Hello, everyone! I’ve always liked telling and writing stories, so it seemed natural that I would go with the Five-Frame Story prompt for the Visual Assignment. I wasn’t entirely sure what I wanted to do for this particular prompt, at first, but in the end, I decided to tell a story featuring some of the little dolls I owned, revolving around a little figurine I own wanting to get its portrait done by a wily (and perhaps kind of dim) fox, only to be disappointed by the outcome.
While I mentioned in my first blog post that I prefer reading fantasy stories, I personally find that telling comedic stories comes more naturally, to me–I most of all want to combine fantasy and comedy–and it just seems easier to tell a more comedic story in a few panels, in my opinion.
First, I took a note card and drew a cheeseburger on the back of it, which would end up being the fox’s final drawing. When setting up the two dolls, I placed them on top of my closed record player, so that they would best be in the light. I taped a pen to the fox in order to create the illusion that it was holding it on its own. After I was finished taking all the photos, I uploaded them all onto my computer, and then I used the Autodesk Sketchbook app on my computer to draw additional effects onto the panels, in order to better convey the comedic tone of the narrative.
In the end, the punchline is a bit random, on reflection, but being a fan of Monty Python and the like back in high school, I’ve always been a bit of a sucker for random humor.