Linear Day: An Accordion Book


The accordion book project was simple: create a book depicting a single day in my life, including the covers, the accordion-folded paper, and the drawing on the pages as well as both covers.

(When I was trying to come up with images to depict my day, I realized just how uneventful my average day was.)

In my average day, I use the computer. I certainly eat and go to class and hang out with friends, but during all of those activities I am almost certain to pull out my Mac at least once. And, while that seems fun at the time, since I’m doing things on the Internet at the time, looking back, it makes by memories rather repetitive and boring.

The book starts out with lighter values -the front cover is an incredibly pale gray- and moves into darker ones towards the back. The biggest reason is, of course, because morning is associated with lighter colors while with nighttime comes darker colors. There’s also the content-based meaning. Typically my mornings start off well; every morning I think I’m going to get more done than I did on the previous day. And, as the day goes on, I start realizing that that’s not what’s happening, and my mood starts plummeting.

My book is in black and white. Achromatic. Black and white isn’t as vivid and full of life as full color or even monochrome can be, but does stand out in comparison to full color pieces. In the same way, my average day is dull. Boring. Unexciting. But compare it to everyone else’s, and it’s definitely different. Who else spends their whole day on the computer, and not for work?

(Actually, a lot of people. But right now, that’s not relevant.)

I intentionally excluded movement from the content. In every shot, all I’m doing is staring at the computer from a different angle. However, I made up for this in the composition, which is very dynamic. The depictions overlap each other, they don’t stay on only one page, and a few even run off the page. The lively composition and static images certainly make for an interesting combination.

When I finished the first ‘page’ of the accordion, I looked at it for a few minutes, and realized that there was no contrast to the image, and that the grays all blurred together. This is where I used lines. I used very dark lines in areas of low contrast in order to try and add some to the paintings, and I would say it succeeded. There isn’t a lot of line weight, but there aren’t a whole lot of lines to begin with, and the lines are only there to accentuate the rest of the image.

All in all, I’m pretty happy with the linear book. Had I the chance to, I would have more carefully measured the paper for the pages so that the covers lined up absolutely perfectly, as well as used materials other than ink.

Left Side

Right Side



About barberne

an animation student at alfred state from rochester
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