Digital Drawing & Painting With the Make Lab  
The Make Lab has been travelling to branches around town this month for imaging programs using our digital drawing pens. Teens can draw or paint on the computer using a variety of brushes that imitate actual paint brushes, pens, pencils, or dry media (like charcoal). The program we use also has a photo painting feature that allows you to create digital drawings and paintings from regular pictures.
Here are some examples of Photo Painting (click each for full size):

The original image is on the left. The image on the right was created using the charcoal brush tool.

The original image is on the left. The image on the right was created using the watercolor brush tool.

The original image is on the left. The image on the right was creating using the pencil tool.

Look for Make Lab programs and other teen programs here . If you have any questions about the Make Lab, call 574-1638 or email

Recommended books for getting started with digital art:

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Skullduggery @ the Library! 
This time of year, we celebrate Halloween and Day of the Dead! The Main Library has put together some fun skull crafts and activities. Stop by any time this week to participate!

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Picture It @ Your Library: A Photo Workshop 
On Wednesday, October 12, the Main Library hosted a workshop taught by professional photographer Lisa Huber. Teen participants took over 400 photographs which are now on display at the Main Library in the Underground Gallery. Stop by and check out this awesome exhibit!

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Teen Laptop Lounge 

Join us for Teen Laptop Lounge:
Shawnee Branch, Mondays from 3:00 PM 5:00 PM
Okolona Branch, Wednesdays from 3:00 PM 5:00 PM

The image above was created using Comic Life Software . Email if you would like more information on Comic Life or join us in November for our Make Images programs.

Bon Air Branch
November 1 & 3, 3:00 PM 5:00 PM
Teen Outpost Highland/Shelby Park Branch
November 8 & 10, 3:00 PM 5:00 PM
Southwest Branch
November 15 & 17, 3:00 PM 5:00 PM
Westport Branch
November 22, 3:00 PM 5:00 PM

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Make Comics 
The Make Lab will be travelling to several branches during Teen Read Week (October 16-22) to make digital comics. We will be using Comic Life software, digital cameras, and digital drawing pens. Comic Life software allows you to arrange your digital images (pictures or drawings) with pre-made or customizable layouts, apply filters, add speech bubbles and add text effects. If you create on paper we can use the scanner or cameras to digitize your drawings. If you are more interested in creating a story than art you can check out some free web based tools for creating comics using pre-drawn characters, props, and backgrounds.

Check out this comic created by the teens at the Teen Outpost (click each for full size):

Email if you have questions about the Make Lab or the Make Comics program.

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