Graphic Novels Real Life Stories

Ottilie Hainsworth

Taking inspiration from the many examples of graphic memoir, reportage, journals and graphic fiction, you will be guided through fun, practical art and writing tasks, towards discovering the tools you need to create your own stories from life and imagination.

This course is friendly and supportive, suitable for all levels including beginners.

* No class on 24 October.

Image above by Else Roberts (previous student).
You can view a website produced by previous course attendees here.

“Graphic Novels Real-life Stories has been such a joy to attend. Focussing on developing story-lines and combining images and text in interesting ways, we learned strategies for exploring topics such as character, dialogue and perspective. It’s all about a playful but purposeful approach. Always encouraging whatever your level or experience, Ottilie fills your head with new ideas. She is such an enthusiast, challenging you, always patient and suggesting a variety of materials to create new effects. In a complicated year, this course really has been a highlight in my week.” – Student testimonial, June 2021.


Diary pages below by Ottilie Hainsworth
Drawing of shoes below by Nick Cannon

Red Room, Phoenix Art Space

Basic art materials including sketchbooks will be provided, but please feel free to bring any additional drawing materials that you would like to use.

Ottilie Hainsworth is a graphic novelist and author of ‘Talking to Gina’, published by Myriad Editions in 2017. She contributed to Brighton the Graphic Novel, and is currently working on a graphic diary. Ottilie has been teaching about visual story telling for many years, most recently on the MA Sequential Design at Brighton University.

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