The second unit for this year at uni, follows the theme of sequential narrative! At first thought it's not exactly my cup of tea, so starting this unit wasn't great...
We were given a list of books on which to adapt and base our own ideas of a sequential wordless narrative on. So! Wanting to be quite out there and fun, playing on my pattern work etc.. I chose a short story from Italo Calvino's Invisible Cities book. They're all based around the beautiful city of Venice - which did lead me to some fab experimental collage work..above! - which i've visited and fell in love with. Sounds great doesn't it! However, Calvino's stories are pretty metaphorical and i soon realised, after about a month of still struggling to create a short sequence just as an opener.. that this book just wasn't working for me: I needed something more literal!
~ There's giving yourself a challenge, and there's genuinely struggling; I learnt the difference! ~
Realising this was a great relief and totally acceptable! It's good to remember to do work you enjoy and that's good for you.
So, I looked at one of Tove Jansson's short stories, and came across The Garden of Eden. It was a lot more literal in terms of holding more of a linear narrative I could use... And almost instantly I could picture the story like a film and scribbled down a rough panelled story board, and kept going!
I was really dreading narrative, I think because I know I don't really want to pursue it as a career later in life, and because I definitely naturally lean more towards the decorative side of illustrative. However, realising it's okay to change my project for myself, even half way through! felt great and i'm so glad i've changed.