Tuesday, January 31, 2012

HOW TO MOUNT MS WORD DIGITAL DRAWING FOR DISPLAY PART 2

MICROSOFT WORD DRAWING PROJECT No. 34

TITLE:   HOW TO MOUNT MS WORD DIGITAL DRAWING FOR DISPLAY PART 2
TYPE:    FINE ART
Still remember Project No. 30 that shows how the drawing of a half apple can be done in MS Word? Now you have learned how to draw a tangerine, right? Why not use these two drawings to create a still life composition that can be mounted on the wall. Please refer Project No. 32 for information on how to mount a piece of artwork for display. Art teachers can make use of this activity to teach composition and balance. In a visual art composition, elements, subjects or images are arranged in a given space such as the space on a piece of drawing paper resulting in a visually balanced work. The principles of design are used to help achieve unity in the overall composition and thus creating a quality work of art. Knowledge in Basic Design or Visual Art Theory has its advantages because it enables the artist to explain in elaborate details about his or her work of art. That is why the topic of Art Appreciation is also taught in Art Class.


Chang Hon Woon, Half Apple and Tangerine on Marble Table, 2012, MS Word digital drawing and photography, 19.5 x 28 cm, Malaysia.


All these drawings were created by the Curve line tool. Finally, add in the shadow effects and you’ll have a piece of work like the one above. Here’s another piece of work that is suitable to be mounted on the dining room wall.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

HOW TO DRAW A MANDARIN ORANGE IN MS WORD

MICROSOFT WORD DRAWING PROJECT No. 33

TITLE:   HOW TO DRAW A MANDARIN ORANGE IN MS WORD
TYPE:    DIGITAL DRAWING
Chinese New Year is just around the corner. The Chinese people will celebrate the most important festival that is the Chinese New Year on 23rd of January. Besides many other things, mandarin oranges or tangerines are a must for every Chinese family during Chinese New Year. Unlike oranges, these fruit are only available during this festival season. Chinese families usually buy them in boxes because one is never enough. For this reason, I used the mandarin orange as the subject for this MS Word drawing project. It is also one of the favourite subject matter used for Chinese New Year theme graphic designs. This subject is frequently featured in advertisements, greeting cards, red packets (ang pows), decorations and packaging.
      In this project, I used the Lu Gan as the subject matter. Because the mandarin orange is not really round and has loose skin, I had to use the wonder tool to draw the entire image. I called the Curve line tool the wonder tool because of its ability to draw fluid lines and organic shapes. The Edit Points option was used to adjust the lines. The Arrange group commands were used to adjust the position of the drawing objects.

This picture was drawn with MS Word 2007.

THE DISSECTED DRAWING


A total of 22 lines and shapes (drawing objects) were created to form the image of the mandarin orange. Do you know that the mandarin oranges are considered the traditional symbol of good fortune to the Chinese?

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

HOW TO MOUNT MS WORD DIGITAL DRAWING FOR DISPLAY

MICROSOFT WORD DRAWING PROJECT No. 32

TITLE:   HOW TO MOUNT MS WORD DIGITAL DRAWING FOR DISPLAY
TYPE:    FINE ART
Over the years I have created many drawings, paintings and prints and mounted some of them on the wall of my house. I have never sold any of my works and normally use them for my books illustrations. After I wrote a book on this subject 10 years ago, I started to mount and display MS Word Drawings like any other fine art works. Even though the works are much smaller in size (A4), well, why not?
       Do readers still remember the fine art digital drawing depicting squids swimming in the sea in MS Word Drawing Project No. 20? It would be a waste to let it sit in the virtual space. Why not print it out and mount it on your living room or dining room wall so that it can be viewed by other people. By doing so, you’re bringing the digital visual art work out into the real-world. Many years ago, I read a computer art book published by Hayden Books in 1998 which inspired me to pursue computer graphics as works of art. The title of the book is Fine Art Photoshop Lessons in Digital Drawing and Painting by Michael J. Nolan and Renèe LeWinter. This book contains lessons in digital drawing and painting with Photoshop where it combines the traditional methods of art with digital technology to produce works of art. I believe that digital art or computer art is slowly breaking onto the contemporary art scene especially in this 21st century. This reminds me of the arrival of pop art on the art scene in the 1960’s which made an impact and then became a part of the modern art scene.
       In this project, I’ll show readers how to mount a picture created in MS Word to be displayed as a work of art. The three important things needed to mount a picture are as follows - picture frame, mounting board and the creative piece of work. Anyway, the illustration can be printed on A4 size paper (21 cm x 29.7 cm). Choose a frame that is slightly bigger than the picture. It’s better to get a frame with a matte-surface glass. Choose the glass with matte surface because a glossy surface will reflect light. Cut out a window from a piece of mounting board so that the picture fits nicely within the space of the window. I prefer to use stick glue or Scotch tape to stick the picture on the reverse side of the mounting board to hold it in place. About two or four pieces of tape will do the job. I love to use Scotch tape to repair torn documents and books because it won’t turn yellowish over a long period of time.
       After having the work framed, the final task is to label the work. A label is important because it gives some information about the work. I always tell my students to give a suitable title for every work of art they have done and avoid naming their work “Untitled”. Generally, a work of art is labelled with the following details:
1.    Name
2.    Title
3.    Year
4.    Medium
5.    Size
6.    Location / Place (optional).
In other words, a work of art such as a drawing or a painting is labelled like this: Chang Hon Woon, Squids Swimming in the Sea, 2011, MS Word digital drawing, 19.5  x 28 cm, Malaysia. Visual Art Education teachers can use this MS Word drawing project to teach Drawing and Art Composition in class. Introducing the element of variety in teaching approach helps maintain a high level of interest in the learning of visual art.


The picture frame with matte-surface glass.



The mounting board with a window and a border drawn around it.

The picture of squids swimming in the sea.

If all go well, the mounted picture should look like this. I hung this picture in the kitchen. It just happens that one of my favourite dishes is squid.