Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Read the following to inform your storyboarding of the day-in-a-life of your three generation personas.
(1) Baskinger, M. & Bardel, W. (2013) Drawing ideas.
(2) McCloud, S. (1993) Life of Comics — section on transitions
(3) Storyboarding – how to chapter

Assignment A2 step 4: develop a day in the life storyboard for a day-in-the-life of your three generation family.

7 thoughts on “Wednesday, October 8, 2014

  1. The readings this week for story boarding were amazing. I particularly enjoyed reading McClouds “Life of Comics”. Throughout the reading, McCloud does an amazing job of highlighting multiple different approaches to communicating an interaction. I feel like I just acquired a new tool belt for my storyboard efforts after reading his description of the different types of scene transitions. I also enjoyed the way he contrasted Western and Eastern methods of creating comics. For a long time, I have read many different types of Eastern comics but I never could get into Western comics. After reading McCloud, I think the reason for my love of Japanese comics is the heavy usage of combining seemlying random panels together. This type of transition requires more thought but also allows the reader to make the reading experience unique. I also enjoyed learning that what is not on the paper can be just as powerful as what is on the paper. The way the white space is structured by the elements on the page influences the closure process. Overall, these readings will definitely help me structure my storyboards for Assignment 2.


  2. I am unsure if we are supposed to comment for today’s reading, but just in case… I found the readings insightful and helpful in regards to making storyboards. It seems like the underlying message for all of the text was to brainstorm several different frameworks before deciding on one. This includes using different ways to frame the same shot, maybe you should focus on the emotion on someone’s face or maybe it should be more the setting they are in. I also found it useful to understand concepts like: gutter, closure and transitions. It also seems to be key to keep the drawings simple and without clutter, you need to focus on the main elements and not add any other distractions. Very helpful tips!


  3. I was surprised by how much of the McCloud comic paralleled with playwriting. When writing scenes for the stage, my mentors would constantly ask, why are we seeing THIS moment? Why are we seeing THIS specific day? Why not any others? If you are unable to answer the question, then you had best rethink the entire scene. I feel that it is the same for storyboarding. Storyboarding pulls certain stills of a connected, fluid experience. Each shot should add information or change something about the way you interpret the past information. It is up to the reader to fill in the blanks, and use that to inform their knowledge. Personally, I feel that transitions are the most difficult part of really anything, from stage performance to writing scenes to drawing storyboards, even conversation in real life.


  4. It’s pretty interesting to see how much of a relationship comics and story boarding has in common. I did some storyboards for another class that I’m taking this semester. it’s interesting to see how much of common strategies are available to create storyboards regardless of what story you’re conveying. I’m not sure though how much in detail we need to draw the storyboards/


  5. I found the readings helpful and they build off some of the things that Brian Staszel taught us in IxD Lab about storyboarding. I particularly liked the reading about techniques from comics transitions, since that’s the part I struggled with the most in my last storyboard assignment.


  6. Wow, the Life of Comics (McCloud, S.) is so inspirational on how comic books are its own art. I love the transition and the comic artist. Haha. I cannot believe that he is thinking meta-like. It’s funny how he’s right. We assume things are there and as readers use our imagination for everything when characters aren’t on the board. The whole idea of transforming the boxes through different uses of techniques is so inspirational. I’m really loving the comic artist who leads us through a journey of comic stories.


  7. As I revisit these articles, I feel that they will better help me with storyboarding for my scenarios. In McClouds, Life of Comics, I found that the readings helped me visualize different approaches and therefore influence the structure of my storyboard design. By highlighting various design examples I can relate better to the task at hand and use these strategies to design my own framework that will better communicate my design ideas as a whole. This process will greatly improve the effectiveness of my presentations as it will teach me about the various strategies/attempts and ultimately help me better create more relatable scenarios. This is what I am missing and need to create.


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