Come Alive.

I see, I see what you can’t see… This weekend I walked my usual walk home with my wife when we started to play a game of “I see …”. We would really take our time to look at the objects around us and imagine what they could transform into. That led me to this design activity where you  can bring the world around you to life.

Since Apple added the drawing feature to Keynote, Pages and Numbers on iOS the road to creativity is paved and wide open.

Dive into the Everyone Can Create curriculum to get inspired and learn the basics of photography and drawing.

Kurt Klynen

The Steps.

Here is my story:

Find an object that interests you. For this example I took a picture of my sneakers. They really needed some cleaning and I wanted to remember them when they were “whites” again.

I also wanted to personalize them with a drawing. I’ll show you this step in a few lines below.

Once you have found an object, open up your camera app and snap a picture of it.

TIP: Take a few from different angles to have options later on.


Now open Keynote on your iPad and start a new presentation.

Tap on the plus sign on the top right.

Go to the media icon and insert your image using “Photo or Video”.

Once the image is in, tap it and then tap on the paintbrush.

Select “Style” and bring the opacity down to fifty percent.

All you have to do now is tap on the screen with your Apple Pencil and start tracing or add a drawing to your object.

TIP: Add some fun shapes like this dragon. Tap on the plus sign and select whatever shape you like from the shapes library. I traced the shape afterwards to make it look more authentic.

Going Further.

Now that you have tracing and drawing skills in your fingertips, it is time to take your design to the next level and add animation to it.

People love to see the magic behind the scenes. How did you do it?

Tap your drawing and select Animate.

Then tap the plus button on the build in section.

Select Line Draw and adjust the duration in Options.

Preview your animation and tap done in the upper right corner when you are satisfied with the result.

Time to share!

Tap on the three dots in the right corner and select Export.

Now choose movie and save your video to Photos.

Share your result.

Alternative example.

The example below shows you my original try of transforming objects in my environment to life.

This was ideal to try out with learners on a sketch walk.

More info:

Everyone Can Create: Drawing

Everyone Can Create: Teacher Guide

Apple Teacher: Keynote for iPad Starter Guide


Have fun!