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Drawing out of focus – DigiWriMo week 2

In this image below I want to show how the comic artist Laurent Bonneau uses focus to tell the story of a short scene in his album Borderline.


In comics mostly all elements in a box are drawn in focus. All elements are sharp, even when the artist leaves out details in some elements and puts more details in other elements, for instance the face of the protagonist. In filming this is called deep focus.

Often in comics our eyes go from box to box skipping through the scenes in rather big steps. In this example below though, the artist takes a whole page for something that happens in a second, making it feel as if it’s all in slow motion.
He draws the scene as if it where separate frames of a movie. He tells the story of this short scene in a metro by drawing as if a camera changes focus.

Note how in the top we start with everything in focus, foreground and background. Then, as the person in the foreground faints and falls, the background gets more out of focus drawing our attention to the hand in the 5th box. Then all blurs out of focus. The person is unconscious.
You hardly need any text. There hardly is any text on this page, and even if you don’t understand the Dutch words in this copy of the album, you’d still be able to understand what happened.

Notice how the focus changes as the person faints and falls down.

Notice how the focus changes as the person faints and falls down.

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1 Comment

  1. dogtrax says:

    I love the deconstruction of the view here, particularly the idea of the “camera changing focus” as the artist shifts perspectives. Thanks for sharing!
    Kevin

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