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.