During this 10 week course, you will learn how comics are made, create your characters and build your own story visually. You don’t need to have an idea for a story before you start the class as you will be help from the very start of the process.

You will learn about composition, points of view, tips to make your story attractive and readable, and all sorts of useful things to get you started in the imaginative and fun word of comics and graphic novels.

Previous experience in learning drawing is desirable but not necessary: the most important thing is that you enjoy drawing and like comics and graphic novels. Any themes and styles are welcome and can be explored.

A lot of the skills taught in the comics and graphic novels class can are very useful for illustration. All the illustration students are welcome!

Please note that this course is for adults (ages 17+)

Comics and graphic novels for beginners is a course taught through video tutorials and personal email feedback. You will receive a link to a video tutorial every week for 10 weeks on Thursday, and will have the opportunity to send an image of your drawing by email during the week if you wish to receive a feedback on it with pointers on how to progress.

Cécile's video are not demonstrations but tutorials: She wants you to be able to develop your own style and learn skills you can reuse and master, rather than imitating a drawing following a step by step guide. If you want to develop your own comic and graphic work with advice on technique and approaches, this is the course for you!



This is an ideal list of materials to follow this course. However, you can get a lot out of this course by just using paper, a pencil, a pen and a ruler. So you don't have to buy all of this if you don't want to.

If you want to order materials online, Jacksons still delivers.


  • A lot of sheets of cheap paper (type newsprint) to do quick sketches and research (or a sketchbook-not too small, at least A4).

  • A few sheets of heavy weight cartridge paper (A3 or A2 if you like working very big)

  • a pencil and a couple of black fine liners of different sizes (for example, a 0.3 and a 0.7)

  • a Caran d’Ache non photo blue pencil (optional)

  • an eraser and a sharpener

  • Indian ink, waterproof (Winsor and Newton, with the spider on the packaging)

  • Nib-pen (holder and drawing nibs -post office nib and copperplate nibs are best. Don’t buy a mapping pen or calligraphy nibs ). 

  • A couple of brushes (preferably cheap water colour brushes, a small round one and a bigger one (round or filbert). The daVinci ones with the bright green handle are great-cheap and and good quality)  

  • masking tape

  • scissors

  • a big set square and/or a long ruler

  • a black brush pen (optional)


with artist and tutor Cécile Simonis

Content is released each Thursday, but students can complete the work in their own time and send their artwork for feedback before the following Thursday

10 Weeks from Thursday 23rd April to 

Thursday 25th June



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