I’ve always enjoyed life drawing, there’s something about the human body that I find compelling; all of the lines, curves, tones that flow and shape themselves into a figure, have an elemental beauty.
That being said, perhaps my favourite thing about life drawing is how it can be used for fun and exploration, experimentation and play, and all those other exciting drawing-related words. It’s for this reason I was chuffed to become the life drawing teacher for Betty’s Birds hen parties last year. Quite often as an adult we don’t get much chance to ‘play’, which is a real shame; so I created a life drawing workshop that is all about drawing exercises and games! Would you believe it – the fun all adds up to help in improving drawing skills too…
Want to have a go yourself? Fancy a party with a difference? It’s definitely worth checking out Betty’s Birds!
You must be familiar with the concept of life drawing – it’s drawing naked people, right? How about the Dr Sketchy version, where you get to draw not-quite-naked, but fabulously costumed people? I’m pleased to say that this is how I spent my last Sunday afternoon. The drawing that is, not being almost naked.
I’ve posted about going to Dr Sketchy’s classes before and had to travel far out to them, so I was chuffed to find one starting much closer to me in Bristol! Hooray!
We worked with 3 burlesque performer models, Ally Katte, Poppy Raine and Didi Curv’e; 2 of whom treated us to a performance as well. It was up to the audience whether they wanted to simply enjoy the act or get some movement drawings into their sketchbook too. I was pleased to bear witness to Didi Curv’e playing the bongos with her boobs – I’ve never seen anything like it!
It was a lovely atmosphere as we were welcomed in (upstairs at the Stag and Hounds) and the class was started off with a few quick warm up poses of a few minutes. As we worked further into the session, we managed to get our teeth into slightly longer poses of 10 and 15 minutes.
I really enjoyed drawing the models – I only wish I was able to capture more of the beautiful costumes, they were so intricate in places. Note for next time, need to work on Go-Go-Gadget Speedy Drawing Skills.
As a personal bonus, I thought I recognised a Lenore (the cute little dead girl) tattoo on Poppy Raine. It’s been ages since I’ve read the graphic novel by Roman Dirge so felt a little like glimpsing an old friend!
I’ve posted my favourite sketches and can’t wait for more Dr. Sketchy action in September!
After a good while of not putting pen to paper with a life model in the room, I thought it would be a grand idea to flex the ol’ life drawing skills at a one off (or every few months anyway) burlesque life drawing evening at Bristol Folk House. The models Delilah Di Sgrace and Ally Katte were in their Christmassy finery creating both interesting and festive poses. I did particularly like the one where Delilah Di Sgrace rolled up onto her shoulders, fair play to her holding that for 10 minutes! The following are some of the images that came from my work of the night, more will be uploaded as I have opportunity to get them up. Click an image for a closer look!
I realised that these hadn’t made their way to the great viewing platform called ‘internet’. The models were Kitty Ribbons and Lexi Sexx, both wonderful to draw.
A little while ago (sometime in February I believe) I mentioned that I’d been to a couple Dr Sketchy’s Anti Art School classes. I’d heard about them and had wanted to go for ages and when I finally managed to go, I went to 2 in one week! I really enjoyed the classes, the models were really diverse and it was good to get back into life drawing – which I hadn’t done in a while – and the event was fun! Something different. Here are some pictures from the Falmouth evening:
Dr Sketchy’s Falmouth
The following are of Lady Allura (who had fantastic poise, I must say)
This heart drawing was part of a challenge where you had to draw half on the heart and then try and match it up with someone else’s half. After a failed attempt of just drawing on the heart I realised it was much easier to draw the whole figure across the 2 bits of paper. Genius eh?
The next set of drawings are of the elegant Suzie Sequin
And here we have some lovely roller derby girls…