Books: The Crossroads of Should & Must

The Crossroads of Should and Must: Find and Follow your Passion by Elle Luna caught my eye on a recent visit to the bookstore and it came home with me.  This book began as a blog post posted on Medium in 2014 that later evolved into a beautifully crafted book. The message is told through wonderful imagery, quotes, and text which inspired me to create the following sketchnote summary.  I am grateful for this book as I try to clarify and navigate shoulds and musts moving forward. I am also grateful that it inspired me to return to my original sources and inspiration for visual notetaking by sketching books.  What book is next?  Hmm...

text and doodles depicting the book Crossroads of Should and must

Digital Directed Draw: Thanksgiving Turkey

Turkey with three different color tail feathers
In celebration of Thanksgiving, here's another digital directed draw that culminates with a Turkey and students learning different tips and tricks with Google Drawing along the way.

Here's how to create a turkey:
  1. Go to > New > More > Google Drawings
  2. Change Canvas Size (Optional): File > Page Set-up > Choose your desired size.
  3. Change Back Ground Color (Optional): Right Click on canvas > Background > Choose desired background color.  The default background color is transparent with the checkerboard pattern.  I prefer a white background while I'm creating within Google Drawing and then may change to a different color or make transparent when complete.

Google Drawing: Digitize Original Art

Recently, I was working on a CreativeBug class on using Photoshop and Illustrator to Digitize Art and create patterns. It occurred to me how Google Drawing could be used to do something similar by creating a vector image of original artwork.

I opened a blank Google Drawing, inserted an image of a lily watercolor I did over the summer.

Single Lily Flower with 2 green leaves and 2 blooms

Then, I began using the polyline tool to create a vector drawing of the flower. I used the Color Pick Eyedropper Extension to match the colors.  The colors could be further enhanced if I paid more attention to lighting when taking the original picture.

Vector Drawing of Single Lily Flower on Left, Watercolor of same Lily Flower on Right