“Draw like a pro” draws Berwyn youth to library

By Anthony Garcia

At the Berwyn library, you can check out books featuring cartoons, drawing and coloring. Now you can learn how to draw those same

Marty McGowan teaching how to draw like a pro

wacky figures, monkey-pirates and anime warriors yourself.

The Youth Services department at the library recently had its “Draw like a pro” event on Nov. 17 where kids from ages 12-18 were able to practice and learn how to draw from local graphic designer, Marty McGowan.

Participants were encouraged to draw whatever they felt, no matter their level of skill.

Marissa Garcia, a youth services librarian explained the origin of the program idea.

“I sensed that there will always be creative souls among any community of young adults, so when I was considering programming ideas, I knew this group just needed an outlet,” Garcia said.

“Creative pursuits can often be solitary, but doing programming for young artists and wordsmiths allowed them to come out of the woodwork and join their passions with social interaction and learn in the process,” she said.

Garcia said that she had a friend, Marty McGowan, who specialized and majored in illustration at Columbia College and had a particular fondness for anime and Manga animation, something many young adults love as well. So Garcia asked McGowan if he would be willing to help out.

An example of anime by Marty McGowan

“Draw like a pro” had a much higher attendance number than many of the other youth services programs, and attendees peppered Garcia with questions about more event ideas and even a “Draw like a pro” club, something that Garcia is currently working on.

“I’m currently ironing out the logistics of [creating a Draw like a pro club] and expect to have results in the New Year. I am thrilled!” Garcia said.

For more information on “Draw like a pro” or any other future events, contact the Berwyn Public library at (708)-795-800 or visit www.berwynlibrary.org.

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