Wednesday, August 31, 2011

HOW TO CREATE A COLOURED GARDEN SNAIL IN MS WORD

MICROSOFT WORD DRAWING PROJECT No. 25  PART 1


TITLE:   HOW TO CREATE A COLOURED GARDEN SNAIL IN MS WORD

TYPE:   GRAPHIC ART

In this project, I’ll show readers how to create a graphic design with the digital drawing of a garden snail which is at the first place a fine art drawing. Works of art such as drawings, paintings, prints and sculptures that are created for display and to be admired for their esthetical values as well as mediums for artists to express their creativity, emotions and thoughts are known as fine arts. These works are not intended to be produced in large quantities for practical or commercial use. However, graphic art is more inclined to commercial purposes. Therefore graphic designs which are meant for a larger audience are produced in large quantities such as posters, advertisements, magazine covers, brochures, labels, and so on. Graphic artists got to produce works in accordance to the needs and expectations of the clients. As a matter of fact, I personally feel that until now naturalistic works are still the preferred choice of most clients.

      Adding colour effects to the drawing enhance its appearance. To create a coloured drawing of the snail, use the tools on the Format tab to create the desired effects. For example, to create 3-D effects for the shell, do the following:

Format > Shape Fill > Gradient > More Gradients, and in the Fill Effects dialog box, choose a colour or two colours and also a shading style (From Center). You can also try choosing an effect from Shape Styles.

Feel free to experiment with the tools to get the desired effects. Don’t worry, they won’t bite!



Monday, August 22, 2011

HOW TO DRAW A GARDEN SNAIL IN MS WORD PART 3


MICROSOFT WORD DRAWING PROJECT No. 24  PART 3


TITLE:   HOW TO DRAW A GARDEN SNAIL IN MS WORD

TYPE:   DIGITAL DRAWING          

I have created a few diagrams to show how the snail is drawn in MS Word. As you can see, I started with the body first and then with the shell. The snail’s body is soft and wet and therefore the lines should be fluid. The shell which is round and hard should have curve lines. Notice that the shell has a spiral structure. This spiral structure makes the shell strong and hard and therefore acts as protective covering for the creature. This picture is drawn from the top view.




Wednesday, August 17, 2011

HOW TO DRAW A GARDEN SNAIL IN MS WORD PART 2


MICROSOFT WORD DRAWING PROJECT No. 24  PART 2


TITLE:   HOW TO DRAW A GARDEN SNAIL IN MS WORD

TYPE:   DIGITAL DRAWING

(A)  THE DIGITAL DRAWING OF THE GARDEN SNAIL

This garden snail was drawn using only the Curve line tool and the lines were adjusted into the right shapes with the Edit Points option. I have started drawing pictures with MS Word since 2000 and until now I have a large number of digital drawings in my collection which are useful for my book writing projects. What started off as a hobby has later on developed into a passion.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

HOW TO DRAW A GARDEN SNAIL IN MS WORD


MICROSOFT WORD DRAWING PROJECT No. 24  PART 1


TITLE:   HOW TO DRAW A GARDEN SNAIL IN MS WORD

TYPE:   DIGITAL DRAWING

One day, while I was looking at some pictures, a picture of a garden snail caught my attention. I quickly did a sketch of the snail on a piece of paper and later on when I had the time, drew the picture of the snail in MS Word. Here is the pencil drawing that I was talking about, and as usual, I would like readers to draw the picture of the snail in MS Word first before I show how it is done. Try drawing the picture using only the Curve line tool. In MS Word 2007, click the Insert tab to access the tool. As I have said before, the Curve line tool is a versatile tool, and without it there are many things that  cannot be drawn realistically in MS Word such as the squid and the goose. As a matter of fact, you can get ideas and inspiration from nature. Many a time when I run out of ideas, I turn to nature for inspiration.


Sunday, August 7, 2011

HOW TO DRAW A LIGHTED CANDLE IN MS WORD PART 3

MICROSOFT WORD DRAWING PROJECT No. 23  PART 3

TITLE:   HOW TO DRAW A LIGHTED CANDLE IN MS WORD

TYPE:   GRAPHIC DESIGN

(B) HOW TO CREATE THE EFFECTS FOR THE ILLUSTRATION?
Users of Microsoft Word 2010 and 2007 can create effects for graphics with the tools on the Format tab. Click at a drawing object to reveal the Format tab on the Standard Toolbar.  Click the arrow next to Shape Fill and you will find most of the tools needed to create effects for your graphics. The Gradient option with a variety of variations is mostly used to create 3-D effects to drawing objects. By the way, if MS Word has the Feathering option like Photoshop, the candle light effect will be more realistic. I will use a table to explain how these effects are created.



Effect No.

Tools

How to do it?

1
Shape Fill
More Fill Colors
Fill object with Yellow colour
Move Transparency slider to 40% on Standard tab

2
Shape Fill  > Theme Colors
Gradient  > More Gradients
> Colors > Shading Styles
Two Colors > Orange, Accent 6, Darker 25% & Yellow
Horizontal > Choose Variant No. 1 (Top Left) > OK

3
Shape Fill
Gradient  > Colors > Shading Styles
Fill object with Blue colour
Vertical > Choose Variant No. 4  (Bottom Right) > OK
4
Shape Fill  > Texture
Sand

5
Shape Fill
Gradient  > Colors > Shading Styles
Two Colors > Purple & Purple, Accent 4, Lighter 60%
Vertical > Choose Variant No. 4  (Bottom Right) > OK

6
Shape Fill
Gradient  > Colors > Shading Styles
Fill object with  Aqua colour
Horizontal > Choose Variant No. 2  (Top Right) > OK
 7
Oval > Shape Fill
Fill object with Black, Text 1, Lighter 35%