NEW ULM- In the basement of the Public Library, on Tuesday teenagers plotted a takeover by an army of monsters as part of a comics workshop.
The workshop was open for aspiring artists ages 12-18. Professional artist Ursula Murray Husted led the workshop. In addition to being a comic artist, Husted works as a professor at University of Wisconsin Stout.
During the two-hour program participants were asked to draw a variety of cartoon panels leading up to the final project. The young artists were given an hour to draw a three-page comic in which monsters besieged a library.
Ursula Murray Husted (left) instructs comic workshop participants Jacob Bertrang, (back right) Miles Irwin, (center right) and Hannah Mohror (front right).
Roman Leske draws his comic creation, working on the feet of a character.
Husted advised the students to pay attention to footwear as it says a lot about the character.
At the end of the session the various comics were displayed as part of the reception attended by family and friends.
Husted explained that many of these comic drawing exercises are used in her college courses and older students find the task challenging.
The exercise is designed to make the young artists draw fast and efficiently. This way the drawer does not become paralyzed by aiming for perfection.
"The only way you improve is to keep doing it," said Husted, comparing comic drawing to playing an instrument or riding a bike.
While the students sketched out their comic, Husted gave a crash course in comic history and theory.
Husted and some of the students also gave library staff suggestions for comics that should be added the library's growing collection.