In early 2019 while in a lecture class on Semiotics, I doodled a little scene containing two characters, both of which I tried to make as minimalist as possible without removing their essential characteristics, working with the concept of Semiotics that I was listening to my professor talk about.
For those of you who are foggy on the concept of Semiotics, or are simply curious about the meaning of the word – According to the Oxford Dictionary, Semiotics is defined as “the study of signs and symbols and their use or interpretation.”.
On the left hand side of this image is the word “POLICE”. obviously, this word is a signifier for the collection of shapes and lines just to the right of the word, but why exactly is that obvious?
Sure, we could say that of course it signifies that object, because that’s where the word bubble is pointing, right? (which is another semiotic discussion in itself) but what really makes it clear is the dialogue between the signified and the signifier.
Because we are labelling this object as ‘POLICE’ our brain is filling in the gaps and is starting to pull both the signified and the signifier together. Things like the horizontal rectangle nearest to the door, with the description of ‘POLICE’ may become a gun, or a pointing hand. The bottom line on the triangle becomes a mouth, the top a wide-brimmed hat.
In late 2019, I took this character and brought it into a short 23 second animation, which I’ll link here:
Now, in the past month I’ve been working on a short comic starring this character – which I’d love to show you an panel from.
So, as you can see it’s come a long way from its semiotic origins! I’ll be uploading the full comic tomorrow, so check back then! Very excited to share this with you folks.