I’ve seen the ads my entire life. Draw Tippy the Turtle! Draw Cubby the Bear! Draw the Pirate! This past New Years’ Eve I decided it was time to make a fresh start and called the Art Instruction School’s 1-800 number for the free art test. I’ve since completed the test and mailed it back.
But I have lingering concerns. Are these guys legitimate? Are their graduates taken seriously by people in the industry? If I showed up at [insert favorite comic book company’s name here] with my Art Instruction Schools diploma, will they laugh me out onto the street without even looking at my portfolio? Has anyone ever started a real career by drawing Tippy, Cubby, et al?
(In case you’re curious, I drew Cubby instead of the pig, and then went over him with ink. Then I drew Tippy instead of the pirate and then went over him with a darker 6B pencil–ink would have bled through onto the house I shaded in. It was fun but I hope I’m not just wasting my time and getting my hopes up for nothing.)