Laura Lee Gulledge is a Charlottesville based artist, author, and educator known for her YA graphic novels that illustrate her character’s inner emotions. Her debut YA graphic novel Page by Paige was nominated for both the Eisner and Harvey Awards, including Most Promising New Talent. Her sophomore YA graphic novel Will & Whit was selected for YALSA Top Ten Book for Teens and Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books 2013.
Gulledge has also developed Will & Whit into an innovative DIT musical for teens with her team of Artners. Her new interactive book Sketchbook Dares: 24 Ways to Draw Out Your Inner Artist invites you to try out her favorite drawing activities.(Abrams Noterie)
She is currently working on a new graphic novel about a teen named Mona who is struggling with her “matter,” which is how she personifies depression. Gulledge was the inaugural graduate from the MA program in Art Education at James Madison University and has since shared her love of visual storytelling and the healing power of creative expression across a dozen states as well as abroad. She is currently a teaching artist through the Virginia Commission of the Arts, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, and McGuffey Art Center. She posts new art and adventures weekly in her blog at whoislauralee.com
MA in Art Education from James Madison University. (2002) GPA: 4.0.
BA in Studio Art/ Art Education from James Madison University. (2001) GPA: 3.6.
Recipient of Crystal Theodore Service with Scholarship Award.
*Sliding scale depending on institution and available funding.
*fees do not include supplies
My audience is primarily focused on middle & high students. I do however also enjoy working with elementary students and college students, too.
AvailabilityI prefer to schedule school visits on Fridays, Thursday, and Mondays.
Making Comics: From Mini Comics to Graphic Novels!
Available as a Class Presentation/ Demo or a One-Day Workshop
How do you go from doodling in a sketchbook to breaking into graphic novels? Author & illustrator Laura Lee Gulledge walks you through her intuitive process in this inspiring & informative presentation! She’ll take you behind-the-scenes of how to make a book from initial script to final inking…character development to camera angles…while using original art and video shorts to illustrate the process.
If possible she will also demonstrate by drawing a crowdsourced comic LIVE with the help of the class. **Students also receive Artistic Licenses! In a longer workshop, students will have time to develop their own characters and write out their own short story to turn into a mini-comic using Laura Lee’s favorite cartooning blue pencils. The relaxed nature of this workshop allows students the opportunity to ask Laura Lee more in-depth questions about the creative & comics process, as well as share their personal passion for comics.
Audience: Young Adults (10–16)