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    Hello all. I'm a dad asking for help for my son who is taking his forst computer science class in high school. He is learning Java code. His project is to write code that draws something. Without knowing any better, he chose to write code to draw Timmy from the Fairly Oddparents. I'm attaching a picture of Timmy. He's already stuck, having just got the round eyes and the eyebrows figured out. The rest of Timmy seems to be irregular shapes. I think he's way over his head. Can anybody help him with Timmy? Or should I try to talk him into maybe Charlie Brown who is mostly circles I think.
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    Default Re: Help! For my high school son stuck

    I don't mean to be rude, but part of learning how to program is learning how to do research on your own- you might be doing him a disservice by posting for him.

    That being said, I assume he's trying to draw the image as a series of lines and shapes (using the Graphics class), and not by directly using the drawImage() method?

    If that assumption is valid, then one of the best things you can do is get some graph paper. Your son should then use that graph paper to map out the Java coordinate system: (0,0) in the upper-left corner, (width, height) in the lower-right, etc. He should draw the image by hand on the graph paper, using the shapes available to him (lines, ellipses, rectangles, curves if he knows about those yet), and label each endpoint of each line, each corner of each rectangle or ellipse, etc.
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    Yes, he is trying to draw using lines and shapes. Yes, he has written code and created a grid already and has written code that draws the eyes and eyebrows on the grid. I don't know if he has mapped out the coordinates tho so I'll ask him. He's stuck because he does not know how to code for curves or other shapes he might use to draw the rest of timmy. I was hoping to point him to where to learn about drawing curves and irregular shapes.

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    Default Re: Help! For my high school son stuck

    Like I said, part of programming is learning how to look up these kinds of resources yourself. I'm really not trying to be rude, but I guarantee that the point of the assignment is to get the students googling "how to draw a curve in Java" or "how to create a gradient", stuff like that. Doing the research for him is probably less helpful than letting him figure it out for himself. I really recommend encouraging him to post himself and do his own googling, since that's the real lesson behind the homework. It's only going to get harder throughout the semester.

    Anyway, this is the first result for googling "java graphics curve", and contains a tutorial on how to draw curves: Drawing Geometric Primitives (The Java™ Tutorials > 2D Graphics > Working with Geometry)
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    No problem at all and thanks for the link

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