Some iPad drawing apps like Procreate and Brushes allow you to record the drawing process as a movie. (Hint: Brushes doesn't allow you to export the file but, you can record the movie as it plays from your iPad through your computer using airserver, quicktime, or reflector apps.) This gives the artist a chance to show the creative process and enhance the viewing experience with music and/or narration for digital storytelling. The following images are scenes from my Snow Flurry Fairy story. Below each image is a process animation where you can hear a snippet of the story as you watch the drawing.
I attended a workshop in Washington D.C. on educating students to become innovators. I made sketchnotes in the Brushes app of the ideas shared in our discussions and narrated my notes as the drawing process video plays. When they asked for feedback from the event, I sent them a link to this video.
Another way to record the drawing process is through time lapse video of a physical drawing. iMotion HD is a free iPad app that I use for time lapse and stop motion animation. These Artist Trading Cards were drawn and captured with time lapse then animated and set to music to help tell the story.
Using Procreate App on iPad
Using DoInk Animation App on iPad
I used the Superimpose app to isolate the figure by erasing the background and saving "mask as png". Then, I isolated each "moving part" of the figure the same way. Hint: I erased, saved, then hit undo, and erased it differently, saved, hit undo...to go faster. In DoInk animation app I opened a new composition and brought in all the pieces over the cleaned up background. I moved arms, skirt, head, and legs using keyframes and paths. The movement looks very fluid compared to the jerky animations from a series of still images. Since this ad included musical notes, I made a soundtrack in the garageband app with a royalty free jingle from incompetech.com and voice recording.
Changing my approach
Now that I'm totally into creating 6 second videos for Vine (thanks again for this LOVELY write up about my vines from Ben Rimes) I began thinking about the soundtrack for this movie. Oh, did I forget to mention how to make it into a movie? I create gifs using ezgif.com and then I change the gif into a video using this online converter. The man in the middle looked like he is wearing a lumberjack quilted flannel type jacket so I used the Monty Python Lumberjack song complete with laugh track.
Hybrid of Procreate and DoInk
Another benefit of animating in DoInk is that you can export to video. I did some editing in iMovie afterwards to add music and sound effects before sharing it out on vine.
This animation below is also a hybrid of Procreate and DoInk. I used DoInk to make her scamper on to the page by setting a path in composition mode. The rest of the animation was made from still images created in Procreate sequenced together into a movie.
Dotty and Madge share vintage sewing secrets below. They are examples of the hybrid style where they are animated both with procreate and doInk.
Using Green Screen App
After I created the "Staying alive" animation (which you can view here) I layered it into the hands of this girl painted by Norman Rockwell using the Green Screen app by DoInk. I had to change her a bit too by adding a shadow the size of the animation on her face. The green screen app just added cropping, resizing, and masking tools so I was able to fit the animation to the right size, erase for the fingers to overlap, and crop any excess.
Below is a triptych. I created the sewing table with objects and still images of the original vintage sewing patterns using superimpose app. I was able to mask out objects and add slight drop shadows. Then I imported the image into the Green Screen App by DoInk and matched the animation videos over each of the sewing patterns with resizing & cropping. I timed the movie to play one animation after the other (18 seconds long). Green Screen app keeps original audio of my clips so this looked hard, but was so easy.
The animation below has two scenes. The first one is a man jumping into a car ad and driving off. The images were isolated in Superimpose app, the background was cleaned up in Procreate, and the animation was composed in DoInk Animation app. Then I had the car drive (with DoInk) in front of three vignettes designed in Superimpose app. This was layered into the Green Screen app by DoInk where I added three little animations. The app only has three layers so I exported after layering two animations into the scene then imported it again and layered the third.
I was thinking about the school year during my first week of summer and realized we had a very winning year….or I just enter my students into a ton of contests until our odds are really good to win something. I also personally entered a bunch of contests, raffles, and giveaways through out the year to win more resources for my students.
One of the contests I entered was an art contest to design the cover for an education conference hosted by the college I took a professional development class with back in January. They wanted an image that matched the conference theme for the Educational Paradigms Conference: Innovation, Diversity, Engagement, Assessment, Leadership for Student Success.
My art was selected! (Yeah!) I used images from my students actively engaged in different learning settings to communicate the theme. I drew the art on the iPad using an app called Procreate. It is a bizzillion layers and took me many sessions to complete. As I was creating I was reflecting on how perfect an art room can be for giving students a chance to explore 21st century skills. I put this 1-minute video together to show how this image was made and the photos of my students used for inspiration.
I decided to create an image that I could upload to Artsonia to have made into a gift for my husband for our 15th wedding anniversary this summer. I drew this illustration using the Procreate app and a bamboo stylus. The app records the drawing process so you can see all the changes, revisions, and choices I made along the way. For example, we both wear glasses but I erased them. Who needs glasses at that distance?
Speaking of illustrations, have you seen the award winning Fugleflick, "Allow us to Illustrate"? View it here.
What better way to get a message out than to embed it into a visually interesting image? Social networks and media sources online are full of memes from others. Why not create your own? There are some easy iPad apps loaded with tools to help you.
Now, go change the world with your messages of bacon and other compelling things (but what can beat bacon?)
I've finally gained enough confidence using inkpad on the iPad to share my findings. This vector based illustration tool is still new and wonderful to me. It forces the user to think in terms of shapes instead of line. It comes with endless forgiveness and revisions that never pixelate when you enlarge. It's perfect for creating a logo that you need blown up to 30 feet or shrunk down to 30 pixels. I don't use it completely as I could, but it's nice to know there is an iPad option similar to illustrator.
Here are some of the images I've created using Inkpad so far:
The best way for me to learn new software, apps, or new tech tools is to dive in and try to make things with them. I'm motivated by my desire to create. As I become absorbed in my creative flow, I troubleshoot, problem-solve, explore the possibilities, make connections to my previous knowledge, and imagine future uses for my new discoveries.
This is what I've been doing this week while shut indoors with the heat wave baking the Chicagoland area. But, this is also what I hope my students do everyday they are in my classroom. The desire to create makes learning fun and meaningful.
I played with these apps: popsicolor, procreate, picture show, instagram, photo shake to digitally paint on the ipad. Learn about my discoveries below.
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I also tried using the Doink Express app for this quick animation. We have the full version of Doink at school and made some amazing things with 3rd graders (see this post: The Aliens have Landed). This app is less money but still very powerful (and fun since you can add your voice).
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Tricia Fuglestad, NBCT 07
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