AMC at GreatArt: Blade Runner in-store session!

Art Model Collective are thrilled to start a sponsorship deal with GreatArt, London’s best art megastore.
To celebrate the beginning of this exciting partnership, we are bringing a FREE public life drawing session to the GreatArt store in Shoreditch!

Carla and Manko will design a dramatic dynamic costumed drawing session after the classical Blade Runner characters, Rachael and Pris.

The interactive expressive multi-model poses will be set in the “doodling” corner inside the store, and all GreatArt customers are welcome to join in this 3 hour event for free!

We hope to see you there!

https://www.greatart.co.uk/

AMC: 360° pose drawing with animator Aaron Jacob Jones

Due to a popular demand, we are bringing you another opportunity to animate your drawings with a supervision and guidance by a pro animator!

We at Art Model Collective love to hear artists’ feedback and input. One of our regulars, extremely talented illustrator and animator Aaron Jacob Jones, suggested trying to bring a pose to life with animation, and of course we are happy to oblige!

Carla will set up one single pose in the centre of the gallery on a rotating platform, and work with Aaron to help you animate your life drawings during this 2.5 hour session.

We’re going to spin Carla 360 degrees and give everyone 8 different angles of the same pose. Aaron will guide you through the technicalities of this challenge, suggesting to capture each angle as consistently as you can, using the same materials, colours and scale.

At the end of the session, Aaron will explain how to turn your 8 drawings into a spinning animation, using a website, a mobile app or even Photoshop. Even the simplest sketches will blend together to create the illusion of spinning movement.

The exercise will enhance your understanding of how to capture the structure of the figure in 3D, and seeing your artwork animated is always a quirky delight.

Bar, soundtrack, tutoring, like-minded group of creatives, at a perfect location just a few minute walk from London Bridge station.

Admission: £15 on the door

We’ll have some free art materials for spontaneously visiting artists, but as always, please bring your favourite tools.

Chairs and drawing boards provided, some easels and table spaces available.

All levels welcome.

AMC presents BOYS LOVE: queer multi-model life drawing

On this extraordinary evening, AMC introduce our followers to a pair of gorgeous male guest models!

In this session curated by Carla, two professional models Riccardo and António – partners in performance, in crime and in love,- will share with us their lust for life in a fabulous display of passion and affection.

This session will shine the Underdog Gallery’s lights on the intimacy and complicity of two models who are, in both their personal and public life, as devoted to each other as they are to the objects of their pleasures and desires.

First they will invite the artist into their dressing room, offering a rare and privileged opportunity to spy on a moment of intense intimacy. They will be posing as artists draw them in meticulous preparation. You will glimpse them doing their make up and trying on fabulous pieces of clothing, in a relaxing yet intoxicating atmosphere full of anticipation.

This moment of intimacy will be followed by the chance to capture them in all their splendour, as they strike a pose ready to be the owners of the night.

From these two beautiful models and alternative quirky performers, we should expect nothing less than splendid, eclectic and luminous outfits, extravagant accessories, red lipstick and flexible poses in high heels – they are, by far and away, the best styled double act on the queer scene!

Boy, you can’t possibly miss this!

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Hosted by Carla Tofano

Admission: £15 on the door

Bar, evocative soundtrack, two models, like-minded group of creatives, at a perfect location just a few minute walk from London Bridge station.

We’ll have some free art materials for spontaneously visiting artists, but as always, please bring your favourite tools.

Chairs and drawing boards provided, some easels and table spaces available.

All levels welcome.

AMC Sunday sessions: vintage fashion illustration at RQV

For those who can’t make our weekday sessions, our friends at Rocket Queen Vintage have kindly invited us to create a VINTAGE FASHION life drawing event in the heart of Hackney again.

Join us for this luxuriously long, fun, relaxed and stylish multi-model, multi-outfit session on Sunday 13th of May, 5-8pm!

Two models will be styled by Lisa Marie, Miss Rocket Queen herself, in spectacular curated capsule collection of vintage pieces she will be bringing back from her market trips to France and Hungary.

Models will change outfits for every pose, ranging from 10 to 30mins.

Hosted by Jason Atomic and Rachel Freire

Admission: £15 on the door
Free art materials available
BYOB

 

Infinity War: dynamic mega-model session at Orbital Comics!

Following on from our previous ’blockbuster’ sessions at Orbital Comics, Art Model Collective return to celebrate the release of Avengers: Infinity War – the epic culmination of the marvel cinematic universe series arc.

Manko & Carla, accompanied by the cream of the cos-play scene, will channel their inner superhero for a senses-shattering life-drawing extravaganza of cosmic proportions!

Join us for some dynamic costumed life drawing, as Orbital becomes the scene of a sensational superhero slug-fest, featuring multi-model poses in different locations around the store.

Basic materials and refreshments provided.

Entry: £15
Get your tickets from Orbital Comics store!

 

RIOT GRRRL! multimodel life drawing session

Finally! A much anticipated multi-model life drawing theme with a riotous soundtrack!
Art Model Collective celebrates the Riot Grrrls in music.

February 2018 marks the 100th anniversary of the Representation of the People Act 1918, in which *some* women got to vote for the first time in the UK.
To celebrate this key step in the process towards female emancipation and universal suffrage, we are hailing the irrepressible female spirit with a Riot Grrrl life drawing session!

Riot grrrl is an underground subculture movement originating in the early 1990s, organised to end ageism, homophobia, racism, sexism and, especially, physical and emotional violence against women and girls, through music, DIY ethic, zines, art, political action, and activism.

Our models will embrace each other in pure feminist consciousness and punk style as much as the original Rior Grrrls embraced their guitars, voice, and grassroots politics.

All levels welcome
Hosted by Jason Atomic
Admission on the door: £15
(As usual, we welcome other life models who have worked with AMC before to come and draw free of charge)

We’ll have some free art materials for spontaneously visiting artists, but as always, please bring your favourite tools.

Chairs and drawing boards provided, some easels and table spaces available.

Please join us for a drink afterwards! We’re a friendly bunch of like-minded creatives and enjoy chatting, brainstorming, getting feedback and swapping ideas!

Animate a 360° pose with Aaron J Jones and Art Model Collective

Second opportunity to have a go at animation with a supervision and guidance by a pro animator!

We at Art Model Collective love to hear artists’ feedback and input. One of our regulars, extremely talented illustrator and animator Aaron Jacob Jones, suggested trying to bring a pose to life with animation, and of course we are happy to oblige!

Carla will set up one single pose and work with Aaron to help you animate your life drawings during this 2.5 hour session.

We’re going to spin Carla 360 degrees and give everyone 8 different angles of the same pose. Aaron will guide you through the technicalities of this challenge, suggesting to capture each angle as consistently as you can, using the same materials, colours and scale.

At the end of the session, Aaron will explain how to turn your 8 drawings into a spinning animation, using a website, a mobile app or even Photoshop. Even the simplest sketches will blend together to create the illusion of spinning movement!

The exercise will enhance your understanding of how to capture the structure of the figure in 3D, and seeing your artwork animated is always a quirky delight.

Bar, soundtrack, tutoring, like-minded group of creatives, at a perfect location just a few minute walk from London Bridge station.

Admission: £15 on the door

We’ll have some free art materials for spontaneously visiting artists, but as always, please bring your favourite tools.

Chairs and drawing boards provided, some easels and table spaces available.

All levels welcome.

Evoke Archetypes: drawing Tarot with Gene Serene

In 2017, Art Model Collective created a series of collaborative multi-model life drawing events, recreating some of the major arcana of Tarot cards.

Evoke Archetypes

EVOKE ARCHETYPES is an ongoing project by Gene Serene, Berlin-based singer/songwriter and our guest of this session, whom we have been most lucky to invite during her London visits to hail us with an original soundtrack, indepth research, magick and insight of Evoking Archetypes for our London audience or artists.

Art Model Collective: Evoke Archetypes with Gene Serene

Evoke Archetypes session with Gene Serene

Many artists, such as Salvador Dali, have drawn their own decks of Tarot Cards. Carla and Manko invited a plethora of talented models and built sets to bring to life the powerful archetypes of Major Arcana, posing for the audience of artists in classical Tarot poses and costumes.

Art Model Collective Evoke Archetypes: Strength. Photo by Toby Deveson

Art Model Collective Tarot life drawing: The Devil. Evoke Archetypes with Gene Serene

Art Model Collective Tarot life drawing: The Devil with Manko, Carla and Christopher. Photo by Jason Atomic

art model collective tarot evoke archetypes manko carla angel

Fool – High Priestess – Magician (Manko-Carla-Angel). Photos by Drucilla Burrell

Genie, the concept designer of Evoke Archetypes project, is also truly a very thorough spiritual and musical host of these sessions. Prior to the sessions, she performs a Tarot reading, allowing the cards from Major Arcana to decide which characters we shall bring to life on stage. Before we begin the session, Genie sets up her altar and purifies the space of the event with incantations, bells, sage and salt.

Gene Serene card reading for the line-up of Evoke Archetypes IV

Genie says:

“I first stumbled upon the tarot as a young girl and since have been fascinated by the history, many attributes and allegory as well as the tarots more widely understood uses as a tool for self development, divination and spiritual communication.

Last year I began my artists residency in Berlin and focused on the Major Arcana. I began working with these themes with the idea to compose and design a series of symbols, composing music, and marked on a study of these powerful archetypal energies.

Joining forces with Art Model Collective allowed me not only to study these archetypes, but bring them to life, create a space and an environment where the Major Arcana are not just a series of images or philosophy, but really bring them into the physical world.

Gene Serene with Art Model Collective at Underdog Gallery

Artists are thereby given a wonderful and unique opportunity to draw; music and words are written and composed, creating a setting in where these energies can be called using models as avatars symbolically posed to represent each “Card”… and so each event manifests into a journey and compete experience. I feel it allows us to be in the presence of these intangible and yet definite archetypes that lie within and without us all…

Gene Serene set and stage at Underdog Gallery

The tarot is a major path-working and development tool which can be used in so many ways, not only in its more common experience of divination, but for personal and spiritual growth. It’s  wonderful to have found this way to work with them, and an incredible experience so far.”

Art Model Collective: drawing Tarot: Tower with Gene Serene

Art Model Collective: Evoke Archetypes series with Gene Serene, Carla and Manko. The Tower, photo by Jason Atomic

So far, we’ve evoked these archetypes:

11 April 2017: The Fool – Magician – High Priestess.

23 May 2017: The Lovers – Death – The Devil.

26 July 2017: The World – Judgment – The Tower.

31 October 2017: Strength – Chariot – Temperance.

coming up:

3 April 2018: Wheel Of Fortune – Hermit  – Emperor.

Archetypes we have evoked so far…

NEXT EVENT: 3 APRIL AT UNDERDOG GALLERY!

A night to remember – Bukowski and The Most Beautiful Woman In Town

By Boyko Grigorov, London, September 25, 2017

A call came from Carla Tofano, one of the founders of AMC (Art Model Collective) while I was on holiday in the summer. I was invited to a life modelling session themed after Charles Bukowski and his muse – The Most Beautiful Girl In Town. She had already what it takes. I looked myself in the mirror and saw a slight resemblance of Bukowski. Similar age-that was the most notable? As for poetry – hmm, not so good and famous, but I still keep some dried out ‘plumes’ in a drawer.

How wonderful! I was full of expectations and wished to cut short my holiday and rush for London. Pity – the event was scheduled for mid-September. Anyway, I updated my diary in all formats – paper, digital and carved stone. Flintstone is not alone!

We communicated with Carla on number of occasions. She was thorough in her meticulous way of organisation. The week before the event we exchanged a few messages, reminding ourselves what to take to the evening. Props for both, lighting, music etc.

All the PR work was done, FB pages were advertising the event and a good attendance was guaranteed.

art model collective charles bukowski

On the day I head for the venue, Underdog Gallery, one of the arches under a bridge, in the shadows of the Shard, near London Bridge Station. Wonderful place for all sorts of arts – drawing, music, theatre. I was the first one, apart from the bartender. Not aware that there was a bar, I took a bottle of wine in my bag, wrapped up in brown paper. And meant to drink it this way? Alas, the plot was different.

Carla arrived, we hugged as old friends and chatted in the attic above, where I changed swiftly and she did what it takes to bring herself to the character she would model. We quickly reached to agreement as to the poses in the first and second part. On the stage we had a small table, an ancient typewriter, books and sheets of paper with printed actual poetry of Bukowski. A small couch was also there. Muses are to inspire, and Carla intended to do her best. I was to wear pyjama pants and a dishevelled look.

In the first part we opened up with a 10 mins pose. Introduction to the character of Bukowski. Standing by the table and holding a book in one hand and a glass of wine in the other, I was engrossed in some inspirational reading. (The book and the wine were real!)

art model collective charles bukowski

Boyko as Charles Bukowski. Photo by Toby Deveson

Then we did a 20 mins pose. And that was me sitting behind the typewriter and typing vigorously. Of course I was still. Carla in her underwear, standing still with her back to me. Her head turned slightly towards the audience and me. As if saying, ‘Whatever you do, I am here. Ehoo…’

Amazing photography from Toby Deveson would give you an idea as to the drama going on.

art model collective charles bukowski

Then we progressed to the final pose of the 1st half. It was to be 30 mins pose.

I am standing or rather half sitting on the table, holding a fresh sheet of paper with ink still wet, reading to Carla what I believe was the best poem I’ve written, ever! Carla lying on the couch in her underwear, was leaning on one elbow and holding a bottle wine to her mouth with the other hand. I felt for her, it was very demanding on both arms and elbows. The bottle was half full, but still. She performed perfectly ok. People were moving around trying to find the best viewing position.

art model collective charles bukowski

art model collective charles bukowski

During the break, I moved swiftly to take some photos and chatted with the artists. I even found a few girls from Bulgaria? How strange. It is not very common to find compatriots in life drawing session. Although I know a couple of very good professionals in London. Very encouraging.

The 2nd part was to start with a 10 mins intro pose. Carla was sitting on the couch, and I was standing above her with my left hand trying to push the bottle of wine in anger into her mouth, and the right hand holding a squashed piece of paper (the poem just written). It looked like I was trying to punch her. It wasn’t the intention though. The intention was to show her the importance of my work, now torn down to nothingness. It went very well. We tried to avoid direct eye contact and not burst into laugh.

art model collective bukowski boyko carla

art model collective bukowski boyko carla

Next pose was a 20 mins pose. She is lying on her side, nude on the couch, her bottom seductively raised high in the air, head turned back as if to meet my gaze.

I, pissed off her indifference, am sitting on a chair, a glass of wine in my left hand and holding my head with my right one. Notice the way I am holding the glass. I am actually covering the glass with my hand? I hated everything and everyone. My back turned to her. That supposedly should have infuriated her, but she shows no emotions.  Great scene, I reckon. Later that was confirmed by the audience. And some good works were produced.

Art Model Collective tribute to Charles Bukowski

Art Model Collective tribute to Charles Bukowski. Models: Boyko and Carla. Photo by Toby Deveson

Art Model Collective tribute to Charles Bukowski. Art by Sara Kuan

And the last pose-30 mins- was the most dramatic. We tried to scale the emotions up and down. I am on my knees holding her tight. So tight that at some point we lose balance, and have to re-adjust. She is holding my head and body close to her tummy. I can hear and feel her heart beating, her breathing. The pose was to represent my regret and my devotion to my muse. I totally surrender my alfa male pride, and embrace her with all my love and dedication. I beg for mercy, I cry for forgiveness, I shout loud ‘Stay with me my love, I need you, I love you with all my heart’.

And she understands. She is caressing my head and shoulder and her love transpires.

I was about to faint…

Art Model Collective tribute to Charles Bukowski

It was a very emotional evening, and we ended up drinking some more wine and chatting up. A great venue, and a very good experience I got. My first themed life drawing session, a bit different but wonderful nevertheless.

So long Underdog Gallery. I’ll be back.

This blog has been written by our guest model Boyko Grigorov and reposted with his kind permission.