Narrate Vignettes with a Pen

A course by Miguel Gallardo , Cartoonist and illustrator

Cartoonist and illustrator. Barcelona, Spain.
Joined July 2014

Learn to construct the story of a comic based on a personal experience

  • 97% positive reviews (241)
  • 3181 students
  • Audio: Spanish
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch

Learn to construct the story of a comic based on a personal experience

A course by Miguel Gallardo

We deeply regret the passing of Miguel Gallardo, the acclaimed Spanish illustrator, writer, and teacher of this course. His unique talent for telling illustrated stories, inspired by life itself, will forever remain in the hearts and minds of the entire Domestika community. We will always continue to learn from him.

In this course by Miguel Gallardo, comic book illustrator and illustrator of publications such as La Vanguardia, Herald Tribune and The New Yorker - you will learn to build the story of a graphic novel with minimal material resources based on your own experiences , those of your environment or family memories.

Gallardo will teach you to narrate in an exciting and fun way as life itself, just as he does in the novels dedicated to his daughter with autism, "María and I" and "María is 20 years old" , por those received by the National Prize of the Generalitat in the comic section and the Grand Prix of the Barcelona Comic Fair for its entire career.

You will discover how to define the relevant facts of a story and structure it clearly, with emotion and humor. That is the secret of the recipe. "The closest source of stories we have is our own life and experiences, as well as that of the circle closest to us, family, friends ... that's where the good stories come from." , as Miguel Gallardo admits.

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What will you learn in this online course?

13 lessons & 8 downloads

Maria and I
8 minutes, 24 seconds
The project
3 minutes, 58 seconds
2 minutes, 16 seconds
Written script
4 minutes, 24 seconds
Storyboard script
7 minutes, 27 seconds
Collect images
5 minutes, 22 seconds
  • 97% positive reviews (241)
  • 3181 students
  • 13 lessons (1h 13m)
  • 8 additional resources (6 files)
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Available on the app
  • Audio: Spanish
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Level: Beginner
  • Unlimited access forever

What is this course's project?

Create a 3-page comic book plus the cover that narrates a personal experience with the precise dose of drama and comedy using minimal materials such as a pad of graph paper and a pen, your imagination and resources such as photographs, cuts, sketches or anything that you inspire You can also pull stories of your environment or a family memory without having to be especially true to reality.

There will be no distractions of styles, techniques or grammages of paper. Only you and the blank page, because it has always been that way.

Projects by course students

Who is this online course for?

To all the people who want to learn to narrate, applicable to any discipline.

Requirements and materials

Notebooks, papers, slips, back of invoices, any pen at your fingertips and a computer with scanner for the final phase.

A tip from the teacher: "do not be fooled by the style of the notebook, the more humble the better, it's about looking for a support that does not scare, smudge and wrinkle".


3181 Students
241 Reviews
97% Positive ratings
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Miguel Gallardo

A course by Miguel Gallardo

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Cartoonist and illustrator

Miguel Gallardo (1955 - 2022) studied at the Massana School of Arts and Crafts in Barcelona.

He began his professional career combining the comic-he was one of the authors of MAKOKI , iconic character of the underground- and the illustration to finish dedicating himself fully to this last activity.

He regularly collaborates as a press illustrator for La Vanguardia and different national and international magazines and publications such as the Herald Tribune, NYT and The New Yorker.

Make covers for the main Spanish publishers. Together with Victoria Bermejo they have made a dozen children's books for RBA, La Galera and Ed. 62. With Àngels Ponce he is co-author of What's wrong with this child? , a guide on disability for Serres.

He has won two awards from the Comic Fair, two SND (Society of Newspaper Design), a Serra D'Or for the book and a press award from APIC for his illustrations in La Vanguardia.

In 2007 published "Mary and I" with Astiberri, a graphic novel that chronicles the adventures and journeys with her daughter Maria 13 years who has autism for which he received the National Premi of Generalitat in its comic section in 2008. In 2014, it received the Grand Prix of the Barcelona Comic Fair for its entire career. In 2009, a documentary about the book with the same title "María y yo" which has received several awards.

Seven and a half years after the publication of "María y yo", Miguel Gallardo returns to show us the look of his daughter, already in her twenties, and her relationship with the world in "María is 20 years old".


  • U1

    We introduce Maria and me

    • Presentation of my work
    • Influences
    • Maria and I
  • U2

    How to start a story and what do I need

    • The project
    • Material
    • Written script
    • Storyboard script
  • U3

    How to make the story

    • Collect images
    • Final Art - Mount the pages
    • General Review
    • The cover
  • U4

    Follow up, do not abandon your creation.

    • Practice of life
    • Give diffusion to your work
  • FP

    Final project

    • Narrate in bullets with a pen

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Narrate Vignettes with a Pen. Illustration course by Miguel Gallardo

Narrate Vignettes with a Pen

A course by Miguel Gallardo
Cartoonist and illustrator. Barcelona, Spain.
Joined July 2014
  • 97% positive reviews (241)
  • 3181 students