Now don’t get excited by the title of this post. I am decidedly NOT giving you the finger.
Onomatopoeia is a great way to clarify gestures in illustrations – especially comic books and graphic novels.
Even though a pic is worth a thousand words, sometimes it’s just not enough!
Is this a flip?
Or a fall?
And how can you tell this is a flick of the wrist...
and not a Fwack! of the racket?
And is this a flap?
Or a flutter?
It makes a difference you know.
And what does this mean?
Add a single word and it’s obvious.
OK, yes, if you are a good enough artist, then the meaning of your work is clear without the need of extra words. But what if you’ve got a deadline that you’ve already passed and are now burning late-night oil so your readers don’t sharpen their pitchforks????
(Why, No – er – I wasn’t talking about my embarrassing late post for the A to Z Challenge… whatever gave you that idea?)
Ahem, as I was saying -
Don’t be afraid to add a few words to help make clear your character’s gestures. But, please, don’t go around verbally labeling your gestures.
Unless you’re legally blonde, then it’s probably OK.
By the squeak of the clock, I've caught up my posts. With luck, I'll get G up Monday morning. But just in case, please check out some of the other awesome bloggers who are doing the A to Z Challenge.
I write about, with, for, and around kids all day. (Well, maybe I do the dishes too. Sometimes.)