The Art of the Story: Creating Visual Narratives skillshare originals badge

Debbie Millman, Writer, educator, artist, brand consultant

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10 Lessons (58m)
    • 1. Introduction

      2:43
    • 2. Your Assignment

      2:09
    • 3. Historical Objects

      9:10
    • 4. Contemporary Objects

      6:14
    • 5. Finding Your Story

      7:25
    • 6. Editing Your Story

      4:23
    • 7. Materials

      10:24
    • 8. Sketching

      2:57
    • 9. Crafting

      9:43
    • 10. Conclusion

      2:51
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Project Description

Visualize a piece of personal writing.

ASSIGNMENT

Create a piece of art that represents a personal email, text message to a loved one, short story, birthday card message, quote from a dinner party conversation, poem, journal entry, or more.

Your goal is to create a solid narrative structure and translate that visually. Create a piece that makes people feel something deeply when reading and looking at your work. I’d love for you to play and experiment with any materials you’d like such as paint, canvases, found objects, crayons, chalk, yarn, thread, fabric, paper, photographs, etc.

For me, I define this type of piece as Visual Storytelling – the art of using language and images to convey a narrative account of real or imagined events. By going through the process of crafting a “visual essay”, you’ll learn how to combine the narrative text of a story with creative elements to augment and enhance the storytelling process.

Remember, anything you’ve written can be visualized, as long as it’s sincere and honest!

DELIVERABLE

Post images of your piece. A finished assignment includes:

  • The original text
  • 2 to 5 images of your final visual essay

RESOURCES

  • Watch graphic films here for more inspiration on sequence and telling narratives over multiple spreads

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