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Pirates in pieces, or aspect-to-aspect transitions

This week I’m more deliberately trying out one of the transition types Scott McCloud mentions in his Making Comics. This is the aspect-to-aspect transitions – that is, a set of images each showing a small piece of a single moment.

Here’s a look at the full scene I’ll be breaking into pieces:

Rosie, as you might have guessed, is having a pirate adventure.

After staging her, I took about 30 shots from all kinds of angles and distances, like this:

I could have done it in far fewer shots, but I kept thinking of things I wanted to add to the scene šŸ™‚

Then I cropped the shots to emphasize just the parts I wanted to highlight, like this:

On Friday, when I do my adventure, I’ll show the different aspects that make up that scene. Ideally, I’d lay them out on a page, but I don’t quite know how to do that yet. So, I’ll probably just stream them down the page the way I’m doing now.

Aspect-to-aspect transitions do two things: they slow the scene down, and they make the reader work to assemble the complete picture in their mind.

And that’s my main work this week. Rosie’s episode is carrying a pretty complex plot element, so I’ll probably spend some time trying to figure out the most graceful way of explaining that, in pictures.

I’m reading through a few graphic novels I got out of the library – one of the Sandman books, Will Eisner’s Contact with God, and two others that I can’t recall right now. Great inspiration, although I’m years away from being able to bring all of the pieces together to make a full photographic novel.



In my (almost) 60th year on earth I decided to set my fashion dolls free of their clothes and accessories and send them on adventures. This is your window onto my own adventure into a land of crafts where I have zero skills, talent or mentors. Wish me (and my dolls) luck!

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