Eva Fog From Denmark Teaches Children How To to Animate Using DoInk Animation And Drawing App On The iPad
Tell us about yourself. What do you do? What is a typical day like?
In my every day life I work as a pedagogue in an after school program, called SFO in Denmark. Kids from the ages of 5 through 10, or kindergarten through 3rd grade, attend SFO daily after school from 12 pm to 5 pm. I’m part of a team of 5 who works with multimedia, computers and everything else digital. My primary function is as a creative digital pedagogue/ educator, teaching kids how to use media and IT for other things than writing, surfing and gaming. My main focus is art and animation on iPads. We have 5, soon 7, and the kids can come and join in scheduled activities.
Ever since I started my job almost 2 years ago my primary focus has been digital art. We got the iPads in January 2013 and since then I’ve introduced the kids to everything from drawing and animation to music production, stop motion, movie making and educational or socially conscious games. I do classes a few times a year with a specific app and function in mind. Last year it was digital art. In 2014 it’s animation.
In my spare time I’m a total geek, and computers/ tablets/ gadgets have filled my life since the last 24 years. I blog about my experiences with pedagogy and education, focusing on the digital. My blog is called PædaGo’ Nok (www.paedagonok.evafog.dk
) which roughly translates to “Pretty good pedagogue.” Though written in Danish I translate the articles by hand as often as possible. I also do 3D graphics as well as 2D, create websites and music, create and teach needle felting plus write a fair bit. I’m busy and fortunate enough to have a partner who does more or less the same :D
How old were you when you started drawing? Ever animated anything before?
I usually say I started drawing when I was able to. My primary art was watercolors or pencil. I took a break when I hit my teens but started over when I got closer to my 20’s.
I took a minor degree in classic hand animation in 1999, which I’ve benefited greatly from since I started my job.
Do you have a favorite artist, animator or cartoon?
Everything Pixar! And I love 3D animations. In another life I would have been either a 3D animator or a game artist.
What inspires you?
My greatest inspiration is the kids. Working with them I keep my creative side sharp and alive in a way I wouldn’t otherwise know. Otherwise I find life very inspiring as well as my partner, who is really good at helping me focus!
What are your favorite computer games and apps?
I’ve been playing Civilization, the Sims and SimCity since they first launched. In later years the Mass Effect and Dragon Age series have caught me, and a few months ago Fez came into my life. And Clumsy Ninja ☺
In the app department, I’m addicted to ArtRage, both on iPad and computer, and the Adobe CC suite. DoInk www.doink.com
is the only animation app for me. Otherwise I use Photogene4, ArtStudio, Procreate, Notability and Garageband.
How did you find DoInk and what is your experience so far?
When I first got my iPad 2 years ago the first thing I looked for were digital drawing and animation apps. DoInk was immediately my favorite since kids as well as adults can use it.
If you could add any features to the Doink Animation & Drawing for iPad what would they be?
The ability to lock an animation from further editing by a single button. I work with multiple users per iPad and even though I try my best to keep kids from each others’ work, it does happen and the kids get really upset. Secondly, I would love for the animations to be slowed down even in the drawing part of the app. Again, the kids aren’t able to visualize what the end composition will look like, so that would really help. Thirdly, a copy-paste function to several existing frames would be really nice.
Any advice for other DoInk users?
Go nuts! It’s fun and easy to use. It doesn’t matter what it looks like.
Any tips on using Doink Animation & Drawing for the iPad?
Though the industry standard is 24 fps, you can easily get by with far less. The ability to repeat an animation in Composition makes it easy to fake more frames.
Do you have a YouTube Channel? If so, what is the link?
It’s all in Danish at the moment but I plan to make some in English in 2014
What is your favorite clip that you have done?
Usually I like what the kids do best, only because their joy is so infectious. Otherwise, it’s a small animation about a sudden rain shower, which I’ve posted on Youtube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=01Sy5Cotcg4
It’s not that polished but it’s full of humor.
In February/ March 2014, I’m offering classes in animation with DoInk and digital art with the ArtRage app outside of my workplace. Both classes are for kids from the age of 7 to 14 living in Copenhagen/ Frederiksberg and are offered in association with the Danish organization AOF. Prices starts at 295 kr. For details about the classes go to http://www.aof.dk/underviser/3766146
or visit www.paedagonok.evafog.dk
Drawing below sketched with pencil and colored on iPad using ArtRage.