You should try our Digital Creativity Challenge

Digital Creativity Challenge logo and sample images Whether you already love making digital art or you're a beginner who wants to try something new, try our Digital Creativity Challenge.  All ages and skill levels are encouraged to play around with these challenges.

You'll have through October 5, 2022 to complete any 4 challenges.  Submit your artwork to enter the drawing for a $20 Dick Blick gift card, and let us know if you want to be part of the display during the month of October.  It will be fun to see what everyone made!

Choose 4:

  1. Create an alter-ego from a selfie. Make some dramatic changes to a photo of yourself.
  2. Make a digital painting. Simple to elaborate, abstract to representational, silly to serious -- click on the brush tool and let loose!
  3. Scan something unusual.  What kind of 2D or 3D objects could you scan? What about moving them during the scan for weird effects?
  4. Make a digital collage using this photo of the Old Capitol and 1+ other photos or graphics.
  5. Make some ASCII art.  Type ordinary characters on your computer’s keyboard to create an image. Search online for “ascii art” for examples.
  6. Create a 5-30 second clip of digital music. It can be beautiful or ridiculously bad - just try composing something.
  7. Create a graphic design with a word or line of poetry. Use typography, layout, and/or visual elements to convey words in an interesting way.
  8. Design a book cover. Recreate a favorite book cover, update the cover of an existing book, or make up an imaginary book.
  9. Make a meme. Use any means of typing over an image or a generator like imgflip.
  10. Make a 3-second video of anything. Editing and effects are optional.

You can use whatever software and devices you'd like to complete your tasks.  The library's Digital Media Lab has computers with Adobe Creative Cloud software, a MIDI keyboard, and scanners you might want to use. If you're unsure, here are some software suggestions:

  • Photo editing: your phone's built-in photo app, Adobe Photoshop, Gimp, FireAlpaca, Autodesk SketchBook, MS Paint, Canva
  • Video editing: your phone's built-in photo/video app for adjusting the start and end of your video, or something more advanced like Adobe Premiere Pro for further editing
  • Graphic design: Adobe Photoshop or Illustrator, Canva, Microsoft Word or PowerPoint, Procreate

Questions? Email Stacey at or call 319-887-6073.

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