From the start of this project, I had discovered that I wanted to base my practice on comics and loosely base it on my report. To begin with I started to draw comics that were based on everyday life and the ordinary. The Mezzanine by Nicholson Baker was a good starting point to encourage me to draw and think about what to show in these comic panels. It made me think about what was worth showing and what wasn’t.
After attending show showing presentations, being given my critical feedback, I managed to narrow my subject down and make it more specific. I had been encouraged to base my report and my practice on wordless novels and silent stories. This can be seen by looking at Frans Masereel’s woodcut prints that are sequenced to create silent story.
Reportage and ideas
I began to draw from my surroundings, but I think the real form of reportage can be seen in my comic strip final outcomes. With this being said the drawing were beneficial and did create new ideas. It made me think about my structure and placement of drawings on a page.
These are all small comic strips that do not relate to each other at all. Although it is possible to create story out of them. The fourth image is based on a short story called ‘Cathedral’ by Raymond Carver. The story is about a mans wife who invites her friend to stay over for the night because the friend is visiting his wife’s family after her passing away. The whole point of the story is that the woman’s husband is not fond of the idea of him staying over because of his prejudices against him being blind. Later on in the story, the blind man opens the husband up and helps him become a more open minded understanding person by putting him in his shoes.