We are really pleased with the new lighting at The Edge. Everybody can now not only see the model, but also see the paper in front of them! It makes for a much improved environment, and drawing experience. And things can only get better as we adjust to the new setup and get everything pointing in the right direction.
You can tell people were impressed, one of the lighting images was taken by Limnast (our own Dan Moloney). We also had our biggest attendance for well over a year, so thank you all for turning up! Our model for the evening was Kelly who was excellent as usual.
We do like to support our friends, especially when they are working in unusual art forms. One of our regular models, is running an fascinating workshop celebrating being female (so aimed at females), previous events have remarkably successful and i have only heard wonderful things about them!
It is a Breast Decorating workshop and there are only a few places left. So although I cannot attend (obvious reasons!) it looks remarkable…..see link below
Tra-La, we have an announcement. Not long after we started the class the overhead bulbs began to falter. To compensate we used spotlights which was perfect for photography, the model is lit up beautifully, but unfortunately you could not see the paper to draw on! We used ambient lighting, and it suited some areas of the room, but left others with minimum light. Ok, but not ideal.
Now a new lighting system has been installed, scheduled to complete on Monday, and will be fully functioning for this week’s class.
The Edge is a charity and they have worked hard to secure the funding for the new lighting, so a round of applause to them!
Well last night was one of the strangest in our history! Given that it had snowed overnight, the forecast was not good and the roads were reportedly chaotic. In addition it was without doubt the coldest night of the year. We were expecting a very sparse audience. In fact we enquired if there was a smaller room available, but there wasn’t. We set up the room for a small audience. Convenient, as the room was slightly disordered due to new lighting being installed.
We were delighted when anybody arrived. And people kept arriving, and arriving! We ended up with the largest class we have had in a long time. Go Figure?! We weren’t really prepared, so apologies if you could not get a good seat.
We were so rushed we didn’t even take photo’ of peoples work. So images of Sarah from a previous class!
I am really pleased to let you know that one of our regular models, Maggie-May, is running her own Life Drawing classes as part of the Leonardo exhibition at Manchester Art Gallery. I imagine this will be in high demand, so booking certainly essential.
We had a good turn out this week, and we have also had some good news. One of the issues we have had for some time now is lighting. The overhead lighting had gradually become worse as bulbs have given up the ghost, and apparently replacing the bulbs has been impossible. We have made the best use of their spotlights and other ambient lighting, but it can still be difficult to see the paper very well in certain spots within the room. But The Edge have now found funds to replace the entire lighting unit! So in the next few weeks we expect the drawing situation to be totally transformed! Really looking forward to it!
Mark was our model this week, and as always he was brilliant…
I sometimes thing I sometimes over reach during a class. For example doing moving poses, which I know some people find incongruous. But it results in unique methods of drawing, see the first examples below. But although we are predominately a Life Drawing class, I find it is important to explore different ways of capturing the human figure.
It was brilliant to start the New Year with familiar faces, and some new ones. This is the time of year for new challenges, and it was good to see several people were prepared to meet the challenge head on! Amina was our model last week, and like all our models she was wonderful!