Wednesday, July 25, 2012

In Pictures and In Words: Ch. 8 Reflections

Oh my.  I am so embarrassed that I am super late on getting this chapter posted.  That's the craziness with summertime, right?  I feel like I am playing catch up on everything right now!  Anywhoo...my apologies to sweet Kathleen for not linking up on time.  She did a fantastic job oh hosting ch. 8 a few weeks back.  You can click on {here} to see her post.
Ch. 8 is all about the details!  It was very informative.  I had many "ah-hah" moments when Katie Wood Ray wrote about illustration techniques that I've never really thought about before.  I see these things all the time in picture books but never really think about them.  I told you....this book has really changed the way I think about illustrations!

I brought home quite a few books form my classroom library for the summer so that my daughter could enjoy them.  She LOVES watching Scholastic's Chrysanthemum video that features Kevin Henkes' Chrysanthemum, Owen, and A Weekend with Wendell, so I decided to expose her to a few more of his wonderful books.  We read Sheila Rae, the Brave and Wemberly Worried this week.  Of course, I noticed some of the very things mentioned in ch. 8!
Here is a scene from Sheila Rae, the Brave where they are all sitting at the dinner table.  Even though the words do not explain, you can tell what every one of these characters is thinking/feeling just by looking at their facial expressions.  Katie refers to this as Technique 13: Crafting Details of Expression and Gesture.  She points out that even though children usually pick up on facial expressions during reading, they usually do not use detail like this in their own pictures.  It's important to draw attention to scenes like this one so we can encourage them to use this technique in their own work.

Another one that I think I see a lot but haven't paid too much attention to in the past is Technique 15: Revealing Character with Background Details.  Katie reminds us that we can learn so much about a character just by looking at the background details.  Speaking of focusing on the background....have you ever noticed sweet Grandma in Wemberly Worried?  This goes right along with Technique 14: Crafting Physical Details of Characters too.
She is hilarious!  Her appearance says it all.  :)

If you aren't familiar with Kevin Henkes you should check him out.  His mice characters are pretty easily recognizable.



I'll be back soon to catch up with ch. 9.  I'll be linking soon Cheryl! Don't give up on me!!

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