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/

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.

DRAWING INSPIRATION at The Cartoon Museum

DRAWING INSPIRATION at The Cartoon Museum!

London’s legendary Cartoon Museum is about to relaunch this summer, but before they do, we just might be able to take you on a sneak peek tour of this, frankly, incredible brand new custom-built space!

Before the museum moves in, before the books land on shelves, Art Model Collective models have a one-in-a-lifetime chance to take you behind the scenes of the incredibly exciting, fully customised immersive labyrinth of bright toon rooms come to life, which soon will be hosting the brilliant collection of this legendary museum.

With complimentary life drawing materials in your hands, AMC models will draw from the archives to evoke characters and poses, introducing you to the new incarnation of the Cartoon Museum, where they get to seriously play with evocative poses: smashing through the giant star of the entrance, cowering under the giant ink drips, or hovering in mysterious custom-lit alcoves.

Art Model Collective are crossing their fingers for future potential of hosting regular drop-in life drawing sessions here, in the convenience of Oxford Circus – please be a part of the feedback!

Tickets:
£15 in advance via Cartoon Museum
£20 on the door (RSVP essential as the museum will still not be open to public – email artmodelcollective@gmail.com please)

May Queens – Art Model Collective’s 3rd birthday life drawing celebration

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:

Swords and Sorcery: comics life drawing at Orbital

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!

Riot Grrrl! Life drawing with Kat and Manko

This life drawing session will be an exciting first-time collaboration between two artists/models: AMC founder Manko and a young London artist, curator and DJ Kat Hudson!

Kat’s personal art practice spans across painting, collage, and illustrative work. Her curatorial practice explores the work of her peers, popular culture and context of the contemporary art and club scene in London. Kat’s projects include clubnight Femmetopia, London’s first non-binary drag competition and pop-up gallery space The Retro Gallery London.
See more from Kat on Instagram

Expect a rrriotous soundtrack and arty take on the theme with these powerful women! Make your own zine!

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 and political action.

All levels welcome, join our friendly and social crowd of regulars

Full bar, and themed soundtrack

Table spaces, comfy seats and easels

Tickets in advance: £15 via BigCartel
Admission on the door: £20

Free paper and art materials, courtesy of Great Art.

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!

Eros and Psyche: Valentine’s with Manko & Carla

AMC Valentine’s themes are usually quite dark and Noire, however this year AMC founders Carla and Manko decided to embrace the subject of classical romance!
 
The love story between Eros, the god of desire, and Psyche, the personification of the human soul, is probably one of the most wonderfully enduring in classical mythology, and has inspired museums-full of beautiful artwork through the centuries.
 
This tale, the epitome of love, will take place on stage at The Underdog Gallery, embodied by Carla and Manko during this life drawing session just two days before Valentine’s day.
 
Eros (or, as the Romans knew him, Cupid), son of Aphrodite was obsessed with love and desire, always depicted shooting arrows at people‘s hearts in order to make them fall in love. Manko can’t wait to create an androgynous version of this god god, seen as a powerful, yet mischievous angel.
 
Psyche (or anima), was the most beautiful woman on earth, personifying the purity of the human soul, learning to find eternal happiness whilst transcending passion and misfortune.
Psyche is human, often depicted with butterfly wings, symbolising the fleeting beauty of the human soul, and it’s a perfect role for Carla.
 
In this beautiful love story between Eros and Psyche, we see both the perseverance of Eros possessed by passion and the efforts of Psyche to overcome the many obstacles placed in front of her in order to experience the wonders of love.
 
Can you think of a more beautiful way to celebrate Valentine’s day? Because we can’t!
 
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 via EventBrite, £20 cash on the door)

Drawing Tarot: Art Model Collective revisits the Tarot Deck

This January, Underdog Gallery opens the season with an art show from two Polish artists, fine art photographer Sylwia Makris and sculptor Tomasz Gornicki – called Tarot & Archetypes.

Tarot theme is very close to our hearts.

Coincidentally in 2017/8, we at Art Model Collective have been creating our own series of collaborative multi-model life drawing events with a musician Gene Serene.

What a perfect excuse, therefore, to bring the exhibition and life drawing together and revisit our favourite Tarot characters!

For our “Drawing Tarot” event, Carla and Manko will select their favourite characters to revisit, surrounded by pertinent and evocative curation of brilliant artwork on the gallery walls.

Art Model Collective have already recreated many Tarot cards with life music, guest models, sets, props and costumes. Our “Evoke Archetypes” event series featured Major Arcana characters like The Fool, Magician, High Priestess, The Devil, Tower, Lovers, Strength, Temperance, Chariot, World, Hermit, Emperor and more.

Which cards you’d like to see evoked on stage?

Join us on Tuesday 29 January, 7-9:3pm for some life drawing!

(Tarot & Archetypes exhibition opening: 25th January 6pm)

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 via BigCartel, £20 cash on the door)

Catsuits & Rayguns: comics life drawing at Orbital

Five years ago, Manko and Atomic started life drawing sessions at Orbital Comics shop in West End, and it was called CATSUITS & RAYGUNS – aimed at comic artists and illustrators.

We are re-visiting this classic theme at Orbital this January with two catsuited models in action poses and a plethora of rayguns for you all to sketch in the relaxed and fun environment of a after-hours comic shop! What could be more comicy?!

The 2 hour session will be hosted by Jason Atomic.

Doors: 7pm, start sketching at 7:30

Tickets for this class are just £20, incl. art materials and refreshments, and sure to sell-out quickly!
Get them at:
http://www.orbitalcomics.com/catsuits-rayguns-life-drawing-class-with-the-art-model-collective/

Russian Wintertales: life drawing and storytelling with Manko and Zoetica

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)

https://artmodelcollective.bigcartel.com/product/russian-wintertales

 

Text and graphic by Zoetica, art by Vyacheslav Nazaruk and P. J. Lynch