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Create your own comic from scratch

do you want to create your own (web)comic?

Hi, welcome to Pencils & Stories! My name is Henrike, and if you feel lost when it comes to creating a comic then you’ve come to the right place!

Back in 2009 I had the dream to create a webcomic of my own after only having made sloppy short comics, but I was art blocked and didn’t know how to go about starting a more polished comic from scratch.

I set out to learn as much about comics, art, story and productivity as I could.

Now I have my own webcomic, a Youtube channel and blog about the subject. And my dream for Pencils & Stories is to help others create their own comic stories as well. Because the world always needs more stories and your story is worth telling!

Henrike Dijkstra drawing on a Wacom tablet

What Pencils & Stories is all about:

Everyone can create their own webcomic
Small steps bring a project from start to done
Keep it simple and get it done imperfectly
Story is king and your story matters
your health is important
Be kind to yourself
Promotion of and making money with your comic is valid
You can always improve

Having Trouble Knowing Where to start with your new comic?

You’re not alone and I’m here to help:

Testimonials for my courses and mentorship

The How to Start a Comic course has been fantastic so far! It’s completely demystifying the comic making process in a clear and easy to follow, step-by-step way.

Thanks to this course, I’ve become part of a great community, I’ve been able to turn a vague idea for a comic into an almost completed script/outline, I’ve designed characters, decided on a style for my comic, set up the technical specifications of my working process and finished comic dimensions, and have created test pages and layouts.

I would definitely recommend this course for anyone who’s looking to start/improve a comic but isn’t sure where to start. 100% worth every penny/cent!

Adrian Saredia-Brayley - Comic Creator and Illustrator

Your Comic Journey was awesome, and Henrike’s positivity and love for comics shined through the whole course!

She guided me over the finish line of my project by always being the reassuring and down-to-earth voice needed during the emotional roller-coaster that is a comic.

If you have issues finishing anything, this one is for you! You’ll feel energised to tackle more projects, and Henrike’s focus on solving your problems in a personal way will teach you a transferable processes that will work for you, and make you more resilient when working on new projects. 10/10, would recommend!

Myrjam van de Vijver - Comic Creator

How to Start a Comic has helped me to organize my time an attention where it’s needed most while making my first comic.

The thoughtfully laid out course flows wonderfully from one lesson to the next. It also acts as a great checklist so you know where in the process you are and don’t feel overwhelmed.

The community has been super supportive as we work towards our comic goals and work through the lessons.

I’m still in the process of making my comics, but with this work at your own pace style of course, there’s no overwhelming pressure to “keep up” with everyone else. Just work as fast or as slow as you’d like.

Would 100% recommend to anyone starting out and feeling lost while making their comic and feel like they aren’t getting anywhere.

Current student of the How to Start a Comic course

I would highly recommend Henrike’s mentorship sessions. I found her advice just what I needed to finally get my dreams turning into reality.

When I started I had a good idea of what I wanted to do (make a web comic) and the idea for the story all in my head. Henrike helped me to get all of that out and on paper so I could start planning how my story would work and how it would look.

I now have my outline in hand and a clear path forward, thank you Henrike!

Scott E. Rigsby - Webcomic Creator

Talking to Henrike can be like much needed therapy for your work.

She provides refreshing perspective in an understanding, non judgemental way. She’s really good at locating problems that you might have accepted as normal or unsolvable and working with you to find ways to manage them.

After talking to her I felt like a weight had been lifted off my shoulders! It’s so refreshing to get support by an artist who can understand your struggles, has worked a lot on overcoming obstacles and is happy to share her skills.

Smaragda Magou - Comic Creator

The “Your Comic Journey” course was so inspiring!

Henrike’s knowledge, encouragement, and kindness helped me stay on track and finish my first real comic! ^_^

It was exactly what I needed and I highly recommend it to anyone who wants to make comics, but feels stuck and overwhelmed.

Bethany Pyles - Visual Storyteller and Comic Creator

Henrike’s thorough and dedicated breakdown and one-to-one mentoring was key to ironing out the flow of my novel, as well as the drive behind my characters in a way that each strengthened the narrative for the right reasons.

Her friendly, focused and professional advice was exactly what I needed to make the most of my second draft and truly drive my story to a powerful conclusion.

Diana Meraz - Visual Storyteller and Illustrator

Get How to Start a Comic here:

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Get Mentored!

I offer mentorship sessions for artists who:

  •  Are feeling blocked with their comic or creativity and who want to get unstuck and define clear actions to take their projects further.
  • Are writing their own story and could use help with story structure, message and outlining their comic’s story.
  • Want to create their own comic and want guidance during the development stage of their comic, right up to making their first pages.

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