08 Telling it Visually

Close All Laptops Please

Only the back half of the class may use their laptops.

Close all laptops please

Project 2 Concerns

Common issues that came up

Project 3 Questions

Any lingering questions or concerns?

Today's Activity

Getting feedback from your peers!

Find at least two other classmates to sit and discuss your work with. Who you haven't chatted with before.

Step 1

Introduce your topic or message, along with your audience.

Step 2

Show your sketches or drafts.

Step 3

Summarize your peer's thoughts.

Post to Canvas

Post your peer's comments to Canvas.

Telling it Visually

What is a Visual Narrative?

Any narrative where we use visuals to convey the majority of the story.


Visual narratives 101.

The Photo Essay

Conveying a message or narrative purely through photography.

Remember Narrative

  1. Parts of narrative:
  2. Exposition
  3. Rising Action
  4. Climax
  5. Falling Action
  6. Resolution


Anyone Can Storyboard

Storyboarding does not require an artist's skill.

Sketching a Story

Please sketch a short 5-panel story including an exposition, rising action, climax, falling action and resolution.

What's a Good Story?

  1. Parts of narrative:
  2. Theme
  3. Clear narrative
  4. Captivating images
  5. Good text+image relationship


Does your story have a theme that the audience can identify with? Not all stories have themes, but it can be helpful.

Clear Narrative

Conflict, resolution and interesting characters. Tell it in a way that builds drama.

Captivating Images

Images should create the story world for your audience, and should elicit an emotional response.

Text + Image Relationship

This should add depth, not repeat what is in the images. We should have to both look and read to understand.

The Arc of Storytelling

By Babette Buster

Spatial Connection

We should be able to mentally connect one image and the next.


Continuity Sample

Establishing shot

Continuity Sample


Continuity Sample

Reverse Shot

Continuity Sample


Point of View

Consider who the audience should identify with in your images.

Audience in Situ

Where is the audience in relation to the scene?


The patterning of panels helps convey emphasis and time.


Adjust your storyboards to include a sense of 'time'.

Order of Reading

Please remember that in the English we read from left-to-right, top-to-bottom.


This helps us understand the causal connection between events. Otherwise known as cause, and effect.


How might changing the order alter our understanding of the narrative?


Frames help convey progression of time. Different styles can help heighten the message.


Frames should help support the narrative.


What effect does no frame have?


Integrate at least one expressive frame into your storyboards


Remember that arrangement and order can help imply action for the viewer.


Working with arrangement and framing together can strengthen the narrative.


Working with arrangement and framing together can strengthen the narrative.

For next week

Please remember!

  1. Complete P03

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