Subtext in Characters: The Marcinelle School

Fist, let me explain what a subtext is.  Subtext is exactly what it sounds like-Something hidden beneath or behind the words.

It’s anything revealed by you and your characters without direct revelation.  Without overt disclosure.

The French is particularly good when it comes to comics.  They how to draw so the audience can see what is happening in the picture.  Without speaking a word. They also understand the line of action, body language, layout and the composition and they know how to draw them out and show it to the audience.

 

The BD I’m going to talk about is inspired by the Marcinelle/ Comic-Dynamic school of narrative illustration. The comic I’m going to use is Asterix the Gaul.

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Here’s a good example out of the comic asterix the Gaul, where we can see what is going on. Here we can see that Asterix is proud of himself, with the way his arms are position and the smile on his face.

He is happy and not afraid of anything. And with Obelix where he says “Good Idea Asterix!” we see that his hand gesture is strong, so it doesn’t look boring if you look at him. We can also compare his hand gestor into real life. Where in real life if you talk you move your arms and hands.

In the next frame we see a pretty blond woman passing by, where Asterix line of action is straight, but it doesn’t feel stiff in anyway.  He lifts his cap greeting her, and doesn’t get distracted. Where Obelix in the other hand widens his eyes and looks at the blond woman like it’s the most exciting thing he watched all day.

In the 3rd picture Asterix line of action changes to a c shape where he’s still walking proud with his nose in the air, a smile on his face, hand and feet widely spread.  Obelix gets distracted looking at the pretty blond woman. His line of action is straight arms close to his body and not walking as wide as Asterix. Which can indicate he is a hundred percent focused on the Blond woman.

 

 

In the last picture Obelix is still looking at the Blond woman and not seeing what is in front of him, and walks straight into the tree.  We can see exactly what is happening without reading anything.

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In the next example we see that the guards got scared of Astrix and ran away, we can see that by the dust, shields and weapons that was dropped, Astrix shouts (because we see his mouth is open wide and there are straight lines surrounding his head)

“Well, come on, Do Something I surrender! I can’t hang about all day! Which he clearly doesn’t mean it at all, he was being sarcastic. We can see that by the way he is standing proud, arms on his hips and eyes closed.

 

 

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This is also a good example of a single picture that has a lot of words hidden inside.

Astrix is holding a guard’s beard and swinging him around in circles. What makes this picture so entertaining to watch is that it doesn’t look weird in any way like for example the guard’s arm bends and doesn’t show where his elbow is sitting and that the background is drawn slightly bended, which indicate that he is being swing around.

Astrix again doesn’t show a little remorse of fear. He smiles looking at the guard. We see that the other guard’s arms and back is bend forward because of shock.

They can’t believe that a tiny man is strong enough to swing a man half his size in the air while holding his beard. The old man just behind Astrix looks proud and also doesn’t show a little bit of concern what is happening, showing us that he knows Astrix is strong.

 

 

 

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Here we read the slave says to the Cesar “There are some Gaul’s on the building site. Tree of them”. We see that the Cesar is concern and angry by looking at his body language.

He stands up, legs widely spread, hands on the chair, the lines around his body and we can see he is angry by looking at his facial expression. We know this is the Cesar by the why he is dressed.

White clothes leaves in his hair and red cape. The slave with his torn clothes looks afraid although we can’t see his facial expression, but we can indicate it by the way he is shacking, by looking at the slightly bent lines on his hands. If we take a look at his hand gesture we see that he is showing the direction of the Gaul’s and also warning the Cesar.

The line of action of the Cesar is straight which indicates his anger and concern of the three Gaul’s. Where the line of action on the slave is forming a c shape which shows a little bit of fear.

 

 Reverence

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Franco-Belgian_comics

http://theeditorsblog.net/2011/05/17/subtext-revelation-of-the-hidden/

http://asterixonline.info/comics/index.php?manga=Asterix_Comics&chapter=01&page=45

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Franco-Belgian_comics

Subtext—Revelation of the Hidden

Animator’s Manifesto

So we had to write our own manifesto for today that’s about animation.  There are a total of 8 questions and they go as follow:

 

 

Who am I?

I am an artist and an entertainer that brings joy to people and show them the beauty of animation.  I’m also an actor because I need to act out my scenes in order to make my animation entertaining and so that it makes sense.

 

 

The world I live in

The world I live in is a cruel and unfair place.  In order for people to succeed they have to work hard and prove them self’s.  People intend to bring others down, because they fear that others will succeed and overrule them.

 

 

What I do

I am the mighty animator, I intend to show people how powerful animation really is.  I give life to characters so that people can fall in love with that character, and that thy can compare their life’s to them.

 

 

How I do it

First I get an idea for a character, then I take that character and give him a backstory.  It can be a good or a sad story, it depends on the character. The story can be a life lesson or a feeling that I once had.

 

 

Why I do it

It gives me purpose and joy in live. The satisfaction to see that other people appreciates my work is expressionless.  To see the dreams I have become a reality is just overwhelming and I know for a fact that animation can change people’s minds and give them a better life.

 

 

Where and when I do it

I do it at my home, I do it at my school/work, I do it where ever I can.  There is no “when I do it” I do it all of the time.  There is no beneficial time, when I have to work on my animation I have to do it as soon as possible, and I make sure that everything is on point.

 

 

How the world could be

The world needs to know more about animation and not see it as a kids show. They can learn something from animation, it can be a life lessen or perhaps a warning of some sort.  People should start considering animation as something important and how that can affect their lives.

 

 

How I plan to change the world

I plan to change the world by showing people what animators can do to let them know that animation is not just about being foolish, but to help and give people hope in life.  I want to encourage people to help me change the world.

Week 2 Storyboards for Act I

This week, as the title says, i have to make a storyboard of one of the beatboard i draw for “week 1 Storyboards for Act I” i also had to write a description of no more that 100 word that explain the storyboard.

So this is my description.

Short Description of storyboard

That morning when I woke up I thought to myself, is all of this worth it? Do I really want to study animation? Because of this, I went into a “depressive mode”, and as I walked to my pc my dad saw me depressive and told me to sit next to him.

So I told him how I feel. He told me that that’s life, nothing is easy, you have to work hard in order to be successful, and that I have great opportunities and should not throw it away.  That gave me a little bit of hope.

 

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The Hero’s Journey Within, Week 1

The Hero’s Journey Within, Week 1

We are required to study Joseph Campbell’s Te Hero with a Thousand Faces and had to use the concept of The hero’s Journey.  We have to use that principles and then apply it to our experiences of our first year of animation.

We have to do a 3 act play in which we have to do a beatboard in one week, and then after that we have to take that beatboard and make it a storyboard.

The beats goes as followed:

 

  • The Call to Adventure
  • Refusal of the Call
  • Supernatural Aid
  • Crossing the Threshold
  • The Belly of the Whale.

So this is my beatboard of my first year studding animation:

 

 

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William Kentridge exhibition

About a week ago we went as a group to go and see the Goodman art gallery. It was  exiting but i didn’t understand what William Kentridge tried to tell in his paintings.His paintings was amazing and different. He used ink and painted on dictionary papers and newspapers of birds and Chinese officers.  My first fought was “what’s so amazing about these pictures ,its just drawings of birds and Chinese officers, why is this guy so famous”? It took me a while to figure out whats so amazing about William Kentridge but, then i thought to myself , maybe the pictures he painted has meaning in them, that it’s not just a painting of a bird but, a painting of hope and peace.  I can remember that the tour guy at the gallery said that William Kentridge  took a photo of a rare bird, then felt inspired and painted it.

There was a lot of painting of birds.  There was a frame by frame painting of how the bird flies, witch was the only thing that came near to animation, i was to afraid to take a picture because i was to afraid that i would have been kicked out of the exhibition, but everything else i saw was pretty amazing.

I like the way he used a bunch of paper and then glued them together in order to paint a picture on them.  Like for example he took 12 papers and on each paper he painted lines and when you take all the pieces of paper and put them together it forms a picture. for me it was something else, it was the first time that i ever saw something like that.  There wasnt just paintings at the exhibition, there also was cut out pieses of boxes with faces on them that william Kentridge painted on.

Then i saw this weird film, where he took all of his notebooks pages and in the front there where Black African people dancing and holding spears.  There was also a Black African girl that did a ballet, then my mind just went blank. At first i fought the dances they did was funny, but then i realized that the dances like all of William Kentrige paintings in the gallery had meaning in them.  So i thought and said “this dance they are preforming must represent some sort of peace offer when the war ended”.  But i couldn’t quit put my mind to it.

Although i didn’t understand what was going on, i did enjoy the trip.  It fascinated me on how many people have there own why of painting and drawing, and having there own imagination of how they to things. The cool thing about art, it  inspires other people to do even more, and for every drawing there is a message and a story behind them, it can be a sad memory or a happy memory.

William Kentridge is a very talented artist, and i respect him and his paintings and the stile of his art.