I feel a little bit silly for not realizing this earlier, but the DoInk Animation App is a perfect tool for creating rotoscope animations on your own. You can bring in video clips into the drawing, create a layer over the drawing, set how many frames per second, and start drawing over the frames until you created an amazing animation. This is WAY easier than the collaborative animations I wrote about in previous posts (here and here) however it requires about 10 drawing per second which means students will have to exercise patience. Or, you can still make it a collaboration by passing the iPad around the room and letting each student take a break from their other art making experiences to contribute a drawing to the group rotoscope.
Take a quick look through my tutorial below to help you get started on rotoscoping.
Okay, if that wasn't cool enough, how about combining the original video footage with the drawn rotoscope using the green screen app. Hint: original video needs to be in front of a green screen or solid color not in the figure. DoInk animation app is integrated into the Green Screen App so you can save your rotoscope in the DoInk data format in the animation app (I use the shared folder choice) and pull it in to a layer on the GS app.
My other DoInk Animation lesson ideas:
The robot above was inspired by my little neighbor's robot t-shirt. We talked about the moving parts in the design and what should flash, light up, and spin. It was a challenge that I couldn't wait to try. He said the eyes should move and lights on the belly light up, the lever should go up and down, and electricity should come out of his head. I added some gears that turn, a moving gage, animated teeth, and growing/flashing lights.
Blend Mode in Superimpose
Micrography (without subtraction)
As I continued to explore the TypeDrawing app and the concept of micrography (artwork created from text that forms an image when viewed at a distance, creating an interplay between the text and image) I came up with a different approach. I liked the idea of beginning with a high contrast photo so I used that as the base in the app. I selected the grays with the eyedropper tool and covered, enhanced, and emulated the photo with a sentence of text. I had to remember that if I didn't like something I had to hit the undo button because I couldn't change my mind later and erase (however I could use white text to try to cover over my work). I changed the size of my font for small areas, bigger for the background. I thought of my lines of text as if they were brush strokes meaning I considered the thickness, length, and direction to complement the image. If you look closely I added very low contrast choices in the light areas as well.
I think this would be a great variation on the artist statement lesson I posted about here.
Wait! Just when I thought I had this lesson figured out I played with TypeDrawing app. What if students drew with their artist statement words directly on their portrait?
Update: See this post about using typedrawing for digital micrography.
Anagrams take the letters of a word or phrase and rearrange them into new words. I wanted to play with this idea digitally. I started with an anagram I learned long ago made from the word LISTEN. It can become SILENT. Since I'm a visual and concrete thinker (much like my students), I wanted to SEE the way the letters rearrange. So I used DoInk Animation App to drop in the letters of LISTEN, set a keyframe, and scoot them into the word SILENT. It was pretty simple once I figured out how to harness the power of a keyframe. I imagined playing this as a gif on my projected screen at school for my students when I want them to focus. It's kinda hypnotizing. So I uploaded the .mov file from DoInk to ezgif.com. The gif runs as a continuous loop while playing in a browser.
Then I started thinking of how I could have students make anagrams. Not every attempt, I found, results in something as clever as the example above. However the process of troubleshooting, rearranging letters to form new words, considering the meaning, and trying to figure out what to do with the left over letters was a wonderful exercise in creative problem-solving. Here are a few I created as examples for my students:
Here is a tutorial to help you and your students get started:
I've been playing with ways to make a switch or button on my paper circuit artwork appear more integrated and purposeful. The robot I originally played with had a momentary button that I designed over the battery into the belly of the robot. See it here. The button also worked as the mechanism that closed the circuit. This time I bought a button online that was spliced into the circuit and not necessarily near the battery. This meant the connection to the battery was fixed and pushing the button (with a satisfying click noise) completed the circuit. I've been playing with ideas in preparation for the fall since I finally received the Donors Choose grant for supplies to try this with my students.
Shout out to Journal Fodder Junkies and their 15 minute for 30 days sketchbook challenge #JFJ15for30. Today's challenge was for paper cut outs of windows and doors. It forced me to think differently about how to add more interaction to the paper robot with the eyes and helped me invent a way to hide the button in the belly. Thank you!!
See my previous posts on paper circuits:
and my "how to" video:
Want a high tech option?
We now have a class set of iPads available so I designed a lesson to try an iPad Rotoscope Animation collaboration. It's the same idea but no need for transparencies, scanning, or printing. Everything is organized and created digitally. Explore it here.
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