Comics have been around for many years. In Scott McCloud’s book “Understanding Comics,” he mentions how comics, or at least artwork laid out like comics, could be found in the hieroglyphics in Egyptian times. Comics are used for more than just to present comical scenes. They are often used to visually show time and space. When constructing a comic scene, the illustrators need to consider many different aspects. In “Understanding Comics,” it says that anyone creating a comic must consider line, space, movement, shape, color, and how to incorporate words and medium. This was no different for myself as I sketched out my designs.
In order to create my comic I had to research different cultures and their creation stories. The story I found to be most interesting with a unique style of art was from the Nordic culture. Within the Nordic culture their art often contained many spirals and had no dimension. I found this to be an interesting style that would also offer some challenges. The story of the Nordic culture started with two different lands that would create an ice giant. The ice giant would then sweat out ice ogres and this all led to the creation of more people. These ogres would then come back to kill the ice giant, allowing the giants body to create all the land.
For the actual creation of my comic, I had to strategically place each panel so that my images would flow together and it would be easy for the viewer to follow. I decided to stack each panel on top of each other so the order would not be confused. Between the first two panels I broke the “gutter,” or separation between panels, to show the direction of the panels and also to show how the first two scenes were directly related. Also, I was able to create the visual effect of time passing in each panel. With this technique I was able to include less words and let the pictures show most of what was happening.
With both this project and reading through “Understanding Comics” I began to realize and understand the real power behind an effective comic. Learning how to properly place my panels and effectively imitate the Nordic culture brought my entire project together. I feel as if I successfully demonstrated my story in a comic and that I have learned more about how to use pictures and drawings to visually represent space and time without the use of words.
McCloud, Scott. Understanding Comics:. New York: HarperPerennial, 1993. Print.
Ashliman, D.L. “The Norse Creation Myth.” The Norse Creation Myth. N.p., 17 Feb. 2010. Web. 06 May 2015.