Before starting to sketch, I took Brad's advice to some word association, and come up with other words that represented "quiet" and "loud." This short process really helped me when I started actually sketching. I found I kept referring back to these notes a lot.
For my first round of sketches, I went a fairly traditional figurative route. I thought a lot about where I was and what I was doing when I am feeling most quiet. I felt that times spent in my apartment in front of the window watching the weather, really gave me that sense of peace and solitude more than anything else.
I tried sneaking in a little cat tail, but it ended just looking some wierd alien tentacle...
For the loud piece I kept thinking of people singing and dancing, and then the thought of karaoke popped into my head! Not that long I went karaoke-ing with friends, my ears would not stop ringing by the end of night. There is nothing louder than a group of drunk friends singing their asses off.
For my second round of sketches I went in the direction of abstract. Rigidity, repetition and conformity I feel showcase the essence of being quiet and non-descript, while chaos and randomness feel loud, showy and exciting.