Using warp effects on text

The Graphic Design tutorial I’ve been doing on Udemy has a section about current design trends (2020), and it demonstrates how to create them in Adobe Illustrator. Below is the result of my experimentation with “warp with mesh” on repeated lines of text to create an interesting effect.

Repeated text with a warp effect applied.
Hello, it’s me…I was listening to Todd Rundgren at the time so this is the first sentence I could think of.

I played around with the colors as well. I tried to get the highlighted orange text at the top third of the page, rather than the center, as I had recently learned about the rule of thirds in composition.

Mostly this was a chance to improve my fledgling Illustrator skills. It was far more difficult and fiddly than the instructor made it look in the tutorial video!

Once I had that figured out, I did another version using vertical lines:

A series of vertical lines with a warp effect applied.
I put gradient behind because I thought it looked cool.

I think I like it better with the lines.

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