Join Mary Jane Begin for an in-depth discussion in this video Composing with text, part of The Elements of Composition for Illustrators.
- As an illustrator, it's not uncommon…to work with words as well as pictures.…Composing with text means considering it…as a shape that you need to incorporate…in the overall design.…The type can be hand drawn by the illustrator…or preset in a program applied by the illustrator…or graphic designer in the final form of the project.…In either case, you can't ignore the text.…If you do, it's at your peril.…Nothing creates imbalance in an image more…than incorporating text that is ill considered…in style, position, quantity,…font size or shape.…
A word or body of text becomes a texture and shape…when it sits within or beside an illustration.…The shape of the text can be enlarged,…shrunk down or stretched in different directions…to balance a composition.…The text can accommodate the shape of an illustration…and is often used as a mirror to reflect a pattern…established in an image.…Legibility is of primary importance in an illustration.…Text should be placed on an illustration…in a way that allows for a reader to easily read it.…
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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