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The making of a TDC

In this post I’ll show how I made one of the many DS106 daily creative assignments, also called TDC.


In the open course Digital Storytelling 106, better known as DS106, there are so called Daily Create Assignments. This means that there’s a new small creative assignment available every day. People are free to do the assignment and to share their result with others. The sharing goes by tweeting the link or the image on Twitter under a specific hashtag. The hashtag always start with #TDC and is then followed by the number of the particular assignment. TDC here stands for ‘the daily create’.


The daily create assignment I’m showing here was TDC1387. It asked us to do something with the que ‘Big foot is missing’.

I chose not to use the mystical animal Big Foot, but to do something with a big foot. This immediately reminded me of the books by Tolkien ‘The lord of the rings’ and the hobbit people in it. I googled the web for an image of a hobbit and found this one below, a photo taken during the shooting of the movie version of the book.


I downloaded the image to my iPad and used the Bazaart app to remove all I didn’t need of the image. Including one of the big feet, because that’s what’s missing … a big foot. I also rotated the character because I thought that looked better in the end result.



Next, I opened the altered image in my drawing app, still on my iPad, Bamboo Paper. In this app I added the text and the arrow drawing the viewers’ attention to the foot gone missing.


At last I uploaded the image to Twitter under the hashtag #tdc1387 to share it with the rest of the DS106 artistic community

Feel free to join us and have fun with us. Be creative and share your small pieces of arts with others. Surf to:


Drawing out of focus – DigiWriMo week 2

In this image below I want to show how the comic artist Laurent Bonneau uses focus to tell the story of a short scene in his album Borderline.

In comics mostly all elements in a box are drawn in focus. All elements are sharp, even when the artist leaves out details in some elements and puts more details in other elements, for instance the face of the protagonist. In filming this is called deep focus.

Often in comics our eyes go from box to box skipping through the scenes in rather big steps. In this example below though, the artist takes a whole page for something that happens in a second, making it feel as if it’s all in slow motion.
He draws the scene as if it where separate frames of a movie. He tells the story of this short scene in a metro by drawing as if a camera changes focus.

Note how in the top we start with everything in focus, foreground and background. Then, as the person in the foreground faints and falls, the background gets more out of focus drawing our attention to the hand in the 5th box. Then all blurs out of focus. The person is unconscious.
You hardly need any text. There hardly is any text on this page, and even if you don’t understand the Dutch words in this copy of the album, you’d still be able to understand what happened.

Notice how the focus changes as the person faints and falls down.

Notice how the focus changes as the person faints and falls down.

The little green bottle / TDC 1400

On November 8 2015 the daily create assignment of DS106 (TDC1400) is to make the start of a story using the following text to start with: “The story of that remarkable green bottle that was found a month ago by a little boy and his dog in the nearby”.

Here below you can read my submission for that assignment.


The story of that remarkable green bottle that was found a month ago by a little boy and his dog in the nearby beach was still in her head.

At first Nancy had given it not much attention when she read it in the newspaper. That was over four weeks ago now.

She somehow knew that she had seen that green bottle before. If only she could remember where she and seen it.

While she took a last sip of her espresso her thoughts went on. The bottle was empty, the newspaper said. The lid had come off, and what ever was in it was now dispersed in the water of the Blue river.

One week after the little bottle was found, the number of people suffering from dangerously high fever went up with 300% in Elswhere, the neighboring town just 3 miles further downstream. Already 16 people died. 25 were still in hospital. There was no sign that this situation would improve in the coming weeks.

Was this just coincidental? Could it be that it had to do with what was in the green bottle?
Nancy knew she wouldn’t give up until she had a proper answers to all her questions.

She put on her coat and stepped out of her apartment, ready for another day at the National Health Investigation Bureau.


Balloons in comics – DigiWriMo week 2

When reading comics most of the attention goes to the drawings and the storyline. Yet there’s a lot of creativity behind the balloons used in a story. I’ll show a couple of examples below.

In the first example we see the normal use of balloons with a point to a character that indicates that this character speaks. When the balloon points to the character using several little circles it indicates that this is what the character is thinking. The text outside the balloons or in the rectangles is the voice of storyteller, the voice over.
To indicate shouting the creators of this comic use spiky edges on the balloons.

Using spiky edges to indicate shouting

In this second example bold and italic are used to indicate shouting. In the bottom part of the page the characters of the other species speak a different language which is indicated by using a different font.

fonts and languages

Different fonts used to indicate different languages

In this third and last example the red magical character in the story speaks a different language which is indicated by using a different edge.

Using fonts to indicate different languages

Using fonts to indicate different languages

Learning versus Education (two words often mistaken for each other)


Story jumpers world map – DigiWriMo week 1

If you want to follow the developing (crazy) story written by the DigiWriMo-storyjumpers, click the map below and read in order of A, B, C etc.


DigiWriMo – week 1 – Story Jumping Activity – Episode 5

[This is part 5 of a story jumping activity for Digital Writing MonthBruno started it, followed by Kevin, Maha and Sarah. Sign up in the Google Doc if you’d like to join in]

Protagonist in this episode: Ron
Location: the Pub – we’re following Ron’s thoughts
Timeframe: this starts just before Sarah’s ukulele gets broken
Just to make sure: this is all fictional

Is that Sarah … what’s she doing in our pub?
What this now? … Sarah? … fighting?
What ever happened that made her wrestling that dumb blond Sandy?
Boy, she looks mean. She sure fights a mean fight!

What a noise these ladies make.

OMG ! It that a chain saw she’s about to use … Holy cow! … a machine gun?
Beng … there goes Sarah’s ukulele. That will hurt her feelings very much. She loved that crazy thing.

I wonder what Kevin will say when sees his girlfriend messed up this way.
Kevin, oh, dear Kevin … he’s ever so much in love. Love makes blind, we say in my town. Yeah, and Shakespeare said beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
How did he ever get involved with this Sandy? It’s still a mystery to me.
There she goes. Her ukulele is all torn up. I guess that’s broken beyond repair now.

Where’s she going now?
Oh no, that can’t be true … is she actually heading towards Kevin’s place?
She’d better make sure Sandy doesn’t see that. She’ll use those machine guns on Sarah after all, instead of just firing away into the pub’s ceiling.
Let’s keep enough distance between me and her so she won’t see me following her.

Ah, this must be Kevin’s street.
What’s that girl doing in the house opposite Kevin’s? Why is she staring at Sarah?
Isn’t that Maha? Does she have a crush on Kevin too?
What is it with this guy?
How does he do it?

Want to know how this goes on? Just go to Tanya’s blog to see how this drama evolves.