20 November 2014

'Frame a story by seeing a picture' example

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Fortunately, one of our friend Aditi Chansoria, read through all the comments in our Everyday design practice post - regarding the need and help required with story framing from image kind of questions (also called picture/image composition), and doubts from many of our friends. She took the below practice question as an example, did the writing and shared that with me, so that I can put the same in this blog for everyone to understand how picture composition can be written. Really generous of her to share her works just to help many - whom are confused in that subject matter. Thank you Aditi for having concern for others.

Her story writing was so awesome and creative, that I couldn't resist to share with you; without the need for any editing !

Latest update - here's my Story writing tips with solution to CEED 2014 image composition question 

Question :

Check the below messy picture and write a story related to the situation depicted in not less than 200 words.

Image courtesy - kidacne.com

Composition as shared by Aditi 

It was a beautiful day. The sun seemed a little brighter, as the tourists were excited about the big ‘sunburn’ concert that was to be held on the beach later that night. The waves were high and so were the spirits.

The DJ console was set up at the centre of the shopping arena. As usual, Raj was supposed to be the jokey. ’Tonight’s gonna be a good night’, yes, everybody agreed. Few enjoyed the song while taking a sun bath, few stood up to dance, few were still busy with their shopping while some were interested para-sailing. Others who weren't doing any of the above, the waves invited them with open hands.It was obvious that everybody enjoyed in a way that pleased them, until a volleyball came and hit Raj on the head.

”Where did that come from?”

The DJ pointed to the direction.
Raj saw that a few people who initially belonged to the beach, had submitted themselves to the game. They made two teams and arranged for a ball. It was just a practice shot that went too far.

“Hey, there is a match going on”

For a second, everyone turned their heads and looked at the direction the DJ had pointed.
Suddenly, a few amongst  them had become the audience. Few supported the team with red bands while the others cheered for the other team. Everyone, the  man with the tube on him, the para-saile, the girls who were at ‘The grills’, even the children with  balloons started enjoying the match. It seemed like everyone was united now.

The match ended after three hours. The red-banded team had won. Everyone cheered for both the teams and now the players, no matter what their names were, were given a different name that the audience gave them-‘chottay,motu,tiger-and now they will be remembered by these names by a lot of people for a lot of time.

Its sometimes interesting to realize how simple things like a volleyball game unites people, and how these people, without knowing anything about the other, become one when they see a mutual cause. Everyone thought the players were the stars, while from where I see, The Beach was the star.

Hope you now got some idea on how to compose a story from the given picture with this example. Her are my tips on how to attempt such questions.

My Hints and tips for attempting similar questions :

  • Spend time observing the given situation/sketch without jumping straight to write the story - Have a clear vision of what has to be written by framing the story
  • Take time !
  • Observe most of the individuals/character of the situation 
  • Observe their activities - what they are doing
  • Most importantly note/mind the "mood" of the character - it's very important in story framing ! 
  • Mind the age and gender of the characters !
  • Look for surrounding things - like TV, books etc

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  1. thats very cool story you cooked up with that picture, simply brilliant

  2. Thank you so much for the kind words:)

  3. thanks a lot aditi.....it really helps me to understand the concept behind these kind of question

  4. i also have solved a storyboard question bhanu sir..how could i show it to you?

  5. Thanks a lot.... Wonderful story...

  6. that was so beautiful , so simple and yet so effective , I like when writers stick to simple language instead of throw complicated words and jargons .
    good work aditi and thanks a lot .

  7. I have a query , can we add a title to our story , to support our story and what is the difference between framing a story and narrating an incident .
    and one more thing , we don't see any volleyball match happening in the picture , how much liberty can we take in order to create our story .

  8. Thanks Aditi & Bhanu off-course for providing this valuable information along with other resources available on the blog.

  9. Thank you ADITI for sharing the story with us.. it was catchy.. N BHANU sir, you are doing a great job. Thank you for sharing the study materials with all of us. Happy new year..

  10. Can we write something that is not shown in the picture?as the volleyball here

    1. It's better to narrate about the given situation, I mean about what is shown in the given image, btw volleyball is there in the image!

  11. hello sir! i'm shikha.
    your blog "stuff you look" is so helpful. I'm glad that everything i want to study is provided here. i need not to search. you saved our time.
    thank you :)

    1. Hello Shikha, good to hear from you. Keep up your hardwork :)

  12. Thanks for this extremely useful advice

  13. thanks alot my dear.............

  14. thanku so much aditi.........for guiding by such a lovely story writing

  15. nice story bro.. tips were helpful. tnx lots

  16. That is a fantastic story! I have been interested in writing stories based on a simple pictures. The story and the tips have truly opened up my eyes. Thanks a lot!

  17. sir from where i can get more example for practising story developement..

    1. u can find them plenty in google images, just search for it with diff keywords

  18. rally great i also got help to understand topics like this !!!

  19. Nice,thank u so much for this

  20. hello sir can you please help me out for CEED part A. I am not able to complete still life question followed by story board on time. Please suggest me something to increase sketching speed. And how to decide how much amount of detailing should be added to still life shading and story board characters. I able to create the scenario for story but fail to sketch the stories as fast as possible. Please HELP SIR! thank you for your time sir.

  21. Amazing story in simple words. It gave me an idea about how to attempt subjective questions. Thanku aditi.

  22. Freedom is not free

    Nothing was unusual in the free spirited land of Hunalulu. It was the summer of 2018 which had a outpouring number of free and young minds to witness the "Free land festival ". Weeks before the event took place the advertisement was published across the serveral social media as an invitation.
    The facebook posters were so were designed to capture the extravagant event. It had bright lights, young women and men of the modern age dancing to the music of DJ. People relishing pizzas, margaritas at the food counter. Sunbathing and sea side sports was no surprise to land surround by lush blue waters. Swimming the shallow water was easy for amateur swimmers.
    Sheeba a young lady from the suburbs was managing the event. She had put her heart and soul in ensuring that the event received enough promotion. The day prior to the event sheeba was at the event venue to fix the sound system.Aphone calls and few delegation fixed the sound system ultimately. Just so that she could looked at her phone to realise the message the nany had sent. Nany had fallen sick and could not pick her two daughters from the school. A deep breadth. The vanishing baby sitters at the time of need is no new agenda.
    Young people started arriving at the venue , music is played out loud . The atmosphere completely changes within a matter of minutes. She starts welcoming the guests and fixing all the things that a event could throw at her. From silly fights to shortage of sushi rolls everything needed her attention. The sunny was bright and every one in their causual bikini clothes spotted kids arround the venue but continued doing what ever they were doing. The kids left the school bags in a corner and started to look around the event.
    Not until one of the singers got down from the stage to join the crowd and dance. All the party animals turn towards the singer and rushed towards him. kids just had to do nothing but move along the crowd. Sheeba was in the moment enjoying a dance with her new found company at the food counter. She could see everybody enjoying and an event being a grand success.
    The kids balloons got squished in the crowd and they had little air to breathe. the air arround felt mostly alcohol and sweat. They started crying.
    Sheeba was looking at the new man and she loved his rough beard. Her body grew taller when the enjoyment hit the pinacle by listening to the crowd making roar in the sky.

    One of the kid went unconsious and other lost it way. Not until the roar of the crowd went "Free land" the kid was freed from the world.


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