fredag 6 april 2012

Storytelling 12: The symbol language of comics

Comics use a lot of established symbols to convey emotions, attitudes, etc. For example, the heart is a universal symbol of love, but unlike what some creative people working in other fields who suddenly discover the language of comics seem to believe, you can't eschew the storytelling basics just because you get to use those symbols. You have to convey the emotions in your drawings as well, in the body language and facial expressions of the characters. It must all work together as a whole.

In this picture, the little hearts emanating from Sarge indicate his love for his barracks, but he also has closed his eyes and is smiling, and he is leaning into the barracks he's hugging. So, body language, facial expression and symbols working together as a whole. Or, as I like to call it, good comics storytelling.

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