Graphic Novel Your Life course

January 10 - February 21

On this 10-week course you’ll learn how to create a graphic novel based on your own life experiences. Guided by award-winning cartoonist Rachael Ball, you will breathe life into well-thought-out characters and create the key elements of a compelling plot.

Rachael will teach you how to pace your story and use visual metaphor to evoke emotion and suspense. You’ll experiment with image-making, using different media to create attention-grabbing comic page layouts.

By the end of the course, you will have created a strong plot, key character sheets, scripted pages, a storyboard, visual experiments, a story synopsis and a finished page of artwork. You’ll even learn how to approach a publisher with your graphic novel sample.

This course caters for beginners and skilled illustration practitioners alike. No prior experience of writing or drawing is necessary. Our small class size of no more than 16 students will ensure you receive personalised feedback from Rachael and group support in a relaxed and friendly environment.

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About Rachael:

Rachael Ball is an acclaimed cartoonist with 16 years of teaching experience. She started cartooning for cult comic Deadline in 1988. Rachael’s first graphic novel, The Inflatable Woman (Bloomsbury), was a Guardian Best Graphic Novel 2015 and her second, Wolf (SelfMadeHero), has been called “a timeless classic”. Rachael co-coordinates the London branch of Laydeez Do Comics.


January 10
February 21




Quentin Blake Centre for Illustration
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