Choosing The Right Image

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  • After all your planning, choosing, arranging and sketching, its now time to start drawing out the story.
  • No matter what style of image you choose, your picture’s first and most important job is to communicate quickly, clearly and compellingly with the reader.
  • Even when working in a minimalist style, you can still incorporate a wealth of real life details. With just a few lines, how specific can you get?
  • Learning to draw can help you communicate your idea more clearly. Classic drawing skills like anatomy and perspective can help you to render the forms in a your world convincingly.
  • But in comics, those characters and objects can be far more than just pretty pictures.How you draw the interior of a room for example can tell your readers a lot about the character who lives in itA minor detail in the art can foreshadow major developments in a story.
  • Shaun Tan uses a photo-realistic style to evoke imagery from photographs taken from Ellis Island in the early 20th century.
  • Shaun Tan uses a photo-realistic style to evoke imagery from photographs taken from Ellis Island in the early 20th century.
  • In a way the photographs become a metaphor for memories
  • But you can also use a limited palette of colors and a simpler drawing style to convey a different kind of mood.
  • Or maybe you want to combine two styles in one kind of story.In Bone, Jeff Smith draws some of his characters with a few fluid lines, while others have much more detail.Hope Larson switches to a sketchy style at the end of the page to imply that Hailey is growing up and the Salamander is a mere artifact of childhood like a child’s drawing.
  • Making Comics, Scott McCloud, 2006
  • Choosing The Right Image

    1. 1. Adapted from Scott McCloud’s book Making Comics (2006)<br />
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    18. 18. Sources<br />Amulet: The Stonekeeper, KazuKibuishi, 2008<br />Arrival, The, Shaun Tan, 2006<br />Attack of the Deranged Mutant Killer Monster Snow Goons, Bill Waterson, 1992<br />Baby-Sitter’s Club, The: Kristy’s Great Idea, Ann M. Martin and RainaTelgemeier, 2006<br />Bone: Out From Boneville, Jeff Smith, 1991, 1992, 2005<br />Clouds Above, The, Jordan Crane, 2008<br />ElseWhere Chronicles Book 1: The Shadow Door, Bannister and Nykko trans. Carol Klio Burrell, 2007, English translation 2009<br />http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/School_of_Athens_by_Raphael<br />Little Vampire, Joann Sfar, 2008<br />Making Comics, Scott McCloud, 2006<br />http://www.secretfriendsociety.com<br />

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