Design Elements & Principles: Bobby Brown

After reading John Lovett’s “Design Overview,” I feel like I have a better understanding of the perspective Scott McCloud is coming from with his work in “Understanding Comics.” One page that specifically stood out to me was page 27, where McCloud discusses the use of icons. Throughout this page I was able to relate many of Lovett’s elements to that of McCloud’s work.

McCloud Scan: Page 27

Page 27 from Scott McCloud’s book, “Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art.”

One of the most basic elements of design, Line, can be seen at use frequently on this page. Not only is it at use in the physical framing of the panels that McCloud uses to communicate through, but it’s also at use throughout all of the icons he draws. Whether these icons are symbols, language, or pictures, they all use lines. Besides the element of line, I also found the element of size to play a large roll in McClouds work. He does an excellent job of sizing his illustrations in a way that catches the readers eyes, and allows them to interpret the remainder of the information at their own pace. When I first read this page, my eyes were instantly drawn to the large “ICON” writing that McCloud has his character sitting on. Following that I quickly glanced over the floating picture icons that he drew, then proceeded to read the entire page from left to right. I now have a better understanding of the significance of the area occupied around one another, and how that affects the way a reader will comprehend the information on a page.

One of the most prominent principles of design that I noticed on this page was that of Gradation. Lovett describes gradation how “color from warm to cool and tone from dark to light produce aerial perspective, and add interest and movement to a shape.” McCloud uses gradation throughout this page in the tops of his panels, as a way to add shadows to his illustrations, and draw the readers attention. McCloud clearly uses these elements and principle throughout his work, and I have a better understand of Lovett’s work as a result of that.

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