Scrapshot: Creating Atmosphere

Digital sketch of shrimpboat with superimposed text.

Using a photo to add atmosphere to a story. (Click to view full size.)

Here’s a situation where I had no supporting family images for the story. So, I used a current photo of a shrimp boat coming through the bridge. I then used an app [SketchMee for Mac – $7.99] to convert the photo to a monochrome (sepia) sketch. I did this for two reasons. First, the story is set back in the 1950s so the sepia image gives it a bit of a vintage feel, and second, using a monochrome color scheme reduced the contrast between the sky and the clouds – making it easier for the text to stand out. The font used in this example is Jayne Print.