Due Dates

Assigned Thursday, January 14 - Class 2
DUE Tuesday, February 2 - Class 7


Create 6 (or more) images that are a story or narrative of sorts, that is, each image or the entire sequence implies a story. By "imply" I mean that the story can be clear and literal, it can be loose and open-ended, it can reference other known stories or events, or it can elicit a feeling of things that may or may not happen next. Note that you may use the sequence of images to tell the story (like Duane Michaels) or you might choose to tell a different story in each image (like Edward Hopper). In the latter case, make sure the individual stories are related by theme, content or style. For example, Hopper's paintings refer to different events, but we know they are all Hopper paintings.

Suggestions for getting started:
Think about images that you already made that you want to expand as a story. You might also think about stories in the past that you have written such as a storybook or time based video or animation, and think about how you could re-tell that story in one image. You may also consider the areas that already interest you (politics, nature etc.) and make images that tell stories about those particular concerns. This assignment is very open ended and the notion of story is as broad as you want to make it. Part of your assessment will be how well you interpret this idea.

When we think of stories or narratives, we often think of books or some narration that exists over time, for example, movies, videos, or film. Consider a story contained in one single frame. What does time have to do with this kind of story, is time infinite? What about a story over three images, Must it be literal? What is a story? What are some of the differences between a story told over time, like animation or an interactive work, and a story told in an image? What are some of the challenges? How can you use color, shape, form, texture, and character lines to tell a story?

Think of these questions when you make this body of work.


To understand narrative and story in imagery.
To see how narrative and story already exist (or not) in still imagery.
To continue to develop a mature individual aesthetic and voice in digital imaging.
To develop specific techniques related to individual goals.


Create 6 (or more) images that are a story or narrative. Use any approach to imaging; image acquisition, digital painting, digital collage, digital photo, scanning, vector imaging, mixed media, 3D modeling, a combination or something else you can argue for.

Examples of narrative imagery:

Duane Michaels
see 1, 7, 11, 12, 14

Edward Hopper

Francis Bacon, Triptych - August 1972

Winslow Homer, The Gulf Stream, 1899

From SIGGRAPH 2003
DIANE FENSTER: From the series: Your Dreams And Omens Revealed, which are anecdotal stories that translate as predictions of the future and interpretations of the past.
QUINTIN GONZALEZ, Ghost Of Time, which is serial-like imagery that reads like a narrative
PATRICK LITCHEY, whose work is a series of stills from a low end time based camera.

The Stranger By Dena Elisabeth Eber

Super Blood Harvest Moon By Dena Elisabeth Eber

The House InThe Woods On Norris Lake TN By Dena Elisabeth Eber

Submission Requirements

Create a folder with your name on it in the Assignment 2 folder in the class folder. Images should not be larger than 5MB and saved as a jpeg.

When you present your work:
Not only would I like you to show and talk about your work, but also discuss if you make images differently or not given the intention of telling stories. Was it already something you were doing or is this way of working new for you? Consider your intitial intentions through to the end result.


You will be graded on concept, formal qualities (composition, color, etc.), and technical mastery. For this assignment, concept means how well you interpret and defend your notion of story or narrative in still imagery and how apparent it is in your resulting work.

This assignment will be averaged with equal weight to the other assignments, except the final. See CANVAS for specific weights.

Please note

Ask any questions in class or contact me by email or stop by office hours to clarify any questions you have about the assignment.