Most people know me as an energetic, fun, loud-mouthed person who always has something to say. I agree with them; but to an extent. Whenever I find myself in a situation in which others are looking for input, whether it be for a community, project or anything else in which critique is asked, I tend to keep quiet. This is not always the case, but I find myself listening to what everyone else has to say rather than voicing my own opinions. This is most likely an attribute connected to my anxiety for fear that I will say the wrong thing or people will disagree and shun me for my opinion or suggestion. Transferring this onto paper came out in just the way I imagined it would. The dark shading on the side of my body with the eyebrow was done to give off a sense that the person within the image was unsure of something and made the decision to stick to the shadows. The body having the enlarged ear tilted toward the camera and into the light displays that the person in the photo is up for hearing. The removal of the mouth puts the cherry on top by showing that the person does not have the ability to express themselves to others and instead stays toward the back listening to all others. I am extremely happy with this image came out for when it comes to drawing faces I am not that good with proportions nor shading. I was extremely anxious about how a self would come out in particular due to the fact that it is an image of yourself that you are creating. If you feel that image does not look good or the way you wanted, you reflect that onto yourself for it is an image of you; the quality of the image makes you feel that way about yourself as a person. I am glad to say that I am extremely proud of how well this image came out and therefore feel no negativity toward myself or the piece for the way it came out.
For my Iroquois creation story, the style of drawing and color selection matches their traditional art style; basic shapes and use of colors. Iroquois drawings consisted of a variety of different symbols that would easily allow another member of the tribe to understand what another person was trying to communicate. These symbols were very basic in detail and used a variety of sharp and smooth corners. For example, to illustrate the word “snake”, they would simply draw a small wavy line with an oval at the end; representing the head. But to describe lightning they would use rapid, sharp lines; showing the intensity of the lightning. As for color use, Iroquois were limited to various dyes due to the materials they had available such as berries, sea shells, red clays and buffalo organs. Much like their use of lines, color use was extremely simplified but was able to easily communicate a message or idea.
In chapter two of Scott McCloud’s book “Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art”, he discusses the use of symbols in comics; the ability to get points across without the use of words. For example, by illustrating the basic contours of a face and/or expression, the fact that a character is angry can be communicated to the reader without the use of a thought or speech bubble (in which the character would most likely say something in a sarcastic or angered way). This is visible in panel two of my comic in which one of the character’s facial expression clearly shows a frowning face and slanted eyes; indicators of being enraged. The message is further brought out by the alarming red background, but even without color in the inked version of the comic we can see that the character is angered through the use of basic shapes and lines. Another link to McCloud’s book is how symbols can give the reader an idea of a character’s emotions, which is located in the book on chapter five. In panel three, there is a diagonal direction of movement, from the character in the far background, down the other character’s arm, across his torso to his opposing arm, and straight into the next panel. In order to draw your attention to the left side of this panel first AND give an idea of the character’s emotions, red exclamation points are placed above the character’s head. These symbols communicate to the reader that the character is in an unnerved state. A smaller example of this is in panel two; the straight lines shooting off the surface of the character’s head. These show an element of shock in the character’s illustrated emotion and further communicate his feelings in that moment. These examples are how my comic relates to traditional Iroquois drawings as well as elements discussed in Scott McCloud’s book.
Above is my first set of images to figure out how to incorporate Iroquois art style with modern style. In their stye they use a great amount of symbols created by a variety of smooth and sharp bends and defined edges. I will soon be moving onto making a rough outline of my five panels and incorporating a section of the story.