The Wordtoon Robot that comes alive

The was a project I thought of doing a few years back but it wasn’t until I can across the EZ-RObot system that I saw how it would be possible. It was still a bit of a challenge but it all fell into place and was quite fun once I knew what to do.

Fairy Wordtoon

I’ve noticed there are always two kinds of people who like Wordtoons…

First there are people who like to just see how it works – the puzzle is solved for them.
The other type of people are the fans who jump in and want to draw it for them selves.

I am always experimenting with how I design wordtoons and make the videos and here you can see that in the fairy wordtoon that anyone can draw them, even random strangers at a local Sunday market who have never heard of Wordtoons.

The plan was to dress as a fairy looking ridiculous so people would be less self concious about their drawing and just go with the idea. Then in the same video I take you through step by step. In the next post I have created two different versions of the giraffe Wordtoon, a quick show and a fully explained tutorial.

 

fairy-wordtoon

The Giraffe Wordtoon

I have started making a list of words that people suggest I turn into a Wordtoon. After a comment on youtube to try giraffe grabbed my curiosity I started working on during some bus trips and was thrilled to find it worked out. This is a quick video to show the result. The video zips along pretty fast so if you would like to follow along and draw your own giraffe Wordtoon then grab pen and paper and watch the full tutorial posted here or go directly on youtube. Cheers Wayne

 

How to draw a perfect star?

I remember when i was about 12 and my favourite uncle became obssed with drawing a star. He was trying work out a perfect method to draw the 5 point star. I was baffled why he was interested in it and still have no idea as I never asked and he has since passed away.

Today I remembered about this idea of drawing a star and as I am quite good at drawing free hand stars ( after LOTS of practice ) I looked up if there are any methods on you tube.
There is a bunch of videos with differnt methods but usually some kind of gimmick way like turning the paper or using equipment.

What I wanted to work out is a few easy rules that anyone can follow to quickly draw a cool and snappy looking star. Not a perfect one.

The image below is what I came up with…

There are some more rules I could add to it but would like to see how people get on with just this so far.
Let me know if it works for you.

Merry Christmas

You would think that Christmas was an easy one to make into a Wordtoon, and it almost looks like it was an easy one. It was tricky which is why I am so late posting it.

Thanks for the Kangaroo Card Mum!

Have a very merry Christmas

Cheers

Wayne

How to make the word surf into a cartoon

Surfs up dude!  This was a fun Wordtoon project. Another bus trip of  scribbles developed the idea for the surf Wordtoon some time back although recently I came across a fiverr.com gig  ( check the site and you will understand the concept) where you can have the young surfer dude from Costa Rica in the video say any 7 words you request as he comes in on the board. In my case I had him say ” Write the word and draw the Wordtoon”. How cool is that!  The drawing part is me down at a local beach in Auckland.

I like to use Royalty free music from audiojungle.com and found the track in the video and as I have to listen to you over and over while editing I can’t get it out of my head now. It’s so catchy that now my 17yr old son says he can’t get it out of his head and will take all day listening to a lot of Dubstep to clear it out!

Cheers *Wayne

Dynamic Organic Learning Tool?

While looking into the idea of getting a Playstation ‘Move’ kit ,which makes the PS3 work like a Wii, because I had amazing fun with my niece and nephew at Christmas with games like Wii basketball, sword fighting, tennis, golf and more. I came across the game of  ‘Beat Sketch’ which may end up as a additional and novel way to present Wordtoons online but it prompted the idea that such a cool and playful technology could be used as a dynamic organic study and learning tool! Check out the brief video…

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Using the PS3 Move and Beat Sketch game you view yourself on TV and draw in the air which which creates the image on screen to music and sound effects. Choosing colours, brushes and shapes, lines and fills you have complete freedom to move and create while watching yourself on TV.

Can you see how this would be a superb study tool?

Instant access to colour varied brushes , shapes and music and more importantly MOVEMENT. Given the choice,

what option do you think kids would prefer: move around to music with colour or sit at the table ?

There is ample research that proves the learning connections made in the brain while engaged in hand writing  as shown  in the brain scan image taken during a study at Indiana University. The small coloured blobs show the areas of the brain lighting up to show  learning has taken place.

Add more movement to the act of hand witting and  you may see how Beat Sketch would create a brilliant and lively learning experience.  Drawing mind maps, icons and doodles about a subject you engage in full body and arm moments and would create strong muscle memory associations. The act of standing and moving would really get the blood flowing and dendrites sparking with vibrant connections.

Not only do you process the new information more fully with body and brain, you can record the action for easy and entertaining review.

If you are having trouble motivating a child with school work then maybe with some guided focus using Beat Sketch you will have a hard time getting them to stop. Using Wordtoons as a combined learning tool with Beat Sketch would create multiple layers of  highly effective learning fun that would spark the curiosity and interest in the the most unmotivated of kids.

Maybe sitting down and writing notes is more effective and I’m just trying to justify buying a new toy? 🙂