Comics Challenge: Inktober Prompts

Jess Bradley’s Inktober drawing for the prompt ‘STRETCH’

Lots of cartoonists have been taking part in Inktober– an annual challenge that involves making an ink drawing every day of the month. Inktober may be coming to an end, but the drawing prompts provided on their website are useful all year round.

This comic challenge makes use of Inktober-style prompts to make a drawing game that is a perfect warm up activity for comic club.

You will need: Paper, pens, a small bag or box, scissors, timer/stopwatch (optional).

STEP 1: Print out and cut up the prompts provided here: Prompts 01 

Prompts 01

You can also use this blank sheet to create your own list of prompts: Prompts 02. Put the words in a small bag or box.

STEP TWO: Take a sheet of A4 paper and fold it three times, then unfold, to create eight spaces for drawing in.Folded page

STEP THREE: One person picks a prompt word out of the bag or box and reads out the word. Draw the first thing that pops into your head when you hear the word. If you want you can use a timer and have everyone draw a picture in one minute or thirty seconds.

STEP FOUR: Repeat until you have filled up your page (or several pages).

 

September Comics Challenge

The most popular warm-up drawing activity at Widcombe Comic Club is called “Draw yourself as a …” Each time the club meets, there is a new sheet to fill in. To begin with they were made by me, but now club members are making their own sheets too.

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What would you look like as a cake or a boot or an owl? You can share your drawings with us on @ComicsClubBLOG .

Download the sheets here:

Draw yourself 01

Draw yourself 02

Draw yourself 03

Draw yourself 02                 Draw yourself 03

 

 

July Comics Challenge

This month’s challenge has been devised by Stoneydown Park School Drawing Group.

The challenge is inspired by the comics made by the group for this year’s Comic Swap

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Can you invent a spray that does exciting things? 

Sprays examples

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Use one of the templates below to invent you own magical spray and show how it works.

Spray template plain; Spray template colour; Spray template Black and white.

Thanks to Ben Thompson and the Stoneydown Park School Drawing Club for providing the challenge!

June Comics Challenge

This month’s challenge involves taking inspiration from the past.

Take a look at these animals and see if you can turn them into cartoon characters and make comics about them.

Hippopotamus ("William"), Faience

Ancient Egyptian hippo c. 1800 B,C.

 

Horse-Shaped Brooch, Bronze, Celtic

Iron Age horse from c,650 B,C.

 

This Owl of Athena is shown on a Greek silver coin from c. 450 B.C.

 

Brooch in the Form of a Dog, Champlevé enamel, bronze, Roman

Roman Dog 2nd Century AD.

 

Download the Ancient animals worksheet.

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May Comics Challenge

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This month’s comic challenge has been provided by the Drawing Comics Club at St Aubyn’s School.

Inspired by the Squid Bits Horoscopes in the Phoenix, the club have been making their own horoscopes. Take a look at some of them here.

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Lots of newspapers and magazines publish horoscopes, claiming to tell you what kind of week you will have, based on your star sign. Your star sign is based on your date of birth:

  • Aries (March 21-April 19)
  • Taurus (April 20-May 20)
  • Gemini (May 21-June 20)
  • Cancer (June 21-July 22)
  • Leo (July 23-August 22)
  • Virgo (August 23-September 22)
  • Libra (September 23-October 22)
  • Scorpio (October 23-November 21)
  • Sagittarius (November 22-December 21)
  • Capricorn (December 22-January 19)
  • Aquarius (January 20 to February 18)
  • Pisces (February 19 to March 20)

Your challenge is to make your own Horoscope of the Week. You could also try making up your own star signs (see Jess Bradley’s example here: http://squid-bits.tumblr.com/post/152151280507/star-signs).

Horoscope of the Week

Thanks to librarian Rhiannon Cook and the members of the Drawing Comics Club for this month’s challenge!

 

Image: Astrological clock at Venice. Source: commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Venice_ast_sm.jpg

April Comics Challenge

This month we are challenging you to swap a comic!

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Mini-comics are great for comic swaps – find Sarah McIntyre’s instructions for making them here.

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If you make comics as part of a comics club, at school, in a group or with your friends, you can also take part in this year’s children’s Comic Swap.

Groups from across the country can swap their comics with one another. Last year groups from Bath, Dundee, Gateshead, Gloucester, Newcastle, and North Yorkshire took part. Want to find out more? Head over to the Comic Swap website now! The deadline for this year’s swap is Friday 25th May.

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