I started Marc Brunet’s Art School in July 2021 initially with the purchase of Term 1. In August I bought the complete course. I am an author and a storyteller. That's why my goal at first was to become a comicbook artist. That was maybe a bit too ambitious.
I am a low energy person “thanks” to chronicle health issues. For everything in my life I have to gather strength first. So you can
imagine that my learning process is a slow one. I watched most of the course videos. I can do it lying in bed.
Of course, I also practice more or less regularly. But less than I should and not really systematically. My knowledge has improved enough to sketch my novel characters to some extent. I don't have the slightest aspiration to draw famous actors or superheroes. I know I should have it to study other artist’s styles.
Yes! That’s me: Aiming for drawing comics without admiring some artists in this area. (I read a lot of comics in my life and enjoyed them. Over the course of my life I lost the capability to be a fangirl.)
So I switched my goal to become a book illustrator. That's more realistic at the moment and I love this turn. It fits me and it feels comfortable. I have a customer for the sketches. Me! I use them all the time for book marketing.
Not a long time ago I ask myself, how serious I really am about learning to draw (because everything is going so slowly). And I don't have the inner instinct to want to draw all the time. Rather, I often have to pull myself together and motivate myself to even do it. Am I a wannabe, I wondered.
I grew up in a household where there was no artistic encouragement. Comics and books weren't banned, but they were a waste of time in my parent’s eyes. I overcame this kind of thinking as an adult and started
my writer’s career. My inner urge to tell stories is satisfied with that.
If there had been videos like Marc Brunet's and other great artists on YouTube when I was young, I might be a comic artist with a long backlist of publications today (maybe like Wendy Pini).
I want to draw in theory but I have to fight for wanting to draw in reality. My inner voice tells me every day: Fight for it, fight for it! And I'm always so incredibly proud when I've drawn something again.
So, I’m not a wannabe.