They say that when you are in your “ELEMENT“, you tend to lose sense of time. Maybe that explains why I haven’t blogged in while or haven’t said a word about what I was up to to the outside social media world for a long time.
You see when I completed my debut novella titled “The week… Steve quit his Job” last year, I was left with a void in my heart knowing that the story was best described with lots of illustrations. So I approached several illustrators through references and my network of friends only to be politely declined. Now my own sketching/Illustration skills leave a lot to be desired. One of my earlier experimentation with Illustrations (pen on paper) was for a sketch video I made for my then band “Plunge“. It’s laughable no doubt, but for a first timer, I was proud. NOT ENOUGH.
Past debacles aside, I was somehow determined to get the illustrations for my debut novella done at any cost. So as I was contemplating how to go about it, one day, for pure fun, I picked up an entire tray of “Shapes” from MS PowerPoint and started creating things using, well, SHAPES!.
Unbelievable but true, soon enough, I had a book full of illustrations made entirely using MS PowerPoint Shapes and Shape effects! I found it hard to digest that MS PowerPoint had the technical capabilities almost on par with so any other Illustration software out there (except maybe in the image quality of illustrations). To me, it would eventually prove to be the simplest, easiest and most powerful tool to bring all my imaginations to life.
I do believe no one ever has explored/exploited MS PowerPoint to an extent I have and I’m assuming no one ever created illustrations or art using ONLY shapes in PowerPoint.
This was the first illustration I created as an experiment.
The idea was to show the protagonist of my novella throw away his tie and basically, say “F You” to his Job.
Here’s an exploded view of all the shapes I used to create this illustration:
From then on, there was no stopping me. Like Alice, I decided to go further down the rabbit hole, hellbent on losing myself completely in the world of “Shapes”. I went on to create more and more illustrations, some simple, some complex.
Here are some more illustrations from the novella that I created all using “Shapes” & “Shape Effects”:
I saved the my best of the lot to create the cover page for my Kindle ebook.
I hope you enjoyed looking at these illustrations and I hope you’ll go back see MS PowerPoint in a new light from here on in. I hope I’ve helped a few authors who wish to have their books illustrated through this post. Open PowerPoint today and experiment away, make your own illustrations!
You can find all of my illustrations and my story in my newly published Kindle e-book-
Now Available in the Kindle Store! :) (Always wanted to say that!)
Do pick it up and leave your reviews and comments.