Xavier School | Grade 10 | by Josiah Gosingtian
There’s one slide there that has a very blurry image of a character fighting something in a city. I hope that it’s recognizable, but in any case, it allowed me to ask my students if they knew who Ultraman was (they did). Ultraman is an excellent example of the concept of scale. Ultraman fights monsters to save Japan from destruction. Conventional weaponry doesn’t work. Normal people are unable to make a dent on the large enemy; Ultraman is their only hope. Now, Ultraman is Shin Hayata, who isn’t always a giant guy in a form-fitting suit. He’s the most capable member of the Science Patrol in Japan, but if you take away his ability to transform into Ultraman, he’s a regular guy, like all of us.
Contrast the size of the normal humans (who can’t do a thing against the aliens / monsters) and Ultraman (who is the being the humans rely on for salvation). Imagine yourself watching a battle between Ultraman and a giant beast in your city. The beast delivers an attack that devastates Ultraman, and you can see his chest blinking; he’s in trouble. He’s hurt and vulnerable. If he loses, everyone loses. Can you feel the helplessness, and that urge, that wish for Ultraman to win? (We’re all still alive and reading this blog entry, so I’m glad he hasn’t lost yet.)
In the slide that showed the winged character, a lot of my students thought that it wasn’t just the wings that got bigger, but the whole character. It really was just the wings, though. It gave him a larger silhouette, which translated into the character occupying a larger space on the page, which means that he could command more attention than a smaller subject.
When you draw your characters, what happens when you make parts of it really small? What about when it’s really big? A figure with a small head on a large body would give a different impression compared to a figure with a large head and a small body.
The word table is there for those days when you just don’t know what to draw. Feel free to add more words, and even change the word types for your own word tables! For extra challenge and fun, pick words at random.