Digital storytelling #6 – 20 Ideas for illustrating stories

Submitted by Fiona Beal

Here are some suggestions for illustrating stories that you have written or that your class has written.

1. Hand drawn pictures

Hand drawn with kokis or pencil crayons and scanned into the computer.

Example: A noise in the night

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2. Use cutouts

Create a background in some way. Then cut out figures and objects and place them on the background. Take a photo. Then for the next page move them around again and take another photo.

Example: Emily and the Seagull

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3. Take photos

Take photos of different scenes. (Remember that if there are people involved in a photo you need to get permission from the people in the photo if you want to use it on the web).

Example 1: Andiswa Soccer Star

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Example 2: On Safari

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4. Use collages

Use a mix of drawing painting and odds and ends stuck on and a picture taken.

Example 1: Nonyane

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Example 2: Lion collage

5. Lego people

Use lego picture templates, cut them out and past them on a piece of paper. use a scanner to upload them. Example: http://mattbgomez.com/lego-family-labeling/

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6. Line drawings clipart

If you type into Google for example ‘horses clip art line drawings’ you’ll be taken to a page like this http://goo.gl/IKqrX8.  Print what you want and then cut it out and place it on a sheet of paper and draw around it. Colour it in.

Example: Khotso goes to the zoo

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7. Public domain clipart

This is clipart that is free to use. I have given some suggestions in a blogpost

Finding royalty free images on the Internet’

Example: What on earth are you doing?

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8. Use a free computer application

Use a free computer program like PAINT or PAINT.NET or something else to draw pictures and colour them in.

Example: Elephant’s new home

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There’s a very simple application called  Queeky.com. You just open it and start drawing. Then you save it and add the picture to your presentation template

http://www.queeky.com/app



9. Ask friends, relatives or children to draw for you.

Why not ask others to do the pictures for you?

Example: The adventures of Meerkat and friends

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10. Paint a picture



Example: A Value Painting Exercise

11. Use large almost abstract like cutouts



Example: Art Ideas for Inspiration: Illustrating Plot of a Story

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12. Use cartoon-like figures

I would suggest uploading to a programme like PAINT or a similar application to colour them

Example: How to make illustrations even if you can’t draw

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13  Draw childlike pictures 

Example: Draw your story – the illustrated journal

 

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14 Ask one of the children in your class to draw for you



Example: Sipho signs away

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15. Use stuffed toys

Use stuffed toys, move them around and take photos.

Example: The mystery of the vanishing books

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16. Use a computer application from school



Example: Monsters under my bed

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17. Foliage art

Create
art foliage collages and
scan them in
http://goo.gl/NM9XsC

18. Tracing pictures

You can trace pictures and draw/colour them in your own way. http://www.ehow.com/video_4955159_art-ideas-inspiration-tracing-layering.html. Here is another example: http://www.wikihow.com/Illustrate-a-Children’s-Book

19. Use black and white pencil drawings

You can even use pencil drawings. Here is a great collection of free p[encil drawings http://www.stumbleupon.com/su/8fZBPc/etc.usf.edu/clipart/ 

20. If you are an artist – hooray!

Here are some ideas for those who are already artists and can illustrate their own books.

http://www.ehow.com/video_2372052_illustrate-children_s-book.html

Something you cannot do

One thing tat you cannot do is simply use any clipart you find and give a link to it. The clipart must have a Creative Commons license attached for you to be able to do that 

Enjoy your illustrating!

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