Saturday, February 28, 2009

More narrative building ...

A bit of a late update as I've been in bed with the flu the last few days ... should still be in bed but I'm easily bored, so here I bring you what I was up to this last week (please excuse the photo quality as its been really gloomy weather, and also I just haven't had the energy to try and take better photos ...) ..

So on Wednesday we had a 40 panels workshop. We were told to come in with a household object. Mine was an old vintage hair clipper:

We then spent a few hours doing observational drawings of our objects (also changing scale and composition). Here's mine:

You'll notice that each panel also has a word associated - that's what we were asked to do after we were done drawing - attach a verb or an emotion to each drawing ... if you look closely you can see things like 'vain', 'liberated' and even 'playful'. Then we went about picking 8 panels and making a narrative out of those ... here's my final narrative:

Its the story of a playful little hair clipper that teases the audience by skirting round the edges of the frame, then goes 'boo!' with a cheeky grin, and then flies away happily being quite pleased with itself (you got that, didn't you?!?)...

Thursday we had another narrative workshop - but this time it was all about words and audio and onomatopoeias. We were working in pairs - I teamed up with Charlie as we were both fairly ill and coughing so we thought we'd keep our germs to ourselves! We were given a bit of time to go and find an onomatopoeic poem or something with lots of descriptive words. Charlie's mum is actually a children's poet so we ended up using one of hers called 'Dinosnore'.

First we all took turns reading out our poems and excerpts to each other, and then we had to re-write the poem (or part of it) using only text/font and not images (unless the font was being used as a picture). Charlie and I both got quite into it as we both love hand-drawn type... its still very much a work in progress, but hopefully it'll be a bit more finished than in appears here in a couple of weeks when we have to present it.

And now back to bed!

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