Scale: Alexandra Borders


Page 52 from “David Boring” by Daniel Clowes, portraying a man dumping a woman’s body in presumably the ocean. Clowes, Daniel. David Boring. New York: Pantheon Books, 2000. Print.

I found this in David Boring by Daniel Clowes. I did not spend a lot of time looking through this one, but I thought this page was interesting. After reading about scale, I decided this page would work well while writing about this topic.

When concerning scale, it can be an objective scale or a subjective scale. Objectively, the scale will stand as a specific and literal translation (or representation) of a subject/object. For example, the dimensions of the human body to convey correct proportions. Subjective scale, on the other hand, relies more upon the interpretation of the viewer, as their experience and perspective can alter the scale of an object/subject, thus altering its meaning as well. Such as, the waves drawn in any panel might seem small, but with knowledge of an ocean, our perception of how big the waves could actually be (and the ocean itself) changes.

On this page, scale is used greatly, especially to represent distance and movement. For example, the stars in the sky are much smaller than the people and objects, showing that they are far from whatever the main focus is (in this case, the man on the boat). In addition, one panel has the man rowing away from the woman he abandoned in the water, but he and the boat are smaller than the face of the woman, showing that there is a larger distance between them. This also helps create more complexity and depth to the panels, so that each one looks flat, especially when the man is swimming away from the woman and boat, toward shore.

The waves drawn in work to help show movement within the water, considering the waves drawn up front are larger and continuously get smaller. Also, when the man is throwing his oar, the oar is drawn a little smaller than it would have been if the character was still holding it. This shows the oar is moving away from the man. The artist did well conveying the movement happening, specifically with the water.

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