EXERCISE 3.2 READING AN IMAGE

I had a look at the illustration in the coursework, by Mark Oliver.

LIST THE CONTENT OF THE PICTURE:

Dragon; throne; treasure/ coins; shields; swords; helmets; 2 characters; one holding a torch; inside a cave

WHAT IS THE IMAGE ABOUT? WHAT IS IT SAYING?

I think the image is about the 2 characters trying to get the treasure from the dragon while it’s asleep.

WHAT IS THE NARRATIVE? IDENTIFY THE STORY:

I have no idea what the narrative of this story is. I mean I can use my imagination to make up my own story, but I have never seen this particular illustration or storybook before.

An adaptation of the story ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’: ‘…once upon a time there was a boy and girl who lived with their mother. Their mother told them to go and sell the cow at the market. Instead they met an old man along the way, who bought the cow from them with in exchange for magic beans. When they got home, mum was very angry and threw the beans out of the window. The children was sent to their rooms and fell asleep crying. The next morning when they woke up, they saw a giant beanstalk outside their window. They decided to climb up the beanstalk… until they got all the way up to the clouds. There on the clouds, they saw a cave. They went inside… and found a sleeping giant dragon with some treasure.. (to be continued)’

DESCRIBE THE PALETTE AND TONAL RANGE WHICH HAS BEEN USED. NOTE IF THE COLOURS ARE HOT OR COLD, WHETHER THE ELEMENTS ARE DETAILED OR TEXTURAL, AND WHERE THESE APPROACHES ARE USED:

The palette includes both hot and cold colours. The hot colours are used to create the effect of fire using different shades of red, orange and yellow. These colours are also seen on the dragon, but more smooth texture. The cold colours are used to create shadows inside the cave, using different shades of blue, to show where the light falls from the fire.

IS THERE ANY CONNECTION BETWEEN HOT COLOUR AND THE IMPORTANCE OF THE ELEMENT IN TELLING THE STORY?

I guess the use of the hot colours to create the fire and the dragon, creates a dramatic effect of fear for the dragon. As well as leading the eye directly to the dragon before looking at the other aspects of the image.

BEGIN TO IDENTIFY THE HIERARCHY WITHIN THE IMAGE. WHICH ARE THE MOST IMPORTANT ELEMENTS IN TERMS OF CARRYING THE NARRATIVE OR CONVEYING THE IDEAS AND HOW HAVE THESE BEEN TREATED?

I would say the most important elements are the: dragon; fire from the torch; the treasure; the children. The colour choices are used to make the eye focus on certain areas more than another.

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