2 SCENES IN 1 PANEL (PICTURE IN PICTURE)
He does another thing in the same graphic novel that is in my opinion worth telling. He manages to show the reader 2 scenes at the same time. He does this by drawing the second scene as a smaller “inner” panel into the larger “outer” panels of the first scene.
In the image below you see in the “inner panels” how the protagonist Rork is walking with another personage. They are bringing a lost child back to her mother. In the “outer boxes” we see how the mother is full of emotions as she gets her child back.
Andreas manages to use this technique in a subtle way on several places in his stunning graphic novels. It makes you re-read pages looking for the several story lines told simultaneously.
Just take a look at the image below. You’ll see a black rectangle in the boxes. At first the rectangle is completely black but in the next boxes the black rectangle gets bigger, there’s something appearing in the box. The last box (down right corner) makes the switch to the next scene complete.
Isn’t this amazing how he came up with this way of drawing?
In an earlier post I blogged about a fairytale I’ve put into a video. This afternoon I thought one might reuse the same images as in the Magic Candy Tree for a writing assignment for children in elementary school.
USE THE IMAGES TO WRITE YOUR OWN STORY
The assignment could be something like this:
Use two or more of these images in any order you want. You may use every image one or two times. Create a story based on the images and write your text next to the image.
When finished, share your story with other children.
I put the images to the story of the Magic Candy Tree in this post. Feel free to use them and share them. Just right click each image to save it to your computer.
DIGITAL STORYTELLING 106 – daily create assignments
In my answer I reacted saying that in my opinion just anything can trigger my creativity. For instance I use as a daily trigger the daily create assignments of DS106. To me that is an easy way to keep my creative mind at work. I talked about this in an interview with Sarah Honeychurch during Digital Writing Month in November 2015.
TWEETS AS A TRIGGER TO CREATIVITY
To make an image to this short conversation I launched the Bazaart app on my iPad and searched the web for images fitting the keywords ‘father and son‘ and ‘dragon‘. This search returned two images which I imported into Bazaart. In Bazaart I made a collage of the two images and saved that as a new image on my iPad.
Still on my iPad, I now launched the app ProCreate and first traced the outlines of the collage. Then I finished the drawing using a virtual 6B pencil.
As I posted the image on Twitter in response to Miranda’s tweet, I got a quick reaction ‘wow’ back from her. She then shared the image further on her twitter account in a tweet that caught a dozend likes.
Why don’t you check out the short conversations Miranda is sharing on Twitter. Maybe they will trigger you to get creative. Be sure to share the result with us all.
About 25 years ago Nicolien Busschers wrote this short fairytale as an assignment for her training to become an elementary school teacher. She also made a book with the text and the images. The images were made of cut out pieces of colored carton paper. In honor to her (she died way too young) I made a video of her fairytale.
I used the standard dictaphone app on my iPhone to record my voice telling the story.
After that, I switched to my Mac and imported the images and the voice recording into iMovie. I edited everything into a smooth video and last but not least added a short piano recording which I made some time ago as an introduction and an ending.
The result video was then published on YouTube. Since the story is told in Dutch I used the subtitles option in YouTube to put an English translation on each image.
The end result (video duration 2:27 minutes) is available here and below in this post.
I hope you’ll enjoy it.
I just want to share this clever device which can save you from losing your USB stick with your personal data on it.
Let me explain how this works as a DATA SECURITY SET.
My colleague’s eyes are too old to read the computer screen without reading glasses.
His reading glasses are in a case. When he start working on a computer he takes off his normal glasses, puts on his reading glasses and puts his normal glasses into the case.
He drilled two small holes in his glasses case, put a string through the holes and attached his USB stick to this string. The string is long enough to put the USB stick into the computer to work with it and to keep the glasses case on the desk.
When he’s through working on the computer, he takes off his reading glasses and put on his normal glasses. At that instant the case with the string remind him to take the USB stick out of the computer.
Should he however forget to take off his reading glasses and walk away with them still on (leaving the USB stick in the computer), he won’t see a thing because the reading glasses have the wrong prescription. Thus, he will be reminded immediately to go back to his case with his normal glasses. There of course, the string on the glasses case will remind him to take his USB stick out of the computer.
I love this simple and effective way to prevent forgetting your USB stick.