EXERCISE 4.4 USING BASIC NARRATIVE STRUCTURE

Although I have a light pad to ‘trace’ pictures over, I decided to use Procreate on my iPad as a tool to create these sequences as it’s easier to ‘erase’ and manipulate images digitally, than erasing it and re-doing it every time. I hope that is alright.

I decided to use images which I created for ‘Inktober’ in this exercise.

TASK 1: SEQUENCE – BEGINNING – MIDDLE – END

For the first task, I decided to use my dragon illustration. I thought it would be a fun image to work with and to manipulate in order to show movement when the dragon flies. Although I created a sequence of the dragon flying, not much else happens. I guess there is a ‘beginning, middle and end’ in the sense that it ‘flies across the page’ from one side to another. I mostly altered the dragons’ tail and wings to create a sense of movement. For the girl, I decided to alter her ‘body/ head’ in order to create the sense of motion when riding on an animal.

INSPIRATION:

RE-CREATED:

TASK 2: SEQUENCE – PASSAGE OF TIME

For Task 2, I decided to use another image which I created for ‘Inktober’. I used the illustration of a girl lying in a hammock in between 2 trees, with the moon/ sun in the background.

I focused on changing the passage of time across 4 images in order to re-create the same image to display the 4 different seasons. For this task, I mostly focused on changing the weather, the way the trees change according to the different seasons; as well as how the character possibly could react to the weather.

INSPIRATION:

RE-CREATED:

SPRING:

SUMMER:

AUTUMN:WINTER:

EXAMPLE IN COLOUR:

TASK 3: SEQUENCE – MORPHING

For Task 3, I used another image from my “Inktober” illustrations. I used the image of a girl on a swing as inspiration for my next sequence. I tried to create the sequence of a girl on a swing changing/ morphing into a butterfly. I mostly altered some of the characters’ body parts and placed her in different spots across the page, in order to create the effect of movement, as well as gradually morphing into something else.

INSPIRATION:

RE-CREATED:

IN COLOUR:

REFLECTION:

HOW DID I FIND THESE TASKS?

I really enjoyed these exercises. I just wish I had more time in order to develop each of them further. In the past, I mostly focused on single images which didn’t necessarily show the movement across the pages/ across time/ or change. It was fun to see how my characters ‘move’ across the pages/ how they change/ and how there are endless possibilities in which images can be altered in order to be created into something new.

It was a fun exercise. For Task 2 and 3 I made some quick/ rough examples with colour, but I think I could have made more interesting colour-combinations if I had more time.

WHAT OCCURRED TO ME THAT I CAN ADD TO MY ONGOING KNOWLEDGE OF DEVELOPING IMAGERY WITH A NARRATIVE PURPOSE?

I found it interesting that it is not necessary to make big changes in order to show the movement, small changes to an image creates a more ‘real’/ ‘smooth’ movement across the page. This task has taught me to look at images differently.. now when I look at an image, I wonder what happened before/ after; I wonder what a character could change into; or what would change about an image over time; how things would change; which parts of an image could be adjusted in order to create the effect of ‘movement’.

KEY WORDS THAT WILL REMIND ME OF THE MOST IMPORTANT THINGS I’VE LEARNED:

Movement/ change/ transformation/ morphing/ endless possibilities/ time/ parts of a story/ alterations/ life cycles

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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