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!
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:
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.
This Mayday Art Model Collective will celebrate its third birthday… Wow! What a journey it’s been so far, and may long it last!
On this joyful milestone, we decided to bring back our first ever theme, “A Spring Clean For The May Queen”, titled after Led Zeppelin lyric from Stairway to Heaven.
Not only that, we’ve invited a fellow artist, organiser, and one of the most inspiring women we know – TATIANA – to be our gorgeous guest model!
On this Tuesday at Underdog Gallery we will crown our models as May Queens – and indeed we want to extend the invitation to all of the AMC models who have ever posed in our sessions to be our dear guests, and to join us at this session both as artists – and models if the mood takes them.
Join us for traditional pagan frolicking around a Maypole, treats, fantasy costumes, themed soundtrack and all the joy of spring!
“If there’s a bustle in your hedgerow
Don’t be alarmed now
It’s just a spring clean for the May queen”
Tickets: £15 in advance, £20 cash on the door:
Join us for the next instalment of life drawing designed for comic artists and illustrators, which takes place at the Eisner Award-winning Orbital comic shop in the West End of London!
This Fantasy-themed session will feature swords, axes and other weapons being wielded by costumed models Manko and Viktoria Ash, posing in dynamic battle scenes.
Viktoria is a great new model and we are delighted to introduce her in this AMC session.
This 2 hour event will be hosted by Jason Atomic.
Doors: 7pm, start sketching at 7:30
Tickets on sale via Orbital Comics – £20, including art materials and refreshments.
Don’t wait! They will be sure to sell-out quickly!
On our first session of the year, AMC welcomes 2019 with a celebration of the Old New Year, guest-directed by Zoetica, honouring the mysterious deities of Russian folklore.
Gather ‘round frosty scenes accompanied by evocative readings of winter tales, in English and in Russian, as our models Manko and Moscow-born Zoetica introduce you to a cast of mythical sylphs and dryads – stars of stories dating back to the country’s pagan roots, recited around festive tables and whispered at bedtimes for hundreds of years.
According to the Julian calendar still used by the Russian Orthodox church today, the Old New Year falls on January 14th. Russian Orthodoxy is a fusion of christianity and old-world paganism, which has made for a folk culture steeped in dark mysticism and superstition. In this enchanted realm, seasons are personified, harvests are holy, animals speak, forests mumble, and dark corners teem with all manner of strange creatures. Some are good, others evil, and others yet can grant you wishes – for a price.
Womanhood, too, is sacred, spellbinding. The women in Russian fables are oracles, sorceresses, shapeshifters; a legion of powerful, nuanced beings, whose allegiances take entire sagas to discern. Artists worldwide have long paid tribute to these magnetic characters, and now we invite you to try your hand at capturing them. Join us for a unique evening of ancient folklore and opulent costumes, set your intentions for the coming year, and immerse yourself in the magic of Russian Wintertales.
All levels welcome, join our friendly and social crowd of regulars!
Full bar, and themed soundtrack
Table spaces, comfy seats and easels
Free paper and art materials, courtesy by Great Art.
(£15 in advance, £20 cash on the door)
Text and graphic by Zoetica, art by Vyacheslav Nazaruk and P. J. Lynch
Art Model Collective are thrilled to announce that we are starting a collaboration with LARA, bringing you your favourite and much-missed Sunday sessions at London Atelier Of Representational Arts in Clapham North.
This series of life drawing events pays tribute to the RA exhibition ‘Klimt / Schiele: Drawings from the Albertina Museum, Vienna’ to mark the centenary of both artists’ deaths. Our inspiration comes from the key drawings and themes of the exhibition, such as portraiture, the human figure and eroticism.
This time AMC models will host a tribute to our favourite artist, Egon Schiele (on December 16 this will be followed by a homage to Klimt).
With his signature graphic style, embrace of figural distortion, and bold defiance of conventional norms of beauty, Egon Schiele was one of the leading figures of Austrian Expressionism.
AMC’s distorted yet elegant interactive poses, inspired by Schiele’s striking and still-shocking images, have been a hit with our life drawing crowd for several years. We will be posing together in a combination of long and short, clothed and nude poses, set to a specially curated soundtrack.
Schiele is famous not only for his psychologically and erotically charged oeuvre but for his intriguing biography: his licentious lifestyle marked by scandal, notoriety, and a tragically early death on 31 October 1918.
NB: Royal Academy exhibition ‘Klimt / Schiele: Drawings from the Albertina Museum, Vienna’ opens on 4 November 2018.
The collaboration between AMC and LARA has been brewing for a while now and is set to blow all traditions away, because finally, our dynamic collective can bring their own style, sparkle, vitality and glamour to the academic environment of the atelier!
This will be a truly unique blend of your beloved AMC events set in an inspiring academic environment. Taking inspiration from the sober and serious environment of the traditional classical atelier that is LARA, we shall see what artistic cocktail can be whipped up with our models at these relaxed, informal 3 hour Sunday afternoon sessions.
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. Artists are encouraged to experiment with different media – varied charcoals, pastels, pencils, pens and even chunky markers.
The spaces are limited, tickets are on sale via EventBrite
Art Model Collective return to Underdog Gallery for Tuesday evening’s multi-model life drawing session.
This time we will have a guest artist, the brilliant charcoal master Frank Gambino, to share his measuring and sketching techniques, as well as discuss the psychology of drawing.
We will have long nude poses with Carla and Manko, so join us and Frank to immerse yourself in a long luxurious relaxed drawing or painting session!
All levels welcome!
Bar, table spaces and some easels.
Free paper and art materials courtesy of GreatArt
Tickets: £15 in advance or £20 cash on the door.
As a theme for one of our summer life drawing sessions, we thought we should embrace the heat and get completely naked for a change.
This time we are inspired by a figurative British artist, Euan Uglow (1932–2000).
Predominantly a painter of the human figure, Uglow always worked directly from life. His method was meticulous, involving a great deal of measuring and correction to create images that are not hyper real, but appear almost sculptural.
The measuring process was laborious and time-consuming to the point that Uglow himself joked that he began painting one model when she was engaged, was still painting when she got married and did not finish painting until she was divorced!
However, don’t worry! Art Model Collective will not bore you with academic set-ups lasting half a lifetime. You will get expressive dynamic nude poses of 10-30 mins, allowing you to focus on the measurement in Uglow’s style… or just to draw in your own favourite style as usual.
His paintings have a simplicity that seems to grow in character thanks to the nature of the poses. This time expect a very low key, yet visually accurate set-up with a variety of poses that will remind you why Uglow is a painter particularly admired by painters and art students alike.
£15 admission on the door.
Bar, evocative soundtrack, like-minded group of creatives, at Underdog Gallery – a perfect location just a few minute walk from London Bridge station.
We’ll have free art materials courtesy of GreatArt sponsorship 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.
In case you wish to take up the challenge of Euan Uglow’s tribute, let’s look more into his method of working.
“Uglow preferred that his canvas be a square, a golden rectangle, or a rectangle of exact root value.
He then carried out careful measurements at every stage of painting, a method Coldstream had imparted to him and which is identified with the painters of the Euston Road School.
Standing before the subject to be painted, Uglow registered measurements by means of a metal instrument of his own design (derived from a modified music stand); with one eye closed and with the arm of the instrument against his cheek, keeping the calibrations at a constant distance from the eye, the artist could take the measure of an object or interval to compare against other objects or intervals he saw before him.
Such empirical measurements enable an artist to paint what the eye sees without the use of conventional perspective.
The surfaces of Uglow’s paintings carry many small horizontal and vertical markings, where he recorded these coordinates so that they could be verified against reality.”
Iconic artist, feminist symbol, fashion inspiration, transgressive beauty idol and – let’s be honest – a life drawing cliche… But we can’t resist – and why the hell should we – the opportunity to celebrate the V&A’s exhibition “Frida Kahlo: Making Herself Up”!
From June 16th this exhibition will be seen outside of Mexico for the first time. For 50 years after her death, all the clothes, personal objects and artefacts owned by Frida were locked away, according her husband’s wishes. Once this enforced isolation was up they were exhibited in Mexico City from 2004 and are now finally on tour, stopping before anywhere else in London at the V&A.
It’s time for Art Model Collective to finally embrace this popular life drawing classic and plunge deep inside Frida’s wonderful mind, to express our endless respect and admiration for the woman and artist, using this fascinating exhibition at the V&A as the perfect excuse. Let’s celebrate Frida in our own unique way, with the reproduction of her less emblematic painterly in a way that has become Carla and Manko’s signature style – our regular public displays of affection towards the arts.
Frida’s colours and visual references are a divine celebration of her very Mexican sense of femininity, her prolific and surreal imagery a constant fight against anything that could oppress her determination to be intensely alive through her joys, believes, fears and torments.
We will create our homage using Frida’s most important legacies and by avoiding the obvious, committing instead to creating a tableaux vivant that will be as tragic, as it will be inspiring and emotionally liberating. You can expect readings – with a Spanish accent – of her poems by our very own South American model, Carla, as well as a very energetic and passionate playlist, and a set filled with words, blood, flowers, love, hate and all of Kahlo’s visual obsessions.
But ultimately you can expect a powerful connection with the Frida Mania that will be engulfing London during the height of summer.
Even if you have already been to any of the many Frida sessions held around London before now, please come to this one too: A character, personality and presence the size of Frida’s deserves as many celebrations as possible and – we promise – you won’t forget this one.
Admission: £15 on the door
We’ll have some free art materials for spontaneously visiting artists, but as always, please bring your favourite tools.
All levels welcome.
Hosted by Jason Atomic