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Using geometric shapes to represent characters in a picturebook: a practice-based exploration

Little, Laura (2015) Using geometric shapes to represent characters in a picturebook: a practice-based exploration. In: 22nd Annual IBBY UK/NCRCL Conference, 14 November 2015, Roehampton University, London, UK.

Type of Research: Conference, Symposium or Workshop Item
Creators: Little, Laura

This paper uses a semiotic framework to examine, from the perspective of an illustrator, the use of minimal information in the visual depictions of characters and their emotions in a picturebook. In Picture This Molly Bang explores using triangles, rectangles and simple colours to depict scenes from the fairy tale Little Red Riding Hood. Drawing on this, I made a picturebook, Sammy the Fish, in which visual representations of the characters and his environment are based on simple geometric shapes: ovals, rectangles and triangles. The aim was to explore ways of showing Sammy’s emotions without using facial expressions: his emotions are implicitly implied by his placement on the page and suggestive use of other visual elements. Through this, Sammy becomes a blank canvas for the reader / viewer to project on to and, potentially, to begin to relate to him. When working with minimal images, the subtleties and nuances of creative decisions have a greater impact on the artwork. By taking a practice-based approach, this paper describes the process of creating the character and the successful and failed attempts to show his emotive state.

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Date: November 2015
Event Location: Roehampton University, London, UK
Date Deposited: 21 Nov 2022 15:44
Last Modified: 21 Nov 2022 15:44
Item ID: 19366
URI: https://ualresearchonline.arts.ac.uk/id/eprint/19366

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