Have you ever wondered how to break the ice and get more audience participation at your illustrator event? Rita Lazaro, an artist and SCBWI member based in Bath, has some great ideas to get things started! Part IV of a series.
(Part I)
(Part II)

(Part III)


What you need:

A4 paper

pens, pencils or crayons

Similar to Consequences and The Exquisite Corpse, but in a comic-book version. Prepare a long strip of paper by gluing together sheets of A4 (landscape) and start your story. Each of the next participants fills up a page or a designated box.

This time they can see previous development in order to make a plausible story line.


What you need:

A4 paper
pens, pencils or crayons

Ask one participant to create a shape. Everybody has to incorporate that shape into their own drawing.

This game has been popularised by Sarah McIntyre on her Twitter account @StudioTeaBreak. She regularly posts shapes with a hashtag #Shape Challenge and it’s delightful to see how many and diverse the interpretations are.


Rita Lazaro is a visual artist based in Bath. However, she has been admiring illustrators for a while and even curated an illustration exhibition as part of the Fringe Arts Bath festival. After a year as a member of SCBWI, she might soon be ready to bring her own picture books to the world, but for now, she is busy bringing illustrators and picture-book enthusiasts together as a Network Organiser for SCBWI South West.

You can see Rita's work here.

Twitter: @RitaLazaroArt 

Photo credits: 
Illustrator Games by Rita Lazaro
Story strip Clker-Free-Vector-Images on Pixabay 
Shapes Piotr Siedlecki on

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