Comics Challenge: Make your own ‘how to draw…’!

This challenge was created by Alice, an honouree member of Kingswood Comicals.

Lots of books or websites show you how to draw in easy steps. For example, we have got some great step-by-step activities on this website.

For this challenge, why not try to create your own? It can help you to think really carefully about the characters or objects you draw and the shapes you need to create them.

First you will need to draw six boxes, or use one of the blank comics pages here: https://comicsclub.blog/blank-comics-pages/

Then you will need to think really carefully about what you are going to draw. Will it be a character or object? You might want to draw the whole thing first of a piece of spare paper to help you to think about the shapes and steps you need to draw them.

Draw a little piece of the character or object in each box, and then add a bit more in the next box until you have finished the character by the last box. Write step-by-step instructions so that someone else can copy what you did.

Can you give your finished ‘how to draw’ to some one else? See if they can copy your character or object!

Here is some we made in our comics club!

Comics Challenge: Words and Pictures

This drawing and writing game is a good way of finding out how different words and pictures can join together to form a comics panel. It’s based on an exercise from “Cartooning, Philosophy and Practice”.

Words and pictures instructions

Here are some examples of my word and image combinations:

Words and pictures examples

Download the worksheets:

Words and pictures instructions

Words and pictures Sheet One

Words and pictures Sheet Two

You can find more worksheets here and more online resources here.

 

 

Comics Challenge: Kawaii Rainbows

Recently you might have seen rainbows popping up in windows around where you live. Children (and adults!) have been drawing and painting rainbows to spread some cheer in the streets and to support the National Health Service (NHS). Why not make a super smiley rainbow in a Manga Kawaii style? Kawaii means cute in Japanese.

All you need is some bright colours to draw, paint or collage a rainbow. Then use black paint or a pen to add two cute eyes and a cheery smile! Below are some we’ve made and others we have seen on our local street. Why not share a photo of one you’ve made with us? You can show us at @ComicsClubBLOG

Comic Worksheets

Jess Bradley worksheet mk-character

We’ve been updating the list of downloadable worksheets on our Resources pages.

We now have 28 sets of worksheets for you to download!

The latest set of worksheets has been sent to us by Matt Hickey, who runs a Comic Club at Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore City.

Sound effects

Here are a selection of the activities and resources he’s created for his Comics Club:

Sound effects

comic club thumbprint adventure bw and comic club thumbprint adventure blank (fold into mini-comics)

draw your pet in space and creepy comic

comic club nametags and comic club nametag secret origin

Many thanks to Matt for getting in touch!

Online Resources

We’ve noticed new comic-making resources and activities appearing online in recent days, so we’re starting to keep a list of online resources here.

Make sure you don’t miss out on The Phoenix Comic’s #phoenixQclub or the great activities provided by Dundee Comic Creative Space’s  Digital Comic Club.

DCC Cover

Head over to our Online Resources section to find out more. And don’t forget, you can download comic templates here and find all our Comics Challenges here.