Saturday, 14 January 2012

A Little Way of Homeschooling Cartoon Style

The other week I discovered the website Toondoo - The World's Fastest Way to Create Cartoons! It's totally free and a lot of fun. The girls and I signed up and we have been creating...

First, we all had a go turning our family members into cartoon characters. That made us laugh. Then I wanted to try putting some characters into a scene with some text. I found myself making a cartoon ad for Suzie Andres' book A Little Way of Homeschooling. (How many different ways can I think of to advertise this fabulous book?)

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Will my cartoon encourage you to find out more about A Little Way of Homeschooling? The book can be ordered from Amazon or Hillside Education. Available in paper and ebook versions.


And while you're busy reading A little Way of Homeschooling, your children can have some fun making their own comics at ToonDoos. 


PS: There's still a lot of information about this book on my no-longer-active blog, Stories of an Unschooling Family


24 comments:

  1. Ok ... I'll try ToonDoos. I hope I'm as good as you with cartoons. Mine are stick men done on MS Paint.

    God bless.

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  2. I like that you have gotten into cartooning! What a neat addition to your blogs.
    I clicked on the image for your ebook. Is it supposed to link me to it? I can't pull it up??? I would love to read it.
    Love, Dana

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  3. Victor,

    We could infiltrate the cartoon world with our Catholic stories! Have you seen those Catholic comic books designed especially for teenagers? I think the Bible can be bought in comic form! Not my choice but it might speak to someone.

    Anyway, if you do make a cartoon, I shall expect to see it on your blog. You can make one in a matter of minutes and you'll be able to design characters much more sophisticated than stick figures!

    My problem is thinking of funny stories to turn into cartoons. Victor, I'm sure you'd have no trouble doing this.

    God bless.

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  4. Dana,

    I'm glad you like the cartoons! I'm still learning how to make them look effective but they are a lot of fun to create.

    Thank you for letting me know the link to my book isn't working. I didn't realise this! I have fixed it up. The link (hopefully) will take you to the "Grief, Love and Hope" page where there is some info on the book and a further link for a free downloadable PDF e-copy. I would love to share my book with you, Dana. Thank you for wanting to read it!

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  5. I haven't seen cartoon Bibles. They may help to draw youngsters I suppose.

    Try as I might, I could not get the program to work. I tried up-loading photos to morph into cartoons and failed. I'm not as clever as you.

    I'll try again.

    God bless.

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  6. Victor,

    Did you open an account? It's free and then you can save your cartoons. You can make your cartoon characters using TraitR. You can upload a photo to use as a guide but the photo won't automatically morph into a cartoon. You will need to fiddle around with the options for eyes, ears, head shape, lips... When you are happy, your characters can be saved in your library. Then you can use them in your cartoons. You will need to go to Toondoo Maker to make a comic strip.

    I seem to remember I had trouble saving my characters and I actually gave up trying. The next day, I returned and found they'd been saved after all. Some sort of glitch, perhaps. Keep trying, Victor.

    As clever as me? I'm not really clever. I just have children who help me out!

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  7. Sue, I love your cartoons! Maybe you should go into marketing...I think I might have to buy that book! : )

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  8. AAAAARGGGGGHHHH !!!!

    Either I'm obtuse or this program is not user friendly at all.

    I wanted to upload a cartoon character I created. It did not let me.

    I tried to do a cartoon like yours. Couldn't get the right background. I gave up.

    I got one character from their library. Put a talk bubble. The size of the font was too big and I couldn't get them small enough to fit in what I wanted to say in the bubble.

    Eventually got a cartoon made and saved. Now I cannot put it on my Blog because there's no instructions on how to do it.

    Very frustrating.

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  9. I asked someone's help. The expert who helped when we last talked about publishing books in PDF - do you remember.

    He did a quick copy/paste of the cartoon on my Blog.

    Makes me look rather stupid, I think !!!

    Now I need to ask him how to upload my photos onto Toondoo.

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  10. Victor,

    I just created a random Toondoo character, named it and saved it to my gallery. I then went to "Create Toondoo" and was able to import the character back for my cartoon. But I do know I had trouble doing this a previous time.

    Scenes? For each of the main scene categories there are lots of pages of choices. Did you click onto one of the categories and then open all the possibilities?

    I can't see an option to change the text font size either. Can you increase your text bubble? Or add a second bubble to take the overflow?

    When your cartoon has been saved, go to "My Toondoos". Click on the cartoon you want to put on your blog. A tool bar will appear under the cartoon. Click on 'save to my computer'. Then import the cartoon back into your blog post draft as you would for a normal image.

    Uploading photos onto Toondoo? I have only uploaded photos into TraitR. To the left hand side of the character box is a smaller box that will hold your photo. At the bottom right hand corner of this box is a small image of a boy. Click on this and you'll be able to upload a photo.

    Yes, I remember your computer expert! Such a great help with my ebook. I hope he is a good friend of yours as it looks like you need his advice!!

    Anyone reading these comments, Victor will think making cartoons is very difficult! Keep trying. I'm sure you'll work it out.

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  11. Stephanie,

    I'm glad you like the cartoons! I've been experimenting, having fun trying something new.

    Marketing? Wow! I love spreading the word about Suzie's book. Crazy idea making a cartoon ad, I know! I'm not so good at promoting my own books though!!

    I love "A Little Way of Homeschooling". I really like how Suzie has looked at homeschooling from the viewpoint of St Therese of Lisieux's Little Way. It all makes sense: why shouldn't we live all aspects of our life, including homeschooling, the Little Way? If you read the book, let me know what you think.

    God bless!

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  12. What a super cute blog entry! :) Okay, what you don't know, is that this entry did inspire me today to go shopping on Amazon. :) So thank you Sue!! :) I will have to also check out the cartoon link. LOL How adorable! :) Love it! +JMJ+

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  13. Susan,

    I saw ,on your blog, that you were thinking about buying "A Little Way of Homechooling". Both of us thinking about the same book at the same time! I hope you enjoy it... and you could write a review!

    Maybe Robyn will like the cartoon site. I hope you both have more success than Victor if you decide to make a cartoon.

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  14. Thanx Sue for the instructions. I've saved them and will refer to them again and again whenever I attempt a cartoon.

    Meantime, I'm searching for a nearby University which runs courses on how to use this program.

    I find computers not as easy to use as kettles. Imagine if a kettle was temperamental and refused to do what you ask it. My computer even answers back and tells me off when I did something wrong. I always win by pulling the electric plug out !!!

    God bless.

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  15. Victor,

    Kettles? Computers? What I hate most is the GPS. Whenever we choose not to follow the instructions, the woman inside that machine gets very irate at us. She says, "Recalculating... recalculating..." but you can tell she really wants to say, "Idiot! You missed the turn and now I'm going to have to sort out the mess you're in." The last time we drove to Sydney we deliberately ignored all the GPS woman's instructions just for the fun of it!

    Anyway, back to Toondoos. You did it! I saw your funny cartoon. I shall watch out for more.

    God bless!

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  16. GPS?

    What do you do when the woman in the GPS says turn right, and the one sitting next to you reading the map says turn left?

    Which one do you obey?

    How much do you value your life?

    Men have very difficult and quick decisions to make sometimes !!!!

    God bless.

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  17. Victor,

    I would advise Andy to listen to the woman with the map, sitting next to him. After all, that woman once navigated him through the middle of London without getting him lost even once. The GPS lady can't even pronounce the name of our street correctly. And if you followed her directions when coming to visit us, you'd end up driving over a tree studded embankment which she doesn't seem to know is there.

    No decision to make, really!

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  18. ROFL!!!!!!! She can't say our street name properly either!! There are times I listen to her, and there are times she is utterly daft and clueless. :-D

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  19. Susan,

    Would you believe I had to look up ROFL? I'm hopeless with text talk!! I have learnt something new today.

    Now I am wondering why everyone has a GPS lady. Does no one like the man?

    I was going to write a blog post on my GPS experiences. It looks like I've now done it!

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  20. Hahaha sorry with my kids I had to learn text talk. As long as they don't do it verbally, I don't mind.

    We did have the man.. and then we got the lady. Her voice is much softer, and personally I need that when I am lost and stressing out. :) Even if she does mispronounce many street names... I have to say.. the man was no better in that department. LOL

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  21. Hi Sue and Sue's fun readers!
    I love the cartoon!
    Sue, you are a brilliant marketer!
    But what I really have to say is...
    we had the man on GPS! We had the man with a Brit accent and we named him Baxter, but after he took us across the WHOLE United States (about 3,000 miles), my husband has a hard time hearing his voice anymore - I mean he'd rather not hear it, since it signifies to him that there is a LONG way to drive yet!

    As always, your blog and your friends are so very much fun, Sue! Thanks for including me :)
    with much love,
    Suzie

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  22. Suzie,

    So lovely to see you here on my blog. Thank you for stopping to say hello.

    I had great fun making the cartoon to advertise your book. I wonder what other crazy idea I could come up with to keep spreading the word!

    I love your GPS story. You named your GPS man? I love that idea. This post seems to have turned into a GPS discussion!! Yes, it's lots of fun.

    God bless you, Suzie!

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  23. I love this! How fun! Going to have to try to make my own cartoons. Not that I'm very funny. =)

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    1. Elisa,

      I can't believe how popular this post is. Must be because of Suzie's wonderful book and not my very ordinary cartoon! Making cartoons is great fun but I don't have any funny ideas either. I'll watch out in case you make some cartoons of your own.

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