Recently in writing class, we have been working on graphic novels. We learned about both film and comic techniques in order to analyze and understand why graphic novel illustrators do what they do in order to bring the writing to life. We wrote an analysis on the graphic novels we have read in order to truly understand techniques so we can apply it to our own short graphic novel story. In the following panels, I tried to emphasize the change in mood, and the character’s thought process through the illustrations I have.
I started with a close-up and then moved to zoom in more, with an aspect to aspect transition and I followed with a subject to subject transition. The last two panels are again aspect to aspect transitions where it is a side view that shows the characters thoughts. I tried to show the change in his facial expression in the first two panels, where the mood depicts sadness in the first panel, only to move towards rage/anger. This mood is shown through the eyes and captioning. The last two show the thought process behind his plot, his reasoning, and what he is going to do. The overall mood is tense and conflicted.
Some of the challenges I went through going through the graphic novel unit was the drawing portion. I tried to focus more on the writing and text rather than the actual illustrations but I still tried to incorporate some of the techniques we’ve learned in class. I think this was an interesting assignment that we all learned something from despite our challenges. I think I enjoyed analyzing the writing the most, and I hope to read more graphic novels in the future.