Dare to Make Dotty Comics

Dare to Make Dotty Comics craft

Draw your own comic strips! You get brilliant colors from just one Color Explosion Marker. Try these cartooning techniques for instant success.

  • 1.

    Look at the comics section in a newspaper. Notice how people, objects, and animals are drawn. If you look very closely, you’ll discover that shaded areas are actually made up of lots of small dots. These are called Benday dots and are used in many types of printing.

  • 2.

    Do you know about the Pop art done by Roy Lichtenstein (1923-1997)? He created large paintings that look like newspaper comics. He usually painted with Benday dots. You can, too!

  • 3.

    Start by choosing a comic you enjoy. Draw the simple lines of the picture first. In large open areas, decide whether to use Benday dots or parallel straight lines to fill the space. Try several techniques to create your own fun cartoon drawings!