Their own stamp

Rakhee was our model last week, and like most of our models she was superb. To me it is endlessly fascinating, how each model puts their own stamp on the class. Even though we have a similar format each week, it is always different. Rakhee has worked with us for a while now, but this was probably her last class, she is soon starting travelling, her first stop Mexico!

360 degrees Mary!

Mary was our model last week, and it was a welcome return, she had not modelled with us for nearly two years. Drawing Mary presents the drawer with a potential issue. She is quite heavily tattooed, and there is a dilemma, do you include the tattoos or not? The answer is personal, some do, and some don’t. You can see from our examples the result. For a change I thought I would take lots of images of the same pose!

Natural Pose!

Maggi-May was our model last week, Maggi-May is one of our regular models, and has worked with us for more than four years. This week she did a particular pose that I really liked. She stood with one foot slightly raised and it looked like she was dipping her toe in the sea. Often poses by their very nature look staged (they are!), but this pose looked completely natural.

Forgot my camera this week, so images are from my phone!

Ideal time to do everything!

This time of year seems like the ideal time to do everything. Gardening, house cleaning, holidaying! The list is endless, and of course Life Drawing. The late evenings mean you arrive and leave while it is light, and the room is perfect. In a few weeks from now it will be too warm! Kelly was our model last week and she surprised us with a few yoga moves towards the end. A hidden talent!
Some great drawings..

WOW!

WOW it is like the middle of summer! It only seems like a few weeks ago that we arrived in total darkness, it was freezing cold, and on occasion pouring down. Now it is light when we leave the class, or it seems that way anyway. And normally we head to The Beech on Beech Road for a well deserved after class refreshment. Anybody is welcome to join us, as often as not we are joined by people that couldn’t make the class but thought they would still join us for a beer!

Examples from last weeks class…

Slightly unusual

It was slightly unusual last week, as The Edge was set up for a Play. It sometimes happens because we use the theatre space! But it forces us to rethink how we should arrange the room, which is a good thing. Mark was our model for the evening, he is one of our athletic models and it is always great to have him in attendance.

Examples from last week’s class,

It now feels like summer is here!

It now feels like summer is here! At our class, It is the perfect time for Life Drawing. There is still natural light at the start of the evening, and we can use the spotlights as the light fades. The temperature is ideal, though last week we still had to have the heaters on for the model, this week we are not expecting to. Looking forward to seeing everyone this evening.

It’s a privilege..

Ours is a Life Drawing class. I consider it a major privilege the models offer us. Staying still and allowing us to study them for some considerable time. Many of us don’t even have friends that would be prepared to stay still and let us scrutinise them, clothed or unclothed. When offered this opportunity most of us draw the complete figure. But we don’t have to, some for example concentrate on portraits. But as in this example the artist has decided to draw something they find particularly difficult. The Feet. It is the feet that ground us, connect us to the earth. Getting them right, is difficult. The use of a shadow (in this example just hinted at) , can be really effective.

Unusual……

Last week was slightly unusual. Rosa our model for the evening had requested that we do not play music, so we could record the ambient sound. Rosa has plans to produce an exhibition, based on that session. We will provide details as the event develops. A few people commented on how strange it seemed drawing in silence. And it did to me to, which is slightly odd as I often attend Life Drawing sessions where there is no music. As with many things, and as mentioned last week, context is a vital ingredient.

Images from last week’s class..