Loosen up and scribble! Freshen up those figure drawing skills, we decided. On Monday 20th April we got out our charcoals, our 6B’s, and pastels for plenty of rapid-fire poses with one of the Arthouse Hotel’s professional female models. Peering around, it didn’t matter that both Marjorie Crosby-Fairall and I felt a tad rusty. The 40-odd other patrons represented all ages and abilities, each avidly sketching at tables and lounge chairs. Our model led us through 2-minute, then 5, 10, and finally 15 minute poses. In this casual atmosphere some patrons wandered in late, or surrendered the muse and left early. However, we were loving all our right-brain cells firing! Occasionally we managed to catch the essence in a few strokes. Or we’d get a tricky foreshortened foot to look convincing. At least, before we dusted charcoal off our fingers we’d dusted away some of the cobwebs around our figure drawing skills. The Arthouse is a 5 minute stroll from Town Hall station, so we’ll turn up again. Early arrival is good. We got the best seats plus the chance to chat over Monday night’s cheap pizza.
by Jenny Hale
The next SCBWI meet up for Life Drawing is July 27th 2015. Meet under the Mona Lisa mural!