Panoptic refers to ‘showing or seeing the whole at one view’. Panoptic narrative art is often a bird’s eye view. The ‘camera’ is above. This is the art world’s equivalent of an all-seeing (omniscient) narrator.
The first to do is bring the ‘camera’ right up into the sky. The viewer now has a bird’s eye view of the setting.
But there’s more to it than that. It is an advanced compositional skill to incorporate mountains, deserts, forests and cities into a single scene.
Below is a collection of examples, with various ideas for composition.
Header illustration: Luis Helguera, Routes of the Flying Clipper Ships Pan Am, 1941