Digital Comics Club: Week 3

Let’s Make Some Characters!

There are a million billion different ways to come up with characters. Here are two of those million billion ways!

First up is an exercise we use called Person, Object, Place. All you have to do is choose one from each of the columns below, then draw that character! Easy peasy. You can get someone else to choose for you for an added challenge. You could also make your own list of people, objects, and places, then pick the options out of a hat!



This exercise also works well for coming up with stories, which we will be talking more about in the upcoming weeks. What would a ballet dancer be doing with a frying pan on Mars? Why is a footballer at an airport holding a rubber duck? The stranger the combination, the better!


Animals + …Food?

Our second exercise takes inspiration from the foodimals of Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 – a masterclass in pun-based character design with gems such as cucumbirdy, shrimpanzee, hippotatomus, and many more! Again, choose one from each of the columns below, and COMBINE them into a strange new creature!


Here are some we made earlier. What do you think their pun names would be?



The above images are from Dundee Comic Creative Space’s ‘Let’s Make Comics’. Artwork by Rebecca Horner.

Digital Comics Club: Week 2

Here at DCCS, we follow the ABCD of drawing – Any Body Can Draw! All you need is something to draw with, and something to draw on. Do you need to already be a master comics artist like Jack Kirby, Bill Watterson, or Uderzo (RIP)? No! Every great artist started somewhere. So, without further ado…


Let’s Draw!


Can’t find a ruler? You can make one by folding a piece of paper lengthways 3 or 4 times. This happens in workshops more often than you might think.


Start Simple


You can use basic shapes and lines to make all kinds of characters!

Here’s a challenge – think about what your character is feeling. Are they happy, sad, confused? How can different facial features help to emphasise their personality? Have a go at making:

A friendly character

An evil character

A stylish alien character*

If you need some inspiration, you can use our selection of facial features below!



*Maybe your alien could have multiple eyes/noses/mouths!
The above images are from Dundee Comic Creative Space’s ‘Let’s Make Comics’. Artwork by Rebecca Horner.

Digital Comics Club: Week 1!

And so, it begins! DCCS HQ is closed, and the team are working from home. For our first week, we’re starting with some basics – the bread and butter of comics making, if you will. What goes into a comic? What is it made of? Our DCCS mascots will show you!


What Makes a Comic?


What do you think happened to Hamish above?

Was he being chased by a dinosaur? Was he trying to escape the wrath of an angry sibling? Did he get scared by the sound of the washing machine? Also, more importantly, how did he escape?!

It’s completely up to you! As the artist, you control what is seen and what is left to the imagination. You can also control…

Panel shapes!


As Caticorn*  points out, panels can be all shapes and sizes! How many panels do you want on a page? Do different shapes work better than others? What could a star panel be used for? Play around with different things, and have fun!

*Caticorn was designed by Sen, one of our young comics makers!
These above images are from Dundee Comic Creative Space’s ‘Let’s Make Comics’. Artwork by Rebecca Horner.

COVID-19 Update


The health and wellbeing of our young people and facilitators are our top priority, so we will be suspending our Tuesday and Wednesday Comic Clubs until further notice. This is following current University of Dundee policy on coronavirus, based on advice from the Scottish Government and the NHS.

However, that doesn’t mean the fun stops! We will be posting our weekly comics activities and workshop materials online. Stayed tuned for Digital Comics Club!