Welcome to Pencils & Stories! My name is Henrike Dijkstra and I make and teach comics.
If you’re looking to make your own comics then you’ve definitely come to the right place!
On this website you can find blogposts and resources. I also have a Youtube channel where I weekly post a new video.
Here’s my channel’s trailer:
Over the course of the coming time I will turn this website into a increasingly awesome resource on making your own comics.
I make an ongoing webcomic myself: Recollection City, my colourful adventure comic about friendship and finding the courage to make the really tough choices in life.
I am passionate about helping artists make their own comics, because I know how much joy it brings to make something of your own and bring it out into the world.
And I know what it feels like to have lost that ability.
Before I did all this I was art blocked, for years.
I had all kinds of ideas and dreams, but they wouldn’t come out. I was so stuck I wondered if I had ever truly been an artist, or just a hack.
After taking a great online art class that helped me get started on art again, and after meeting a lot of other artists who had the same struggles as me, I slowly crawled out of my art block. I started creating again and grew my confidence.
And fast forward a few years later I finally realized my dream of making a long form webcomic. A process that inspired other artists and that helped me grow this business.
And I want to help you create your comics too. Comics that, over time, will help you reach your creative goals.
You fell in love with art and stories at one point in your life. And you have the drive to create stories, worlds and characters of your own. Stories that touch people’s hearts.
But working from home on your own can make these projects daunting.
You don’t have to do it alone. My dream for Pencils and Stories is that it will grow, not just into THE resource for creating your own comics, but also that it will turn into a community of comics artists who support and encourage each other to create and complete their own stories.
The world always needs more stories.
To help you get started, I have made an e-book with 10 Quick Tips for your comic. If you focus on one of these tips at a time, you’ll be able to actively improve your comic.
It is an exclusive bonus for my email list subscribers. I email my list weekly with updates about new videos and posts, resources I find and use, combined with other extras, like PDFs and discounts for new products in my shop.
Subscribe below and the e-book will be send to your inbox.
Feel free to look around and connect with me through email or on social media. Happy art making!
Feel free to look around the website and don’t hesitate to connect with me through email, or on social media. Happy comic making!