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Writing Tips: 25 Rules For Keeping It Short And Snappy

A few tips for any kind of writing, esp. in the age of short attention spans!

Active vs. Passive Voice — Visually!

Writing students:  here’s an infographic that can help you figure out the difference between active and passive voice.  I found it on Grammar.net, which features lots of handy tips in infographic format. 

Putting difficult info like this into infographic format is a great idea, but it’s too bad the overall site design lacks visual appeal.

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I love the idea of redefining what it means to “play like a girl”!  The rhetoric around women and sports is in dire need of a 21st century update.

halftheskymovement:

Meet twelve women who have transformed the phrase “you play like a girl” into a huge compliment! Among them are Mo’ne Davis, a 13-year-old baseball pitcher who made history when she threw a complete-game shut out that led her team to the Little League World Series; Erin Dimeglio, the first varsity high school football quarterback in the state of Florida; and Billie Jean King, who won 39 Grand Slam titles in tennis.

Read more about these phenomenal women and others via Sports.Mic 

My storytelling students might find the content interesting, while my WRTG 3020 students might want to compare the rhetorical impact of sharing info in a visual vs. in words.
holtthink:

Why is storytelling such an effective means of teaching?  Here is a nice infographic that gives you an idea of why storytelling works so well.Here are some previous entries about digital storytelling. This originally came from a website  Onespot.

My storytelling students might find the content interesting, while my WRTG 3020 students might want to compare the rhetorical impact of sharing info in a visual vs. in words.

holtthink:

Why is storytelling such an effective means of teaching?
Here is a nice infographic that gives you an idea of why storytelling works so well.
Here are some previous entries about digital storytelling.
This originally came from a website Onespot.

sixwordmemoirs:

Announcing the #sixwords of the week for Sept 6th-12th — in appreciation of life as a work in progress.
Share your Six-Word Memoirs 24-7 @ sixwordmemoirs.com

ATTENTION STORYTELLING STUDENTS!
You might want to try submitting a six word memoir on this theme!

sixwordmemoirs:

Announcing the #sixwords of the week for Sept 6th-12th — in appreciation of life as a work in progress.

Share your Six-Word Memoirs 24-7 @ sixwordmemoirs.com

ATTENTION STORYTELLING STUDENTS!

You might want to try submitting a six word memoir on this theme!

Sep 5

More Amy avatars

Here are a few more avatars for potential use as characters in a comic or as inspiration for an illustrated story.

My students might want to check out some of the sites below for variations on their own avatars.

BITSTRIPS

Here are a few variations I’ve made on Bitstrips, at different points along my journey towards becoming comfortable with my new size!

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TOONDOO

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I made this one with the TraitR tool on ToonDoo, which has a full comic strip maker.

AVACHARA ANIME AVATARS

The Avachara site didn’t have an option for the right shade of red hair, but it had some eyes I really liked as well as glasses close in shape to mine.

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PIXTON+

When I created a “plus” account on Pixton.com, I was able to use their comic character creator to make an avatar, which they call a “pixture.” The advantage of using Pixton is that I can use the character in any comic strip and can put her into multiple positions. But the disadvantage is that I don’t really like how the character turned out, as she doesn’t have the cuteness of the manga or chibi styles.

Made on pixton.com

Sep 4

robothugscomic:

New Comic!

Thank goodness he messaged me, I’d have never known otherwise. 

For my student:

Here’s a great example of a comic that takes a frustrating personal encounter and turns it into an amusing commentary. The drawings are simple, but the faces are very expressive!

Sep 2

New graphic memoir: Tomboy

I just got my copy of Liz Prince’s newly released graphic memoir, Tomboy, in the mail today.  Looking forward to reading it and sharing it with students in my rhetoric of gender and sexuality class!

See her post on Tumblr.


Learning to Draw - July 2014, a set on Flickr.
Once Spring 2014 classes started, I put away my art supplies and didn’t get them out again until July.  After spending all of June fully immersed in learning 3D modeling and animation, I decided it was time to try sketching again, this time in hopes of coming up with a few characters to use in a comic strip.  At least, that’s my excuse for why I keep drawing so many women :-)Here are a few of my most recent efforts!
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Learning to Draw - July 2014, a set on Flickr.

Once Spring 2014 classes started, I put away my art supplies and didn’t get them out again until July.  After spending all of June fully immersed in learning 3D modeling and animation, I decided it was time to try sketching again, this time in hopes of coming up with a few characters to use in a comic strip.  At least, that’s my excuse for why I keep drawing so many women :-)

Here are a few of my most recent efforts!

(Source: perpetualrevision.net)

Storyboard scene made with 3D app

Here’s another image I composed in Poser, a few weeks before I worked on The Reunion.  This image is part of a series I made for two purposes:  to help me learn the application and to help me “draw” the elements of a story I’ve been wanting to make for a while now.  I had originally planned to make the story as a 2d animation, but now I’m considering making it as a 3d animation (with 2d toon effect) or as a storyboard.  I’ve made a few other scenes for the story and will share those later.

explore-blog:

Illustrator Gemma Correll reimagines that famous Victorian map of woman’s heart into this map of the introvert’s heart.
Complement with the power of introverts, illustrated.

explore-blog:

Illustrator Gemma Correll reimagines that famous Victorian map of woman’s heart into this map of the introvert’s heart.

Complement with the power of introverts, illustrated.

Aug 6

My chibi-style avatars

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I have a few projects in mind that I want to make with cartoon characters that resemble me (as well as other people), and rather than try to draw them from scratch, I thought it might be helpful to start with some kind of customized avatar. I ended up trying these three sites to make the avatars above:

Obviously none of the avatars actually look like me, but for any character based on me I’d try to use at least two of these identifiable traits: red hair, glasses, and purple clothes. I liked the first one the most, so I used that as the basis for my own drawing:

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For more info on how I transformed the image in order to animate it, see: Customizing the Chibi Avatar.