Beeville — When Ronnette Guevara graduated Mathis High School in 2006, she had her sights set on the art world.
After getting her associates at Coastal Bend College, she went on to get her bachelor’s degree in fine arts.
This Saturday, she will be starting the Beeville Drawing Club and teaching young and old alike how to draw superheroes for the first meeting.
“I have a teacher’s certification,” Guevara said. “So I can teach anywhere, but it’s hard finding an art position.
“I’ve always wanted to teach drawing, so I figured it’d be sort of a starter.
“Maybe get the library up in numbers and get more of the community involved.”
And, while female comic book fans are still a minority, with movies about superheroes like The Amazing Spider-Man and the unbridled success of “The Avengers,” fans now come in all ages and genders.
“I noticed that when the “Avengers” came out, and it’s based off of comics, I figured people will want the comics or like the superheroes, so why not just draw them.”
And who’s her favorite superhero?
“Iron Man, of course.”
But she’s just not into comics, either.
She didn’t get her bachelor’s degree for chuckles.
“I’ve always had a passion for the arts. Photography, painting – it was all just fascinating to me.
“I am really good at oil paints.
“I didn’t know I could paint at all until Jayne Duryea said, ‘Just try it. Play with the paint and see how it goes.’
“I thought it was really different. She was shocked by a watercolor portrait of Marilyn Monroe I did.
“She asked, ‘Did you do that?’ and I said ‘yes.’
“It was my first time doing watercolor, and she was just shocked.
“I painted another one in oil paint. The first one was a monochromatic yellow and okra color. And the other one is full color.”
And every year for the last three, she’s entered the Arte Verde Recycled Art Contest and won third, second and finally first place in 2012.
“It was a recyclable contest, you make sculptures out of cans, trash, plastic bags.
“I made a seagull out of newspaper, and I sculpted it; I painted black around it, and it was dripped in oil, so that got me first place.”
And though the prize is a pretty handsome wad of cash, the accolades seem the only thing that’s lasted.
“So far, the total for all those contests I’ve won has been $2,000.
“It’s all art supplies, though.
“So far, I think I’ve spent about $6,000 in art supplies.
“I spent $4,000 in one semester. I had taken Design II, which is a sculpting class and then Sculpting I, and that costs a lot of money, because they expect you to make sculptures that are about 4 to 6 feet tall.
“I actually had to make a sculpture that was 7 feet tall.”
And having to haul around a 7-foot sculpture in a tiny car isn’t easy.
“I had to break it down. I can barely fit stuff in my car. And I had four pieces. Every day, I had to bring back a box.
“Some people were looking at me at the gas station, because I’d have my car filled with a big red box then one strapped to the top of the roof,” she laughed.
“From Mathis to Corpus with a red box on top of your car.”
And these days, heading out to college isn’t easy. Or cheap.
But her parents made sure their children all made the walk across the stage.
“They’re the ones that got me through college.”
She smiled as she reminisced, “Every sibling of mine had to go to college. You go to college or you get out of the house.
“My little sister graduated with me with her associates. And my brother is about to graduate in half semester.”
Guevara’s drawing club will start from the beginning. She’ll be teaching the members the basics of anatomy and how to balance the shapes that make up the human body as well as dynamic poses that make a hero super.
In the future, she plans on also teaching Japanese comics’ style, maybe dinosaurs and reptiles and even a few animal lessons.
But, most of all, she just wants people to come out and have a good time.
“I want them to enjoy themselves and learn something new somewhere other than being in the classroom.”
And since there really isn’t anyone teaching the art of comics in the city, it’s a welcomed art form.
And maybe we’ll get our own superhero out of it.
The Beeville Bee, anyone?
The drawing club will meet every third Saturday of the month at 3:30 p.m. at the Joe Barnhart Bee County Library in Beeville.
Paul Gonzales is the entertainment writer at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 358-2550, ext. 116, or at thescene@mySouTex.com.