Saturday, December 7, 2013

HOW TO CREATE A COMPOSITE PICTURE IN MS WORD


MICROSOFT WORD DRAWING PROJECT No. 52


TITLE:  CREATING 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.

       Before I 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.
 

These cable 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.

Step 1
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 it digitally.
 
 
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.
Step 2
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.
 
Step 3
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.