I used to draw a lot when I was a kid. I guess this was because I was an only child and I didn't always have much to do where I grew up. I was also a massive comic book fan so I drew my own comic books as a kid. I was never any good but I did it a lot. It was always something enjoyed but I knew I did not have the ability to make a career out of it. I always fancied myself more as a writer but life eventually got in the way and I put my dreams away in a box and got a real job.
Bills need to be paid and I have expensive tastes.
Recently I saw an advert for a course on creating digital comics at a local college and I decided to give it a whirl. It's on the night when my partner has her yoga class so it gets me out of the house and it doesn't interfere with joint plans. I had the first class this week and it was great fun. I still enjoy drawing, just for my own pleasure and I don't mind if anyone else is interested.
The class was an interesting mix. There are young kids, still at school, who seem to be into manga and pinky stuff as well as older blokes, some in their mid 40s, who are comic book nerds just like me. The class is run by a bloke who has an art school degree and used to play drums in a sort of Godflesh style metal band.
We did stuff on basic drawing techniques as well as an exercise where we had to create a comic against the clock. It was fun.
I'm looking forward to next week. I'm not going to be Jack Kirby or Steve Ditko or anyone like that but I will have fun. And hopefully draw some angry and bitter comic strips.....