Image and words collage: create your family illustrated story | Rita Fonseca | Skillshare

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Image and words collage: create your family illustrated story

teacher avatar Rita Fonseca, creative problem-solver

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6 Lessons (24m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. What is your anchor picture?

    • 3. How to compose your pictures?

    • 4. Adding a background

    • 5. Adding words

    • 6. Take home message

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Create an illustrated story of your family with just one panel composed by photographs and words, overlayed in three layers.


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1. Introduction: Hi, My name is Chris, and I really enjoy playing with images and words to create stories, and that is what this project is about. I tend to approach our city projects in a way that anyone can play along, whether you are very skilful in using an image manipulation software or whether you like to cut the pictures and to collage him on paper. So just feel free to do whatever you enjoy the most. What I'm proposing today is to create an illustrated story of your family starting from a set of pictures, and the idea is to arrange the set of pictures and then to add a background image, which will add to the context of your story and finally at the layer where you have words meaning a sentence or some keywords that will fill in the gaps of your story. So in the end, you should expect to have something like this 2. What is your anchor picture?: The aim of this session is to define what is your anchor picture, which is basically the picture that will set the basis for your story. We start by laying down our set of family pictures. In my case, I selected 12345678 pictures, I think for your set of family pictures it is important and also interesting that you bring in pictures that you really like, or pictures that give a context for you for the story that you want to tell. So in my case, I selected a wedding picture from my grandmother, which I really like. And then I selected at the pictures like a family picture with all the ceilings off my grandmother and also another picture which is related to the context where she was brought . Oh, so at this points, you're not expected to have the full story off your panel already, but you start to relate to the material that you have and trying to find relationships between the pictures. I think that the easiest way to start is to select what I call an anchor picture, which will be at the center of your story and Then you look at the other pictures and then try to relate to this one in order to create a story and to create on a logical relationship between the different pictures. In my case, the anchor picture is going to be the wedding picture of my grandparent's. And I really like this this picture, because there is a theatrical feeling about it. Um, the actually the picture. His wedding picture was taken way after the signing off the papers, which is interesting, but I really like the way that my grandfather, which is very looking very serious, is holding very carefully and very gently the gloves off. My my grandmother, the bright. So by now you should have your anchor picture and the other pictures around it, so that you can start the next step off the process, which is to rearrange the pictures and composing the panel. I think it is really important to bear in mind that this is an illustrative process, and that at some point you may find important to bring in a picture that you were not considering in the beginning, or to discard a picture that you were thinking about using because he doesn't go along with the story was with your perspective off the story. So thank you so much for listening. I hope you are enjoying these project. 3. How to compose your pictures?: The aim of the session is to compose your picture panel. In the last session I had shown you my anchor picture, which is in the case, was my grandparent's wedding portrait. And then I had put apart all the other images. And now what we are going to do is actually try to looking to relationships between this anchor picture and all the other pictures, because we have to remind ourselves that we are trying to build a story right. So we want to find relationships between the different information and the material that we have in order for them, the reader to be able to find the link potentially between the different pictures. In my case, I decided to focus on kinship, meaning, For instance, I started by placing the parents off my grandmother on top and then her siblings on the on the same line, and then Frances, her daughter a little bit below and then her great granddaughter, even in the lower line. And then I decided to also put on the top this picture, which is a reminder off the childhood of my grandmother, which was in Africa, and even though there are so many historical complications that came from there. But it was something that clearly imprinted on her a lot of ways of being, and she passed that on 12. So I really felt felt like I should put some ref explicit reference to that context. Additionally, I also added this picture, which is actually from a son in law. Uh, but I added it because in the case they didn't get along so well. So I felt like it was an interesting also thing to also add to the to the panel. And then here it's her great granddaughter. And these is the picture of another child from the family that I'm actually going to discard because it doesn't really fit with all off the other, um, elements. Surely there are other possibilities, like, for instance, this one where still the kinship logic still presents. But the anchor picture is separated from the the other pictures and which may emphasize that the these group of pictures on the left is the story that originated from the picture on the right, and still the sisters come on top and in the sentence below. This is another possibility where basically, we still maintain the kinship logic, but the pictures are placed as if it was kind of a deck of cards which food Recent sins inspire the reader to actually think about the random component of life where things happen . People meet fell in love, and then they have Children or I don't know. They move country or so going back to my origin. No solution. I decided to add an extra element to make the composition more nice and needs. I added a frame to each picture, and I basically got examples from Googling images. Off frames and these elements makes the composition more nice and neat. But it also adds an extra reference to the story, because at my grandmother's house, there were a lot of family pictures hanging from the walls. And for me, it adds to the story that I'm telling which is about her or centered on her life, basically. So by now you should have your own set of pictures organized and composed in a way that should tell a story 4. Adding a background: for the session, we will be adding a background image to our panel. And in the last session we basically composed are set of pictures and we will start from there too wet, some more information to the panel and to feel in the story that we are trying to tell. In my case, I am telling the story of my grandmother, and that's why I decided to use kinship in order to organize the few years in the panel. Perhaps you remember from the last session, and because my grandmother she has already passed away, I decided that the other layer that I wanted to add to the story was the feeling of loss associated to death and what came to me. What occurred to me is this washing away off the memories that we feel when when the person dies and I wanted to bring that into the story of the panel because it is also about longing and how, um, the many stories that my grandmother told me about life and death also, um, are still in my mind. I thought that the great element to represent that washing away and that cycle of life and death would be the sea. So I added, Ah, wave coming to the beach to the story. But to make it nicer, I change the opacity off this image so that the pictures were still visible and also to enforce the feeling that the wave is washing away the pictures, the people, the memories, Um, and somehow it still, but they still continue to be there so that there would be this ambiguity. There are, of course, other possibilities. So another thing that I tried steal using my grandmother as the central figure was to use on the background on image off a sewing machine, which was a new instrument that my grandmother used to use a lot. And it's source of representative of her creativity doing her suing work. She could sue almost anything or any hole so she could find creative solutions for such small problems. Let's say so. It's also it could be also a possibility for ah ah, background image they could still feel in the story. Alternatively, I also considers the possibility of using a reference to my grandmother's cooking skills. She was a great cook, so I basically grabbed a page off book she used to use to bake cakes, and I put a put a layer on top off the the picture that I already have in the panel and changed a little bit again the opacity so that everything would be smoother. As you can see, there are many possibilities, even just with one set of pictures maintaining your panel. There are many things that you can use. You can think about, um, skills that the people that are represented in the portrait had, or something that is really related to your family. Like, let's say many people would I play guitar so you could put the guitar an image of a guitar in and play around with it. Or maybe you could think about a place like a holiday house where everyone would go during the summer, and this could also be a possibility. So there are many things that you can try on and bring into your story and going back to my solution, the one that I chosen with a C wave. I decided to add a couple of more elements to it, and I want to show that here because I want to reinforce the idea that this is a nutritive process. And sometimes you really feel like you need some little need to add some little details to make the the your work more beautiful or more complete in some Simpson's. So why, what? I ended up doing waas to relate again to this element of death and memories. And one thing that I I realized, is that people value a lot, some objects that bring a lot of memories, and these is very present when someone dies. So there may be there is a watch. And there is, like, a little image that someone really wants to keep Aziz representative off that, um, person. So I also, um, made the panel all black and white to again bring in these feeling off nostalgia and loss. So I added a Watch T Cup box and the ballerina, which are elements that remind me of my grandmother. And then I put it, put it a frame on needs to compose a panel in to make it more coherence. Okay, so by now you should have your set of pictures composed in the way that you wanted and a background image that gives you a general feeling for for the story that you want to tell 5. Adding words: the end of the session is to add words to the panel that we have so far. So from the last session you should have your panel with the arranged pictures and with a background figure. And now in this session, we are going to decides to think one is the sentence, which is what sentence war words or expression you want to add to the panel. Having in mind that you want to build up a story, you want to give more information to the reader of your panel. And the second thing is, where does these extra information Where does these words go? Because this is also important for the reader. In my case, I wanted a sentence that would refer to these idea of memories washing away of life and death cycles. Things that go and come, and what occurred to me was the sentence what is erased. I decided that in the overall image, I just wanted to give somewhat of relevance to the words. So I selected a small size and and as you can see, by the fault, the words were in the corner. But I wanted to select a location, according with the story. So what I did was to put the words in the continuation off the wave off the flow, which would help the reader to. I have the feeling that the wave is coming over the portrait, which is really important for the this idea off memories that wash away. Alternatively, I could have thought about other sentences, one of which could have been as a verse from a song by Bob Dylan, which says Time is the notion. But it ends at the shore and which goes along three idea that I'm trying the story that I'm trying to convey with my panel. And in order to reinforce these again, the location could be more closer to the position where the reader starts to read, which in my opinion, reinforces this flow over the pictures. Another option could have bean a sentence that my grandmother used to tell many times, which in Portuguese it reads something like, What are the economic PRESTA Incontrera look in country seizes and these means safe. Or keep what you don't want something that you don't want, and in the future you will find something new you'll need. And even though these is often usually applied to objects here. I find it interesting that in a panel related to memories that push away and things that you keep and others that you let go to use the sentence, which is something that she usually use, would say in these more symbolic way in terms of location. In order to reinforce these, I. D. I decided to place the sentence below the panel the rearranged pictures, because it should be something that the reader shoot reads towards the end more towards the end and to keep these idea, uh, things that you keep and think that you will give away. Somehow. I just want to go back to the solution that I chose, which is what is he erased. And I wanted to translate these centers into Kim Moon Do, which is an African language from the place where my mother, my grandmother lived. And the sound key Jimmy is for me, a Z Many words or sentences in in Afghan languages is a reference, or is if that gives me the feeling of roots off some something that come from the Valley of the Lion War, from the roots of a tree so and because these penalties a lot about life and death and cycles. I felt like it was again a nice compliment because it gives a sound of language that is relative to the context where my grandmother used to live. But it is also related to an overall feeling that united all All right, so that's it. You have your project with your three layers, the composed pictures of your family, the background image and the words or you're sentence. And I hope you feel like you have a story because these was, uh, one of the aims of the project to actually get to the end with, um, set of information that is organized in a way that it feels like a story for you and for the read. Don't forget to upload your project so that we can discuss it and exchange ideas because, as I've said many times, this is in its creative process, and you can always go back and change things again. Just enjoy the process and have fun 6. Take home message: Okay. Finally, I hope you enjoy doing this project that you felt it was fun and engaging in that it was simple enough. You could actually start, uh, quickly, which I think it's really important. And as a single message, I would like to say that sometimes in order to get your creativity bubbling, you just need to start. It's something that is stem toe that is at hands. So you start with a set of pictures or with a set of words or two or three concepts that you want to play with, and then it helps you out to see things in different perspectives and observe them carefully in order to then have an idea off something that you would like to do that once again, Do we need through simple steps. So I hope you had fun and see you next time