Tag: composition

  • The Axial Cut In Narrative Art

    The axial cut is a film editing technique. It is a type of jump cut useful to the horror genres. In any ‘jump cut’, the viewer sees a ‘jump in the visual’. An axial cut is a type of jump cut, where the camera suddenly moves closer to or further away from its subject, along an invisible line drawn straight between the camera…

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  • Art Nouveau Page Layouts

    Art Nouveau Page Layouts

    The following are from a 1904 magazine called Blanco y negro published in Madrid. DECORATIVE BORDERS

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  • Sequential Narrative Art In Picture Books

    Sequential Narrative describes art which tells a story in a series of images making use of frames. Let’s say there are 7 main categories of Narrative art. Narrative art is art which tells a story. Monoscenic — represents a single scene with no repetition of characters and only one action taking place Sequential — very much like a continuous narrative art with one major difference.…

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  • An Entire World In A Single Illustration

    An Entire World In A Single Illustration

    Sometimes illustrators want to convey an entire storyworld within a single scene. These are useful as establishing shots in stories. Some call these illustrations ‘panoptic‘. 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.

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  • Archways In Composition

    Archways In Composition

    As a framing device, arches, archways and arcs are useful to illustrators. Below are various examples of archways in art and illustration.

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  • Depicting Motion In Illustration

    Depicting Motion In Illustration

    How do illustrators convey motion when creating static images?

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  • Progressive Narrative Art

    Progressive narrative in artwork describes a single scene in which characters do not repeat. However, multiple actions are taking place in order to convey a passing of time in the story. There are 7 main categories of narrative art. Narrative art is art which tells a story. Monoscenic — represents a single scene with no repetition of characters and only one action taking place Sequential — very…

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  • Continuous Narrative Art In Picture Books

    A continuous narrative is a type of visual story that illustrates multiple scenes of a narrative within a single frame. Multiple actions and scenes are portrayed in a single visual field without any dividers. The sequence of events within the narrative is defined through the reuse of the main character or characters. Continuous narrative emphasises the change in movement and state of…

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  • Panoptic Narrative Art In Picture Books

    Panoptic Narrative Art In Picture Books

    Let’s say there are 7 main categories of Narrative art. Narrative art is art which tells a story. Monoscenic — represents a single scene with no repetition of characters and only one action taking place Sequential — very much like a continuous narrative with one major difference. The artist makes use of frames. Each frame is a particular scene during a particular moment. Think comic…

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  • Ways Of Seeing On YouTube

    Ways Of Seeing On YouTube

    EPISODE ONE, PART ONE John Berger tells us that late 20th century audiences view classic paintings very differently from earlier people. A large part of seeing depends on habit and convention. European paintings are made for European perspectives. Perspective depends on the eye of the beholder, like an inverse lighthouse. Instead of light beaming in, the image beams in. These…

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  • Composition In Film and In Picture books

    Composition In Film and In Picture books

    Ah, composition. How things are arranged on the page… or on the screen. I have written before about how picture books have a lot in common with film, and that study of one equals study of the other.

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  • Glossary of Picturebook Terminology For Review and Analysis

    Glossary of Picturebook Terminology For Review and Analysis

    Is it picture book or picturebook? When commentators put the two words together, they do so mindfully: The terminology we apply to books, texts and reading do not seem to attach to the picturebook so readily. For example, if we speak of ‘the text’ of a picturebook, do we mean the words or the words-and-pictures together? … And when we…

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