What story has been the most challenging to capture? I read a story once, then go through it again turn it into a flowchart.Often I’ll get distracted by details that I’ll then go and research — making decisions about how far you’ll take the research is like a , as you don’t quite know where you’ll end up.
, Scott Mc Cloud talks about the simplicity of features that allow the reader to identify with the character.
I felt vindicated when I read that, having already decided not to draw the faces in!
Can you walk us through translating a detailed epic poem into stick figures?
Laura Jenkinson is not your typical Classics teacher: in her classroom, myths and legends take shape in cartoon form.
As stick figures, Odysseus, Hector, Ajax, and the rest of the Trojan War gang guide her students through the worlds of the she shares the fun with the rest of us, breathing new life into tales many of us struggled with in school and rekindling our passion for the classics.
She chatted with us about why her stick figures have no faces, teaching the smartphone generation, and how art helps her manage anxiety. First, a New Year’s Resolution to be more creative, and second, an A-level Classics student applying for animation courses who asked me to help him make a portfolio.When we were studying the duels in the he’d made an excellent booklet of stickmen fighters to illustrate it, which got me thinking about other Classics references we could illustrate. I really like the simplicity of stick men; I used to draw massive stickmen battles as a kid.I figured we’d egg each other on — in fact, I drew way more than him! You can get a lot of physical expression out of a simple assortment of lines.Did you ever consider giving the characters eyes, noses, and mouths? But it’s been done before, and I hate it when someone puts a face to a character, when we all already have our own imagined versions.These stories were orally-transmitted tales that worked with the power of listeners’ imaginations: who am I to dictate what those imaginations see?Since children love detail, especially when they can recognize something or an image references something they know, I compromise: I fill my comics with details that call back to Greek black or red-figure pot artwork or traditional costume, or even cheeky references to modern pop culture.