Holiday Week!

This Wednesday was the first holiday week, so hopefully nobody turned up at The Edge, because it is closed until September. We start again on September 4th. It was really strange not running the class, and I quite missed it.

For our last class Katherine was our model, it was her second time working with us, and she was excellent, and inspired some interesting drawing.


Spirit of Manchester !

I was away for a week recently, and during my brief sojourn The Edge won The Spirit of Manchester ‘Community Space Award’. It was against very stiff, and also very worthy competition. Among many other good causes, the Café ‘The Dressing Room’, not only serves excellent coffee, it also trains and mentors people with disabilities in catering.

The Café has acquired an alcohol license, so now you can have a drink safe in the knowledge you are also contributing to social well being (albeit in a very minor way!).


Concentration !

Next week is the last class before the two weeks summer break. So last chance to hone your drawing skill before the holiday!

This year has been another fantastic one for the class. Mainly due to the attendees, who have to be some of the most committed in the country. I have run the class for a number of years now and have never once suggested people be quiet. Yet nobody speaks throughout, the concentration is palpable.

Lots of people describe it as Zen like.

There again perhaps it is our models, Harry was our model last week, we have not seen him for some time, it was a welcome return.


To My Rescue !

Last week the class was rather brilliantly run by Dan, and quite a success it was. Maggi May was our model, and we were pleased to see her, as she is now out of town until next year.

But I wasn’t around to take any pictures of peoples work. I was wondering what to post when one of our regular models Amina, posted the image below on Instagram, and came to my rescue !  She is @lifemodelamina and this was taken at our class a few weeks ago, it seemed appropriate.

Congratulations Kelly!

In case you missed the news, this week’s class is being run by Dan, as I will be in Cambridge. Last week we had a male model scheduled, but unfortunately he hurt himself in the Gym just before the class. Luckily Kelly, one of our regular models was able to stand in at the last minute. The night before she had received her Master’s in Embroidery, congratulations Kelly!

Cover !

Next week I am away for a few days, and Dan Moloney is running the class. Dan has attended nearly every week for years. He is known as Limnast on Instagram, and if you look at others work during the break, you will be able to spot his work, it is easily recognisable.
The first photo was taken at The Chorlton Tap, some of us go for a drink after the class, and anyone is welcome to join us…
The second is one of  Dan’s  drawing this Wednesday’s of Kelly


Experienced Drawer…

Summer is well and truly here. And with the windows uncovered the light is different and changes as the evening progresses. Lizzie was our model last week, she has the advantage of attending our class as a drawer, and knows what the audience is looking for. She is also a photographer so knows how models pose. So it was another brilliant evening.

Faces are Hard !

When people first start Life Drawing, a common worry is they cannot draw faces. They cannot get the drawing to ‘Look Like’ the model. And my response is ‘don’t draw the face’.
Faces are notoriously difficult, and take a long time to master, and you have an entire body to work on! So when you first begin you can more or less leave them out entirely, and as you improve, start adding features. Just a hint of where the eyes, nose and lips are. The less detail the better.
Veronica was our model last week, it was her first time, and she was excellent !

More Summery !

I’m not sure if it is just me, but drawings in the summer months look different somehow. I think it is partly the lighting. The windows let is a lot of natural light (we are not overlooked!). But it also the light feelings in the class, everybody is simply a bit more summery! Including Amina our model, she managed some wonderful poses, and I think even she felt more relaxed..

We continue till mid August!

Last week was the first really warm evening of the year. And as happened the last few years the number of attendees really dropped to the lowest number this year.
It wasn’t helped by the fact I had not updated the website with dates, so i looked like the term had stopped last week! We don’t we continue till mid August!
It has its advantages, it means that you can move if you are in a position where you don’t like the angle. It also presented the opportunity to do a longer pose. We normally keep to 20 mins maximum, but with people being able to move around it meant we could do longer poses. And those that wanted to could do two separate drawings from different positions. So everybody gained!

Rob was our model last week, and as usual he was excellent.