I’m serious! I tried working as a freelance illustrator but, really, they made me believe that my talent was useless, exploiting me and humbling my work. I was so disappointed and saddened that, at 23 of age and for 20 years, I stopped drawing, taking the best years of my life away from art.
If I hadn't lost my job in 2013, you would probably never have seen my drawings.
Unemployed and with nothing to lose, I opened my Youtube channel and I started drawing again, getting a lot of satisfaction. That's why I will never thank you enough. You supported me and, drawing after drawing, I grew up, and with me also so many young artists inspired by my work (#marcellobarenghiinspired).
But now I'm realizing that I cannot make progress and my plans are at a standhill, especially my drawing tutorials, my book and my first solo exhibition.
The truth is I can't do everything alone! In order to accomplish my mission, I need to hire an employee or pay someone to do some work for me (translations and English dubbing, social media, secretarial service, video editing), devoting myself full time to art and content production. Also, my computer equipment is outdated and I need to renew it for a faster and better video editing that means more quality and more timelapse and tutorials.
LET'S START WITH...
My drawing tutorials
I will continue to publish my drawing videos on YouTube, available for free to everyone, as usual. However, if you’d like to support me you’ll get access to Patron-only stuff depending on your level of contribution (see the Rewards column).
Once a month, for example, I will post a step-by-step tutorial video on how-to-draw one of my most popular drawings, lasting about 20 minutes and narrated in Italian with English subtitles.
Taking into account your feedback, I will use funds to make my tutorials more and more effective and of high quality.
MY PLAN FOR THE FUTURE...
Some publishers came to me asking me to write a book. Perhaps I'm too perfectionist, but I was not happy with their proposals: poor content and poor print quality. I had the impression that they were more interested in the number of my followers than on the readers' satisfaction. This is why I'd like to write my book and self publishing it; of course, publishers interested in publishing a good quality book are always welcome.
My drawing school
In addition to the tutorials, I plan to open my school of drawing in order to personally follow and give targeted advice to those who want to learn my technique.
My first solo exhibition
Yes, I have a dream. As you may know, I'm creating a series of paintings for my first Solo Exhibition. I don't sell my artworks just because I need them for this great event. Yes, I want to expose everything: my paintings, my drawings and my YouTube videos too [yeah, also my videos... you'd better get your name in the credits before it's too late ;)]
SOME INFO ABOUT PATREON
What is Patreon?
Patreon is a crowdfunding platform. What Patreon does is allow someone to support an artist donating as much or as little per month as they want, in order to help that artist continue creating art.
How does Patreon work?
When you click the “Become a Patron” button, you can select how much you want to pledge per month. You will be charged on the 1st of every month, and it usually takes a full 72 hours for all payments to process!
How Do Rewards Work?
This is not a shop, so please be patient :). $5 an $10 rewards will be send out first week of each month (after all pledges gets processed by Patreon). Credits will be placed in one of the 4 videos of the month, depending on availability (I will keep you informed). You’ll immediately get access to exclusive Patreon posts.