If we had Procreate app: like photoshop
Alternative plan: Brushes Redux (free)
These are the five drawings I sent to my camera roll after redrawing some changes to eyes, mouth, eyebrows, and skin color. One trick to make your colors match is by holding and pressing down over a color until the "circle of selection ring" shows up. You can drag that ring over any color you want to match from the painting. Lift up and touch down again and you're ready to paint. It's really quick and easy in this app. If I had trouble making the blush effect blend nicely in #4-#5 so I had to switch brush styles to something more transparent to airbrush it in. I didn't choose white or black to draw with, I chose the white-ish/black-ish color in it for consistency.
Let's spell this out clearly for little artists:
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 4, 3, 2 (sequence for 5 images in animation)
1, 2, 3, 4, 3, 2 (sequence for 4 images in animation)
1, 2, 3, 2 (sequence for 3 images in animation)
Here is how it looks: (I used the crop tool to trim off white edges)
Quick Video Overview:
Thinking this through: (my notes)
Now that we went through the process, I'm trying to think about the age group that would do this project. I think that we could make this work for almost any age if I helped with file management. Brushes Redux will save their work from week to week in their gallery. So this could be a long term drawing project. When students are ready to save, we could upload their image sequence to a folder I make for them on dropbox. The dropbox app gives you the chance to rename a group of files. It becomes their name followed by the number. At this point, the files are safe and ready for uploading to the GIF maker in Ezgif.com. This could be done the following week. I could have them download the images into the camera roll in correct sequence with duplicates included as spelled out above.
This 5th grade robot painting didn't have very much detail for me to animate. But, through the magic of digital drawing, I was able to add blinking lights, a moving lever, and a rotating gauge as I animated (see middle robot below).
Going through these steps made me wonder if knowing you are going to animate your robot digitally as an extension to the project would change the way you create it initially.