStone to the Performing Arts

SOAPStone is normally used to analyze reading and writing, but can this limit be expanded?

Being in the front ensemble (band stuff), we team up with the school’s drumline every winter to put out an indoor drumline show. In these shows, we try to tell a story through the music we play, our facial expressions, and the way drill is put out on the floor. This year’s show is called “Sit Down. Stand Up” and since I still have a difficult time trying to understand what this show is about (which is terrible since I’m the performer that’s supposed to convey emotion towards the audience and direct them how to feel), I’m going to give a shot at SOAPStoning this musical mess.

First off, I’ll talk about the musical elements in our show. For the most part, the music is based off Aaron Copland’s Appalachian Spring and several songs from Bon Iver. Bon Iver is an Indie Folk Band and Aaron Copland is a very well known American composer, credited for having a distinct American style of composition. This gives the music an interesting mix of modernity and folk.

Next is the show concept. Our instructor tells us this is a show about gaining confidence. Hence on one side we have a lonely sitting “statue” (in a weak, curled up position) and a tall, confident standing “statue.” Throughout the show, the performers slowly gain confidence as they discover themselves. Using boxes to elevate the players, the audience can easily visualize when we are in a depressed state or a confident on. Since the show is divided in movements, I will just say movement 1 is where we’re supposed to be melancholy, movement 2 is a playful sort of “self-actualization stage”, and movement 3 is where everyone has finally found confidence and we’re proud enough to show it off to the audience. Now for the SOAPStone analysis.

SPEAKER: This is tough since we don’t have a single narrator. However, I would say that the speaker is also all thirty of us performers, which may be a little odd since one would imagine us to be referred to as the speakers” then. This is not true as all of us are actually set on performing the same way to make the audience feel the exact emotions they should be feeling. Through our expressions and character of the music, we can be considered the voice that is heard. We start off sad but will slowly gain confidence as we “stand up.”

OCCASION: Well I know that my instructor thought of this concept during his trip to the Chicago Symphony, but I’m not sure if that can really apply to the occasion of the show itself. If anything, he recently got married and is just in a really feel good mood. The show is set in a way to demonstrate that even if you’re at a low point, you can gain confidence to be happy.

AUDIENCE: In a broad view, the audience is well, the audience in the stands. Or the judges that will be scoring us. On the other hand, this show could be focused on those who are going to rough times and could gain a confidence boosts, or to show that things will get better.

PURPOSE: To fulfill the audience’s need of wanting to watch a great show, but on a more serious note, to illustrate the gaining of confidence musically and visually.

SUBJECT: I’ll make this short and sweet, the subject is on gaining confidence.

TONE: I’ll divide the tones by movement (expressed both musically and facially). Whatever the tone of the music is in the movement should be the same tone towards the audience.  Movement 1 has a sullen tone and is very calm sounding, reflecting a melancholy and slow feel. Towards the end, we become a little more upbeat, a small boost of confidence if you will. Next is Movement 2, which has an energetic and playful tone. There’s a sense of discovery and the end crescendos as we seem to be growing louder and louder with pride. Lastly Movement 3 is filled with confidence. It’s very grandiose with cymbal crashes, rolls, and a company front. Meanwhile, everyone is standing tall with bright smiles and a regal look.

 

Well I tried, and I’m not sure if it’s too successful (maybe you just can’t apply SOAPStone to performing arts?).

If you’re interested, here’s a video of the show. We’re not quite done here, but it’s up to all the parts I have analyzed. Enjoy! Undefeated so far this season. 🙂

Sadly, the facial expressive part of this is too hard to see!

 

 

The Erudite (Morphemes)

There at the grand table,

Sits the fabled erudite.

He sits for hours, days, weeks,

Reading books and taking notes,

Showing off his retentive mind.

Time continues passing,

He studies for so long…

Is he coadunate to the table?

Oh, how we wonder.

Sedentary and unaware

To the surroundings around him,

So tractable the erudite is,

By mere words on a page.

Is it under his own volition

That he chooses to sit there

And study?

We will never know,

For he is transected from us.

To him, we are invisible.

erudite

Morphs used: rud, sec/sect/seg, sed/sid, ten/tin/tain, tract, uni/un, and vol.

Didn’t manage to fit all ten morphs in this time, but it was interesting trying to create a poem instead of a story. 🙂

Terminal of the Teenage Phase (Morphemes Story?)

Nearly eighteen years old, I am situated at the terminal of the “teenage phase.” I am not too fond of this state of senescence, but I am excited nonetheless. Compared to my other fellow classmates, I’ve had a non- eventful life as a teenager. But I am perfectly fine with that. Unlike them and their ludicrous behaviors, I like to consider myself  urbane; suave, refined, and far from vacuous. I am being completely veracious as I say the boys and girls my age act like buffoons, going to parties and getting intoxicated on a near weekly basis. They also lack restraint and respect of privacy, being vociferous and ignorant any chance they get. My derision of their behavior is nothing short of the truth. Why does time seem so unbearably torpid? I want to get out of this hell hole they call school and grow up already. Hopefully the others will grow up with me.

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The morphs used were lid/lus, rid/ris, sen, term, torp, fox, urn, vac, ver, voc/vok/vow.

Just so you know, I don’t think this way at all! I was just writing with the point of view of an irked, possibly bitter, student.

Changing Courses

Hiya!

I’m making a change in my ideaFM project. Honestly, I should have done this early as there is only a little over a month left until the project is due, but what must be done, well, must be done.

Previously, I was planning to make only a short animation film with an original storyline. However…okay I’ll admit it…I got too lazy. The work seemed a little overwhelming for a person like me (having no animation experience). Therefore, I decided that instead of doing only one short animation, I’m going to do several short ones. “How is that any better?” Well by short, I mean that each animation will probably last for a few seconds rather than a few minutes. Hopefully, this will allow me to animate several different things instead of just following a story line with lots of random frames with no movement. I’ll try to start off simple and make the animations more difficult as I improve. Here is my first attempt! A very simple three-framed blink animation, done in about an hour. The GIFs are set at three different stages; the sketching stage, the lineart stage, and the colored stage. I’ll try to show this for all future animations. Hopefully, they will turn out successful. 🙂

Sketch:

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Outlined:

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Colored:

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ALSO, Happy Chinese New Years!

Backgrounds and such

Finals are approaching so I haven’t been able to work on my animation project much. However, I will describe the location where the story takes place. Since the beginning, I’ve been focused on keeping the main character in a Japanese city. As I am currently in Japanese 3, I thought it would be fun to incorporate things I have learned. I also thought it would make it more normal for my character to have such an unnatural hair color (light aqua LOL). It won’t be a rural village, but one of those bustling cities like Akihabara or Ikkebukoro. The plot revolves around a mysterious game that is found on the streets so I envision a very bright and tall video game store nearby. I remember from my trip to Japan a few years ago that stores would normally have 5+ stories; very different from my hometown Fountain Valley, where buildings that tall would only be hospitals or hotels. Anyways, here are some street/store sketches but they are very poor and hard to make out. They’ll get better soon, I promise!

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