Paint/draw from AMC photo references during isolation! VEILED MARBLE

N.B. THIS IS AN ONGOING, NON DATE-SPECIFIC PROJECT

Support your models! Buy a photoset to draw/paint from during the lockdown

For a one-off fee of £25, you will receive a photoset of 50 hi res uncensored images that have never published before, taken at our sold-out session from last October at London Atelier Of Representational Art, “VEILED MARBLE”!

Models Manko and Viktoria paid tribute to the genius of sculptors like Bernini, Corradini, Monti and Strazza, who famously brought marble to life by carving exquisite sensuality of flesh, and the translucency of veil.
The two women were wrapped in nothing but flowers and wet silk, holding classical poses (10-40mins) during an evocative 3 hour session at the atelier’s figure study room.

With professional high-contrast chiaroscuro lighting of the traditional atelier, these reference images are especially suitable for figure painting.

To purchase, please Paypal £25 to artmodelcollective@gmail.com
and receive the zip file through WeTransfer

Profits go to the models during this challenging time of the lockdown with all our work cancelled.

PS We ask you to not publish or share these images, and we look forward to seeing the results of your projects.

We miss holding life drawing sessions and seeing you all more than words can tell.

Keep safe and keep arting in self-isolation!

 

“Veiled Marble” photoset examples

Check out some of SFW photos from this session, as well as some of the amazing life art created there:

FB album

 

DISCLAIMER: We know that many of you, like us, are feeling the financial squeeze during this challenging time. If you can’t afford to support us, we’d appreciate it if you share this post with your art friends who might be interested.

Also, if you are in the mood for arting, there are lots of cheap/free online sessions going on every day on Zoom, Skype, FB live and other platforms.

We are keeping an eye on them and sharing them in our stories on instagram:
instagram.com/artmodelcollective

Follow us and keep drawing!

Friday life drawing – AMC at the Cartoon Museum 5/5

Sadly, though not surprisingly, the venue is stopping events til future notice due to the virus outbreak, and this event had to be cancelled.

In 2019, AMC models held five very different and exciting life drawing events at this adorable museum in the very centre of London. Following this success, we are delighted to announce that we will be starting the New Year with regular bi-weekly Friday evening life drawing sessions.

Theme TBC.

These fun, expressive, dynamic, untutored sessions are aimed at providing a resource for cartoonists and illustrators.

Professional models pose with playful props and evocative soundtrack, drawing inspiration from the Cartoon Museum’s vast archive.

£15 advance, £20 on the door.
Entry includes admission to the museum and free art materials courtesy of GreatArt.

Plenty of table space, drawing boards and easels available.

Untutored.

Accessible venue.

All ages welcome.

Life drawing session starts at 7pm, but the ticket holders are very welcome to come from 6:30 and look around the museum to draw inspiration!

Friday life drawing at the Cartoon Museum: Dylan Dog

Life drawing tribute to the DYLAN DOG comic!
 
For this session, a team of Italian models, Tatiana & Claudio, will be introducing us to their favourite Italian comic book hero, the paranormal investigator Dylan Dog.
In this Italian horror comics series set in London, Dylan Dog is a penniless “nightmare investigator” (“L’indagatore dell’incubo”) who defies the whole preceding horror tradition with a vein of surrealism and an anti-bourgeois rhetoric. His clothes are one of his defining characteristics: he always dresses the same way, in a red shirt, black jacket, and blue jeans; he bought twelve identical outfits after the death of his lover Lillie Connolly.  Dylan cares little for many aspects of modern life. He hates cellphones and to record his memories, he still uses a feather-pen and an inkpot. Naturally, he loves literature (poetry in particular), music (his tastes range from classical to heavy metal), and horror films. He is also a hopeless romantic who loves and loses a new woman in nearly every issue. In fact, in a majority of his cases, his clients are women, with whom he often has a sexual relationship.
With costumes and props, our beautiful Italian models will evoke the occult detective tales of this ‘Nightmare investigator’, taking you through evocative, romantic, inspiring scenes, inviting you to create your own storyboard.
 
Join us for this dynamic life drawing specifically tailored to the needs of cartoonists and illustrators, accompanied by a spooky atmospheric soundtrack!
£15 advance, £20 on the door.
Entry includes admission to the museum and free art materials courtesy of GreatArt.
 
Studio lights, tables, drawing boards and easels available.
 
Untutored.
 
Accessible venue.
 
All ages welcome.
 
Life drawing session starts at 7pm, but the ticket holders are very welcome to come from 6:30 and look around the museum to draw inspiration!
 

‎Valentine’s Vice at Bishopsgate Institute

This year we start working at an incredibly exciting new venue: Bishopsgate Institute!

What better way to launch this exciting collab if not on a naughty Valentine’s night, where you will have a chance to draw our models – Manko and Tatiana – wearing Torture Garden Latex,  and enjoy other kinky entertainment for a ticket of mere £5! But hurry – spaces are very limited.

NB: This is a 18+ event.

Looking for an alternative way to spend Valentine’s Day? Join the Bishopsgate Institute for a deep dive in to our archive’s Erotica and Pornography Collection…

Flirt with a stranger, impress a new beau, or spice up a relationship, over life drawing with Art Model Collective, talks from professional dominatrix Miss Kim Rub and treasures from the darkest depths of our archive.

The evening’s programme:

Art Model Collective (19:00 – 22:00)
Drop into a fetish and erotica-themed life drawing session run by Art Model Collective at any time across the evening. Models will be costumed (think rubber…) and poses will be accompanied by a soundtrack and intermittent erotic readings from the Institute’s Erotica and Pornography Collection.

Miss Kim Rub (20:00 and 21:00)
Enjoy two pop-up talks from professional dominatrix Miss Kim Rub, whose archive is part of the Bishopsgate Institute’s Collection. Miss Kim will be reflecting on her career as a dominatrix and 30+ years of experience in the fetish scene. She will also be talking about how to learn your craft and be a true professional dominatrix.

Archive Pop-Up (19:00 – 22:00)
We’ll be pulling out all the good stuff from the darkest depths of our archives, so take the opportunity to explore them at any time across the evening!

In a beautiful historic building in Spitalfields / Liverpool Street Station, this institution was ‘erected for the benefit of the public’ in 1894 with the motto ‘I grow old but I do not grow lazy’, and to this day they continue to be home for ideas and debate, learning and enquiry, with the mission to inspire independent thought, connecting past and present.

Bishopsgate Library contains 150,000 books, and holds nationally-important archives on London history, socialism, activism, feminism, LGBTQ+ history, free thought and humanism, as well as a wide adult learning programme.

Friday life drawing – Supervillain Girl Gang! AMC at the Cartoon Museum 2/5

To celebrate the release of Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) on Friday Feb 7th,  Art Model Collective present a BAD GIRL GANG themed life drawing session on the very same evening!

Join us at the Cartoon Museum for an evening of dynamic, action-packed poses, with punk supervillain costumes and props, accompanied by an atmospheric and evocative soundtrack.

These fun, expressive, dynamic, untutored sessions are aimed at providing a resource for cartoonists and illustrators. Professional models pose with playful props and evocative soundtrack, drawing inspiration from the Cartoon Museum’s vast archive.

£15 advance, £20 on the door.
Entry includes admission to the museum and free art materials courtesy of GreatArt.

Plenty of table space, drawing boards and easels available.

Life drawing session starts at 7pm, but the ticket holders are very welcome to come from 6:30 and look around the museum to draw inspiration.

Friday life drawing BREAKUP – AMC at the Cartoon Museum 1/5

On Friday 24th of January Art Model Collective return to the Cartoon Museum with a themed life drawing session aimed at cartoonists and illustrators.

We wanted to create a session relevant to current affairs but the divisive nature of current politics has left us heavy hearted. We couldn’t bring ourselves to mention the “B word” that is dominating the news and so, by way of allegory, let us present “Breakup” – a session inspired by the angsty melodrama of vintage romance comics & accompanied by a specially curated soundtrack.
This session introduces, new model, Paulina to the AMC ranks.

These fun, expressive, dynamic, untutored sessions are aimed at providing a resource for cartoonists and illustrators.

£15 advance, £20 on the door.

Entry includes admission to the museum and free art materials courtesy of GreatArt.

Plenty of table space, drawing boards and easels available.

Life drawing session starts at 7pm, but the ticket holders are very welcome to come from 6:30 and look around the museum to draw inspiration.

Untutored.

Accessible venue.

All ages and abilities welcome.

AMC at Orbital Comics: Super Fu*!?ng Gay life drawing (in association with Villain)

Save the date in your diary for this Super Fun, Super Colourful and Super Gay superhero life drawing session at your friendly neighbourhood comic shop!

This session is held in association with the artist Villain, whose print exhibition will be on show at Orbital Gallery. Villain playfully subverts the comic book and superhero genres, viewing them through a queer lens. AND HE WILL BE THERE IN PERSON!

The exhibition will feature a team of fictional LGBTQ superheroes, including Captain PrideLady Violet and Flamingo. But which ones of these will this life drawing session bring to life?

Basic materials and refreshments provided.
Price: £20

Tickets https://www.orbitalcomics.com/super-fung-gay-life-drawing-class-friday-18th-october/

AMC life drawing at the comic con (LFCC 2019)

A fresh landmark in Art Model Collective’s achievements took place on July 27 at the London Film And Comic Convention. Pow pow! We were invited by our new partner, the Cartoon Museum, to host a drop-in life drawing session at their LFCC stand!

As a tester for our first time at a comic con, we brought he classic theme of “Catsuits and Rayguns”, modelled by Manko and assisted by Jason Atomic.

Manko posing at “Catsuits And Rayguns” life drawing at LFCC 2019. Art by Chris Geary. Catsuit by Rachel Freire

The Cartoon Museum stand was original in the comic con in that it offered free interactive workshop opportunities to all. In addition, the guest artist Chris Geary (who is also a regular follower of Art Model Collective) gave a generous demo, sketching Manko on the easel facing the hall, so that comic fans could stop and watch the professional cartoonist at work.

Chris Geary drawing at London Film and Comic Convention 2019. Photo by Martin Busby

This art-venture was indeed very successful, capturing the attention and imagination of film and comics fans, darting between merch stalls and film star autograph stands.

Although we have hosted many dedicated sessions aimed at comic fans and illustrators in the past (2000AD 40th anniversary, The Mummy relaunch, and a string of comic-related events at Orbital Comics), this was the first time we have been able to offer a taste of life drawing to such a wide audience. And what a surprising and fulfilling experience it was! We had a wonderfully positive response from professionals, amateurs and enthusiasts of all ages.

AMC’s Manko being drawn by LFCC guest artists Chris Geary and Mariela Malova

Young artist Ivy dressed as Poison Ivy sketches Manko

In addition to both professional artists and comics fans joining in with the drawing, we even had some cos-playing volunteer models have a stab at posing!

One comic con visitor told us she hadn’t drawn for 40 years after being criticised by her father, and was so moved by the experience that she burst into tears…

This was a complete contrast to the very confident little girl dressed as Raven from the Teen Titans, who was fascinated by seeing Manko standing still and froze like a statue in emulation of her. “Raven” enthusiastically volunteered to be a guest model and held her pose like an expert while her dad (dressed as Raven’s demon father Trigon) joined the artists in sketching.

Free art materials were provided by the Cartoon Museum – whose mission statement is to champion cartoon and comic art, encourage participation in and raise awareness of a popular artform, and support new work by cartoonists and comics artists…

Then perhaps it doesn’t come as a surprise that we are starting to host regular life drawing sessions at the new custom built home of this colourful and playful museum, starting from September 1st. Check this out!

And we hope to bring another life drawing session to the public at another of the fabulously fun and adventurous comic cons in the near future.

Watch this space!

Life drawing at London Film and Comic Convention 2019. Model: Manko. Photo by Martin Busby

AMC Sundays at LARA: Paula Rego

On a Sunday afternoon in the middle of summer, Art Model Collective will bring a strong feminine vibe to LARA’s life room.

Two expert figure models will embrace their art hero, evoking the Magic Realist styling of the extraordinary world of Paula Rego.

AMC founder Manko will pose alongside with a professional ballet dancer Miriam to evoke the mixture of comedy and grace of the “Dancing Ostriches”!

Paula Rego was born into a privileged family in Portugal during a dictatorship, studied at the Slade under Lucian Freud, began exhibiting with the London Group in the 1960s alongside David Hockney. She became the first associate artist at the National Gallery and today is one of our greatest living painters.

Huge paintings seethed with gaggles of girls, animals, monsters and other imaginary beings… Paula Rego moves beyond the appearance of things into another zone of feeling and knowledge. Her technical skills are consummate, and carry her art far beyond gritty caricature.

“The lives of women are her theme. If she were a medieval poet, you’d say she expressed the sorrows of the daughters of Eve. She’s inspired by the torments of convention and the perversity of social expectation.”

Rego’s women are mysterious and unsettling. They are strong but compliant, and they are ostriches, and they are children, scavenging for food, opening their dress to be shot.

The horror of her work, unfashionable for so long due to its painterly naturalism, seems appropriate now, as truths about the female experience are being peeled back, and a return to figurative painting has seen artists use the body to discuss, among other things, the sexist politics of art.

(Quotes from the Guardian)
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These sessions are untutored and open to every level of skill.

LARA provide easels, chairs and drawing boards.

We will have a selection of paper and free materials courtesy of GreatArt.

Spaces are strictly limited to 30.
£20 tickets on sale via EventBrite in advance only

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The collaboration between AMC and LARA has been brewing for a while now and is blowing all the traditions away – this will be a truly unique blend of your beloved AMC events set in an inspiring academic environment. LARA is unique in being the contemporary-minded atelier that welcomes AMC to reinvigorate life drawing!

X-Men Dark Phoenix premiere – life drawing with AMC

Timed to coincide with the red-carpet premiere of the new X-men movie “Dark Phoenix” at Leicester Square, the Art Model Collective return to Orbital Comics shop with a session that takes us back to the roots of the Phoenix saga.

Drawing inspiration from the mutant mayhem of the original Marvel comics, our models evoke the flame-haired telekinetic Phoenix Jean Grey, and her cool as ice psi-powered rival Emma Frost, as the Black & White Queens of the Hellfire Club.

This dynamic, costumed life drawing session is suitable for all levels but aimed at providing a resource for comic artists, illustrators and designers.

So sharpen those pencils and grab your sketchbooks, it’s drawing time!

Starring:
Alysia Judge debuting at AMC as Jean Grey, the Black Queen / Marvel Girl / Phoenix, and
Manko as Emma Frost, the White Queen!

Hosted by artist Jason Atomic.

Basic materials and refreshments provided

Price: £20 via Orbital Comics shop:
https://www.orbitalcomics.com/x-men-dark-phoenix-life-drawing-class-friday-7th-june/

Time: 7pm (for a strict 7.30 start)

NB: No physical tickets will be sent out. Your payment will secure your name on our list at the door.
Tickets are non-refundable.