It was good to be back in the Theatre at The Edge, though the lighting was unusual. It had been set up for a play, so was unusual, but not unpleasant. It was also good to see a number of new faces. It often happens that unfamiliar people turn up at once, I only hope they enjoyed the session and found it useful. We may even see some of them again! And lots of them were students, always a good sign that the future is in good hands!
images from last week.
For the last two weeks we have been in one of the smaller rooms. The first week, because of the weather, we honestly thought nobody would turn up. It had been snowing most of the day. But we were wrong!
Last week was because a concert recital had been arranged, and the theatre is the only available space for such events. But this week we are back to normal. Last week’s model was Marissa, and as she pointed out to me NOT Melissa, which I called her more than once! Which is really embarrassing, as I have known and drawn Marissa for about a decade!
Life Drawing is complex, and it can be as simple or as difficult as the drawer intends it to be. Many consider it to be the most challenging type of drawing. Certainly if you are attempting to capture an exact likeness of the model, but also imposing your own style, it takes years of practise, unless you are a budding Leonardo!
And a likeness of the model is the normal reason for attending Life Drawing, but it doesn’t have to be. You can just as easily be inspired by the model, and draw accordingly. Last week one of the attendees did exactly that. It may not be an exact likeness of Lauren, but if you were familiar with the model you can easily spot the inspiration. See image below. One of the reasons I enjoy running this class is the pure diversity of the work produced.
Maria our model last week is relatively new to Life Modelling, and determined to do interesting poses, she had devised herself. She managed some relatively difficult poses with consummate ease. But as she found some poses that are easy to hold for a few minutes, become really difficult as time passes by. For example anything that includes holding your arms in the air. One thing I make clear to our models, is they must never feel uncomfortable. And every class member I have ever spoken to expresses exactly the same opinion. But Maria was resolute and simply took a few breaks throughout a tricky pose. As I state during every class, Life Drawing is different to Still Life drawing, models are human.
Well we managed a Valentines evening at The Edge, without mentioning Valentines at all! Though there were a few gremlin in the mix, for some reason the playlist included several Christmas songs, I could have sworn had been deleted. You could see the confusion on people faces. Never mind, back to normal this week, we hope. As always there were one or two people who had never been before. Rest assured, if you are new to drawing, you are unlikely to be the only one in the class.
Examples from last week,
Tomorrow evenings class coincides with Valentines day. One thing I can guarantee, there will be no Valentine theme at our class! Though you are more than welcome to join us for a drink afterwards!
Last week the class was half full, and this week there were twice as many people. Sometimes there are obvious reasons why the class numbers change. The first Class of the New Year, is always full, when The Great British Bake-Off Final was on the same night the numbers plummeted! But most of the time we have absolutely no idea why the numbers fluctuate so much. Which for me is a good thing, it means there is variance every week, and variety, is as they say, the spice of life. Max was our model this week, it was his first time at The Edge, and he was excellent.
Well it was another special evening at Chorlton Alternative Arts. We had two models working with us, they are good friends, and it showed. It is a real challenge drawing two people in such a short space of time, most (but not all!), find it much more difficult. The big advantage is, there is always a observation standpoint that suits. For some people it was their first time attending, and I hope the challenge was not too much for them!
Some images of the evening below..
If you are planning to attend a Life Drawing class it should be this one!
We plan to have two models, at the same time. So twice the work! And there should always be a good angle.
We are now well and truly back in the swing of things. It is nice to see many of the regulars are continuing to attend this year. As it is a drop in class, some people attend most weeks, some decide to attend every other week, and some just on an ad-hoc basis. It is also great to see new faces, the best thing is watching people improve as the weeks go by. Rakee was our model this week, and once more she was great.