Draw in the Blanks is an all-ages comic strip activity that celebrates YOUR creativity! Each comic is missing some important details… It’s up to YOU to draw in the blanks!
I originally created Draw in the Blanks as creative exercises for my cartooning workshops. My goal was to help students develop their storytelling idea generating skills. I also wanted to demonstrate how everyone has their own unique imagination and how many problems can have multiple, valid solutions. The students had enormous fun sharing their solutions. The interest and feedback from teachers and librarians, in particular, made me realize this activity equally appealed to adults. And so, I’m sharing samples of my Draw in the Blanks to encourage people to have fun drawing!
Whether you’re an accomplished artist or a closet doodler, Draw in the Blanks are fun, open-ended challenges that will inspire you to exercise your imagination and express your inner cartoonist. Your drawings directly affect the story, so draw what appeals to your own wit and sense of humor, be it slapstick, ironic, dark or surreal. Try each activity more than once. Challenge a family member or friend. Everyone has their own unique imagination, so part of the fun is sharing all the different solutions.
You can download a JPEG or printable PDF of Draw in the Blanks activity sheets in full colour or as a black & white colouring page…
Teachers & librarians are welcome to print/photocopy Draw in the Blanks as-is for classroom use and educational purposes. These drawing worksheets make a great literacy building and visual arts activity. Can be used as an icebreaker, a warmup, or a fun cool down after a long day! Some teachers have even used them to complement graphic novel study units. Encourage your students to study what’s happening in the comic strip, identify the blank(s), then brainstorm different possibilities. I’d love to see what your students draw, so please consider sharing photos or scans of their work. Written feedback is always welcome. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Draw in the Blanks are created and © copyrighted by Mike Cope, and may not be used for commercial purposes without written permission. You may make download and share copies of the activity sheets as-is, but may not host them on any public or private server. Alterations to the original artwork and artist’s signature is strictly prohibited… But you are welcome and encouraged to Draw in the Blanks!