RESEARCH TASK 4.3 STORY STRUCTURES:

CONSIDER THE PLOT STRUCTURE:

I found learning about the plot structure quite interesting and helpful. I think it will provide me with a clear guide in order to attempt at creating my own stories in the future. Although I am not good at story writing, I love illustrating. This story structure will help me to create simple stories which I can illustrate.

HOW MIGHT IT BE USEFUL FOR GETTING MORE FROM YOUR OWN DRAWINGS?

This story structure challenges me to look at my characters in my drawings and to create not only a narrative but a proper storyline. It will help me to develop my characters in my drawings more in the sense of movement.. making them ‘come alive’, facing problems and seeking solutions. Thus creating more holistic characters, settings, scenarios and illustrations.

CAN YOU FIND A STORY WHICH ALREADY CONFORMS TO THE STRUCTURE?

I thought out the following story structure, inspired by my penguin characters in a classroom setting: For more detail, please have a look at ASSIGNMENT 4 BUILDING STORIES – Penguins

STORY STRUCTURE:

BEGINNING:

1. Stasis –

The penguin children are playing in the classroom.

2. Trigger –

Bennie gets in trouble and is sent to “time-out”

3. Quest –

Bennie daydreams while on “time-out”

MIDDLE:

4. A Surprise –

During eating time, a classmate is choking on a fishbone.

5. A Critical Choice/ a Reaction –

Bennie jumps across the room and hits him on the back.

6. The Climax –

The fishbone flies out. The classmate is saved by Bennie.

ENDING:

7. The Reversal –

Bennie changes from the ‘troublemaker’ as viewed by some, to the hero who saved a classmate.

8. The Resolution –

Bennie is not judged for playing ‘superhero’ games in class anymore.

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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