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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.

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