This blog focuses on the subject of creating digital images or drawings with MS Word. Those who don't have access to professional image-editing or computer graphics software can try using MS Word Drawing program as an alternative. I would like to share my ideas and views with readers on how to draw various types of graphical images with MS Word. If any of my material violates any establishment's or person's copyright, please inform me and I’ll have it removed.
A COMPOSITE PICTURE OF FLYING WILD GEESE IN MS WORD
TYPE: FINE ART
– DIGITAL DRAWING
This post is about drawing a picture of migrating wild
geese. I drew the main subject or illustrated character with Word and then
copied it into a photographic background or surrounding to produce a composite
picture. This is known as mixed media in conventional visual art. The term mixed
media refers to works of art that are created with more than one medium. For
your information, there are no wild geese in Malaysia. Wild geese like the
Canada geese are migratory birds and are not found in this region. In order to
make this picture look convincing, I used a picture of the mountainous range
that I took a few years ago while taking a cable car ride to the Langkawi Sky
Bridge in Pulau Langkawi. Wild geese are reported to be able to fly as high as
3,000 feet or more during migration flight. So, this is the theme that I chose
for this graphics project.
go on to the project, let me tell you something about the Langkawi Sky Bridge.
This suspended bridge is located at the Top Station at Gunung Machincang.
You’ll have to take a cable car ride at the Base Station at the Oriental
Village. There are two viewing platforms at the top of the mountain for
visitors to enjoy the spectacular panoramic views of the Langkawi islands, the
mountainous peaks, surrounding forests as well as the sea.
cars or modern gondolas will take visitors from the Base Station to the Middle
Station and Top Station.
I took this
picture of the mountainous area while travelling in the cable car.
This is the
suspended Langkawi Sky Bridge where visitors can walk on it and enjoy the
amazing panoramic views.
CREATING A COMPOSITE PICTURE
The Work/ Composition
Chang Hon Woon, WILD GEESE IN FLIGHT, 2013. Composite Picture: MS Word Drawing
& Photography, 27 x 18 cm. Malaysia.
Draw a picture
with the Drawing Tools in Ms Word.
This is the completed
line drawing of the wild goose. Study the form of the wild goose before drawing
This is how the drawing looks like when the goose is “taken
apart”. All of the 69 lines and shapes were drawn with the Curve line tool. These
drawing objects were then joined together to form a picture. This process is
something like doing a 69-piece jigsaw puzzle or piecing together a LEGO set.
The difference is that you have to create the drawing objects on your own digitally.
You can begin by drawing the head. Anyway, do not worry too much about the stacking order because you stack them
as you draw and the picture will eventually look right.
After completing the drawing, colour it using the tools in the “Format” tab. Use your creativity to produce the best effects.
Choose a suitable digital photograph from your pictures
collection and then cropped it with the PAINT program. Cropping is done to select
certain part of a picture that you want for your work. After cropping, save the
file in JPEG format.
You now have the
drawing and the photographic image, right? First, open a document in MS Word
and then copy the photographic image in it. Next, copy the vector-based drawing
into the document and adjust the size so that it blends into the background. Finally,
group the drawing and the photography image into a single unit. Voila! You got
yourself a composite digital picture.
Chang Hon Woon, SHARKS SWIMMING NEAR THE OCEAN’S SURFACE,
2013. Digital Art: MS Word Drawing, 10.5 x 7.5 in. (26.5 x 19 cm). Malaysia.
This is the completed
digital drawing depicting two sharks swimming near the ocean’s surface. These
sharks varied in sizes according to their positions in the two-dimensional
space. As you can see, the shark in the foreground is larger and clearer than
the one in the background that looks obscure. I am sure that readers will be
able to understand the element of space much better if they draw pictures with
a theme like this either conventionally or digitally. The wonder of computer
graphics is that you are able to duplicate a subject as many times as you want
and thus saving a lot of time.It took
me about two hours to complete this vector-based drawing.
I took part in the EDUCATIONAL BLOGGING COMPETITION
2013 organized by SULTAN IDRIS EDUCATION UNIVERSITY (UPSI) and was selected as
the 2nd place winner of the Open Category. I’d attended the prize
giving ceremony at the university on 13 November 2013. The Vice Chancellor,
Prof. Dato’ Dr. Zakaria bin Kasa presented the prizes to the 15 winners from 5
categories. I received a Samsung
Galaxy Tab 3 (7.0”) and a certificate.Anyway, what is most
important to me is the recognition that I finally got for my work on creating
pictorial artwork or graphics with the word processor and how to use them for
Visual Art Education lessons.I would
like to thank GOOGLE for providing free blogging platform that enables me to
publish my ideas and works on this subject.
That’s me receiving the prize from the Vice
It has been quite
some time I updated my art blog. This post is about drawing the picture of a
shark with the Drawing program in MS Word. I got the idea of drawing a shark
with MS Word from one of the illustrations that I’ve done for my Form 3 Visual
Art Education workbook. From the pencil drawing that I’ve done, I finally managed to
figure out how to actually draw a fully coloured digital drawing in Word. At first, I was sceptical that I could do it in Word but after trying, my effort paid off. The picture was drawn using the Curve line
tool. This tool has the ability to draw fluid lines and shapes. I used Edit
Points to fine-tune the shapes and lines that formed the picture.Finally, I coloured the subject with shades
and tints of neutral colours available in the Shape Fill colour palette.
This is the
pencil drawing of a shark.
This is the
digital drawing of the shark drawn by the Curve line tool. The end result
should look rather natural and not so stiff.
doesn’t look that outstanding until it is coloured. I coloured it using the
colours available in the Shape Fill palette. I applied the studio
marker colouring technique to produce the dynamic graphics effects to make the
shark look more interesting. This drawing can also be done in
MS Word versions 2003 and below.
My former secondary
school English teacher once said, “Everybody has problems. But I never bring my
personal problems to work. I always leave my personal problems at the gate
before I enter the school compound so that I can concentrate on my work. After
school I will pick them up at the gate and bring them home with me.” I feel
that there is some wisdom in what he said and I started practising this virtue
after I became a teacher. I believe that students are my clients and therefore
I shouldn’t let my personal problems affect my responsibilities. So, starting
off the day with a happy feeling or cheerful mood is good because it helps us
perform our duties better.
Here is a motivational poster with the
cute egg cartoon character to attract attention and to communicate the message
to the viewers. In this art project, it is the morale boosting message that
the poster is trying to convey. Graphic
Design is one of the disciplines in Visual Communication.When you use pictures and text to communicate
ideas and messages to the audience, it is known as visual communication.
I used complimentary
colours to create contrast between the text and the background. The bright
green coloured background complements the red coloured text. In other words,
combining the red coloured text with the green background makes the look text
more intense and attractive and such effect can draw viewers’ attention to the
I have an old nursery book titled THE OXFORD NURSERY
SONG by Percy Buck. This book was published in 1933 by Oxford University Press,
London. It is unique because it contains a collection of 111 nursery rhymes and
songs. One of the nursery rhymes that inspired me to create a cartoon
drawing with MS Word is Humpty Dumpty (page 17). It seems that Humpty
Dumpty is one of the popular characters in the English language nursery rhymes.
According to WIKIPEDIA, this character has been around for more than 200 years
and became popular in the 19th century.
I believe that
many people know what happened to Humpty Dumpty when he sat on the wall. The
drawing that I have created depicts the character in a cheerful mood. It
is much simpler to draw compared to the goose, squid and burger. I made use of
the preset shapes and manipulated them to create this drawing. The shapes that I
used are as follows: Oval, Moon, and Arc.
This is the preliminary digital
drawing which looks quite plain. Since this is a vector drawing, you can
enlarge or reduce its size within the area of the document without affecting
the clarity of the image. I named this character Happy Egg.
The image’s appearance is enhanced by
rendering gradient and shadow effects to create the illusion of depth. Do you
know that you can actually create bevel and emboss effects with Shadow
Effects?Even though the effects may not
be very outstanding, I think the results are not too bad. Try it and judge for
Here is a pencil
drawing of a breakfast burger which I used as reference for a digital drawing
in MS Word. Yes, the word processor can draw a burger. This burger was drawn
with the Curve line tool. The colour effects were created with Shape Fill and
Shape Outline options. You can also draw it with the older versions, just that
the Drawing program Toolbar is situated at the bottom of the screen or at the
taskbar. You start by drawing the two halves of a bread roll and then between
them you draw the burger, a fried egg and a slice of cheese. Use the Order
commands to reposition the drawing objects. Finally, draw some black sesame seeds
on top of the bread roll and you get yourself a tasty looking burger!
This is the pencil drawing of a breakfast burger.
This is the digital line drawing of a breakfast
This is how the digital drawing of a breakfast burger
looks like in colour. Applying colours to an artwork does enhance its
appearance to a greater degree.