Project 4, Exercise 3, Visual conventions for time and place.

I chose to research for traditional conventions the piece ‘Inconveniences of a crowded drawing room, 1835’ by George Cruikshank. Cruikshank was a British Caricaturist and illustrator during the 1800’s. He is best known for the work he did with Charles Dickens in his book Sketches by Boz.

die_unbequemlichkeiten_eines_u 19th January 2017

I have seen this artwork in Manchester Art Gallery and it wasn’t a coloured piece. Originally an etching  it has always been a fun image to look at. There is a lot to see and each person is either doing something to somebody else or being annoyed at the lack of space. It is extremely crowded in there but this adds to the pomp of the party that is going on. It shows a lot of prosperous high society people all in their finery but unfortunately the perils of wealth and status seem to be stopping them having a a good time. The overweight man and woman blocking the doors ( due to a lot of big dinners). The ladies dress being ripped by a mans shoe. The whole scene is a sequence of events all descending from one moment that happened earlier in the room. It seems that this is the room to be in and where everybody wants to be seen and heard but there is just not enough room. I think it is funny and I can imagine the huffing and puffing of the guests and gentry all trying to be seen and noticed when really it has descended into something a bit Benny Hill.

I found this image through searching on pinterest and I thought it was funny and very 80’s. If I find the original link to it I will credit it but it came up from a search of Jackie magazine photo stories.


Image from– accessed 20th January 2017

I used to love magazine photo stories especially the Jackie Magazine ones and Just Seventeen. This is obviously a joke story but I still like the speech bubbles and the use of them in a quite seemingly ridiculous story.

For cartoon strips I looked at Calvin and Hobbes.


‘Calvin and Hobbes is a daily comic strip by American cartoonist Bill Watterson that was syndicated from November 18, 1985 to December 31, 1995. Commonly cited as “the last great newspaper comic”, Calvin and Hobbes has evinced broad and enduring popularity, influence, and academic interest’. 20th January 2017

I like how the strip is a story about rubbish being thrown which is a forever thing that will unfortunately always happen. It has good short bursts and good text and leads to a time frame of it not being boring or too long. The scale of the drawing is enough and fits everything in to the story.

For graphic novels I looked at the work of Daniel Clowes

‘Daniel Clowes  is an American cartoonist, graphic novelist, illustrator, and screenwriter. Most of Clowes’s work first appeared in Eightball, a solo anthology comic book series. An Eightball issue typically contained several short pieces and a chapter of a longer narrative that was later collected and published as a graphic novel’.

Adapted from –– accessed 20th January 2017


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Bing image search– 15th January 2017

I really love his illustrations and the novels he has written. The place aspect is more prominent here as the stories are always centred around certain characters and the dialogue is always from that exact time frame it was written.

For more contemporary work I looked at David Shrigley.


all images –– accessed 20th January 2017

nw-6-13-5Shrigleys work is very orientated around basic shapes and and can be quite crude. The aspects of what is happening around him, what he hears or is in the news feature a lot in his work. The time aspect is here as his work is current of these things. Except also you can find they age as time goes on. Like the film Human Traffic, awful.

From the research I looked at, I seem to have been drawn to cartoonists and illustrators more than animated scenes. The way that visual conventions have changed over the years can be seen more in the styles of the artists drawings. The first Cruikshank picture is completely different to David Shrigleys work but that is to be expected. Daniel Clowes and Calvin and Hobbes with them being photo strips all go towards a story and an ending that plays out through the blocks of images and what the characters are doing. I think the later contemporary artists take the meaning ‘less is more’ and use the ideas they have and the objects they have at the start. Usually these are one frame, one image and it works better I think.  I found that by using the search terminology it was harder than I thought to find artists who I liked or who I knew or could use for this exercise. The time and place aspect is all there due their timelines of when they were made and also the changing differences of the artwork.

All websites and links accessed 15th/19th/20th January 2017.


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