I've recently had some friends share with me some of their fun avatar / character sites. So, I'm adding them to my list I shared out previously. Pass these on to other teachers and students as fun ways to express themselves.
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Thought I would share one of my fun passions... creating avatars.
Hold on though... although the movie Avatar came out a few years ago the word “avatar” means a character that represents you virtually, and I don't know about you but I have been a huge fan of turning myself into many different and fun characters for a long time.
How to create these ranges from relatively simple online tools, to going into Photoshop and creating your own. Since most people are not super adept at creating them ourselves, I thought I'll share with you some of my favorite avatar makers and also let you see what some of those the ones I made it myself.
By the way I can't tell if you notice the difference in the writing of this post but this is my first audio post. I thought would help me to blog. So I am actually dictating to my phone when I have my thoughts and ideas come to me which is usually like when I'm driving or somewhere where I'm not easy to reach a computer. I'm dictating this into a Google Docs in my phone right now and planning on editing later.
Here’s a list of Avatar creators:
Nintendo Mii: http://www.blogcdn.com/www.joystiq.com/media/2006/10/mii.swf
Harry Potter: http://elouai.com/chibi/harrypotter/icons.php
Wee World: http://www.weeworld.com/
Picasso Head - http://www.picassohead.com/create.html
Wild Self: http://www.buildyourwildself.com/
Southpark: http://www.sp-studio.de/ or another Soutpark one here: http://www.southparkstudios.com/avatar
new version: http://sigfigcreator.thelegomovie.com/
older version: http://www.reasonablyclever.com/mini/flash/minifig.swf
Lego Head: http://www.reasonablyclever.com/blockhead/index.htm
Doll Devine: http://www.dolldivine.com/
Great Gatsby: http://apps.warnerbros.com/greatgatsby/avatarcreator/us/
Minion Maker: http://www.ultimatearcade.com/game/minion-maker
But then came my magical introduction at CUE Rockstar in Truckee this summer to a thing called Bitmoji. Oh, for those you not familiar with Bitmoji, get ready. This free app allows you to not only create an avatar of yourself but it puts that character with dozens of funny poses and phrases. It took awhile to get one which I thought looked a bit like me but once it was done I and my friends started using these to share messages back and forth each other.
But check this out. Recently I saw on the web a service called Fiverr where you can pay for someone to do a task for you. These range from all sorts of tasks like design, marketing, etc. But I saw someone post on Twitter that you can hire someone to make a caricature of yourself; much like the artists at an amusement park. So I looked over several artists until I found one whose work I like, then I submitted a photo paid my fee, $10 total (five for the drawing and another five for color). Lastly, I just waited. An artist from Germany contacted me and said he got the order and give a few days. And like expected - BAM here it came.
In our district we are using Schoology as our LMS and kids tend to really like making their headshot something fun and reflective. If you have a situation like this, then now you have about 20 ways to create an avatar made. Have fun and please share back any ones you’ve made of yourself.
Also, I know I've left some out so please share back any others you think may be fun.