Developing your Graphic Novel with Rachael Ball

An advanced, two-day intensive course for people who have already completed a beginners' graphic novel course, or those working on a graphic novel.

When, Where

If you would benefit from further mentoring and help in structuring, scripting, layout and illustration of your graphic novel then this two-day course over the first weekend of December is the course for you.

"I found Rachel Ball quite special and incredibly generous with her knowledge which we all benefited from" - Rachael Ball's summer school participant

Tutor Rachael Ball will be guiding students with a personal approach designed to help you:

  • Develop and enhance your story with specific techniques to enrich your plot
  • Troubleshoot any issues you may have been having with your novel, whether visual or to do with the script or plot
  • Experiment with media and create the most effective visual technique for the appearance of your book
  • Design a stand-out book cover to catch the eye of a future publisher
  • Discuss your work one-to-one and in stimulating and supportive group discussions
  • Develop a future plan to help you move forward with your tutor artistically and professionally
  • Gain tips for marketing your work

Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 December, 10am-4pm

About the tutor

Rachael Ball is an acclaimed cartoonist who started out cartooning for cult comic Deadline in 1988. Her graphic novel, The Inflatable Woman (Bloomsbury), was a Guardian Best Graphic Novel 2015 and one of Paul Gravett’s Best of 2015. Her work has featured in the HOI’s Comixatrix exhibition and the Cartoon Museum’s The Inking Woman exhibition.

Her second Arts Council funded graphic novel Wolf will be published by SelfMadeHero in October 2018. She is currently working on her third graphic novel The Patsy Papers. Rachael also co-coordinates the London branch of Laydeez do comics, a comic forum which promotes women in comics. She  has 16 years' teaching experience and is represented by Kirsty Maclachlan (DGA). Find out more


Tickets Price Number Total price
Total amount £0.00
Adult ticket with gift aid£176.00 £176.00
Adult ticket£160.00 £160.00

Please note that the date above refers to the first date of the course. Please select this to book the entire course. The price refers to the whole course, not to individual sessions.

- Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferrable.
- This ticket will entitle you to gallery entry for the duration of your House of Illustration course.
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