This post focuses on the fourth lecture of the course, entitled Author and Illustrator Devices, which became available on March 7, 2012.
Beagley's remarks in this lecture echoed some of the things he's already said, but then applied them all to an Australian picture book called Norton's Hut. The book seems to be out of print and unavailable these days, and it's not familiar to me at all, but Beagley's analysis of it seems like a pretty good blueprint for analyzing and reviewing books with illustrations.
Here's a list of the details Beagley discussed as he went through Norton's Hut:
- The visual effects of text (conversation bubbles, capital letters, etc.)
- Symbolism of setting
- Framing of the illustrations/story
- Figurative language (alliteration/metaphor/personifcation/simile)
- Characters' expressions
- Lighting and contrast
- Use of cinematic technique in illustrations
Want to listen along? Click here. Read about David Beagley here.