What is really interesting about this animated glow idea is that it not only combines physical and digital art, it requires an interaction of the two to enjoy it or a documentation of that interaction via video or gif.
Animated Glow set to music
The alien drawing is simply white over black and sized to fit the composition of the overlaid drawing. The trouble with drawing these animations is that white is hard to see against a transparent background. I usually create a layer of black and lock it below the animation. When I duplicate each slide of the flipbook the black layer follows along.
Drawing the Profile and Hand:
As I played with the profile and hand, I thought about having the students lean their heads towards the alien for a closer look. I tried to think of different alien body types for my animation and simply combined shapes and lines.
Tutorial: Animated Glow Alien
4-1 Class Animations below or here
4-2 Class Animations below or here
4-3 Class Animations below or here
4-4 Class Animations below or here
Resources: book and song
I bundled the Your Alien day of the project where student think creatively about an alien that comes to visit their family. The bundle includes links to the reading of the book, the video of the song, the printable handout to draw on, and the alien examples to inspire their art.
Download it here.
Resources: Drawing aliens
As I was looking for alien images to inspire my students I found the work of illustrator, Andy Martin.
He is absolutely amazing with a site full of creative creatures, animations, and short films. I will definitely be spending more time exploring his work. Meanwhile, here is a handout I made of some of his alien illustrations from a year long alien project.