Framing: Andrese Collins

Framing is our key tool to separate, organize and guide the reader to focus on specific parts of a scene, image or background in order to follow the story that we want to illustrate. Framing can help us display the elements and messages that an artist may want to imply within their art. When designing the frame of art, artists may use the frame to focus on exhibiting the various elements being used, such as lines, colors, contrast, shape, and texture.


Page 27 of Craig Thompson’s graphic novel Goodbye, Chunky Rice (pg. 27, Top Shelf Productions, 1999)

Notice that on page 27 of “Goodbye, Chunky Rice”, Craig Thompson used framing in multiple ways to create a short montage of various scenes in order to show the residential activities that are occurring in the neighborhood. The center image is the focal point of the page while the surrounding images as a border show a focus on each character that appears in the main image. The cropping of the main image helps the artist being able to fit all of the desired scenes while building up the border. Dew uses a great form of “frame within a frame” technique in order to lead and guide the direction of the reader’s eyes from photo to photo. While all the surrounding photos are available, there is still the largest image on the page which serves as the main picture that all the other ones refer or reply on in order to make sense to the viewer.

Last, page 27 has about 3 to 4 different scales to sized images available. The different sized frames help the reader understand the order that the images are forming. The boxes being the same scaled size on each side of the page, is a way to show the reader that the images are all flowing into the same scene which then leads to a continue in the story.

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