Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Narrative and Sequence

Yesterday we started a 2 day workshop on 'narrative and sequence'. After a brief overview of narratives, which included showing us these two books by Istvan Banyai, we were set with a task. Each of us was given two random pictures, from which we had to build a visual narrative - ideally from one picture to the other, and no words. We then had to produce 12 panels (of any description) to illustrate this narrative. On the right are my two starting pictures.

"Think laterally, not literally" said the tutor. After a quick brainstorming of ideas of themes based on the two pictures; and then a couple of failed narratives, I caught on to the prevalence of circles in my images, and went with that. Once I'd OK-ed my plan with the tutor, off I went with my little story of sharing pie with friends. What follows are my 12 panels - they've in a concertina book form. I'm not going to explain the story to you - I hope the pictures do the talking ...













This is what they look like all spread out:


I presented the book as a pie, with the book hidden inside the dish.



We only had till 2pm today to do it, so I was in bed late and also up at 7 this morning to try and finish my little pie-book. I feel it still needs work (so don't be surprised if this re-appears in a more finished version on this blog in the future), but the tutors were happy with where I got to, and I was actually a lot more 'finished' then most of the others. Most people went for the 12-pieces-of-rectangular-paper option, but one of my favourites, for the sheer ingenuity of it, was Christian who had painted her story about birds and rebirth on 12 eggs! Genius! The stories that people came up with were quite entertaining too - definitely gave me an insight into some of their personalities...

5 comments:

ksklein said...

the idea of doing this on circularpaper is great. as well as the eggs.

Tiara said...

PIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIEEEEEEEEEE :D

that's actually rather nifty :D

Zara said...

Wow! That's an excellent idea! I didn't produce anything anywhere near as brilliant as that for that project (I also passed out before presenting mine, hehe!). And the narrative reads really well, too.

Anonymous said...

you are so gooooooood! i can't even look at you right now!!!!x

andrea joseph's sketchblog said...

Oh my God! A book in a PIE! Now THAT is genius. Oh my oh my!!! SO cool. Too cool.