Mini Art Lab: Star of the Story! Become A Children's Book Character with Dakotah Aiyanna


Star of the Story! Become a Children’s Book Character is a step-by-step tutorial that will turn you into your own children’s book character. In this 40-minute art lesson, Charlotte-based artist Dakotah Aiyanna will show you how to identify traits about yourself that you love to create a character version of you! Using basic materials like paper, pencil, and colored pencils, the artist will also show you a simple way to draw bodies, hands, and faces. Afterwards, take your character and work with a friend or family member to create your story. Best for ages 5 and up.

Dakotah Aiyanna, courtesy of the artist.

Dakotah Aiyanna is a multidisciplinary artist who uses her writings and self exploration as a means for inspiration to create what she is feeling. Whether it be conceptual art, digital illustrations, or sometimes photography, she creates what she is feeling with the hope to inspire those around her.

What you’ll learn:

  • How to think about a storyline or scene for your children’s book version of yourself
  • How to build off of basic shapes to create a face and body
  • How to create a background scenery for your story

What you’ll need to create:

  • Paper to draw on
  • Pencil 
  • Colored pencils or markers

Enjoy developing characters? Check out our other Mini Art Labs and consider making a donation to further McColl Center's mission to support artists and offer you creative experiences like these.