Turn Your Life into a Graphic Story

Yana Knight, Story of Yana

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19 Lessons (1h 3m)
    • 1. Welcome!

    • 2. My project

    • 3. Examples

    • 4. Materials

    • 5. Class Project

    • 6. Recording your life

    • 7. Brainstorm part 1

    • 8. Brainstorm part 2

    • 9. Discovering your style

    • 10. Time, structure, constraints

    • 11. Creating a loose plot

    • 12. Example plot

    • 13. Drawing - sketch

    • 14. Drawing - pen

    • 15. Drawing - colour and details

    • 16. Finding your working rhythm

    • 17. Postproduction

    • 18. Takeaways!

    • 19. Final thoughts


About This Class

I think our daily lives are endlessly fascinating. So much happens, so many new discoveries, ideas, events, memories. Most of it, sadly, often passes unnoticed or forgotten even by ourselves. We might end up thinking nothing interesting happens in our lives, we have nothing to say. In this class I want to show you how to transform your daily happenings, ideas, random encounters, observations into art and how much can be learnt in this process about yourself as an artist, and how full your life is of interesting stuff, it's just a matter of noticing it, how so much of our creativity is rooted in our daily realities, which can be transformed with just a bit of imagination into works of art. 

This class is based on a personal experience, a recently created semi autobiographic surreal graphic story, a mix of reality and imagination inspired by real events and personal experiences. I take you through my creative process, from idea generation to creating the drawings. This is more than a storytelling class, it gives you the basics tools for creating a story and goes beyond this. 


More specifically, in this class you'll learn:

  • How to capture and record your daily happenings
  • How to brainstorm and come up with a starting point of a story and create a loose structure which will guide you through the creation of the story, avoiding running out of ideas
  • Some basics on creating a coherent story such as for example finding your style, structure, timing
  • Tips on reducing the fear of a blank page, increasing your creativity and finding a good working method
  • Tips on drawing a story from sketch to ink to colour, as well as combining narrative with visuals
  • How to take your story further: we discuss presentation, storing, digitising and even recycling your left-over ideas.
  • What you can learn from your art about yourself, your life and your voice as an artist and how this information can help you grow and develop further. 

All mixed in with real-life personal experiences and discoveries as well as examples from other artists and some famous names.

For some ideas on painting styles and technical details feel free to check out my class on painting holiday postcards, where I go into more detail on how to mix ink and watercolours to create expressive life-inspired artwork: 

And if you feel the need to brush up in more details on observation and idea generation skills, I have a class on the art of user research which covers these in more detail:

Music credits: The Shine by Jahzzar