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Creating an avatar
A perfect first activity for teachers and students who are new to Bloxels.
DURATION: 30 Minutes
MATERIALS: Sketch grids, Markers, Bloxels Boards and Blocks
There's no wrong way to create an avatar, and many students will naturally figure out how to do it. But to make this exercise a little more intentional, here are some ideas to bring to the activity:
- Have students make a list of their personality traits and/or things that they like. Once this is done, they can then begin to turn one or more items from that list into a sketch that represents them.
- When they have a sketch/idea that they are happy with, it’s now time to pull out the sketch grids and markers to turn the sketch into a 13x13 piece of pixel art that can be built on the Bloxels board.
- After that, have the students build their art on the Gameboard and then bring it into the Bloxels EDU app (as a character) via the camera on the mobile device. Their avatar can be further edited in the app to change colors or fix any mistakes.
- Once they’re finished, the pixel art can be used as their very own avatar for their Bloxels EDU profile.
What about you makes you unique? What do you love more than anything? Make a list of things that make you YOU.
Now, what on that list will make a fun, funny, or cool image? Do you love hot dogs more than anything on the planet? Then sketch some hot dogs. Do you wish you were a superhero? Draw yourself in your superhero costume.
Now that you’ve got your sketch, it’s time to simplify it into pixel art. Use the sketch grids to pixelize your sketch. Don’t be afraid to mess up! That’s the point of this step. It usually takes a few tries to turn a sketch into the perfect piece of pixel art.
Using your finished sketch grid pixel art drawing, take the blocks and build it on the Gameboard. At this point it should be as simple as copying what you’ve already made on the paper.
Once built, you can bring it into the Bloxels EDU app by capturing the Gameboard on your mobile device. Make sure you capture it using the ‘Character Builder’ mode. Only characters can be used as avatars in Bloxels EDU.
The Bloxels EDU app can be used to edit your captured avatar Gameboard. You can change colors, move blocks around, add or subtract blocks, and fix any mistakes you may have made. This step is where you make sure everything is exactly the way you want it. When you’re done you should have a finished avatar.
Last step: Set Your Avatar
Now all you have to do is actually make it your avatar! Just tap on the current avatar being used to bring up the menu. Once the menu is in view, tap the avatar image again to bring up a list of all of your characters. Find the character you just built and tap it! Now it’s your avatar!
For More Ideas - Try our Card Decks!
Bloxels Ideas and Story Card decks are a sure way to spark ideas and lead to more creativity in the classroom.
Bloxels Ideas Decks
Get ready to build more than 60 all-new characters and artwork in Bloxels. Each card features ready-to-use ideas to use in your games.
Included are Character, Item, and Setting cards. Pull one of each type and combine them to generate unique, fun, or just plain goofy ideas for stories in Bloxels.