It’s two years since I made this stop motion video for Brummie music wizards Pram! It was a real blast to make (sorry for the pun! ) So if you didn’t catch it the first time round, take a look now. Enjoy! 🙂
small world animations
Drawing tutorials with Quentin Blake
If I had to choose a favourite children’s illustrator I think it would have to be Quentin Blake – I love his drawing style, and sense of humour! He has a Youtube channel which is really worth subscribing to, to pick up some excellent drawing tips, and just for the pleasure of watching him work.
Inspired? Draw your own Hornswoggler and send it to me, I’d love to see what you come up with 🙂
Stay well, guys, remember to take care and look after one another!
Make your own 3D stop motion animation
How to Make your Own 3D Stop Motion Animation
Suitable for age 8 and up.
Hello! In this activity I’m going to show you how to make your own 3D stop motion animation using a mobile phone, the brilliant and easy-to-use Stop Motion Studio App, plus a few things you have around the house!
3D means “three dimensional”, which means that you can see round the sides of the characters and objects you’re filming. The Wallace and Gromit animations are a great example of 3D stop motion animation.
If you were making a “flat” animation, say like the Simpsons, where the characters and objects are drawn on a flat surface and you can’t see round the sides, this would be a 2D (two dimensional) animation.
You will need…
A smart phone (iphone or android work fine)
A desk lamp (don’t worry if you don’t have one, it’s not essential)
The Stop Motion Studio App – go to the App Store on your mobile and download it for free. Look for this logo:
A stand for your phone. If you don’t have one you can make one – here’s a video with some ideas: The coffee cup one works really well 🙂
If this is your first 3D animation you can use lego characters, sylvanian families, or any little ready-made dolls or figures you have at home.
You can also make your own using plasticine or playdough. Plasticine is also called “modelling clay”.
Or you can get creative and improvise: Sea shells, stones, fruit and veg, acorns or pine cones can be adapted to make simple characters too 🙂
You can also make a simple background by drawing it onto a piece of paper
Have a look at my example below using a piece of paper, some card and a cone for a hedgehog:
Make your animation!
Open Stop Motion Studio on your phone and click on the box called New Movie (it has a small cross in the middle) to start creating your animation
Pop a few pieces of blue/white tack on the base of your stand to keep it stable and stick it to a table, worktop or shelf
Put your phone on your stand
Put your character on the table in front of your phone so you can see it on your screen
Click on the red button twice on the right of the screen. (Clicking twice slows down the speed of your animation, so if you want your characters to go fast, just click once)
Well done! You have just captured the first move of your animation.
Move your character a little bit (say 0.5 cm).
Click on the red button twice to take your second move.
Move your chacter a little bit and click the red button twice again. Then just carry on: move-click-click, move-click-click, move-click-click until you’ve finished filming what you character is doing.
To play back click the arrow under the red button. You have just made your first animation!
To see all the brilliant things you can do with this app, click on the ? button in the bottom right hand corner of the screen, also go to the settings logo, which is a cog-shaped icon.
Things you can do now: Save your film then send it to your friends!
Here’s a photo of the setup I used to make my animation – I used an ipad mini to make mine as my smart phone isn’t too smart!! But it works the same.
I folded an A3 sheet of paper in half and drew a background on the top half and the ground on the bottom half, then used white tack to stick it to a big book to make it stand up.
I made a hedgehog from a cone, with stuck-on eyes and nose, then put a bit of white tack on the hedgehog’s bottom to make it stay upright.
I also made some trees from pieces of folded cardboard which I coloured in. They aren’t in this photo, have a look at the animation to see them)
Here’s my final animation – “Hedgehog in the Woods” 🙂 It’s a bit wobbly in places, so see if you can do better.
Stay well, stay home, have fun and make an animation! 🙂
Make Your Own Eggbox Puppet
Make Your Own
Egg Box Hand Puppet & Mini Easter Egg Holder
This is a super-easy make for ages five and up – even doable for younger children if grownups lend a hand. Make sure if you use scissors or a stapler that an adult helps you 🙂
Create a frog, owl, lion, hippo hand puppet (whatever animal you like!) from an old eggbox and basic art materials. And if you fill it with mini chocolate eggs it makes a great Easter present!
Felt tips/Coloured Pencils/Crayons
Poster paint – optional
Collage materials: Fabric, Coloured and patterned paper etc
Glue – PVA, pritt stick
Thin card/strong paper
Glue gun (optional)
Stapler and staples or sticky tape
1 Decide what creature you want to make your eggbox into
2 Draw a simple design onto your egg box
3 Paint (if you’re using paint) or colour your eggbox with pencils and felt tips
4 Then get sticking! Glue on cutout fabric and papers for the skin/fur/feathers, and add details like eyes, beaks, ears and wings last of all
5 Cut out a strip of strong paper or thin card about 3cm wide x 24cm long to make a “handle” for your puppet
6 Staple or sticky tape one end of the strip to the inside edge of your eggbox creature
7 Loop your paper strip over the top of the eggbox
8 Attach the other end of the strip to the other inside edge of the eggbox, making sure you can fit your hand in between the strap and the top of the eggbox. Cut off any excess strip.
9 Fill with chocolate eggs and give to your favourite person!
Shellies animation at the Beacon Centre, Exeter
Another lovely morning with the families at the Beacon Centre yesterday making a very sweet little shell creatures animation 🙂
Crazy Conductors and Interactive Orchestras
This was a lot of fun – a projection/animation/digital music drop-in workshop for Daisi’s “Machina” project at the Phoenix in Exeter. Participants made a cutout musician character, attached it to the projected background and then, using Bare Conductive technology, gave it a sound – which could be played just by touching the character (gasp!)
It worked brilliantly as a fully interactive workshop, and musician Rachel Thame and I are definitely going to roll this out more widely. Get in touch for more information. 🙂
Prop making for Alice in Wonderland
Animation Club – 2
Some mini-films the kids made at last night’s animation club, using all their own characters and backgrounds. Animation is so good for unlocking children’s imaginations. We use Stop Motion Studio Pro on my iPad mini – it’s a brilliant free resource. We’ll be adding sound next week (all in the app) 🙂 Smart!
Christmas Shadow Puppets with Magic Carpet
What a lovely day I had yesterday in Honiton with the guys from Magic Carpet Honiton Group. In a few hours we made shadow puppets, backgrounds and a puppet theatre!
There was lots of lovely singing all accompanied by the wonderful Margaret on her mouth organ. What a treat 🙂