Fitting in your lettering

Finding the right spot to place your lettering depends on how busy or complicated the art is. The more text you have, the less available space remains for the art. However, sometimes you can't avoid using a lot of text; in this case, just be sure to leave plenty of space when you're sketching so you don't have to erase any art later.

When you write down an idea for a cartoon strip, comic panel, or editorial cartoon, the idea comes without regard for spacing or the layout challenges you face when it comes time to put pen to paper. You may have a great idea or story line that requires a lot of dialogue. This results in your having to incorporate the lettering somewhere in the composition without it obstructing the art and impeding the art's ability to tell the story.

To get your lettering to fit, I suggest you experiment. Try placing the text in different locations in the panel, and play around with different text sizes. Try different options to see how your lettering fits with the art until you find one that looks best for your cartoon, as in Figure 13-5.

Figure 13-5:

You have many options when choosing where to place your lettering.

Figure 13-5:

You have many options when choosing where to place your lettering.

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