Graphic Novel Design Reflection

I have learnt the basic skills of using illustrator for example the live bucket function and the pen tool and also the use of evernote. I have also learnt how to manage my time wisely as I was absent from a few classes and the whole project was generally very rushed, I still managed to complete the tasks before the due dates. In order for me to complete everything on time I also learnt to do things efficiently and to understand that quality over quantity when dealing with writings.

The use of visuals help reinforce a particular message as the audiences are able to have a clearer understanding of the content. Visuals are better than traditional text forms as they promote visual literacy and reading amongst those who are otherwise reluctant to read. It also helps a better understanding of abstract ideas, complex issues and events due to their visual form. For example, by looking at their facial expressions when something special happened, the audiences are able to tell their personality.

Technology helps to enhance the use of design principles (C.R.A.P) as it makes the communication of ideas clearer and easier to follow. It allows the graphic novel to generally look more organized as it keeps the font and colors consistent. 

Perspectives changes a lot through the use of visuals. For example, if I were to use first person to narrate the story, it will come out of the protagonist, it could be bias sometimes and also it allows the audiences to have a better understanding of the character’s personality and their inner thoughts. I I were to use third person as narrative, it allows the audiences to understand the plot.

When reading a book an image appears in your mind, however that image might not be the same as what the author wanted you to imagine.

What challenges did you face, and how did you overcome these challenges?

I encountered a lot of technical difficulties when using illustrator at the beginning of the assignment because I wasn’t familiar with it. It also hindered the rest of the process because all the tasks are connected. Illustrator wasn’t able to detect the outline of characters or objects that I have drawn. I then re-tracing the scanned image with markers and rescanned it. If I were to do it again, I would have follow the teacher’s demonstration by adjust the brightness and contrast of that scanned graphic novel as that would save a lot of times. Another technical challenge happened when I realize the thickness of the lines after using the image traced function are all the same. I solved the problem at last by using an eraser tool to adjust its thickness. I would not have done anything different because there are no other shortcut that can be used. I also had trouble filling colors.  I wasn’t able to use bucket tool to fill in colors for a specific area. I then spent a lot of time using the free drawing pen. I would have make sure that all the lines are clear and are connected so that the bucket tool will be able to detect sectors. But as time went by and with extra practices I have done found on moodle, I got a hang of it and I was able to use the basic tool now.