Why life drawing?
Life drawing sessions are quiet and tranquil. You are there for 2-3 hours with nothing to think about other than drawing what’s in front of you. This is a stress-free task that is easy to understand but hard to do. It requires focus, so you won’t be thinking about that annoying person at the office, the twelfth item on your to-do list, or how to pay next month’s gas bill. It’s a different type of thought to those that bounce around our minds in modern life ... and it feels very healthy to give your mind this break.Enrol Prices
These life drawing sessions are limited so please enrol early to avoid disappointment.
There are materials you can use other than pencils, but they’re a great place to start. All you really need to know is that a beginner should use a 2B or B pencil for drawing, which is fairly soft. It is easier to make large sweeping movements with these pencils. F or H on it, it’s too hard.
Willow charcoal of Daler-Rowney and Coates are both great. However, they need fixative after drawing, otherwise marks will fade away easily.
Kneading Rubber / eraser
The recommendation here is a kneading or putty rubber. With this, you can be very accurate since you can mold it to the shape and size you require. Also, you can achieve more nuanced rubbing out, so the putty rubber itself becomes like a drawing tool.
You should use "slight tooth" paper of at the very minimum A3 size and preferably larger. It’s difficult for even experienced artists to draw well on a small page. Loose sheets of sugar paper were recommended for quick charcoal drawings. They are cheap, have a nice off-white colour and are of sufficient quality. If you want to go for higher quality, 90-120 grs paper is a good bet for both pencils and charcoal (when using pencil).
To store and protect your precious pictures, it’s a good idea to have a hard folder.
£170 for 6 x 2½ hr sessions on Wednesdays, (model fee included). Apply