Friday, May 17, 2013

HOW TO DRAW A CARTOON CHARACTER IN MS WORD


MICROSOFT WORD DRAWING PROJECT No. 49

TITLE:   CREATING A CARTOON EGG CHARACTER IN MS WORD   
 
TYPE:    DIGITAL DRAWING - CARTOON
 
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 yourself!


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