09 February 2012

Picture Words

            Pictures and words (English) imagenes y palabras (Spanish), images et des mots (French), fotografie a slova (Czeck), immagini e parole (Italian). Pictures and words are considered to two completely different things and they are meant to be separated from one another.  Pictures are for children and words are for big people. As we grow up books with pictures are given to our younger siblings, younger cousins, or just put at the bottom of the bookshelf. We leave the idea of word and pictures working together to make meaning in our past, and we forget how magical it was. This is what Scott McClouds chapter six of Understanding Comics focuses on.
            McCloud explains how as children we are required to use pictures and words to learn how to communicate. It is normal to our society to only do this as children as long as we eventually grow out of it. In the future we are required to communicate without pictures. Learn how to use only words to make sense of things. We forget what pictures used to do for words and the life they brought to them. A comic is one form that brings art and literature together which is why the stereotype views comics as childish. McCloud explains how using pictures can allow the creators to use less formal language and vise-versa. If pictures and words can come together and work in perfect harmony then they can create meaning in one of the greatest forms ever. Picture a man dancing in the rain with him saying “Yes!” The picture of the man was brought to life by using one simple word. Or the creator can have a man in the rain smiling and waving his hands in the air, thinking “I finally did it, now I can dance.” The simple picture was brought to life by using words. This is what McCloud is trying to prove during this chapter.
            During my Introduction to Art class we learned about how a priest from Rome stripped an entire church of its painting because he claimed they were distracting peoples focus from the bible. People argued that the art brought life to the words; and the combination of words and art could bring the past of their faith to a visual reality. This proves that this argument has been going on for a long time. Why can’t words and pictures work together to bring meaning visualization? This priest obviously had no appreciation for art and no appreciation for what pictures can do for words.  This is why comics have such a hard time blooming into their full potential, because people have the same belief as the priest did words and pictures cannot work together.  How long has it been since you read a book with pictures? Society has brainwashed us into thinking that pictures are childish. The world of comics will never reach its prime with this kind of beliefs. Words and pictures can work together to show and tell a story together.

9 comments:

  1. I really liked your intro. Very creative using the different languages. It made me consider how most cultures consider pictures to be juvenile, and words are for the academically mature. They are separated everywhere, but the fate of comics relies on people accepting words and pictures coming together to tell a legitimate story. Good work.

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    1. Thanks! I probably came up with the intro because I was doing my spanish homework right before I posted this. By the way, you have some really great points. I agree that pictures are being downplayed world wide. Hopefully, one day the world will come to love pictures again.

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  2. Edouard Manet's painting "Luncheon on The Grass" back in 1863 was criticized and laughed at just because he used some rougher brush strokes and played around with depth. Our society is too quick to judge what is worthy of good art or literature. This worldwide view of pictures in books as being for children has to be purged from today's society or I fear people will stop reading and learning all together. I liked your intro by the way. Great Work!!!

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    1. Thanks, I recently just studied Edouard Monet's paintings in my Intro to Art class. My teacher actually said that he was ahead of his time and that is why people back then couldn't truly appreciate his work. Now we appreciate Monet's paintings, and hopefully people will do the same for comics in the future.

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  3. Excellent post, Karli! Hopefully you also see how writing a great blog post earns you great comments, too :-)

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    2. Thanks, and those were the best comments I have ever recieved on my blog.

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