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Deepti Menon, Filmmaker & Animator

Deepti Menon
Filmmaker & Animator

Veggie Animation

First stop: grocery story produce section, next stop: the big screen! With an eggplant, a yam, some paint markers, and an iPhone, we show you simple skills to explore the world of animation. Create an exciting and unique animation that can be made anywhere, even at home!

Animation Supplies

Required Supplies

The supplies listed below are necessary to create your animation.

Art Supplies: Paint Markers
Apple
Smart Phone
iMotion app

Optional Supplies

The supplies listed below are nice to have, but are not required.

Art Supplies: Lazy Susan
Art Supplies: Museum Putty
Art Supplies: Black Mat Board

Animation Examples

Claire Zhang

Claire Zhang

2017 Intern

“This was my first time doing animation, and I am so glad to be able to start my animation journey on a 3D object. Something I immediately thought about was the season of fall, so I attempted to use a gold paint marker on an apple.

I loved playing with simple shapes and being able to freely experiment. Allowing my mind to wander throughout these shapes was awesome, and I loved the spontaneity and creativity of this project. Something I’d definitely try next time is maybe even using multiple fruit to create a chain of animation!”

Alexia Towle

Alexia Towle

2017 Intern

“While I have experience with animation, it has always been two-dimensional. Animating on something round and that I could hold in my hands was a new, fun challenge.

Last spring my family and I built and planted a vegetable garden, so throughout the spring and summer I’ve watched the veggies grow. I thought it would be fun to communicate that on an eggplant from the garden. This project made me realize that you don’t have to head to the shops to find your canvas- you can find one anywhere!”

Jeff Katz

Jeff Katz

2017 Summer Intern

Veggie Animation, Jeff Katz

“This course was an enjoyable interlude from my usual art making. As someone who has little to no experience with animation, it was nice to experiment with a low-pressure exercise. Learning how to use the iMotion app was enjoyable, and I will probably use it again for future projects since it was so convenient to use.”

Catherine Huang

Catherine Huang

2017 Summer Intern

Veggie Animation, Catherine Huang

Art can take surprising turns! I would have never thought to make an animation out of vegetables and gourds. What’s funny is that my mother has a garden full of these squashes and gourds, and they were right on hand for this tutorial. It made me realize that inspiration and materials can be a lot closer at hand than you think.

I believe anyone of any age and experience can have fun with this project! The resulting vegetable with the animation on it can also be a decoration around the house before it expires, and I’m definitely putting my squash in a place of honor.”

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