The Mirror of Matsuyama
A digitally narrated version of the old Japanese legend "The Mirror of Matsuyama."
I searched for a long time before I came across this legend. It was difficult to find a story that could be told in 10 frames without any words. After deciding that this was the story that I was going to use, I did a lot more research before I was able to create the imagery particularly the clothing.
I wanted the story to be easy to follow even though there was no text. I also tried to keep the imagery interesting. I struggled with a balance between variety and unity. I felt that it was important to have a mix of close-up scenes and far-away scenes in order to keep the viewer interested. At the same time I wanted to make sure that there was still unity between the frames so that they would be identified as a series.
I decided to draw almost all of the imagery. This was a huge challenge for me because I have never had much skill in the drawing department. I figured that this would be a good opportuntiy for me to stray away from my comfort zone and try something new. However, I did allow myself to incorporate some of my photographs as background imagery.
I am pleased with how this project turned out. However, it is a little akward for me to view this as my work because this is the first drawing project that I have completed. I feel that this project is a successful digital narrative because I have asked many people without previous knowledge of this legend to view this series of frames, and they have been able to follow the story.