Mercy tea, yoga and Pat Butcher

I'm still making my morning cup of tea when Dylan comes on screen, and it's less than a minute before he's promising to send me a mercy parcel of Yorkshire Tea, shocked at the barbaric tea conditions this Brit has to endure here in New Zealand. I laugh and ask him how lockdown's going. 'Weirdly … Continue reading Mercy tea, yoga and Pat Butcher

Life modelling – class format

Life drawing classes can either be taught classes (perhaps at an art school, or by an artist) or groups of artists who just want to come together to practise their drawing. Note: there's also one-on-one modelling for a single artist, although this is less common, and should be approached with caution for personal safety. Usually … Continue reading Life modelling – class format

Life modelling – fun facts

You will get cold You will get too hot You will sweat You will want to cough You can stretch It will hurt You will need to fart You will fart You will move You will get an itch You will be able to not scratch that itch You will feel like a badass for … Continue reading Life modelling – fun facts

Life modelling – choosing a pose

Short poses can be anything from 15 seconds to 15 minutes. These can be fun as you can try different things, knowing you don’t have to hold them for very long, and switch between different poses that use different muscle groups, minimising any pain or discomfort. Long poses are normally a max of 20 minutes … Continue reading Life modelling – choosing a pose

Portrait modelling

Portrait modelling is a bit different to life modelling. You'd think it would be easier, right? No getting naked. Piece of piss? Nah, not really. OK, so there's no nudity, but people are staring at YOUR FACE. It's really off putting. At least with life modelling you don't really notice people or where they are … Continue reading Portrait modelling

Life modelling – a little too familiar?

Hannah mentioned in this post that her worst fear with life modelling was seeing someone she knew. I'm not sure I share the same fear. I mean, yes, it would be awkward, but I like to think I'd remain professional. Being naked in a life modelling class is way different than being naked in front of … Continue reading Life modelling – a little too familiar?

A world of pain – life modelling

I laid on a wooden table, my shoulder blades jarring against the flat, hard wood while my left arm was bent back and under my waist, shoulder twisted unnaturally. My right arm laid on top of my belly, my little finger numb. It felt crooked and bent under the others even though it was flat … Continue reading A world of pain – life modelling

Life Modelling

Just under 2 years ago I started life modelling. It was something I’d wanted to try for a while, ever since an off the cuff remark about wanting a painting of me for my bedroom wall one Friday night ended with a drunken half naked drawing session with a recruitment consultant/amateur artist from London called Will. … Continue reading Life Modelling