Recentlly I’ve been trying to teach myself about page layout and experiment with layering backgrounds in photoshop and on the scanner. This has allowed me to combine my paper cuts and drawings to create whole more finished images. I’m still learning and developing my work, but these early tests seem promising to me.
This was my first experiment, the bear is a little purple as it’s a photocopy of one of my sketches that I used in order to experiment. The colours in this image are a little muted, in the next image I scanned in the drawing, foreground shapes seperately and created the background colour in photoshop, where I put the image together.
The text in these images isn’t the most imaginative, I’ve put it in as a tool to teach myself a little about font and space to leave in my images. I prefer the colours in this image, it was a little rushed so there are a few white lines to crop still. I’m not sure about the drawing of the hare either!
I also wanted to see how this work with another scene,
This image combined my practice of people in poses and layering images. One of the feet looks a little strange behind the sand, but as it’s another layer I will just move it (I only noticed as I uploaded it here!). This is another image layered and then scanned. The shadows of the paper are more realistic this way, and I don’t have to worry so much about editing out white marks, but it is easier to change things the photoshop way!
Finally I tried an image using a range of shapes I had painted and scanned, and formed the background colours using painted textures and photoshop filters. I haven’t included text in this image.
So there you have it! My first four page layouts ever! They obviously need work and I need to practice this technique and decide what I want to achieve from it. But I’ve been having fun!
Don’t forget to check out my gallery blog to see updates of my work as I go along.