Working on your personal project but feeling stuck?
Want to start a new project but don’t know where to start?
Lacking motivation to put in the work needed to reach your artistic goals?
Working on your own art projects is amazing and rewarding.
You have creative freedom. You can tell the story you want to tell and bring into the world exactly the kind of story you would like to read or the visuals you want to see.
You can use your art projects to speak to the people who feel the same way as you, who like the same things and who have the same experiences. And it has never been easier to find those people.
There is a big downside to working on your own projects though: you often do it alone.
No matter the size of your audience, if it’s one or a thousand, doing these larger projects on your own or even getting started on small stories can become daunting and lonely.
We need other artists in our lives, and we need mentors.
Every project has their struggles, it’s part of the artistic process. (this is normal!) But what do you do when you truly feel stuck?
You have a story you want to tell, a message. You have characters walking around in your head, you have a world you want to transport your audience to and you want to show them around.
But maybe you recognize yourself in some of these sentiments I hear a lot:
– “I have so many ideas, but I don’t know how to get them out on paper.”
– “I never finish anything.”
– “I want to make a comic but I get stuck with the story.”
If anything like this is the case, I am here to help you. Because I have been where you are.
I have always been an artist, but in my early 20’s I noticed I started to do art less and less. And whenever I would sit down to draw, nothing would come out. I put a lot of pressure on myself to improve, but I had no idea how to do that.
I went on a grand search to become productive and to overcome any mental obstacles that were working against me. I learned and un-learned a lot about art making, improving and doing bigger projects. I slowly started to make art again.
Fast forward to now: I publish a weekly webcomic and I also help other artists overcome their obstacles through the Pencils & Stories website, my videos and social media content.
Sometimes, all you need is some guidance. Someone who helps you clear out the clutter and get back on track. Someone helping you to figure out what you want to do and who helps you on your way in taking the first steps.
I want to be that someone for you.
Over the past 10 years I did extensive research on the topics of art improvement and fundamentals, storytelling, project management, productivity systems and mindset. I have looked into audience building and social media.
And I have talked to hundreds of artists about art, personal projects and the struggles that come with that. I have joined communities and educated myself through art academies and courses, taught by professionals in the entertainment industry. Some of which I have been able to work with directly.
I was even able to collaborate on courses and programs with these mentors. And last year, I have build and taught a course of my own.
With the help of my fellow artists and my mentors I was able to overcome art block, start making the projects I want to make and even help other artists do the same.
You don’t have to spend the same amount of time as I did on the road to making your own projects.
Having a mentor means you can do double the learning in less time. You can learn from their mistakes and successes.
A word of caution: I can not do the work for you. If you are looking for a quick way to make an art project and get thousands of followers, this is not the program for you.
Being in it for the long run means deliberate improvement, putting in the work and being smart about how you spend your time and energy. It requires a long breath.
It is also vital to your progress to be open to learn. To take charge of your own behaviours and to seriously look at yourself and see where you are sabotaging your own progress.
If you don’t want to do the work and if you don’t want to take responsibility for your own progress and mindset, my mentoring is not for you.
But if you are passionate about art, if you love stories, if you want to improve, if you want to put the ideas that are in your head to paper and be able to touch an audience with your work, and if you are willing to do the work required to get there, then read on!
What I can do for you is this:
Clear out the clutter
Whether it’s your story that has become tangled, or your work flow, or your artistic goals have become hazy… I believe there is always a way to untangle.
We will look at what is already there. And then cut what is not needed anymore, add the good stuff, and adjust what works for you so you can improve it. The goal is to have you leave with clarity.
Get you started
Starting a project (and I mean, truly starting, not doing world building for 10 years 😛 ) can be daunting. But there is a clear way to set up a new project and to figure out the scope of it.
Together we will figure out what kind of art you would like to do and what project would fit that. And I will guide you through the steps to set yourself up for success, so that when you’re done with the program you can work on your project with confidence.
Help remind you why you are doing this
We can have periods in our lives when we lose sight of what is important to us, and we tend to forget why we have started these big endeavours in the first place. Our motivation can dwindle and working on your project can feel like a chore. These periods are normal.
But what if it starts to weigh heavy on you? What if you feel like change is needed because you think more and more about giving up?
We will look at why you originally wanted to do this. The goal is to adjust the project itself so you can let it work for you again. Or look at if this is even still the right project for you.
By the end of our sessions, you might have a clearer idea of where to find your drive and motivation, or you might find that you’ve outgrown your project. I can not decide these things for you, but I can give you the support you need to make these decisions.
Scott E. Rigsby, creator of the upcoming webcomic “Scarecrows”
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!
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, creator of the comic “Thistles” and the illustrated story “the Moon Rabbit and the Star Child”
Smaragda Magou, comic artist for HistoriCool and creator of the webcomic “Home Queer Home”
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.
Sound good? Here are the mentorship packages I am offering right now. Keep in mind that the prices are in EURO. Click here to convert the price into your currency.
- 1 session of 1 hour.
If you have one or a few small questions you want answered or if you want to do a fun brainstorm session, then a quick focus session would be great!
Price: € 98,00 (incl VAT)
- 4 sessions of 1,5 hours of one on one mentoring.
- A small workbook to write down your goals and actions and to help you reflect.
- In between sessions I’m available through email or your favourite messaging app.
We will look at your goals in the first session. In between sessions you take action and we will monitor your progress. And then we do a last follow up a little while later to see if you’re still on track.
Price: € 647,00 (incl VAT)
“Go all in”
- 2 months of intensive (weekly) sessions. This is 8 sessions of 1,5 hours of one on one mentoring.
- A workbook to write down your goals and actions and to help you reflect.
- In between sessions I’m available through email or your favourite messaging app.
This requires a big time commitment on your part. This is an intensive package of weekly mentorship in which we can set up a project, or look into an existing project in depth. We can work out any story problems and you can do some initial design and set up. Ideal if you’ve never done a bigger project before and want to get started right or if you have a larger project going on.
Alternatively, we can figure out what you want to do with your art in general. We will make a clear plan so you can start it right away over the course of two months.
Price: € 1170,00 (incl VAT)
Want to know more? Book a free “no-strings-attached” call with me by filling in this form! You can ask me any urgent project questions and we can look at what mentorship could do for you:
Some last things.
Doing a mentorship program means that you have:
- The time to commit to taking action and work on artwork or a story. It doesn’t have to be a lot, (a small project can work wonders for you too!) but if you only have one hour a week you might want to wait until you have more time freed up.
- An open attitude of wanting to learn and improve at this point in your life.
- The money to invest in your development.
In the call, if I think that a different path is what you need right now, I will also tell you. I’m a firm believer of collaboration over competition so I am not afraid to recommend any courses, tutorials, websites or resources that I think would fit you better.