De Niro Portrait

This was one of my favorite projects in my Typography class. We were assigned to create a portrait of a celebrity entirely of letters, and then incorporate that portrait into a magazine spread.

We were encouraged to choose someone with defining features and a high-quality image with value contrast. I chose Robert de Niro since he is highly recognizable and has distinct facial features. We then created a transparent layer over the image to add the letters to.

Choosing a font that we felt represented our celebrity, we added each individual letter in it’s own text-box using Adobe Illustrator — it was very time-consuming! Large letters were used to fill dark spaces, and smaller letters were used to create detailsĀ in the face.

Robert de Niro magazine spread design
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