Monday, May 30, 2011

Making Comics - Moving Pictures

In Making Comics, Scott McCloud discusses body language and its relation to, and difference from facial expressions: "expressions are more surface-oriented... while body language is more silhouette-based, all about how our limbs, hands and head are positioned" (pg 103).

In the 2nd panel (pg 93 of the novel) you can see the basic shapes of eyes and nose and how they communicate an attitude of the woman. Much stronger in mood communication however are the 4th and 5th panels. Even though little of each character's bodies are shown, their relation to each other and the gesture, simple as it is, establishes the feelings right there in that scene.

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