Comics Basics TRACK: Lesson 2


Create a comic that has animal sounds in the narrative. What will get an animal or create to make a sound? Example: a person steps on a cat’s tail, so the cat yowls.

The comic can be of any length, any number of panels. You can use keyboard symbols for this prompt: numbers, letters, punctuation.

Cat Huang, Animal Sounds Comic
Cat Huang

Watch videos of animals to get ideas for different types of sounds animals make. Think about the letters you will use to write out the animal sound: there are big differences between “Purrrrr,” and “Prrrrr,” and “Rrrr.”

comics techniques
  • Typography & text design
  • Composing sound effects
  • Integrating image and word

Art media

Use any art media you want: digital and/or traditional art media. Consider beforehand whether you want to do a black and white comic, or a comic with color.

Recommended software

ProcreateKritaAdobe PhotoshopClip Studio PaintPaint Tool SAIAdobe Fresco, MediBang Paint, Gimp

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Comics Prompt: Animal Sounds

See a demo of a comics prompt: create a comic showing animal sounds and movements. Useful comics techniques such as point of view, the “foot rule,” panels, speech bubbles, spreads, and pages in order to communicate a narrative.

Drawing demo by Teaching Artists Cat Huang and Alex Rowe.

Comics Curriculum 2

This video is part 2 of our comics curriculum for self-taught artists which reviews prompts and exercise for practicing your comics skills, comics history, what comics are like today, and more resources for learning comics on your own.

Discussion led by Art Prof Clara Lieu and Teaching Artist Cat Huang.

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