Time and Motion: Alexa Berg

Time and motion are very important aspects of graphic design, as they convey temporal change in both still and time based media. In the graphic memoir Smile by Raina Telgemeier, the author does a good job of illustrating implied motion within her still based frames. One way she was able to do so was by drawing her figures diagonally, rather than statically and centered with its edges parallel to the frame to show that something is progressing forward. The image also uses points and lines to highlight that there is in fact a motion occuring with in the scene. For instance, the girl jumping out from the vehicle is surrounded by a series of lines beneath her feet to evoke the movement. Each action is assigned a different graphic element to support the implied motion that takes place. Shapes are also used to show that these images are above the ground in the air moving forward by the use of shadows. Cropping can also help to illustrate motion, and in this example, the cropped arm in the bottom frame shows that the image is suppose to be far behind, and since we can just see her arm reaching out for only part of another image, we can observe implied motion.


Smile, Raina Telgemeier

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