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

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.

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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.

Comics Challenge: Concertina Comic

A concertina or accordion book is made from a long piece of paper that is folded backwards and forward like a spring.

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Your challenge is to make a concertina comic.

You can use this template to make three short comics: Concertina comic

If you want to make a longer comic, just stick two or more strips of paper together.

Once you’ve finished drawing your comic, you can make a case for it: Concertina comic cases

Cut on the black lines, fold on the dotted lines, then glue or tape the tabs.

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Please share pictures of your concertina comics with us @ComicsClubBLOG

 

 

Comics Challenge: Cartoon Creatures

If you are making a comic set in an alternative world, then creating original creatures can help to make your world more convincing and could offer new ideas for stories and adventures.

The Hilda comics (and cartoons) created by Luke Pearson are full of strange and wonderful creatures, such as the Woffs.

The Usagi Yojimbo comics by Stan Sakai are peopled by anthropomorphic characters, including swordsrabbit Miyamoto Usagi. Instead of the animals found in our world, Usagi’s world is full  of dinosaur-like lizards or ‘tokage’.

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What kind of world will you set your story in – an alien planet, a fantasy forest, an underwater realm…? Once you have decided, make a Wildlife Spotter’s Guide to some of the most common, or most interesting, wildlife in your world.

Here’s one I made:

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Now it’s your turn:

Cartoon Creatures template

Download a a PDF of the sheet here: Wildlife Spotter’s Guide.

Please share your drawings and comics with us!

Comics Challenge: Discount Superpowers

This brilliant Comics Challenge has been devised by Seth from QES Comics Club. Thanks so much to Seth and librarian Gemma Sosnowsky for sharing this with Comics Club Blog.

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You are walking through town and you find a Superpower shop. You have no money.

Luckily they are having a clearance on the discount bin (all the discount powers are free).

What do you choose? (Must be a rubbish power – no super-strength, speed or flight.)

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We’d love to see your bargain bin superpowers! Do get in touch with us if you’d like to be featured on Challenge Accepted or you can share your comics with us on twitter @ComicsClubBLOG.