Art is Everywhere: Comics and Video Game Art for Kids

Whether you're reading your favorite comic book or playing through your favorite video game, you've probably wondered how much work goes into designing the art you're seeing. From the logos on gym shoes to the pixelated characters in Minecraft, artists have spent numerous hours designing, sketching and creating the artwork you see every day. This summer, you can explore your creative side by creating your own comic book, designing your own video game character or making your own art project. The possibilities are endless! Check out these books and activities to get some inspiration for your artistic journey.

Books

With Maker Comics: Draw A Comic!, you'll learn to create and print your own comics books! Follow their simple steps to sketch out your story ideas and ink a comic page.

Doodleville: In a world where art can move and dance and interact, Drew’s doodles are still something special. When one doodle gets out and starts to terrorize her art club’s creations, Drew and the art club must work together to draw a solution.

Craft Projects for Minecraft and Pixel Art Fans: Bring Minecraft to life with these 15 fun-filled craft projects! With simple found-at-home materials, create toys, jewelry, clothing and accessories in the iconic, blocky, pixelated graphic style.

Lowriders in Space: Check out this fun and creative graphic novel and join Lupe, Flapjack, and Elirio as they customize their car into a low rider for the Universal Car Competition to win the cash prize that'll enable them to buy their own garage.

Activities

  • Want to make video game inspired pixel art at home? Check out our Pixel Art Tween Grab & Go kits while supplies last at your preferred CPL location. Or you could also use Perler beads to make pixel artwork. Grab some graph paper and a pencil to sketch out your designs.
  • Have you ever wanted to design your own video games? Register for this four part series to learn how to design characters, levels, and animations using Bloxels.
  • Need somewhere to keep all your creative sketches and amazing ideas? Check out these tutorials to learn how to create your own zine or sketch books using household materials.
  • Tweens will have a unique opportunity this summer to virtually connect with a number of artists including comic book illustrators, zine makers, video game art designers and button makers! As part of our Summer Learning Challenge: Start with Art program, CPL will host virtual events featuring artists working in various mediums. Tweens who register for one of these events can receive an art kit filled with materials that can help you on your artistic journey!
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