Monthly Archives: September 2014

Assignment 2 – Final

Here’s my final version for assignment 2!

A2_Yap Yoke Ling

This comic highlights, in a light-hearted approach, why some Singaporeans find it hard to find jobs. To highlight the increasing frustration of the subject, I have incorporated a gradual change in colours throughout the 6 panels where he is searching for a job online.

Class Exercise 6

At Work Inside Our Detention Centres: A Guard’s Story
http://serco-story.theglobalmail.org

1) Identify the different techniques used (as discussed in McCloud’s reading) in at work inside our detention.
2) Identify the ways in which some techniques are unique in web media, which are not applicable to print media.

The following points are what we’ve discussed in lecture:

– The comic is not limited by space, giving a sense of infinity.

If the above were to be printed, the reader might read the frames as a whole, although it is meant to be read from the top.

The effect would be difficult to achieve if it is in a printed book (unless the comic is folded such that it reveals only the top part first).

 

– Frameless; big space between each image – connotation of isolation

– Pacing of the reading

– There are several images of houses in the comic and they are not bounded by frames. This makes it less grounded and gives an impression that the house is rootless

– Leverages on scrolling property in a webpage

– There are different sizes for different frames

– A small selection of tools are used; but is still able to enhance the storytelling aspect of the work.

Assignment 2 – Draft 1

Here’s an uncompleted draft (I’ll add in the colours and more details after that!) for assignment 2, where we are tasked to express our personal concerns about one current affair/issue in Singapore. My comic takes on a light-hearted approach to explain the reasons why Singaporeans find it difficult to secure jobs.

A2_Critique_Yap Yoke Ling

Comments:
– The 2nd “the next day” can be shifted to the previous row to create more suspense
– All the frames are the same, should have more variety in design
– Make the frame with a lot of “NO! NO! NO! NO!” more striking and impactful
– For the “victory” frame, the subject was supposed to be wearing a cloth over his head (*determined*), and that has to be represented more obviously.

I initially intended to draw in the face of the subject but my classmates said that having a faceless character is fine, so I’ll leave it as it is!

For the frames whereby the subject is searching for a job and complaining at the same time, I’m planning to illustrate the increasing angst of the subject by varying the colour of the background from a cool tone (blue) to a warm tone (red).

Class Exercise 5

Examine the techniques used to enhance the time & space in the comics below:

Luke Pearson Some People http://lukepearson.com/2009/09/some-people.html

1) Write your group discussion

2) For individual: Which technique used in Some People is compelling, and why?

 

Here are some of the points we discussed in class:

– Colour gradient transits from young to old or vice versa (frameless, timeless) – the happier the frame the more yellow it is

– If there was a black outline framing the frames, it wouldn’t be a smooth transition.

– Background colour changes from light to dark (mother bringing her kid)

– Time freeze – girl grows in size and appearance within the long panel – lines between each girl; subtle way of putting the effect in

– Kept some features the same (girl with glasses)

– The first 3 frames is actually in the same setting if the dividers are removed; the gutters make it clear that he is moving along the streets

– The woman walking with her child – seems like it is a long walk due to the long vertical panels

 

Personally, I am intrigued by the repetition of frames (the 4th to 6th frame at the start is presented again at the end of the comic). It is ironic how the subject who asked “What is the matter with some people?” has in fact become the “people” he was referring to!

Assignment 1 – Final

Here’s my final draft after receiving feedback from Jing and other course mates on the IVLE forum!

A1_Yap Yoke Ling