What is an Onomatopoeia? A word created the sound a thing makes…WRITTEN SOUND Examples Ring!= Telephone Pooot…= Chihuahua toot Clap! = Thunder Ms. Munger Simple Illustrations
Although onomatopoeia in this sense covers a wide range of sounds, much onomatopoeia seems to fall into a few categories, with the most, by far, being associated with the sounds made by animals. Here are some onomatopoetic words, grouped by category. Mechanical Onomatopoeia. Fast Motion Onomatopoeia. Musical Onomatopoeia. Food Preparation and Eating Onomatopoeia. Fighting Onomatopoeia. Animal Onomatopoeia.
Mechanical Onomatopoeia. Machine noises seem to make up a fair amount of the common onomatopoeia. Examples include: buzz, beep, whirr, click, clack, clunk, clatter, clink. Notice the group of words that begin with cl.
Fast Motion Onomatopoeia. Words that convey the sound of speed seem often to begin with the letter s or z. Boing, varoom/vroom, whoosh, swish, swoosh, zap, zing, zip, and zoom are examples.
Musical Onomatopoeia. Some musical onomatopoeia is associated with specific music instruments — the twang of a banjo or guitar, for example, or oompah for a tuba. Others imitate a metallic sound, and these often end in ng: ting, ding, ring, jingle, and jangle. Then there are some that clearly evoke wind instruments, like blare, honk, and toot; and another group that seem percussive, like rap, tap, boom, rattle, and plunk. A person making music without an instrument might hum or clap or snap.
Food Preparation and Eating Onomatopoeia. In cooking, food may crackle or sizzle and oil may splatter. When we pour something to drink, it may go splash, kerplunk, or gush, but hopefully it won’t drip, and when we open a soft drink, it will probably fizz. When it’s time to eat, we’re likely to nibble, munch, gobble, and crunch.
Fighting Onomatopoeia. The action words that show up in comic books during fighting scenes are onomatopoetic: pow, bif, bam, whomp, thump, smash, zowie, bang, and wham are some of them.
Animal Onomatopoeia. The sounds that animals make are complicated even in English, but it’s important to be aware that — contrary to what one might expect — in different parts of the world, the words used for animal sounds are quite different. Sheep do not universally go baa, nor do ducks quack everywhere in the world. Here are some common English renderings:
Origins within the POP ART MOVEMENT Onomatopoeia in Vintage Comics –BatmanBatman Onomatopoeia – Roy Lichtenstein – Pop Art Movement Artist
Promotional cover art for Green Arrow #13, by Matt Wagner. This is an illustration of the villian he created and actually named, ONOMATAPOEIA Comics
What are Thumbnail Sketches? Thumbnail sketches are rough drawings. These quick pencil sketches allow you to try out several ideas and zero in on the most likely layouts before beginning a project. Creating thumbnail sketches is a crucial part of the brainstorming aspect of your design work. This is one of the MOST IMPORTANT steps in creating well-thought out work!
Your job Your job as an I L L U S T R A T O R : P h a s e O n e Step One: Brainstorm and thumbnail sketch 3 DIFFERENT ideas (for ONE word) in 5 THUMBNAIL SKETCHES to illustrate your ONE word. 5 thumbnail sketches of 3 different ideas
Step Two: Tweak your thumbnail (how can you make it better?) and decide which one is most creative and original. See Ms. Strattan for CRITIQUE Step Three: Using picture “references”, practice drawing these images and create 2 thumbnails of your LAYOUT (or the arrangement of the subjects in your drawing) Step four: CREATE your Rough Draft then seek approval
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