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Inspiration Monday

{Pinterest: Typography}

I love typography. It is so expressive and the written word can mean so much. I was taught to draw the roman alphabet by hand and am often inspired by the shape of letters, which definitely helps when sketching concepts for logo designs. The great thing about alphabet letters is that they can be transformed into illustrations and even used to create patterns. I’ve pinned the following typographic gems to my board in Pinterest because they’re all visually appealing in their own way. As you can see there is a selection from bold and heavy typefaces to soft and flowing scripts. If you have a spare moment why not try this little exercise (below). It will get your creative juices flowing and you’ll create some unique visual images. This exercise will also aid in developing your sense of composition over time.

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Items you will need:
• Several A4 sheets of white paper.
• A newspaper.
• Printed letters of the alphabet in black ink (printed from your computer at various sizes).
• A pair of scissors and a glue stick.

Firstly go through the newspaper and cut out any objects or images that catch your eye. To get a more overall graphic feel use only black and white imagery, but feel free to try colour if you like. Additionally you could cut out whole words or columns of text if it’s something that gets your attention.

Once you have a small pile of cut out snippets, images and random letters, place a blank A4 sheet in front of you. This will be your canvas. Your frame. Start placing images, letters and pieces at random and play around with various compositions. You can create a work of art that either says something in regards to the overall content or you can create something completely abstract. You can do this exercise once a month if you like and after a while your eyes will begin to recognise what works in a composition and what doesn’t quite sit right within a frame. This skill and practice can then be transferred to anything you do as a visual artist.

I hope you enjoyed doing this exercise. Let me know if you have tried it and if after a few months you find you are beginning to get better with your compositions and framing.  Fanni x

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1 comment

Drew W - thank you so much, Fanni. I’ll be trying this out this week to help gain a better eye for composition.

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