Join Mary Jane Begin for an in-depth discussion in this video Challenge: Incorporating text into your illustrations, part of The Elements of Composition for Illustrators.
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- When the text and illustration work well together,…it's like a happy marriage.…The whole composition feels balanced and complete.…This challenge is about understanding the personality…of a typeface and using that knowledge…to compose with both, more effectively.…A typeface is the particular design of a type…used for a word or body of text.…Type out the word "Harrington"…in the typeface of the same name.…Now, imagine that Harrington is a person.…Look at the typeface and try to imagine…what he, she, or it would look like…if you met them at a party.…
Describe Harrington in adjectives or a brief story,…and jot down your thoughts on paper, or describe out loud.…Then, illustrate, in sketch form,…a personification of your typeface…based on your description.…The sketch can be anthropomorphic, human,…or a combination of both.…Now, put the word "Harrington," and your character…together in a composition to see how they would fit.…I provided a file with the typeface Harrington in it…for you to use for your reference and source of inspiration.…
AuthorMary Jane Begin
This course will help to clarify best practices for developing any artistic or illustrated composition. Shaping the elements; marrying concept to composition; engaging the editing eye; achieving balance, unity, directional movement, and perspective; and exploring point of view and focal points are all topics covered in these lessons. Author (and professional artist) Mary Jane Begin also explores the major and minor pitfalls of a weak composition and explains the six compositional rules that lead to the best end results! See the steps in action in the final chapter, where Mary Jane designs a concept for lynda.com.
Then share what you've learned with the lynda.com community. Take the three challenges Mary Jane issues in the course and post your results to Facebook and Twitter, using the hashtag #learnatlynda. We can't wait to see your illustrations!
- Directing with lines
- Designing the negative space
- Creating a consistency of style
- Adding movement with dynamic diagonals, edges, and contrast
- Creating depth of field with perspective
- Using—and breaking—the rules
- Choosing a size and medium for artwork
Skill Level Beginner
1. Basics of Composition
Framing your field of view3m 15s
2. Shaping the Composition
3. Creating Compositional Unity
4. Exploring Movement
5. Directing the Eye
6. Finalizing the Format
7. From Concept to Finished Art
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