Graphic Translation, a Graphic Design Project Guide Paperback – 21 Nov 2006
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The workshop clearly had a profound impact on Elam, and she shares many of the tricks she learned there. She offers concise guidance on a number of illustration principles, including shade and shadow, visual punctuation, eyes, repetition, closure, converting lines to points, and communicating movement and function. More than one hundred pages of examples are provided to demonstrate the various techniques.
Proficient users of Adobe Illustrator will quickly learn valuable techniques that can be immediately applied to improve the quality of illustrations. Elam's approach is no nonsense--I found it best to use the book while twiddling with images in Illustrator, so that techniques could be tested and then cross-referenced against the numerous examples. The thing I most appreciate about this book is that I, too, feel as if I have attended a workshop from a drawing master. And like Elam's experience at her summer workshop, I think the images and techniques in this book will remain in my mind for some time.
The concept of "visual punctuation" demonstrated in the book is particularly extraneous. The eye does not need literal punctuation (i.e. dots) in order to navigate an image. (Does anyone need periods and exclamation points to comprehend Michaelangelo's Creation of Adam?) In fact, such inclusions impede the eye's natural progress through the image.
The only redeeming value for this book is the demonstration of ways to imply movement in the subject of the graphic. However, this feature alone is not worth the price of the entire book.