Week 1 Research Results
3 People Drawings
Chapter 1 Notes
- sequential art becomes the art of comics
- comics are a vessel which can hold any number of ideas/images
- space does for comics what time does for film
- comics: juxtaposed pictorial and other images in deliberate sequence, intended to convey information and/or to produce an aesthetic response in the viewer
- Father of modern comics: Rodolphe Topffer
- the definition of comics is more in what it doesn’t say rather than what it does
- Comics can be used for a variety of purposes: to tell a story, to teach a lesson, to recant history, to entertain others, etc.
- Since there is not a very solid definition of comics, they can be anything that we want them to be
- Just because the art seems too good to be a comic, that doesn’t mean that it isn’t one
Chapter 2 Notes
- icon: any image used to represent a person, place, thing or idea
- non-pictoral icons— meaning is fixed/absolute, appearance doesn’t affect meaning (represents invisible ideas)
- picture meanings are fluid/variable, differ from real life appearance to varying degrees (level of abstraction varies)
- words are totally abstract icons (bear no resemblance to actual objects)
- cartooning: amplification through simplification— focusing on specific details, strip down image to meaning & amplify in a way realistic art cannot
- simplifying characters/image toward a purpose can be an effective tool for storytelling in any medium
- we become what we see
- everything we experience can be separated into 2 realms: realm of concept, realm of the senses
- The concept that we give life to objects and images by connecting ourselves to them is interesting. It makes you wonder if we possess objects or if objects possess us.
- Icons can be used to affect people in very specific ways, according to what the artist is trying to accomplish.