During Dryden's annual meet the teacher Ice Cream Social, I invited students to the art room for an I SCREAM SOCIAL. We used the Green Screen iPad App by DoInk to enter Edvard Munch's The Scream. I erased the screamer (here is a copy) so that the students and parents could become the subject of the painting by simply standing in front of the green screen in my room. The iPad was mirroring through my LED flat screen so they could see themselves in real time. Students could pose with a scream mask or an ice cream cone. If a student wore green that part of their body became invisible (spooky).
Artist Trading Cards of Kindness
I was so touched by the many many Artist Trading Cards waiting for me when I returned to my art room. Come by and find yours on my door.
Coincidentally, I was also making ATCs while I was away. I even made a vine video for these three before I sent them off to trade. In the videos you can see a quick time lapse of me drawing the images then I animate each. They are 6 second long videos designed to share as vines. See all my vine videos here.
My experimental video featuring Adam the Doodles Man, his dog Rover, and one of my animated robots made in DoInk Animation app was chosen as a finalist in this contest: http://designideas.net/adam/AdamContestEntries/Default.aspx
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The video was edited in the Funimate App with footage from layering stop-motion animation and drawn animation in the DoInk Green Screen app. Learn more about these robot animations here: http://drydenart.weebly.com/fugleblog/animated-robots
Using composition mode in DoInk
Erasing and saving a mask PNG in SuperImpose App (first part of wheaties tutorial)
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 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.
Combine DoInk Animation and Green Screen Apps:
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.
This video was made by combining stop motion animation of wire figures and drawn animation created in DoInk animation app. I layered both together in the DoInk Green Screen app and put FXs on the footage using Funimate App.
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.
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