Figures Journal 1

Week 1 Research Results

attempt1 attempt2 attempt3 attempt4 attempt5 It took me until attempt number three to be able to recreate the figure proportions from memory. Attempts 4 and 5 were done much later to see if the memory was retained successfully.

3 People Drawings

person2 person3person1

Understanding Comics 

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.
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