3: Narrative

“Illustrators were encouraged to reflect on the ‘essence’ or underlying concept of a text rather than on literal passages. They were hired as translators of verbal ideas into visual ones, and therefore, became virtual ‘co-authors’ as integral to the page as the writers. Illustrators were discouraged from using universally recognised symbols (i.e., dollar signs, Uncle Sams, Flags) in favour of more personal icons drawn from the subconscious, which, in turn, invited the reader to interact with the art.”
Steven Heller 2000

Visual storytelling

Project 3.1 Frog in a Well (You are what you eat)

Research point: William Hogarth

Image and Text

Project 3.2 Once Upon a Time

Research point: Kafka metamorphosis

Research point: Book and magazine covers

Research point: Children’s illustration: Alice in Wonderland

Research point: Children’s illustration: Roald Dahl

Research point: Children’s illustration: Winnie the Pooh

Sequential Illustration

Project 3.3 Girl meets boy


Project 3.4a Flick books

Project 3.4b: Animal Farm

Research Point: Illustrators and animation

Research point: illusion

Edward Muybridge

Viewed but not written up:

  • Youri Norstein
  • Paco Roca: Wrinkles
  • Aleksandr Petrov: The Old Man and the Sea
  • Michel Ocelot: Kirikou and Tales of the Night
  • Jours d’Hiver: Kawamoto Kihachira, Ohi Fumio, Nomura Tatsuhoshi, Suzuki Shinichi etc from Jours d’Hiver
  • Raymond Briggs
  • Ghibli (many)
  • Corpse Bride

Assignment 3: A graphic short story