Art club continues to be a big hit with youngsters in Lowestoft

Comic book artist Jon Haward at the Coffee Heart cafe in Lowestoft. Picture: James Bass

Comic book artist Jon Haward at the Coffee Heart cafe in Lowestoft. Picture: James Bass - Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2015

An art club is offering youngsters the chance to design and draw their own superhero characters in Lowestoft.

One of Mr Haward's drawings. Picture: James Bass

One of Mr Haward's drawings. Picture: James Bass - Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2015

Marvel comic book artist Jon Haward, 50, is currently running the sessions every Saturday afternoon – at Coffee Heart on London Road North.

Mr Haward – who was the European Spider-Man artist for five years and has also worked for Panini comics – has been one of the leading drawers of the world's favourite superheroes for three decades.

And now, he is teaching his skills and passing on his wealth of knowledge to the children – and is keen for more youngsters to come along and be a part of his club.

Mr Haward has run two sessions so far, with 11 children joining him for the inaugural workshop.

In that session, he spoke about Jack Harvey – who created the visual look of the Marvel universe in the sixties.

Each week, Mr Haward, who lives in the town, tells the youngsters about a famous artist – which has also included senior Spiderman artist John Romita.

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He described how the young people he has worked with so far, who have ranged in age from nine up to 23, have 'shown real potential'.

'I have been giving them activity sheets and figure drawings for them to copy,' Mr Haward said.

'I am also trying to get them to design their own characters.

'The kids that turned up have shown real potential and I can see them developing into artists.

'When I was young, I was always drawing and I wish I had someone to teach me – I am trying to do that now.'

Mr Haward has also been explaining how to draw faces, along with dynamic figure drawing and considering what a classic superhero looks like.

Coffee Heart owner and fellow comic book fanatic Bob Cowan, said: 'It's gone really well and it is nice to get different people down.

'My son takes part and the difference in his drawings, over the space of two weeks, is phenomenal.'

The workshops will run each Saturday from 3-5pm, apart from on Saturday, March 26 where there will be no session.

Registration can be done through the Coffee Heart café in Lowestoft with each session costing £5.

Paper will be provided and people are advised to bring a pencil, rubber and sharpener with them.

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