Elli Maanpää

Animated Painter

Questions about storytelling in art// Illustration by Elli Maanpää 2018

Storytelling in Art – Questions

What do you think about storytelling in art? Narrativity was the main purpose of visual arts until the last centuries. Paintings were commissioned to tell stories about the events in religious mythologies. The gap between illustration and fine arts was not big. Only fairly recently – 19th century – the fine art took a turn to abstract expressions.

I’m fascinated about storytelling trough single hand drawn images. That’s why I chose it as my subject of study in my Thesis for the Turku University of Applied Sciences: How do images tell thousands of stories.

I’ve been collecting references by interviewing my artist and illustrator colleagues. But I want to ask my five questions also from you my dear blog readers. I’m going to add these questions to Quora where you can answer directly. Or send me an email to elli(at)maanpaa.com. If you feel the inspiration to share your thought’s on visual storytelling that would be highly appreciated.

1. Are you a visual artist? If so, do you think yourself as a visual storyteller? Why or why not?

2. What are your “go-to-tools” for telling a story with your art?

3. Is text important in your art – is it included inside the picture or outside: title, article, description?

4. What is the spectators role in the visual story: can the story be misinterpreted? Has that happen to you?

Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts. See you on Tuesday with a new video post.
Questions about storytelling in visual art// Illustration by Elli Maanpää 2018

Questions about storytelling in art// Illustration by Elli Maanpää 2018