Kawaii Style

Ever since my husband and I visited Canada’s Museum of Civilization and saw the Japanese Design exhibit, I can’t help but remember my favorite part of the installation, kawaii.  Kawaii is one of the fundamentals in Japanese design and literally means, ‘cute’. I love paying attention to cultural differences and it was very cool to see the…

Video Tutorial: Vectorize, Live Paint, and Speech Bubble with Illustrator

In this tutorial, I will show you how I vectorized a pencil drawing that is scanned into the computer, live paint it in Illustrator, and then add a basic speech bubble. I created this tutorial as an extra credit activity to teach someone else how I use my newly developed Illustrator tools. -Human Imprint    

Comic Panels

My online design course is asking that I create one new piece of SOMETHING every single day for one month. Today I worked on some comic panel ideas for my pages. Right now, I am only in my writing phase, though I can start to see the light at the end of the tunnel. It…

INTRO TO DESIGN FOR PUBLISHING

I just signed up for an online course on design for publishing. I found it through a self-publisher whose blog I follow, named Colin Wright. This guy is amazing and I encourage you to go to his website and get inspired, I know that I do! As I continue to write my textbook, I am…

Chicago Wizard World Comic Con: Presenters

While at the Chicago Comic-Con, I were ble to catch a few presentations of the hundred offered that caught my eye; some good, some bad, some ugly. Here is a summary: 1. This one was actually pretty good. They had one artist/writer, one printer, and a specialist on e-books. Since I currently only plan on…

Chapter 2 of 7 Completed!

I am excited to say that I am officially done laying down the text for my chapter on political geography.  It took me about a week longer than I hoped, but I it is one of the longer units to cover.  I am going to set the chapter aside for now and start organizing my…

Calculating a Readability Score for your Text

If you are sitting over there wondering if you have it cut out to write a textbook for your kids, one that they will comprehend, yet be able to push their abilities, there are some tools that might help.  I am not a reading expert and I know there are teachers out there who have…

Organizing your Content

So far in my process, I would say that the most important step is organizing the curriculum’s content where I want it to go. Although this process might be a bit different for other subject areas, for my human geography text, I am organizing the material thematically. There are a few other ways that I…