Time and Motion: Sophia Price


Page 76, from Lynda Barry’s One! Hundred! Demons!

Motion in two-dementional art is something that is often implied. This is done through cropped images, such as the frame on the right in the comic from Lynda Barry’s One! Hundred! Demons! The teacher is entering the same area as the girls through the way her body is partially cropped out of the image, and partially in it. Her movement is implied- an image does not actually have the ability to move within a frame. Barry uses several different skills to show movement within her graphic novel. The tilting of the girls in the left frame adds tension to their grasp on the bunny. The shadowing, under their bodies lets the reader know they are being held up by this tension, even though they are just within a image. By rotating their bodies to be slanted, with the bunny static in the center, it is clear that motion is implied to be pulling on the toy in between them. The lines around the bodies add to this notion, giving air and movement to the frame. Though they are not actually shown moving here, it is easy to tell that is what Barry wants to relate within the picture. Through the shading and the rotation of the bodies, Barry has discovered a way to let her reader’s know the movement within the image. It is one that is relatable, two girls fighting over a toy, and one that can be easily interpreted. In the right frame, it is easy to interpret the wagging of fingers at each other, even without added skill to the comic. The anger in the girls eyes and the pointed fingers is all that is really needed to imply that motion. Barry adds emotion and movement to most of her comics, making it easy to feel her characters flow throughout them.

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