Sunday, December 23, 2012

CREATING AN ILLUSTRATION OF A SNOWMAN IN MS WORD


MICROSOFT WORD DRAWING PROJECT No. 47

TITLE:   CREATING AN ILLUSTRATION OF A SNOWMAN IN MS WORD   

TYPE:    FINE ART - DIGITAL DRAWING

I have created a complete picture of a snowman in snowy winter background with the MS Word Drawing program and the result you can see below. I used the Curve line tool to create this drawing and make use of the options on the Drawing Toolbar to create the effects. When trying to complete a pictorial artwork in MS Word, I often encounter difficulty in creating the background. Nevertheless, don’t let this difficulty dampens your interest because if you stretch your imagination far enough, nothing is impossible.
 


 




 


 




Tuesday, December 18, 2012

HOW TO DRAW A SNOWMAN IN MS WORD


MICROSOFT WORD DRAWING PROJECT No. 46

TITLE:   HOW TO DRAW A SNOWMAN IN MS WORD   

TYPE:    CLIP ART

Clip art images are small size pictures that can be easily added to the document. They can either be JPEG, Vector or other formats. The purpose of adding clip art images into the document is to illustrate or enhance its appearance. There are many ways to obtain clip art images but have you ever tried creating clip art images on your own with the word processor? Images created in MS Word are vector graphics and they are saved as DOC files. Many of the drawing projects featured on my blog can actually be used as clip art images. Here is a simple drawing project and I hope readers can try it out, that is drawing a snowman in MS Word. First, draw a picture of the snowman on a piece of paper. This practice enables you to know the details of the subject well. Later on, you can proceed to draw it on the computer using your creativity.

         Use only the Curve line tool to draw the picture of the snowman. I love to use the Curve line tool to draw organic shape objects because the results will be quite natural. Start by drawing three round shapes of different sizes. Then, create the details for the head. After that, complete the details for the body. Finally, fill the shapes with colours of your choice.

 
This digital drawing of a snowman was drawn with MS word 2003 Drawing program.

THE DISSECTED DRAWING:

 

A total of 36 drawing objects were created to form the picture of the snowman.


Tuesday, December 4, 2012

DESIGNING A LABEL IN MS WORD


MICROSOFT WORD DRAWING PROJECT No. 45

TITLE:   DESIGNING A LABEL IN MS WORD   

TYPE:    GRAPHIC DESIGN

Packaging design is a part of graphic design. Since jam is usually bottled, a label is usually pasted on the bottle.  Before you start doing the label, you’ll have to create an image for the illustration. The image of the durian was used for this project. Next, I used the image of the flying goose for the company’s logo. Still remember the flying goose in Project No. 22?  In a label design, the logo and brand name (trademark) are usually positioned at the top part. But sometimes, they can also be placed at the centre or at the bottom. Finally, use WordArt to create the lettering or typeface of your choice. For smaller letters, use the Textbox. This drawing project can also be done in the older versions. Here is an example of a label created in MS Word.


THE ILLUSTRATION
 


THE LOGO / SYMBOL
 
 
THE LABEL
In addition, don’t forget to draw the jam bottle so that you can paste the label onto it. This will give you an idea how the label really looks like on the product. The bottle was created with Rounded Rectangle, Trapezoid, Freeform and Arc. Here is an example of the jam bottle (with jam in it) which is viewed at eye-level.
 
THE JAM BOTTLE
 
THE PRODUCT
 

THE VISUAL / PRESENTATION DRAWING

Presentation drawing or visual is also an important part of the graphic design process. It gives the client an impression of how the design would look like on the product in reality.

 
 
 


 

Monday, November 26, 2012

CREATING A DURIAN PATTERN DESIGN IN MS WORD PART 2


MICROSOFT WORD DRAWING PROJECT No. 44

TITLE:  CREATING A DURIAN PATTERN DESIGN IN MS WORD PART 2 

TYPE:   GRAPHIC DESIGN

It is durian season now and there are many durians being sold at the roadside stalls and markets. Durian trees do not bear fruit throughout the year. At the peak of the season when there is an abundant supply of the fruit, they are sold at a much cheaper price.  Here is another example of a pattern design using two different images. The design is used to decorate an apron. I have applied the principle of variety to this design by incorporating two different images in it. Adding the principle of variety to the design, which is one of the aspects in Basic Design Principles, makes it look more interesting. Remember the movie posters that are displayed at the cinemas? Do you know that a movie poster is actually designed with a montage of images taken from various scenes in the movie? A movie poster has the ability to grab our attention from the first look and also able to convey the message effectively. Such results are made possible with the application of Basic Design in the graphic design process.
 

 


This apron has a pattern design on it. Warm and cool colours were used to create a contrasting visual effect in the design. 

 

Friday, November 23, 2012

CREATING A DURIAN PATTERN DESIGN IN MS WORD PART 1


MICROSOFT WORD DRAWING PROJECT No. 44

TITLE:   CREATING A DURIAN PATTERN DESIGN IN MS WORD  PART 1

TYPE:    GRAPHIC DESIGN

A pattern is a design made from repeated shapes and lines which are arranged in a regular structure. Nature has always been a popular source for ideas. I often use natural objects as inspiration for most of my works.  In this project, I have designed a pattern using the durian as the motif based on a grid that is suitable to decorate a fruit stall plastic shopping bag or a tablecloth. The pattern is repeated many times and arranged using the grid (squares) as a guide. The durian is a tropical fruit and it is very popular in South-East Asia. Even though it has a hard spiny shell and strong aroma, the fruit tastes great. Here are some pictures of the durian fruit.

 
 
 
 

The steps to create this pattern are as follows:

a)  Draw a round shape with the Curve line tool.

b)  Use the Freeform tool to draw some spines around the shape and then
     send it to the back.

c)  Use the Curve line tool to complete the other details such as the cavities
     and the pulp.

d)  Finally, render the drawing with colours with Shape Fill and Shape Outline.


 
This is just an example of a durian pattern design.
 

The tablecloth or shopping bag can be decorated with patterns of durian motif.

 
 

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

A STILL LIFE COMPOSITION CREATED IN MS WORD


MICROSOFT WORD DRAWING PROJECT No. 43

TITLE:   A STILL LIFE COMPOSITION CREATED IN MS WORD
TYPE:    FINE ART / DIGITAL DRAWING
 
Chang Hon Woon, Cutting Board Hanging on the Kitchen Wall, 2012, Digital Art: MS Word drawing, 18 x 27 inches, Malaysia.
The entire digital drawing above was created with the simple drawing program in MS Word 2007. The composition is viewed at eye-level. The soft drink cans and straw below were copied from my other MS Word drawing projects and then pasted into this image to create a visually balanced composition.  Another reason I added the two soft drink cans is to achieve variety which is one of the principles of design to make the work look more exciting. The cutting board is place in the middle (not dead-centre) using the Rule of Halves. If you have a colour printer that can print larger paper size such as A3 size, click Custom Size in the Page Setup dialog box and then set the paper size that you want. Since a MS Word drawing is of vector format, adjusting the size of the image from small to large will not affect the quality of the image.






 

Friday, October 19, 2012

HOW TO DRAW A CUTTING BOARD IN MS WORD


MICROSOFT WORD DRAWING PROJECT No. 42

TITLE:   HOW TO DRAW A PLASTIC CUTTING BOARD IN MS WORD
TYPE:    DIGITAL DRAWING / ILLUSTRATION

My wife and I bought a ceramic knife set which came with a plastic cutting board. The ceramic knives which are made of zirconium oxide are indeed harder than steel. To avoid damaging the blade, cutting should be done on a soft cutting board. What interested me most was the soft plastic cutting board and I decided to use it as the subject for my next MS Word drawing project. It has a non-slip surface with a grainy texture.  Twelve drawing objects are needed to create the drawing of the cutting board like the one you see here. The Drawing tools are Oval, Rounded Rectangle and Arc. You will need to use the masking technique to create the top part. Make use of the Shape Fill and Shape Outline options in the Shape Styles group to fill the shapes with the colours and effects of your choice. After that, create the bevel and emboss effects with the Shadow Effects tool. It took me quite a while to figure out how to create this type of texture in MS Word but nevertheless, I finally managed to produce the texture effect that looks quite presentable.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

HOW TO DRAW A GIANT PANDA IN MS WORD PART 3


MICROSOFT WORD DRAWING PROJECT No. 41

TITLE:   HOW TO DRAW A GIANT PANDA IN MS WORD PART 3
TYPE:    FINE ART - DIGITAL DRAWING

B)  The Dissected Drawing
 

A total of 27 drawing objects (shapes and lines) were created and manipulated to create a drawing like this.
 
 
The digital drawing that was coloured with black, gray and white.
The principle of contrast is evident in this drawing. The contrast between the lightness and darkness of the black and white colours makes certain parts of the drawing which are of darker tonal value appear clearer or noticeable.



 

Saturday, September 15, 2012

HOW TO DRAW A GIANT PANDA IN MS WORD PART 2


MICROSOFT WORD DRAWING PROJECT No. 41

TITLE:   HOW TO DRAW A GIANT PANDA IN MS WORD PART 2
TYPE:    FINE ART - DIGITAL DRAWING

A)  The Digital Drawing
 

This is the digital line drawing of the subject using only the Curve line tool. Use the Edit points to adjust the shapes and lines by manipulating the vertexes. Arrange the position of the shapes and lines and the result will be a picture like the one you see above. Please bear in mind that in drawing figures, it is best to start drawing the head first.

Sunday, September 9, 2012

HOW TO DRAW A GIANT PANDA IN MS WORD PART 1


MICROSOFT WORD DRAWING PROJECT No. 41

TITLE:   HOW TO DRAW A GIANT PANDA IN MS WORD PART 1
TYPE:    FINE ART - DIGITAL DRAWING

This is the pencil drawing of a giant panda. It is better to draw the picture manually before drawing it on the computer. By doing so, you can study the physical features of the subject in great detail and figure out the best ways to draw it on the digital canvas. Try drawing this picture on your own first in MS Word using the Curve line tool. The Curve line tool is a versatile tool which I often use to draw fluid and organic lines and shapes.  I’ll show readers how to draw this picture in MS Word in my next post. It is better to draw using a cordless mouse.


Friday, August 17, 2012

HOW TO DRAW A GOLDEN CUBE USB SPEAKER IN MS WORD

MICROSOFT WORD DRAWING PROJECT No. 40

TITLE:   HOW TO DRAW A GOLDEN CUBE USB SPEAKER IN MS WORD

TYPE:    ILLUSTRATION / DIGITAL DRAWING

Hello, readers! I have taken quite a long break from blogging because I’d been busy working on the revised editions of my Visual Art Education workbook series for Secondary School used next year.  Writing Visual Art books can be quite challenging because I not only have to create the text but also the graphics or artwork as well. I work on my art book projects using whatever free time I have after fulfilling my job and family commitments. Now that I have some time, I’ll pick up where I left off.

          Here are two illustrations of the Golden Cube USB Speaker which I’d created in MS Word 2007 recently.  The USB speaker device was created in MS Word using only the Freeform line tool. Various effects were added using Shape Fill, Shape Outline, and Shadow Effects which can be accessed by clicking the Format tab. It is best to draw it in MS Word version 2007 and above because the newer versions have many additional graphical effects that are not present in previous versions like MS Word 2003 or MS Word 2000. Anyway, for readers who don’t have MS Office 2007, they can also make use of the older versions to create the illustrations just that the illustrations would look rather flat. I’d illustrated how to draw the cube in the previous project, right? Just use some of the tips that I’d demonstrated in the previous posts to create these impressive looking illustrations.

The Golden Cube USB Speaker in translucent cover display case. 
This illustration is visually balanced.

 
                                         The USB device in the display case with the cover removed.
Visual balance is achieved in this illustration by placing the cover on the left and the USB plug on the right.