Thursday, May 19, 2011

Jake Parker - Simplicity in Panels

The above panels are an example from Jake Parkers graphic novel Missile Mouse. It is a good example of using of simplicity in your panels and pages. Jake went over the importance of using simple scenes in your panels and using simple panel layouts to convey your story to your viewer and to lead them through your books efficiently. He believes, and I tend to agree, that it is much more important to relate your story in a simplistic way thoroughly then it is to try to shove too much detail or information into your panels and pages. If the reader cannot understand what is going on in your pages and panels or where he is supposed to go next in the story he will be less likely to relate to the story and become engrossed in it. Therefore making the book less successful in conveying the narrative to the viewers.

In the page above, it is very easy to understand what is going on in each panel, what panel you are supposed to read next, and you can easily understand the information the page is trying to relate to the reader. In this way Jared Parker has successfully told his story thoroughly in a simplistic fashion.

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