This post consists of research I conducted for a project in my graphic design class.
The assignment was to create a booklet from the a classic idiom or adage. I chose the adage, “Time flies when you are having fun.”
When I first started the research for this assignment I searched the idiom online and found that most images that came up from the search were very generic and literal.
I decided to think of some stories using images. I automatically thought of Children’s picture books.
Children’s Illustrations (Related):
This article provides 18 tips on how to tell a story through illustrations.
This article contains writing on how illustrations affect picture books.
Japanese Graphic Novels (Related):
At first I did not want to do a comic book/comic strip type of booklet, but using the grid for the illustrations alone was a challenge, so I ended up separating the pages into panels. By creating panels, I was also able to tell a longer story.
I reminded myself of the Japanese comic books I used to read. A lot of the pages play with large and smaller sized panels. Here are some examples of the panel usage in graphic novels that influenced my story telling.
Akira (1982-1990): Katsuhiro Otomo
One Piece (1997-present): Eiichiro Oda
In order to think of stories for my adage, I looked back at some of my favorite books, films, and short stories.
The Little Prince (1943): It is a quiet and sweet story, yet has a very deep meaning.
Movies and Films:
I looked back and reminded myself of some of the short films and movies that I have enjoyed. The sequencing, moods and overall feel from these movies influenced my story telling.
Paper man (Trailer) (2012): A Quiet short film from Disney. No dialogue story-telling.
How to Train Your Dragon (2010): The theme of a new friendship. I honestly did not mean for my adage idea to be so similar to this clip… I apologize!
Only Yesterday (Omohide Poro Poro) (1991): Children, Sweet, Nostalgia, and Memories.
Ponyo, on the Cliff by the Sea (2008): Children, Friendship, The Sea.
Images that inspired my story:
This is some of the music I listened to while illustrating my adage booklet.
John Powell: Forbidden Friendship
Only Yesterday (Omohide Poro Poro) Official Soundtrack: Ohanahan
Joe Hisaishi: Friends