Texture: Allyssa Puett

On page 88 of Lynda Barry’s graphic novel What It Is, she makes use of various textures to tell her story. She does this though almost most all throughout her book with drawn details such as all the dots and drawings to give an optical appearance of texture, but she utilizes more physical texture (or at least a photo or scan of physical textures) in this specific example. Texture brings more detail to an image, which in turn creates more of a pleasing image to look upon.

This page has a collage of images put together. Scraps of paper with random words that almost creates a full sentence are pieced together in a sort of tree branch. This is reminiscent of the Physical and Virtual Textures example on page 72 of the Graphic Designer book where images of typography are used to recreate the texture of the actual image they are portraying.


Page 88 from Lynda Barry’s graphic novel “What It Is”

Other pieced together bits of torn paper in Barry’s book with words are scattered around the page. I believe that Lynda tore up pages of her messy handwriting with the tree branch image as well at the bottom of the page with the sentences explaining that image is a place “in and of itself”. There is a difference between these two scrapped together images with words on them. The image of the branch has words that compromise the branch, but they do not make much sense when seen together as a whole. On the other hand, the bits of paper with words along the bottom of the page compromise actual sentences to further her explanation of an image.

In contrast, Lynda included cleanly cut out pieces of paper from what seems to be a book or something about how electricity travels. Here she crosses out “electricity” replacing it with “image” and yet it still manages to make sense. By pairing together typed and handwritten words, it creates an overall texture much like the Five Squares Ten Inches example in Graphic Designer on pages 74-75.

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