AP Student Write -Up Example

Student Commentary:
What is the central idea of your concentration?
I explored the idea of illustrating for a written narrative. In this case, the narrative is my own. I enjoy the concept of combining creative writing with the visual arts, and focused on the narrative and schematic aspect of the works: how it characterizes and tells a story. The artworks are arranged in the order that they would appear in the book.

How does the work in your concentration demonstrate the exploration of your idea? You may refer to specific images as examples. When referencing specific images, please indicate the image numbers.
I took inspiration from common visual elements of fantasy novels. For example, image 1 is of a map, a tool utilized by many famous fantasy works (like the Lord of the Rings). Image 2 is a chapter title artwork, which is used on a smaller scale in books such as Harry Potter or Fablehaven. Images 3, 4, and 12 share a common format: that of a book illustration, which works as a “snapshot” of the story’s events. As I continued, I began to experiment with other ways of telling a story through visualization. For example, I tried a few graphic novel segments that could be inserted into the story (images 7 and 9). Although these are obviously polarized approaches, I attempted to unify the work through style, repeating characters, and a similar, muted color scheme (looking at the work as a whole, one might notice that the basic color composition changes as the main character moves to a new environment; it goes from green-brown, to purple, to red).

For reference, here is a short summary of the story’s events: it revolves around a young girl growing up in 1940s England. When her widowed father is forced to join the army, she is suddenly transported to a strange world (this transition happens between images 4 and 5), where she must come to grips with the idea that she is unable to get back.

Rationale for Score:

  • This work presents an imaginative, original and coherently integrated narrative.
  • The student’s voice is evocative and confident and expresses a distinct measure of success.
  • The work reaches a level of excellence in quality through the use of rhythm and movement as well as unity and variety.
  • Technical excellence and a refined use of media are evident throughout this concentration.
  • Overall the work is of excellent quality.