Fun site turns your kid or grandchild’s drawings into animated characters

Is there anything more charming than a child’s drawing? It would be hard to find. What if we told you there was an incredibly easy way to bring your child or grandchild’s latest masterpiece to life?

Animated Drawings from Meta AI Research uses the power of automation to do just that. All you need to do is upload a drawing and create short animations featuring your child’s favorite artistic designs.

Fascinated? You should be. It’s time to take our youth off social media. If your child’s drawing doesn’t have overlapping limbs, it’s perfect for this fun online activity.

Using animated drawings

Once you’ve scanned or photographed the drawing on your computer, you’re done.

Log in to the virtual canvas and click Upload photo. You will be asked if you would like to be included in the team’s data and marketing pool for the demo. Feel free to decline. In either case, click Next to continue.

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Next, you need to adjust a bounding box around your drawing, as shown above.

After the site has scanned the character, you can refine the display of your character’s outline through the algorithm. Use the pencil tool to mark parts of the body and the eraser to remove background areas that the automation may have missed.

Now the real fun begins. You’re invited to rig your character drawing with an intuitive and easy-to-manage fixture, transforming it into a fun little puppet.

You can choose from dozens of pre-choreographed stock animations. Select anything you like and after a moment of analysis you will see your star in action. Watch them dance, jump and wiggle. It couldn’t be easier.

And if it doesn’t work? You can adjust the doll’s rigging afterwards if it doesn’t move. Click the Fix button to regroup or the + Draw button to start over.

What is an ideal drawing for this fun web widget? A few tips from the site:

The background of the image should be light, ideally white paper. Make sure the drawing is lit well enough for the algorithm to distinguish it. As mentioned above, your child’s drawing should not obscure the character’s body. It doesn’t have to be a T-pose, but each limb should be separate and visible.

If all else fails, you can click on one of the sample drawings at the beginning by scrolling to the bottom of the instructions. Coming up with something suitable will not be extremely difficult. If we can do it, you can do it, and your child probably can too.

This is probably one of the most exciting rainy day activities for any budding artist in your household. As long as your uploaded drawing doesn’t contain sensitive information, you can’t go wrong.

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This website is part of an ongoing series of projects in motion capture, AI and digital creativity.

It’s a great way to connect with both family and friends. We recommend trying it next time you and the brood are stuck doing something fun.

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