Digital Storytelling | Riptire Tshirt

For this assignment, I decided to do an Overwatch themed Tshirt

Assignment link (

For this project, I used Adobe Illustrator.

To start, I found a picture online of the symbol I needed

After this, I live traced it and turned it into a vector.

If you aren’t happy with the default trace, you can select from the other presets provided.

All of the presets have their own unique kind of style.




If you’re happy with what you have, hit the Live Paint button to finalize the vector.


After this, I wanted a custom font, so I downloaded a .ttf file (A font file) from Reddit. Just be careful when downloading things from the internet.

Here the file


After this, I put them together.   I used the font with the “Type on Path Tool” to create a sort of curve. Then I also added a line using the pen tool.


To find this tool, hold on the “Text tool” and you’ll have an array of options, select the “Type on Path Tool”.





After this, I added a dust effect in the background. I did this using the star tool to make the base of the shape, then I added circles to make the dust look a little more like… dust. Here’s what It looks like so far.


After this, I colored everything orange to create the final image. This would go on a black T-shirt.

Responding to the Story | War

Whose war does the author refer to in the title? Support your view with examples from the story.: I think it represents the war fought in Neils mind. Let me explain. When Neil was fighting with his dad, one part of his brain wanted to be mad at his dad, but the other didn’t. You can see his mind go back and forth in his head. Throughout this part of the story, you can see Neil shifting from Maybe he doesn’t know, to He knows exactly what he did.

With a small group, discuss whether you think the way Neil reacts to his father leaving is typical of a ten-year-old boy. Why do you think he throws the stones?: When I was ten, If my dad “lied” to me and I found out, I would feel betrayed like Neal does, and I think any other ten-year-old boy would feel the same. The only thing I don’t think any other ten-year-old would do is throwing rocks at their dad. I know he did it originally to distract his dad, but then he did it out of aggression. I don’t think anyone else would do something like this, at least not me.

Like most stories, the action builds up to an event that’s the high point or climax. What is the climax of “War”?: I think the climax of the of the story is when the Dad walks into the barn. This is when Neal let’s out all the anger that he built up against his dad. Throwing rocks at his dad, even knocking him out, geez. I get mad at my dad sometimes, but not enough to do that.

Reread the story focusing specifically on the way Findley has captured the thoughts and feelings of a twelve-year-old boy who is looking back on events that happened when he was ten years old. Focus particularly on the explanations and interpretations that the narrator at the age of twelve offers for the things he said and did at age ten. In what ways does the older version of the narrator understand more fully the significance of the events described in the story?: Throughout the story, Neal seems to have a larger grasp of his actions and why he made them.  You can see when he thinks back about the golf ball, he thinks about whether what he did was stealing or not when 12-year-old Neil wouldn’t have known.

Find examples of vocabulary, expressions, and syntax in the story that is typical of a young person. What are some features of language that are used unconventionally to imitate the direct speech of a young person whose use of language is still developing?: Instead of writing conversations out in narrative form, he switches to script style writing. He also writes it as if he was talking to you, not as a story. After he explains himself he says, “Anyway, now that you know how old I was and what grade I was into, I can tell you the rest.” His writing style is also informal, like how a kid would write.

Digital Storytelling | Poster

Today, I’ll be going through the steps I took to draw, and print my poster.

I drew my picture out in Paint Tool Sai, which isn’t available on school computers, but if you want to draw on the computer and your willing to put in some money, I definitely recommend this program. (Link to a free trial here (

The first step I made to create my poster was drawing the linework. I always start with the line work when I’m creating any kind of cartoon drawing. For the blur effect I used on the creeper, you simply


For the blur effect I used on the creeper, I used the weight tool and lowered the lines density, and gave it a lower edge shape. This is the comparison between a non-blurred line and a blurred line.


After this, I colored in the drawings.



You’d be tempted to start adding the lighting, but you should wait until you choose your backdrop. When you do your lighting, you should know exactly what all your light sources are. So if you start coloring with a white backdrop, the characters will be lit as if they were standing in white, not if they were standing outside. For my backdrop, I used a blurred picture of a street I found online.


Heres the background with the what I had so far.

Background & Image


Now I added the basic lighting, this would be the shadows from the primary light source, which in this case is the sun from the right. When you do this you should get this.

Basic Lighting


After this, I added the extra lighting. This would be the light from the secondary light sources. For example, the blue sky actually produces blue light. This gives everything outside a blue hue. Without this, our picture looks unnatural.

Extra Lighting


Then I’ll add lighting bloom to the image. This is when light sources produce glare that bleeds into the surrounding areas. This doesn’t matter as much as the two above, but it’s a nice touch that adds some realism. You notice this especially from where their heads meet with the sky. You can see that the blue of the sky seeps into the lines of the head.

Added Bloom

After this, I added the captions of the joke, a white border, and tweaked the colors a bit to create the final image.



After this, I exported the picture to Illustrator to convert the file to a format that the printer can read (which is EPS). A problem I had during this process was that my image was much larger than the canvas. So big that illustrator said it was too big to shrink. If you ever come across this, there’s a surprisingly simple. If you put the picture you want to shrink in isolation mode, you’ll be able to set its size using the scale transformation tool.

To isolate the image, double-click it. This should allow you to properly scale it down. To do this right click the image you want to shrink, go down to “Transform”, then hit “Scale…”.


After this, you should get a menu that will allow you to shrink the image by percentages. You can shrink it however much you want, I shrunk by 10% each time.

After this, I sent it to the computer connected to the printer in the MacLab. After we tweaked the file type, (.ai to .eps). We printed. If you want additional information, here are pictures of the sizes and settings.


Then I let it print.


After this I let it sit for a day. Then after I cut it out, I hung it up in my room.