As mentioned last time I was going to include text and I was going to look at other books to see if their typeface would suit my style of work. The three books I chose were:
- The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson
- The Red Tree by Shaun Tan
- The Rabbits by Shaun Tan
Each book had a different style but I felt that they would work best.
It looks like a set typeface, I tried to search the name of it but could not find it. Anyway, it is clear and precise with the excitement of the flicks and curves of the style suiting the storyline. Some speaking parts are set in italics so the reader can differentiate between who’s talking. As my book only has one talking character I could place their speech in italics and so the reader will know when it’s speaking and when it’s the story and may be inclined to put a voice on for the character.
The Red Tree
A different style, looks more hand written which I like as it interlinks with the illustrations. Very few words explaining the scene and it isn’t in a grid, straight line system which allows it to breath and float along with the illustrations. The text content is exaggerated with the size of the font and positioning e.g. this image makes you say wonderful things in a happy tone but as you carry on the sentence your voice drops and becomes quieter like it is disappearing into the distance. I think I would like to incorporate that into my scenes, allowing the reader to exaggerate the sounds of words preventing the narration to be a monotone speech.
Again another text that looks hand written, looks like it has been carved into the page. All the text is uppercase and when speaking to a primary school teacher she commented that when the children learn to read they are learning about punctuation, upper and lower case letters. If I chose this style and kept the uppercase letters it may confuse the reader or it may be hard to read as I would have more text than this example. Also, this type suits this style of illustration whereas it may look clumsy with mine. So why did I pick this, well I just liked the hand written factor and that the text isn’t white or black, its yellowy cream which softens the appearance. I must consider this when typing my text.
So after looking at these styles I would ideally want to hand write my text to see if it works but I do not have enough time to write it out and then cut each letter individually on photoshop. I would consider doing this when I will develop this book further to refine it after hand in. So I decided to stick with a specific font, I didn’t want a loopy one or a extreme style as I want the text to be seen but at the same time blend in with the illustrations. Similar to The Gruffalo, a clear font that can be easily read and have the correct punctuation etc for the reader to learn. This is what I chose:
Its called Perpetua on photoshop, and I think it is a clear font that has a subtle character to it similar to The Gruffalo book. When incorporated in the whole scene:
It blended in beautifully, and I chose to not use black as this would be too harsh against the soft illustrations. So I chose a colour from the actual illustration which was a lightish brown, now it interlinks perfectly. When positioning the text I made them follow the wobbly borders of the illustrations and so it flowed but when it came to larger paragraphs I placed them on straight. This is so it didn’t look like I just plonked them on the page without considering the flow of the scenes.
The scene below shows text in the trees, and I have emphasised some of the words and positioning of the letters to allow the reader to experience the feel of the word when reading it. For example, squeeeak I have made the s small, increasing the letters in size emphasising the noise is becoming louder. I have also italicised a few words within the main text to highlight certain strong feelings e.g. he felt even more hungry. To show he isn’t just a little hungry, her is excruciatingly hungry.
Overall I am happy with the outcome of the text as I was worried that I would not be able to pull it off s I have struggled in the past. I would definitely consider using more time when incorporating text and experiment more with colours, style and positioning but for now I think this is a good base template.
Donaldson, J., 1999, The Gruffalo. London: MacMillan.
Tan, S., 2013, The Red Tree. Sydney: A Lothian Children’s Book.
Marsden, J., Tan, S., 2012, The Rabbits. Sydney: A Lothian Children’s Book.