How to Create a Vision Board

In one of our last KCU Team meetings of 2023, I was telling Jade and Lisa how much fun we had doing the “2023 Year in Review” exercise in Kids Comics Studio.

“Oh!” said Jade. “That makes me think of the vision boards I did with my critique group at the beginning of this year! Just a sec!”

She reached across her desk and then held up this sketch to show us:

Vision board by Jade Vaughan

“The cool thing,” Jade continued, “is that I got that car that I sketched in my Vision Board! My new car looks almost exactly like what I drew!”

Whether you believe in the idea of being able to “manifest” your dreams or not, I do think there is tremendous power in putting your dreams and goals on paper. 

Since our January monthly theme is “Goals & Time Management,” we decided that a Vision Board Challenge would be the perfect way for us to start the new year with a bang!

(I’ll be publishing another post later this week with more details about the Monthly Themes that we’re launching in KCU this year! And yes, it’s true we have another January Challenge, which is to Host or Attend a Meetup…. Sorry, we couldn’t help it! We promise to try to stick to ONE Challenge per month after this!!!!)

How to Create a Vision Board 

The goal of a Vision Board is to think about what you want for yourself in the coming year, clarify what’s most important to you, and put it on a single piece of paper.

Jade explains below how her critique group went about it:

1. Take time to reflect and brainstorm/doodle/free-write.

We gave ourselves a few weeks to take our time and think carefully about what we hope to do for the coming year. We asked ourselves what we would like to have accomplished by the year’s end both in our creative practice and in our everyday lives.

It could be simple and grounded, or reaching for the stars! An internal struggle to face or something to treat ourselves to. Remember, it is very important to reward yourself too! What would you love to experience or explore this year? It could be very specific or very broad. There are no rules but the ones you create for yourself. 

2. Create a single page that encompasses your vision for yourself: draw it, create it with words, or collage. 

Create something that you could tape to the wall to look up to every now and then, and feel inspired by! Something that would make you itch to pick up your pen again. A piece of you on the page.

3. Make time at the end of the year to think about what aspects of your Vision Board came true.

At the year’s end, look back at what you actually did! You could color it in if you want. It’s so fun to revisit later and see how our perspective has shifted or stayed the same. Usually, we don’t do everything we set ourselves out to do, but that’s okay. Sometimes life has other plans. Ups and downs are inevitable. It is all about what you do in the face of conflict. Having a group or community to talk through those obstacles is so important!

Speaking of which, having something big to do together with a group of friends is VERY motivating. This year our critique group hopes to go to SPX together! 

Here are examples of vision boards by the other members of Jade’s critique group:

Vision board by Jannie Ho

Vision board by Katie Risor

Vision board by Martina Lo

No Limits – Have Fun!

As you can see from the examples above, there are no limits to how you create these. Feel free to use any technique or material you want. 

In fact, it’s a great way to play with any graphic novel skills you are working on! 

The main thing is to have fun and think about your goals for 2024.

And share your work with the community. We can’t wait to see what you come up with. 

We have posted on KCU where you can share your Vision Boards and cheer each other on here

For more on our monthly topic of “Goals and Time Management,” please watch the replay on “Finding Time” workshop!

At the end of the workshop, I talked about why you should join our Studio program!!

Kids Comics Studio

Join Kids Comics Studio if you’re looking for:

  • A supportive community of peers who will cheer you on in the hard work of building a career in kidlit comics and graphic novels
  • Focused feedback on manuscripts, artwork, and pitches from people who understand the industry
  • Monthly workshops focusing on improving your craft, taught by established creators in the field
  • Ways to socialize and connect with other kidlit comics creators via weekly live video events – and even work on a publication together!

About Janna Morishima

Janna Morishima is the founder of Kids Comics Unite and a literary agent who specializes in graphic novels and visual storytelling. She started her publishing career at Scholastic, where she was one of the co-founders of the Graphix imprint. She then became director of the Kids Group for Diamond Book Distributors, where she worked with publishers such as Marvel, Dark Horse, and Oni Press, and helped launch Françoise Mouly’s Toon Books imprint. In addition to her background in publishing, she has worked as an associate producer for documentary films, and as an assistant teacher in a kindergarten and a teacher in a high school for teens in the juvenile justice system. She later launched and ran the NYC Department of Education’s “NYC Reads 365” literacy initiative.

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