Above: Comic book artwork by Bernadett Sarosi which is currently on display at CCAC
Bernadett Sarosi dreams of working for Marvel — the American publisher that counts Spider-Man and X-Men among its many comic book characters. And, having secured her first comic book deal with Irish comic book writer Darrin O’Toole this year, Mary O’Brien says this is not simply a pipe dream for the young comic book artist, who creates most of her art at her home in Courtmacsherry.
A native of Hungary, Bernadett, age 24, is an artist in residence at Clonakilty Community Art Centre (CCAC), where an exhibition of her most recent work is currently running until July 16.
Putting pen to paper before she could even walk, Bernadett now creates her artwork digitally, working from muscle memory and practicing new techniques on her tablet all the time. Comic book art and Punk are her most prominent styles allowing her imagination free rein.
“Whatever comes out, comes out,” she explains.
“I felt like an outcast when I was younger,” says Bernadett “which is why I loved reading comic books like X-Men. I could identify with the characters, all outcasts but free spirits working together as a team.
Bernadett has hundreds of comic books in her collection, which started with her dad buying her a couple every month when she was a child.
Bernadett has also exhibited her work at the Institute Paul Hankar in Brussels.
Bernadett is a great example of an artist dedicated to her art form: passionate, focused, diligent, knowledgeable and talented. I’m sure we will see a lot more of her marvellous artwork in the future,” says CCAC chairperson Clodagh Connaughton,
“If you’re interested in art,” says Bernadett “all you need is time and it will boil away out.”