30 August 2009

Motion Lines Everywhere!

Chapters 3 and 4 are both connected to each other because they're both about conveying time in a comic. Chapter 3 is all about seeing in your mind what is not shown in the comic. It talks a lot about closure, which is the reader using his/her imagination to complete the incomplete parts of the comic that are purposely left out by the creator. The time that is not shown by the creator is what does this. The purpose of this is to make the reader think and use they're imagination. McCloud introduces 6 different kinds of panel to panel transitions, the most common one being the action-to-action. Every different kind of transition used by the artist is chosen specifically depending on how he wants the reader to use they're imagination. Chapter 4 talks more about the time that is shown. McCloud tells how you can play with time by messing with the panel's size and borders and things like that. The other part of the chapter talks about motion in a single image and the history of who started it. There are different styles a person can use to show motion. One way is to use multiple images in a sequence. another way is to use motion lines or "zip-ribbons". Over the years they have become more stylized. There are 4 ways that the lines can be used; 1 The background and moving object are drawn clearly with the the motion lines behind; 2 is the same as the first except there is streaks of the moving object; 3 there is multiple images in the same picture; 4 the moving object is the only thing that is clear. There is many more ways to show motion though. I liked how McCloud labeled the four different kind of panel transitions. I enjoy the moment to moment transitions that the Japanese comics use more often. It didn't really make sense to me when he was explaining how to make a longer pause by making the panel longer. I understood what he meant but it doesn't really make my think of a pause. I do think that playing with the panels by making them go up and down or different sizes makes it more interesting though.

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