Chapter 5 Picture Books, Comics, and Graphic Novels: Elements of Illustration in Children?s Illustrated Texts, esp Where the Wild Things Are and Bone. Elements of Children?s Illustrated Texts Visual Line Shape Color Space/Borders Literary point of view, character, Theme Feminist Visual Elements of Composition: A Visual Grammar ? Line: ? perhaps the most important element of composition as it lead?s the child?s eye in and around the text and the accompanying words ? may be thick, thin, whole, broken, jagged, smooth, vertical, horizontal, diagonal, straight, curved, etc ? horizontal lines suggest calm, stability, an absence of strife ? diagonal lines suggest instability, loss of balance, unless joined in a triangle ? jagged lines suggest danger ? Line in Where the Wild Things Are ? Line in Bone Visual Elements of Composition: Shape Shapes Distinct, vague, detailed, sketched, rounded, squared, organic, geometric, Shapes take human, animal, mechanical form Shapes can be pleasing to the eye, awe inspiring fearsome Shape: Greenaway Shapes: Briggs, Ray Shapes in Where the Wild Things Are and Bone Visual Elements: Color ? Color ? Denotes setting, theme, or mood ? Bright colors in books for very young children, black and white in books for older children ? Color/cost (b& white is less expensive than color) ? Color invariably used in instructional books regardless of intended audience?s age ? Color in Where the Wild Things Are ? Color in Bone Color: Bone Visual Elements: Space/Borders ? Space/Borders ? Space on a page exists at the top, the bottom, the sides ? Space is everywhere on the page or no where ? Space is defined by an illustrated page?s borders ? Space reveals human closeness or isolation ? Presence of Borders set limits, set distances, separate, make distinct ? Absence of Borders delimit limits, refuse distances, blur differences ? Space/Borders in Where the Wild Things Are Space/Borders Space/Borders Visual Elements: Space/Borders Visual Elements: Balance, Symmetry Literary Elements: Point of View ? Point of view is the perspective from which the story is told. ? Point of View is one of several literary tools used by the writer to build a whole narrative Characters: Human and Nonhuman Literary Elements: Theme ? Theme ? Theme is the main idea or central meaning of a piece of literature or art ? Theme is the underlying truth, or idea, about people, society, or the human condition, either explicitly (openly and clearly stated) or implicitly (suggested) ? Multiple and secondary themes exist but usually coalesce around a primary theme or idea that ties the story into a meaningful whole ? Theme is revealed through symbols, words, a combination of both ? Theme in Where the Wild Things Are ? Power, identity, play, Hero?s quest: playful parody suggesting children?s literature as subversive ? Theme in Bone Power Identity Play Criticism ? Feminist ? Absence of mother: there is no literal mother figure ? Presence of mother: the mother figure is represented through symbol such as water, moon, food ? Questions: ? Disney? ? Teaching? ? Stereotypical symbols? ? There are several critical models that can be applied to Sendak?s Where the Wild Things Are: Feminist Monomyth ? Monomyth ? Campbell?s Hero With a Thousand Faces. 1960s. ? Hero/Heroine leaves home, embarks on a journey, finds helpers, villains, reaches a nadir (low point), ?dies,? returns home. ? Max? ? Fone Bone? ? Thorn? Ian Andrews Sendak
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