Point, Line, Plane: Tre Bobo


From Graphic Novel “Yossel” by  Joe Kubert

Reading the chapter “Points, Lines and Planes” in Graphic Design: The New Basics by Jennifer Cole Phillips, I was able to understand the importance of point, line and plane in the field of design and how the interaction with one another can represent anything from emotion, texture or even spatial distance. The book describes point rather simply, as a single position in space but when manipulated in its size, and positioning towards other things around, it can have many different meanings. Line was described as a series of connected points or the path between two points. Similar to a single point the way that a line is rendered can influence the perception of things like space and texture, however lines don’t always have to be physically seen as they can also be implied by the space around them. A plane is a flat surface from a closed line. Shapes are an example of planes and with the help of points and lines can create the perception of space or volume. The graphic novel that I read Yossel by Joe Kubert is about a Jewish person who enjoys drawing during WW2 at the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising. It is implied that the illustrations in the book are done by him given from the fact they all look like pencil sketches of events that happen in his life. The way he creates images as seen in the first frame above, really capture the emotion of sadness that is present in many of the Jewish people affected by this time.  In the second frame although less detailed still reminds you that this is a sketch done presumably by Yossel of the Warsaw ghetto in flames. The last frame is arguably the most detailed, in my opinion this was done intentionally to show how “clean” and “organized” the Nazis are compared to the Warsaw Ghetto Jews who are fighting back. These three frames show that without reading the story or being their firsthand you can sense the atmosphere of the situation just simple design choices like lines, shading and framing.


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