Yes, I am late to this one. I was out all day yesterday and the day before so when I came back home I was exhausted. But I think this is a very interesting topic for a discussion so despite the tardiness…let’s do this.
I think it’s safe to say that everyone who reads this blog (or similar ones) loves books and therefore loves a good story. I love books (obviously) and something essential to a good book is the way it is told. The crafting of the story.
There are so many ways a person can express and convey a story. It doesn’t nessisarily require words to conect with or understand. Sometimes words aren’t enough to convey what needs to be said and so and a different medium is used like cinematography, paint, or the even the self (i.e. dancing).
I have always been in awe of art. The way it can capture the essence and mood of a situation is uncanny. So it shouldn’t come to a surprise to learn that I love graphic novels/comics. I believe whole heartedly that what makes or breaks a comic/graphic novel is the art that helps express the story.
I think the art that goes into cover art and illustrations in a novel are often overlooked and something I love about graphic novels is that the art is just as essential as the words in it. The hues alone are enough to set the mood of the story or scene. There is so much work and thought that goes into an artist’s work.
Art work by John Rocco:
Look at that gorgeous art work! Respect.
Visual art doesn’t only mean cover art and graphic novels. It’s anything that tells a story just by the sight of it.
(the last two are by Ransom Riggs)
Visual expression is ironically overlooked. Hopefully this post opened eyes to the beauty of it.
What are some of your favorite ways to express visually? Do you have a favorite artist? Do you like graphic novels?
Let’s discuss in the comments!