Create your own art and story projects to reach your creative goals and level up your art career.

Henrike Dijkstra

Welcome to Pencils & Stories, my name is Henrike Dijkstra.

My goal is to help as many artists as possible to create their own creative projects so they can improve their artistic skills, build an audience and make money doing what they love most.

I believe everyone has a creative voice and that the world always needs more stories and artwork.


As an artist you want to get better at art. And you may even want to make said art your career. (So you can do it all the time!) Maybe you want to become a freelancer, find a studio job, or get (self) published.

How to go about all this though?

In my opinion, the best way to build up your skills, experience, endurance and audience is to make your own creative projects and share them online.

You can think of a comic, a story project you’re making concept of for your portfolio or your own illustrated series, for example.

Could you use some advice on how to get started, stay motivated or feel a sense of progress with your project?

Then subscribe to my weekly email with inspiration and tips about creating and sharing personal projects and you will get my newest e-book “my 10 biggest tips for successful personal projects” for free:

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Artistic projects (like comics, a visual development project, a fictional client assignment or a series of illustrations) are an amazing way to show off your artistic skills and to get clients or followers that resonate with the exact things you love to make. And you can actively work on all the skills you need to get the clients, publishers and jobs you want.

Bonus: your own projects are so much fun to do!


What are your creative goals, and what project could help you achieve them?


Today, I manage a webcomic and a website with a Youtube channel. I mentor other artists, have taught a course and I write content for social media and put out videos on Instagram.

Henrike fotoshoot

But that wasn’t always the case.

For years I was stuck and didn’t know how to start the big adventure comic I really wanted to make. AlI I had ever done were short comics. And when I did try to start I didn’t know how I could see such a big project through and was discouraged at every setback.

If this is you, let me encourage you!

  • It is possible to make projects, even if you’re short on time.
  • It is possible to learn how to make a personal project even if you’ve never done it before.
  • It is possible to get your work out there and find an audience for it.
  • It is possible to make money with art.

I send out weekly, practical tips through email about creating and sharing your personal projects. Subscribe to receive them in your inbox! You’ll also immediately get my e-book that summarizes the 10 biggest insights about making personal projects:

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