EXERCISE 4.3 CONVERSATIONS WITH PICTURES- INTERPRETATION:

PREVIOUSLY ADDED DIALOGUE:

Since the start of the course, I have been experimenting with adding ‘conversations’ to images. Here are some of my past illustrations with conversations:

PREVIOUSLY ADDED DIALOGUE TO SKETCHBOOK CIRCLE ILLUSTRATIONS:

NEWLY ADDED DIALOGUE:

LETTER FROM A CHARACTER:

I looked at my drawings from ‘Inktober’ and chose the following drawings to focus on for this exercise:

I asked myself the following questions:

– what would they say?

– what happened before?

– what happened after?

– who is the dragon & superhero saving?

They are possibly saving: insects; animals; fairies; people?

– who/ what are they saving them from?

They are possibly saving them from: other animals; other insects; evil fairies; evil people; evil giants; or other ‘baddies’

– what is the problem?

Someone is: hurting others; damaging things; damaging nature; polluting; doing other bad things; causing a lot of trouble; being a bad friend; etc.

– why does she receive a letter?

The characters could possibly receive letters to: ask for help; to share news; as an invitation; as a greeting card; to keep in contact; pen pals; etc.

FURTHER NARRATIVE DEVELOPMENT:

Who receives the letter & Why?

The fairy flying on the dragons’ back, could be a superhero. She could receive a letter from someone asking for help.

Who is the letter from & what do they need help with?

The letter could be from insects; animals; other fairies or people asking for help. For example: people could help the fairy with protecting the environment; insects could ask the fairy help to keep the peace between all the different types of insects; the animals could ask the fairy help to save endangered species; the other fairies could ask her help to paint the flowers for Spring Time; etc.

For this exercise I will choose: other fairies

Asking for help: to paint the flowers for Spring Time

What does the letter say?

“Please help us! We need to paint the flowers for Spring Time, but the ‘baddie’ keeps stopping us from doing it. Everyone is scared of him. Please help!, from the painting fairies”

What happened before?

The superhero fairy was asleep in her ‘sling’ hammock.

What happened after?

After reading the letter, she flies off on her pet dragon to go and save the day.

What would she say?

Superhero Fairy: “Oh, a letter?! Who could this be from?”

(Reads the letter in shock)

Superhero Fairy: “oh dear! We have to go and help them against the ‘baddie’! Come on Dragon! It’s time to go!”

Superhero Fairy & Dragon: “To the rescue!!!”

I CONTINUED WITH THIS IDEA IN ASSIGNMENT 4 – THIS WAS THE RESULT:

REFLECTION:

I often find myself adding ‘voices’ to random objects, for example: when eating a chocolate Easter bunny, he would say: ‘Oh no! Not my ears! Not my ears! Don’t eat my ears!…Oh no! Not my legs! Not my legs! Help! Help!’; or my “pet” soft toy, named Pugsley who “loves maaaaammmy!”

Although I am not good at story writing, I enjoy giving objects or characters voices, especially when they are quite random in thoughts and what they say.

I hope that I will be able to develop this skill when illustrating in order to be able to create illustrations which complements the text, and vice a verse.

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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