Starting a Piece: Composition

Work in Progress

Today I’m working on the composition for the Kidlit 411 web page contest. The site is great and has many wonderful interviews. Here’s the link:

As I’m working, I decided to highlight some of my steps, and hopefully you’ll find it useful for your own projects. First, I created a collage of my ideas in PhotoShop (PS) to determine the design elements that I wanted to incorporate.


Second, I modified, added, and rearranged the pieces until I was happy with the composition.


Finally, I combined the layers, changed the picture to black and white using Channels in PS, and darkened it with Levels. Then I applied the Photocopy filter to check the composition.



Now, I’m ready to sketch the drawing by hand and then color the pieces. More to come..Thanks for visiting, Lisa

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