Sunday, November 20, 2011

HOW TO DRAW HALF AN APPLE IN MS WORD PART 4

MICROSOFT WORD DRAWING PROJECT No. 30 PART 4

TITLE:   HOW TO DRAW HALF AN APPLE IN MS WORD
TYPE:   STILL LIFE DIGITAL DRAWING

(C)  HOW TO COLOUR IT?
Make use of the Gradient effects in the Shape Fill group. Experiment with the Light Gradient Variations and Dark Gradient Variations to get the desired effects.


(D)  THE STILL LIFE COMPOSITION
I have created a simple still life composition with the half apple image to demonstrate that digital drawings can be combined with photographic images to create visual art compositions. I snapped a picture of the marble table top at the angle of 45° which is actually the proper angle for perspective view. I then pasted the illustration onto the photographic image. You can see that the half apple is viewed below you eye level. Don’t forget to add some shadow effects to make it look more realistic. Notice that I've used value contrasts in this composition. When a darker colour object like the apple is placed on something with a lighter colour, say, a piece of yellow coloured paper, the object with the darker colour stands out or seems more vivid, and vice versa. The knowledge of Basic Colour Theory is useful because it can be applied in fine art and graphic design to produce wonderful works of art. You’ll find terminology such as Colour Wheel, Spectrum, Hue, Primary Colours, Secondary Colours, Tertiary Colours, Value, Harmonic Colours, Complementary Colours, Colour Intensity, Warm and Cool Colours, Neutral Colours, and so on.




I love to use landscape or seascape scenery pictures as background for PowerPoint slides. Since the picture above is a bit darker, the used of Dark Blue which is also of a darker value for the text is not suitable because it doesn’t stand out from the background. A PowerPoint presentation with obscure text is the last thing we want, right?

The picture above has a lighter value and therefore the used of Dark Blue which is of a darker value for the text is suitable because it stands out from the background. A PowerPoint presentation with vivid text is just the thing that we want.


Sunday, November 13, 2011

HOW TO DRAW HALF AN APPLE IN MS WORD PART 3

MICROSOFT WORD DRAWING PROJECT No. 30 PART 3
TITLE:   HOW TO DRAW HALF AN APPLE IN MS WORD
TYPE:   STILL LIFE DIGITAL DRAWING

(B)  HOW TO DRAW THE PICTURE?
I dissected this drawing to show readers how it’s done. This method I feel will help readers understand better the principle of creating graphics in MS Word. Use the Curve line tool to draw the shapes and lines and then fine-tune with Edit Points. Rearrange the position of the drawing objects with the options in the Arrange group. I prefer to turn off the Snap Objects to Grid option and the Drawing Canvas while drawing a picture in the Word document. This is because by doing so, I can move drawing objects around the document freely without much restriction. As you can see, this picture is made up of 14 drawing objects. After finished drawing the subject, render it with colours.



The finished drawing was rendered with colours in MS Word 2007.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

HOW TO DRAW HALF AN APPLE IN MS WORD PART 2

MICROSOFT WORD DRAWING PROJECT No. 30 PART 2

TITLE:   HOW TO DRAW HALF AN APPLE IN MS WORD
TYPE:   STILL LIFE DIGITAL DRAWING
(A)  THE DIGITAL DRAWING
The digital drawing below was drawn using only the Curve line tool. The Edit Points tool was used to fine-tune the lines. The Curve line tool is a versatile tool for creating organic shapes and fluid lines. If you can control the tool well, you can produce many complicated drawings with it.

Monday, November 7, 2011

HOW TO DRAW HALF AN APPLE IN MS WORD PART 1

MICROSOFT WORD DRAWING PROJECT No. 30 PART 1

TITLE:   HOW TO DRAW HALF AN APPLE IN MS WORD
TYPE:   STILL LIFE DIGITAL DRAWING
In this drawing project, I used an apple as the subject or element. Below is the freehand pencil drawing of a half apple. I have planned to create a still life drawing using the half apple as the main subject. You can arrange other objects around the apple if you want. An arrangement of inanimate objects in a drawing or painting is called a still life. As I had mentioned before in the previous project that it is better to draw the picture on paper first before drawing it on the computer because we can study the subject carefully. By doing so, we’ll know the details better which will eventually help us to produce a more satisfying picture.
      Cut an apple into half and put one half of the apple on the table. Observe the subject from below eye level. You will realize that you are able to see the width and the depth of the fruit. This is known as perspective view. Perspective view enables us to see things three-dimensional. Do you know that artists since the Renaissance period had been working to develop a recognized system of perspective. Let’s see, that will be about more than 500 years ago, right? The works of famous Renaissance artists like Paolo Uccello (The Battle of San Romano) and Leonardo da Vinci (Mona Lisa, The Last Supper) displayed well the illusion of depth or space on a two-dimensional surface. Thanks to them that we are now using this system in visual art or otherwise our works of art would look rather flat and distorted like the Ancient Egyptian drawings and paintings.