Hello, hello! As of today, I am in charge of the Saturday newspost- and you have Ozoneocean to thank (or blame) for that! If you want to get to know me better, I am a regular in the Quackcast where you can hear me be a Greek Person, and you can check out my comic Without Moonlight and/or my collab with Pit Pace Brave Resistance anytime! (but after you read my first attempt at a newspost.)
The other day I came across a very well presented vid in youtube on how cinematographers use geometrical shapes to give subtle (or not so subtle) meaning to their character design, angles and general directing.
All of what was said about animation, definitely applies to comics as well:
In particular, Kiki shapes (shapes that are very angular, made up of triangles) are associated with evil characters (or at least more unstable, grimmer, more dangerous ones). Bouba shapes (shapes that are curvy, made up of circles) are associated with cuteness, lightness and kindness in characters.
Even more interesting is the use of the three basic geometric shapes in character design in animation, where creators employ the Circle, Square and Triangle to convey the feel the audience should have of the character they see on screen (or in our case, on the page):
Circle –> Good, kind, loveable
Triangle –> Evil, dangerous, dark
Square –> Trustworthy, stubborn, sturdy, firm or even boring
Also, the compositions within a frame create similar impressions:
A frame within a frame: the character is trapped in his situation
Parallel lines over the frame: the character is held prisoner by his/her circumstances
Two frames in a frame: the characters are distanced from each other, or in a fragmented relationship.
Round frame within the panel: the situation or characters are being surveilled, spied upon, watched, unsafe
Triangle compositions: power struggle and power arrangements within or between characters
And so on and so forth.
So, do you use Geometry in your comics? If you do, have you been doing it consciously? If you aren’t, will you consider that now?
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Tantz_Aerine at 12:00AM, Oct. 15, 2016
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