Autobiographical Comic Book: Illustrate Your Experiences

A course by Alec Longstreth
Cartoonist. Santa Fe, United States.
Joined September 2021
, Cartoonist

Learn how to write, pencil, and ink a comic based on your personal experiences, from the initial idea to the finished page

  • 100% positive reviews (8)
  • 435 students
  • Audio: English
  • English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch

Learn how to write, pencil, and ink a comic based on your personal experiences, from the initial idea to the finished page



  • 100% positive reviews (8)
  • 435 students
  • 14 lessons (3h 10m)
  • 24 additional resources (8 files)
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Available on the app
  • Audio: English
  • English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Level: Beginner
  • Unlimited access forever

“Comics appeal to me because the combination of words and pictures take the reader into an immersive story.”

Cartoonist Alec Longstreth creates comic book art on a daily basis as part of his creative practice. As well as self-publishing his own award-winning comics, he has illustrated for National Geographic Kids, Nickelodeon, and more.

In this online course, Alec shares his process for coming up with engaging comics, from brainstorming to the finished page. Learn how to write, pencil, and ink a one-page autobiographical comic that captivates readers. Find your creative routine and turn your personal experience into comic books.

What will you learn in this online course?

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. Brainstorming Ideas
  • U3
    U3. Making Comics: The Creative Process
  • U4
    U4. Onwards!
  • FP
    FP Final project
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Begin the course by getting to know cartoonist, freelance illustrator, and teacher Alec Longstreth. Discover how he turned his childhood love for comics into a career, along with the influences that inspire him and the work he creates.

Take a look at what you can expect from the course. Then get an overview of comics as a form of storytelling and begin brainstorming ideas for your own using the techniques Alec recommends.

Time to create your comic! Draw a series of thumbnail sketches and lay them out on paper to decide on your final composition. Then learn how to create legible hand lettering, and pencil and ink your page with Alec as your guide.

Discover Alec’s tips for staying productive during the creative process. Then clean up your comic using either digital or analog materials. To wrap up the course, see how to share your work on social media and gather feedback for future projects.

What is this course's project?

Create a one-page autobiographical comic book from the initial idea to the final artwork.

Who is this online course for?

This course is for anyone interested in using their own experiences to create comic book art from start to finish.

Requirements and materials

No previous experience is necessary.

In terms of materials, you will need drawing materials including printer paper, pencils, and a Sharpie, or a design program like Procreate or Photoshop if you prefer to work digitally.


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Alec Longstreth

A course by Alec Longstreth

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Alec Longstreth is a cartoonist, freelance illustrator, and teacher living in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He first fell in love with comics thanks to his grandfather who would read them in the newspaper, and soon began exploring iconic titles at his local comic shop and public library. Alec quickly fell in love with Disney comics in particular, and drew a six-page comic at just 12 years old that won a prize at a local art competition.

He started drawing comics seriously while studying technical theater at Oberlin College. Alec’s comics were featured in the student newspaper, and after graduating, he began self-publishing them. Since then, he has released 24 issues of his minicomic Phase 7, and won awards for both his first and second comic project, Isle of Elsi. He later moved to New York City to study illustration at Pratt Institute and launched his freelance illustration career, working with Highlights Magazine, National Geographic Kids, and Nickelodeon. Alongside creating art, Alec teaches workshops to students as the Director of Academic Outreach at The Center for Cartoon Studies.


Content

  • U1

    Introduction

    • About Me
    • Influences
  • U2

    Brainstorming Ideas

    • Introducing the Project
    • An Overview of Comics
    • Generating Ideas!
  • U3

    Making Comics: The Creative Process

    • Sketching Thumbnails
    • The Page Layout 1
    • The Page Layout 2
    • Lettering
    • Penciling and Inking 1
    • Penciling and Inking 2
  • U4

    Onwards!

    • Productivity Tips
    • Cleaning up the Comic
    • Sharing the Comic
  • FP

    Final project

    • Autobiographical Comic Book: Illustrate Your Experiences

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Autobiographical Comic Book: Illustrate Your Experiences. Illustration, and Writing course by Alec Longstreth

Autobiographical Comic Book: Illustrate Your Experiences

A course by Alec Longstreth
Cartoonist. Santa Fe, United States.
Joined September 2021
  • 100% positive reviews (8)
  • 435 students