The Itinerant Illustrator: Creating storyworlds in the reader's space

Braund, Stephen (2016) The Itinerant Illustrator: Creating storyworlds in the reader's space. Journal of Illustration, 3 (1). 101 -119. ISSN 20520204

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The Itinerant Illustration: Creating storyworlds in the reader’s space
Steve Braund

Imagine an illustrated story, comprising of still images and text, with its characters, plotline and narrative tension, but the world of the story extends outwards from the printed page (or e-book), into what I am going to call the reader’s space.

This paper explores the storytelling potential of direct address (breaking the fourth wall), as moments where fictional characters look out from their still-image worlds, whether picture-book, graphic novel or comic, into ours. It will consider the possibility of creating fictional worlds by employing direct address to generate narrative in the real time and space of the reader/viewer.

This approach parallels Brecht’s idea of showing showing, where his actors break through the ‘fourth wall’: the audience constantly aware they are watching a play; the structure of their experience laid bare. I will explore showing showing from an illustration perspective, where the reader/viewer of the sequence of illustrations is not only aware that they are being watched by that which they are watching, but to propose that it is possible to construct a story in the reader’s space.

Item Type: Article
ISSN: 20520204
Subjects: Arts > Illustration
Courses by Department: The Falmouth School of Art > Illustration
Depositing User: Stephen Braund
Date Deposited: 07 Mar 2017 09:39
Last Modified: 15 May 2017 10:57
URI: http://repository.falmouth.ac.uk/id/eprint/2297

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