The Secret Language of Comics: Visual Thinking and Writing

Parts of a PC

Like a computer, this class has several varying parts – each with it’s own functions and purpose. In this sketch, I explain how the parts of a computer can be compared to the different aspects and learning objectives of the work that I have done in this class. From the monitor, to the system unit, to even the router, a computer uses all these parts to function and perform fully and would be incomplete without each part fulfilling it’s role. Similarly, the experiences that I have gained from the work I have done this semester consolidate to display my understanding of the various learning objectives and allow me to continually grow as a writer.


Sketch 12: Assemblies

Due: 12/8

Tag: sk12

For some unknown reason, the National Archives includes a document entitled Cocktail Construction Chart, which was created by the US Forest Service in 1974, showing recipes for a group of cocktails represented in the style of an architectural diagram.

For this week’s sketch, think about the work you’ve completed in this class and your own learning and thinking processes — then break all that down into component parts, represented in some sort of an architectural diagram like this one. I’m less interested in the quality of the drawing itself and more in your analytical ability to break down something complicated into a series of steps and to represent that as if in such a diagram.

Creating this diagram should be a key step towards completing your portfolio reflection letter (and I will encourage you to use the diagram as a key image in that letter). If you think about what you have learned this semester about yourself as a writer and reader, how can you represent that understanding as a single diagram, and how do the various pieces of writing you have done fit into that diagram to construct your vision?