EXERCISE 4.1 DESCRIPTION AND DEPICTION

Before starting this exercise, I had a look at “Word and image interplay” (pg. 92- 96) and “Pictorial text” (Pg. 101 -103) in the book, “Children’s Picturebooks, The art of visual storytelling” by Salisbury M & Styles M, “Much-loved, and often award-winning, individual Picturebooks by the Ahlbergs and hugely talented illustrators are not always easy yo catergorize but they certainly involve words and picture enhancing each other.”

I used 2 different locations for this exercise: In the shop (unfamiliar); as well as my classroom (familiar).

IN THE SHOP:

When I was visiting Edinburgh, Scotland at the beginning of November, I was pleasantly surprised by all the Christmas decorations already on display in all the shops.

Where I live in the Middle East, they sell tree decorations, but not on the same big and exciting scale as in the UK. The one shop I went into had every possible colour or theme tree decorations available. I decided to sketch one of my favourite decorated trees with funky bright and shiny alternative decorations, including: unicorns; dinosaurs; rainbows; neon colours; etc.

I drew the 4 oblong outlines in a sketchbook beforehand and filled it up on location, using the instructions provided.

REFLECTION:

I enjoyed this exercise and trying it out on different locations and with different kind of details.

WHICH APPROACHES DID YOU ENJOY AND WHICH WILL YOU TAKE FORWARD FROM THIS TASK?

I think I prefer the 4th/ final box, creating a balance between describing the scene creatively with words and pictures. I think it is a fun way to capture and document an experience holistically.

WHAT HAPPENED WHEN WORDS AND IMAGES INTERACTED; DID THEY REINFORCE OR PLAY OFF AGAINST EACH OTHER?

I think the interaction/ inclusion of both images and words, complement each other. By using words to describe the tree decorations, my personal perspective/ opinion/ love for it was expressed. I think by adding words to images, a more clear “message/ representation” as seen by the artist, is portrayed .

DID DESCRIBING THE SCENE USING WORDS FIRST EFFECT THE WAY YOU DREW AFTERWARDS?

Yes, I think by describing the scene using words first, I was able to express the way I experienced it more clearly, before attempting to draw it.

DID WHAT YOU DESCRIBED USING WORDS HELP YOU TO DECIDE THE EMPHASIS OF YOUR IMAGE?

Yes, I think by using the words to describe what I experienced, helped me to decide on the emphasis of my image, namely… “funky Christmas Decorations”.

IN THE SHOP – CHRISTMAS TREES:

MY CLASSROOM:

NAME: Juanita du Toit

STUDENT NUMBER: 522438

COURSE: Illustration 1: Illustration Sketchbooks

The Open College of the Arts (University for the Creative Arts)

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