Visual Storytelling

Visual storytelling is:

“visual storytelling is the craft to create a meaningful image to tell a story based on the written story.” Arnold, B. (2007). Exploring Visual Storytelling. Thomson Delmar Learning. Page 2.

What I understood from Visual Storytelling from the session is about how we can interpret a text to a visual language such as an image, painting or a sequence of photos.

We read an interesting article from Joan Didion, ‘Why I Write’, and we had been asked to discuss our reading in the group of 3. During our discussion we should come up with an idea of how we can represent the article in a visual format. We found 2 parts of the argument interesting:

“When I talk about pictures in my mind I am talking, quite specifically, about images that shimmer around the edges. There used to be an illustration in every elementary psychology book showing a cat drawn by a patient in varying stages of schizophrenia. This cat had a shimmer around it. You could see the molecular structure breaking down at the very edges of the cat: the cat became the background and the background the cat, everything interacting, exchanging ions. People on hallucinogens describe the same perception of objects.” (Didion, J. (1976). Why I Write. New York Times Book Reviews.)

All I know about grammar is its infinite power. To shift the structure of a sentence alters the meaning of that sentence, as definitely and inflexibly as the position of a camera alters the meaning of the object photographed. Many people know about camera angles now, but not so many know about sentences. The arrangement of the words matters, and the arrangement you want can be found in the picture in your mind. The picture dictates the arrangement. The picture dictates whether this will be a sentence with or without clauses, a sentence that ends hard or a dying-fall sentence, long or short, active or passive. The picture tells you how to arrange the words and the arrangement of the words tells you, or tells me, what’s going on in the picture.

It tells you.

You don’t tell it.” (iBid)

Based on these two paragraphs, we decided to have a visual image of a cat, drawn by me, and deconstruct the image as the symbol of the flexibility of the craft in visual storytelling.

The results as follow:

Figure 1. Constructed Psychological Cat
Figure 1. Constructed Psychological Cat
Figure 2. Deconstructed Psychological Cat
Figure 2. Deconstructed Psychological Cat

I believe the representation of the image in the visual format attempts to tell show the concept of the text; especially those two paragraphs.

I found it hard to understand the concept of the session. But I believe I need to do some more practice in order to become more familiar with this subject matter. It might be useful skill for the future especially for me, because I’m interested in animation. In that field I need to know how translate the story, script, to a visual language.

Visual Storytelling

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