There is a funny Chinese app making the rounds on the internet right now and it is apparently called My Idol. I am taking the internet’s word for it because the app is actually all in Chinese and that is one language (of many) I do not speak.
With Gemma’s tween powered technology antenna engaged, she figured it all out without any help. Thankfully she has since guided me through the process and we had lots of fun and hours of laughter making anime versions of ourselves over the weekend.
After making many videos and GIFs of the kids in their selected outfits and hairstyles, I thought I was done with the app. I figured I would delete it and make space for the next silly thing to come along, but one of my photographer friends made a comment on the shot I shared on Instagram that the characters reminded her of the Margaret Keane big eyed children of the 1960’s. That gave me a great idea to mix the portraits made with My Idol with the app Waterlogue for some new art!
I just took the little square screenshots that I created in the My Idol app and opened them in the Waterlogue app to make little paintings. I printed them on the matte photo paper I picked up at Daiso and now I have some cute art of my kids hanging in my office!
The app is currently missing a hairstyle option that looks anywhere close to what Clover has on her head in real life, so we went with the adorable long candy blue hair for fun. She looks remarkably gorgeous in the soft fairy floss coloured locks and so I thought it would stop there. The next time I opened the app I saw a new Elsa style option. I knew what she needed on her own wall…a Clover-Elsa!
A few things you need to keep in mind when using the My Idol app if you don’t understand Chinese.
- All the options that are greyed out just need to be downloaded. Click on each options to see a green text overlay and that means they will be available soon.
- Boy and Girl characters can wear any of the hairstyles and/or clothes so I am not sure it actually matters what you select (except for the videos where you will hear vocals (in Chinese) that are gender based.)
- There is an English language guide to get you started.
- If you want to add additional characters after making your first one, here are some screen shots that will tell you how.
Just keep clicking on the green options! 😉 Don’t forget to adjust those facial markers…the app gets very close, but you can get better results if you refine them yourself.
Go have some fun and make some cute and cheap art portraits of your kids!