Saturday, February 23, 2019

Foreground Vignette

Golden-Age magazine illustrators came up with clever design strategies to make a composition interact with the printed page.

Walter Appleton Clark (1876-1906) drew a hand-drawn rectangle for the top of the picture. Along the bottom edge, the design spills outward onto the table top, with paint strokes indicating papers and books. 

This design devices work well in sketchbooks, too.
Online bio about Walter Appleton Clark on JVJ.

1 comment:

Smurfswacker said...

During the 3-D fad of the 1950s, comic book publishers who didn't want to spend money on the red/blue 3-D process used foreground overlays like this to create a "fake 3-D" look.