Monday, 15 August 2011
Played on these beautiful old penny machines at the weekend. They were amazingly illustrated, and I don't think simply because they were old or weathered. Beautiful design, type, colour, a sign of the hand, character design, handling of shape and line. All great, But (!) they made me think about something I was interested in at uni. The link between illustration and narrative, but the narrative being an experience, a story you are involved in physically. There were games that were illustrated, an x-ray machine that gave you an illustrated card, a grabbing game that gave you a plastic toy, and illustrated rides and carousels. Somewhere else I saw one of those wooden shapes you put your head in and take a photo. Important to note the experience connected to the illustrations, much like acting out your own illustrated story.