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Shaping pictures: picturebook narrative from an illustrator's perspective

Little, L (2016) 'Shaping pictures: picturebook narrative from an illustrator's perspective.' In: Lieber, G and Uhlig, B, eds. Narration Transdisziplinäre Wege zur Kunstdidaktik. Kopaed, Munich, pp. 235-248. ISBN 9783867361453

Abstract

This paper examines ways in which simple geometric shapes can be used to represent character and create the impression of a pictorial narrative. I take a design-based approach to constructing books, focusing on the schematic, and often using unchanging, immobile stencilled shapes for the ›characters‹. The extent to which character with minimal or non-existent body and facial animation can be constructed through this kind of formal, design-based approach is examined. I focus on the use of shapes as characters, the portrayal of action and the depiction of tempo, or rhythm in a picturebook. The practical work I discuss is based chiefly on a picturebook I made based on the fairy tale The Wolf and The Seven Young Kids, by the Brothers Grimm.

Item Type: Book Chapter or Section
Subjects: N Fine Arts > NC Drawing Design Illustration
P Language and Literature > PZ Childrens literature
Divisions: College of Liberal Arts
Date Deposited: 06 Mar 2017 15:11
Last Modified: 06 Mar 2017 15:11
URI: http://researchspace.bathspa.ac.uk/id/eprint/8958
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