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Don’t Be Limited

    I couldn’t leave a week during which I discussed the use of space on a page, without including this portrait from the end of last year. I’m the queen of running off the page. Not planning sufficiently. This means in my haste I often miss the thing that engaged me most—the base of […]

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Still Not a Waste

To continue my thoughts from Monday’s post I just had to share this page spread from one of my journals. Typically in this type of book (a commercially bound, lined journal bought in a bookshop and made for notes not illustration) I’m pushing the boundaries of what I can get away with using my usual […]

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Not a Waste of Space

The questions I get most from visual journaling students surround the issue of the use of space on a page or spread. There are a lot of factors that feed the questions, swirl around in the mind and stopping action. I like to remind students that the more they journal the more these questions will […]

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For the Love of Negative Space

I hear all sorts of things from my journaling students. “How much negative space should I leave on my journal spread?” “How much space should surround my focal point?” “How much text and how much more illustration should I put on my page spread?” “How should I arrange these 5 things on my page spread […]

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In Context: What Goes on the Journal Page?

There are a lot of ways to work out what needs to go down on your journal page. The most obvious way is to think about the overall design and layout of the page or page spread. I see a lot of visual journaling students tie themselves in knots as they compose a page—thinking where […]

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Breathing Room on the Page (or Page Spread)

One of the most important compositional tools you have in a visual journal or sketchbook is the breathing space on the page (or page spread).  The negative space around an image helps define the image through silhouette, and shape recognition. The space will help you correct angles and proportions when you go off—or— if you […]

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In Context: Handling the Page

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Do You Stop Or Keep Pushing?

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Simple Approaches for Backgrounds—A Five-Part Series: Part 1

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My New Online Class: By Design—Why I Love It and Why I Think You’ll Love It Too

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