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How to Draw 5 Minute 'Moving' Pictures!

Updated on March 31, 2011

Tips

1. Ideally choose a rhythmic, back and forth action.

2. Try colouring each picture different and see what happens.

3. Share this trick with someone; share the delight!

How to draw magically moving pictures in five minutes!

This is how I made the pictures move in my book, 'Grandma's Eyes.' This is a great way you can entertain kids and even adults. When they see the pictures move like magic, they are sure to be impressed. That is, if they had not seen it before.

The picture on the left shows me entertaining a big bunch of kids and their parents, teaching them this.

The videos are self-explanatory. You fold a sheet of paper in half.

Then you draw on the half at the bottom.

Now you draw on the top one, using the 'show-through' of the paper.

Now flip and flap, to see your drawing move!

I made a whole picture book using this; it was published this year.

The above clip shows you how I made a puppy wag its tail. The one below should give you more ideas: making pendulums swing, birds fly, and suns glow. If you have any new idea to add, send me your tips!

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    • Kenny Wordsmith profile imageAUTHOR

      Ashok Rajagopalan 

      4 years ago from Chennai

      Thank you heaps, Ilyas! :)

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      Ilyas Cusman 

      4 years ago

      That was so COOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL! Thanks for telling us!

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      9 years ago

      wow

    • Kenny Wordsmith profile imageAUTHOR

      Ashok Rajagopalan 

      10 years ago from Chennai

      I'll tell him you said so! Hugs to you, too, G-Ma!

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      Merle Ann Johnson 

      10 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      oh my dear Kenny..you are a very special man and seem to know all the right words to kindle my sense's..make me feel real and warm..thank you..And yes I know how teens are..but feel your son adores you,,just right now he likes who he is becoming..a man like his father...You will see..Hugs to you  G-Ma  :O)

    • Kenny Wordsmith profile imageAUTHOR

      Ashok Rajagopalan 

      10 years ago from Chennai

      I have that honour? For that, I thank you! But I have never seen a cold comment from you G-Ma, there's always fire in you! :)

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      Merle Ann Johnson 

      10 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      Well my dear I will..I have many thoughts running through this old head of mine now..but still a bit frazzeled..Am happy that you are here to put some fire into me.. G-Ma :O)

    • Kenny Wordsmith profile imageAUTHOR

      Ashok Rajagopalan 

      10 years ago from Chennai

      Hope you and the children have great fun with the book, G-Ma. I feel so proud to have done that book now! Very rarely I get reactions from real readers! You know how it is, people who know you will love the book if they love you; biased reactions!

      Take rest, and do your next hub when you can!

      Hugs,

      Kenny

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      Merle Ann Johnson 

      10 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      Well I have the VERY BOOK you explained this in... and it works great my sweetie..and to the rest of you have fun..cause it is. sorry to be so behind...trying to catch up, but should be resting...for my recovery...G-Ma :O)

    • Kenny Wordsmith profile imageAUTHOR

      Ashok Rajagopalan 

      10 years ago from Chennai

      Thanks, Shalini for the visit, appreciation, and thumbs up! God bless you!

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      shailini 

      10 years ago from Bangalore, India

      very nice. i should practise. thumbs up all the way.

    • Kenny Wordsmith profile imageAUTHOR

      Ashok Rajagopalan 

      10 years ago from Chennai

      Hiya, Charlotte! Thanks! My fingers are bony, but my drawings are cute! :)

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      Kiz 

      10 years ago from Antioch, TN

      Hiya Kenny! Those are some cute videos, and neat tips!

    • Kenny Wordsmith profile imageAUTHOR

      Ashok Rajagopalan 

      10 years ago from Chennai

      Thanks, Manohar!

    • Kenny Wordsmith profile imageAUTHOR

      Ashok Rajagopalan 

      10 years ago from Chennai

      Thank you, Cgull, for alighting on my hub! I hope your niece and nephew are delighted!

      lol! Caspar, that's a bonus animation because I didn't copy the drawing accurately; I was nervous on camera! Thanks for coming, and please try this out yourself.

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      caspar 

      10 years ago from UK

      Great idea - I love the way the guy's ear flaps as his eyes move!

      Thanks for another great hub.

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      cgull8m 

      10 years ago from North Carolina

      Neat trick Kenny, I will pass this to my niece and nephew they would love this. Well done.

    • Kenny Wordsmith profile imageAUTHOR

      Ashok Rajagopalan 

      10 years ago from Chennai

      What? You haven't bought them already? Don't sit there commenting: go buy some!

      :)

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      Tony T 

      10 years ago from London UK

      Kenny, another great hub sharing your talents..Your very inspirational and your twisting my arm to buy some feltips and a ream of paper;)

    • Kenny Wordsmith profile imageAUTHOR

      Ashok Rajagopalan 

      10 years ago from Chennai

      Thank you, Coolbreeze for visiting.

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      Rik Rodriguez 

      10 years ago from Hawaii

      Great Hub Thank you

    • Kenny Wordsmith profile imageAUTHOR

      Ashok Rajagopalan 

      10 years ago from Chennai

      Great, Abhinaya, you are welcome!

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      Abhinaya 

      10 years ago

      Thanks for the great hub.This is one thing I didn't learn.I am joining your art classes.

    • Kenny Wordsmith profile imageAUTHOR

      Ashok Rajagopalan 

      10 years ago from Chennai

      I want all to be great artists,Funride, you are right! And have fun while you are at it!

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      Ricardo Nunes 

      10 years ago from Portugal

      In time and with the help of Kenny we all will become great artists!

      Hummmm... ok, maybe not, but at least we had fun! ;-)

      Thanks for sharing this ideas with us Kenny.

    • Kenny Wordsmith profile imageAUTHOR

      Ashok Rajagopalan 

      10 years ago from Chennai

      Hi Shahrukh! Thanks for liking my puppy!

      Yes, the tsunami threw up an ancient site. 

      Also a small Buddha, from Thailand or Burma, possibly. 

      It's true, and was on the BBC, too. 

      Hi Eileen, I guess being speechless is also a compliment!

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      Eileen Hughes 

      10 years ago from Northam Western Australia

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      Rapidwriter 

      10 years ago from UK

      Great stuff. I'm going to try it on my grandchildren, too. specially like the eyes - but the puppy's dead cute, too. Chennai? I've been there. Fabulous place. And I gather the Tsunami unveiled the site of some ancient temples? Is that true?

    • Kenny Wordsmith profile imageAUTHOR

      Ashok Rajagopalan 

      10 years ago from Chennai

      While waiting, try it out yourself, Zsuzsy! We are also kids, you know!

      I await the approval of your sidekicks!

      Thank you for buzzing by, Busy Zsuzsy Bee! 

      Thank you Soulfood! Try it out and tell me!

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      Soulfood 

      10 years ago

      That is really amazing. And simple too!

    • Zsuzsy Bee profile image

      Zsuzsy Bee 

      10 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      Kenny! Just returned home! So this technique will have to wait for a couple of weeks till my little ladies and I are together again.

      Thank you again for showing us such great HUBs

      regards Zsuzsy

    • Kenny Wordsmith profile imageAUTHOR

      Ashok Rajagopalan 

      10 years ago from Chennai

      The kids will thank you, Michelle, like me: Thanks!

      Merry Christmas!

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      Michelle Simtoco 

      10 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Cool. We could let our kids in school try it out. "-) Thanks for sharing. Merry Christmas

    • Kenny Wordsmith profile imageAUTHOR

      Ashok Rajagopalan 

      10 years ago from Chennai

      Thank you, Frank! Have a great time, too, with your lovely family in 2008.

    • MrMarmalade profile image

      MrMarmalade 

      10 years ago from Sydney

      Great hub.

      Our two grand daughters stayed with us for two days and creating off a torn sheet of paper was a magic success.

      Thank you have a good time in 2008.

    • Kenny Wordsmith profile imageAUTHOR

      Ashok Rajagopalan 

      10 years ago from Chennai

      Yes, please do so. And he will show it to his friends!

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      Iðunn 

      10 years ago

      I have to share it with my grandson now as my last child graduated, took a job, moved out and turned into a grown up this last summer. I am empty nesting. :(

      I do have a beautiful 3 year old grandson and I shall test your idea on him. :D

    • Kenny Wordsmith profile imageAUTHOR

      Ashok Rajagopalan 

      10 years ago from Chennai

      I did those, too, lol! All my textbooks had pin figures dancing in the margins! Thanks, and hope you share it with many children!

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      Iðunn 

      10 years ago

      how really nifty! I saw the title and at first I thought you meant 'flip books' like we used to make in our notebooks in school when we were supposed to be listening to the teacher.

      this is very cool!

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