Are you an artist who is always dreaming up stories, characters and worlds?
Are you always drawing out your own characters, or scenes of the story in your head and you have set the goal to create your own comic one day?
I love that for you, comics are the best way for me to tell visual stories! And it's great to see others wanting to jump in!
But maybe you're like me when I first started making comics and you feel stuck.
Many artists tell me that they love to draw but they have no idea how to write a story. Or maybe you are intimidated by character poses, or backgrounds. Or maybe you're struggling with character design.
And how do you even go about making comic pages, anyway?
How do you know what to figure out before you even start your first page? Maybe you're afraid to make mistakes in the process. Or you're just overwhelmed by it all. And after years of trying, you have yet to make your comic. Maybe you got frustrated with yourself. I know it was actually a hit to my self esteem as an artist that I wasn't able to create this comic that was in my head. And the dream of making it didn't go away either.
You're not alone! Many artists feel like this. And their original characters, their stories, their ideas....they have yet to see the light of day.
Back in 2005 I was dreaming about publishing my own webcomic, online. But I was struggling so much with what steps to take and the writing of the story that I slipped into a long art block. It was excruciating, having all these ideas but not being able to get them out onto paper.
I wanted to touch people with comic stories in the same way that my favourite artists were.
I wanted to use comics to become a better artist. To have things to share on social media to build an audience that would get excited about my story.
What I needed to learn was:
- How to create comic pages in a way that's efficient, sustainable and technically suitable for the web and for print (and also looking good!)
- The basics of storytelling so I could write a cohesive and engaging story
- How to approach drawing, inks and colour and how to create a well designed comic page
I was missing a roadmap. A gameplan. Some resource that would tell me exactly what steps to take and what to think about, so I wouldn't forget anything and so I could create my own workflow that made making comics just so much easier than it felt for me at the time.
My non-artists friends didn't really understand why I had to get these stories out of my head. Why I wanted so badly to improve as an artist and create stories. But I wanted it more than I could express. I knew it would make me a better artist and I knew that building an audience around a story I made was my creative dream.
Ever since 2005, through books, articles, videos and tutorials, I have slowly figured out everything I needed to know and prepare when it comes to the art of comics and storytelling and that has allowed me to create a new comic, Recollection City.
It was such a relief to get back into making art and having so much fun while working it.
I loved sharing the process of creating my comic online, and that's how I started my blog in 2012.
One of my goals was to make the comic process more transparent so people could get started with their comic much faster than I did.
I launched a Youtube channel with the same goal in 2018, focusing on helping others make their own comics a reality and creating a story that they love and are proud to share with the world.
It's the complete step by step on how to start and create your own comics.
- Module 1 will help you come up with ideas that you love and that will bring out your unique stories and style.
- Module 2 will take you step by step through writing your story. You will end up with a finished outline.
- Module 3 is all about character and world design, figuring out your comic's style, creating a template for your comic pages and creating a good workflow for creating your pages.
- Module 4 is a quick crash course on making comic pages.
Since access to this course does not expire, you will be able to use the course again and again, for every new comic you make.
- Will take you step by step through the entire process of preparing and developing your comic and creating your own pages.
- Will have clear assignments after each lesson that will help you progress through the creation of your comic.
- Is go at your own pace. Access does not expire.
- Comes with a dedicated Discord server to connect with fellow comic-creators.
- Can be used for both short comics and long-form comics.
- Will help you write a complete story.
- Will help you design your comic's look and feel.
- Will help you design your characters and world.
- Will have a small crash course on how to make comic pages.
- Will help you come up with shortcuts and workflows that will make creating pages a smooth process.
- Has nuggets about time- and project management, originality and style, and some extra bonus information on subjects like composition and colour.
My ultimate goal is to give you the tools so that creating your comic is a fun and smooth process. And the confidence that you can create your own stories. That you are a comic artist.
Introduction and workbook
Discord tutorial and link to join
Lesson 1.1 Coming up with (fun!) ideas
Lesson 1.2 Expanding your ideas and choosing your direction
Lesson 1.3 Story Spines
Lesson 1.4 How to determine how long your comic should be
Lesson 1.5 Get organized!
Lesson 1.6 Your comic's tone and artistic style
Lesson 2.1 Get to your story's core (Theme)
Lesson 2.2 Main Character arc and how they influence the plot
Lesson 2.3 Villains, obstacles and side characters
Lesson 2.4 Write a logline that hooks
Lesson 2.5 Outline your entire story using the "three act structure"
Lesson 3.1 Where and how will you publish your comic?
Lesson 3.2 Determine the final look of your comic (Style tests)
Lesson 3.3 Test pages
Lesson 3.4 Templates and tools for a smooth workflow
Lesson 3.5 Design your star players
Lesson 3.6 Locations your audience wants to visit
Lesson 4.1 Get economical with your workflow + chart your progress
Lesson 4.2 How to batch and divide your scenes over your pages
Lesson 4.3 The quickest and easiest way to a solid page (Thumbnails)
Lesson 4.4 Make your final layout and do your lettering
Lesson 4.5 How to get solid pencils
Lesson 4.6 The first part of the final page: inks!
Lesson 4.7 Tips to keep your colour in check
The story part of the course alone is what I teach in my one-on-one mentoring for which I charge between €800 and €1500.
I wanted to give more people the frameworks I have used for my own comic and that I use in my mentoring sessions. So I packaged it all up into a complete guide for making a comic, that everyone is able to follow at their own pace.
And that’s why you can get instant access to the entire How to Start a Comic course for just one payment of €300* (Please note this is in Euro. In USD this is around $303 as of July 2022)
* Including any taxes
Not sure if you find the How to Start a Comic course valuable?
I 100% believe that this course will feature everything you need to get that comic out of your head and on to paper. But if you're not sure it will help you, just try it out for 14 days after getting the course, do some assignments and look around, and then email me if you don't think it will help you make your comic. I will give you a full refund.
Is this course suitable for beginners?
It is! How to Start a Comic takes you from zero to your first finished pages of your comic without skipping a step. If you've never made comics before then this is a great place to start and to learn about how to come up with ideas, learning how to write a story and how to develop your characters and comic's world, as well as dipping your toes into making your comic pages. All the while you can ask for advice from your fellow comic creators in the Discord server.
Do I have to know how to draw or write?
A basic knowledge of drawing is certainly helpful, though I believe everyone can make a comic. We all have to start somewhere, right? This course will not teach you how to draw, but it will give you tips for how to improve your drawing while you're making your comic. I do think, though, that one of the best ways to get better at drawing is to create comics. As for the writing, the course will certainly help you write your story. And as you will see, you might already be better at writing than you think.
Will access to the course expire?
Nope! You can take this course completely at your own pace. And you can come back to it every time you're making a new comic.
What is the time investment for How to Start a Comic?
This depends on a few things: how long your comic is going to be, how elaborate it is and how much time you have available. The course itself is 6.5 hours long but the biggest amount of time will be spend on creating your comic. I always advise students to find at least 10-20 minutes every day to work on their comic. Or plan an hour of free time a few times a week to get the work in.
Can I use this course for every kind of comic?
The writing part of the course focuses heavily on creating a story with a beginning, middle and ending. So in that sense it will be harder to apply that to an ongoing gag-a-day strip, for example. (Even though these comics often still have an overarching storyline) But you can still apply the basics of storytelling and character development to these kinds of comics. And the other lessons of the course will also still be valuable to you. But just so you know, the main focus in the writing part of the course is on longer stories that have a definitive ending.
Will this course go into how to promote/sell my comic?
No, this course does not go into promoting your comic, selling your comic to an audience or publisher, or into how to create a website for your webcomic. There will be lessons that require you to think about what your primary goal is for your comic. But the commercial aspect of comics is a subject I might do something with in the future. For now I wanted to focus solely on helping you create a comic.
I already have a comic idea, but I keep getting stuck in the process of making it. Can I use this course to help me with my current comic?
For sure! This course will help you focus your story and will give you new ideas about what steps might have been missing in your process. And, of course, it comes with a Discord server where you can ask fellow comic artists questions about how to proceed, or where you can get feedback.
How will I know the course works for me?
Making a comic takes time and effort. Sometimes a LOT of time and effort. I can't do the work for you. But the beauty of this course is that it will give you clear to-do's after each lesson that are designed to help you progress through the comic creation process step by step. If anything, you'll probably get your comic done faster than if you figure out the entire process by yourself. If you're not entirely sure, try out the course for 14 days and if you feel like it won't work for you, email me for a refund.
I wasted years of my life trying out new tutorials and different ink pens. Filling in online character questionaires and writing exercises. Hoping that those things would give me a breakthrough, somehow. I was frustrated, trying to figure it all out by myself.
I created this course because I don't want that for you. I want you to be able to know what to do. To have fun creating your comic, knowing you have already figured out everything you need beforehand. So you don't get stuck, anymore.
I want to give you the tips and tricks I picked up over the years. To bust the myths that you might believe in that are holding you back. I want you to be excited about your story and your comic. About your own progress as an artist and a writer.
Just image where your comic could be a year from now.
- You have a finished story. A completed outline with a clear beginning, middle and end.
- You know exactly where your story is going and what fun scenes or reveals are coming up that will keep your audience on the edge of their seats.
- You could already be making comic pages. You'd either be working towards your comic's completion, or you could be posting pages online for a longer story.
- You have enough material to be able to regularly share sketches, work in progress or finished panels on social media and build your audience.
- You're helping others with your progress, either in the course Discord and/or on social media.
- Your art will have improved.
You can make comics! I know you can! If I could learn how to do it, then so can you.
I'd love to have you in the How to Start a Comic course and community. Hope to see you there!