If my understanding of your demographic is at all correct, you are very adept at telling stories. After all, you have an enormous amount of storytelling tools at your disposal: Instagram, Facebook, TwitterYoutube/Vimeo, Snapchat… even a hashtag is a kind of one word story, linked to countless other people who are – like you – #sorrynotsorry, #blessed, or have their #eyebrowsonfleek, etc.  
Take a moment to think about the nature of these stories: are they immediate or do they fold out over stages? Are they centralized in one setting, or distributed across time and place? Are they happy or sad? Are you focussing on yourself in these stories, or someone else, or a group of other people? Are the stories humble, or are they bragging about something or someone? The nature of these stories are important because, like it or not, your stories say a lot about you as a person. 
In this exercise you are going to tell a story about yourself. But in addition to (quickly) writing down an actual story, you are going to tell your stories with pictures as well. Here are the directions:
  1. Write down or type

    a quick story about yourself. Perhaps something no one would believe, or something difficult to say. Or something that you’re proud of.  The only rules:
    • It must be true
    • You must be able to tell it one minute (so about 3 to 4 sentences, no more)
  2. Make:

    Using some or all of the principles we’ve been discussing, create a visual retelling of the story using only basic visual elements, such as:
    • lines
    • points
    • squares and/or rectangles, circles, triangles, or any other rectilinear forms with multiple sides.
    • colors: dark colors feel heavier and more present, while brighter colors feel lighter. Cooler colors (blues, greens, etc.) tend to recede into the background, and they feel calmer, while warmer colors (red, orange, yellow) tend to approach the viewer, and often feel more energetic. Artists, designers, and even filmmakers use the unique colors tendencies to help create the illusion of 3D space in a 2D medium, in addition to heightening the mood.   
  3. Break

    your story into three basic, but completely necessary parts:
    • The Beginning: e.g. "I was walking with friends when he appeared quietly in the air above, an eagle with a white head.
    • The Middle: "A rabbit appeared from a hole in the stone wall to our right. I said, 'look the eagle is gonna catch that rabbit.' He did catch it, with an outstretched claw, and pulled the rabbit up into the air. With his other claw, the  eagle ripped out the throat of the rabbit. Blood shot out a few yards into the air."
    • The End: "I looked away in fright and the dream ended."      
  4. Deliver:

    You must create a minimum of three compositions, one each for the beginning, middle, and end of your story. You can create these pieces using any medium you wish. Using the story above (which was actually a dream I had), here are my three compositions: 


  1. Finish the three story compositions for next week. We will have a critique next week to look at everyone's work.
  2. Read Chapter 3: Closure in Understanding Comics