Tuesday, October 21, 2008

More composition: Willworld pages 75--76

"What is the quality of the lines in the illustration? Are they thick, thin, horizontal, vertical, diagonal, straight or curvilinear? A thick vertical line might represent strength (think of a tall oak tree). A thin, curvilinear line might appear feminine and lyrical (think of a flower stem, bending in the wind). A diagonal line might appear visually startling (think of lightning)."

Seth's lines are always a combination of thick and thin. The thick lines surround the actors and important props in the scene, the thin lines are for details and texture.

The first of these two pages shows many straight lines: architecture from approximately the 50's, with the wild curving lines of the onslaught of the hydra of the unconscious (Thank you Gareth) breaking through the roof of the house, and the roof of Hal's head.
Then in the next page curves abound: soft, even curves--the dream of childhood, where everything was taken care of, one was safe in ones own home, protected from the ravages of this fallen world. The shapes of the upper frames are curved, irregular but simple, a time of dreams. Only the bottom frame has the right angled sides, where inside it Hal and his friends sit in the rubble and wonder what has happened.

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