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:

LET THEM EAT CAKE! life drawing with Manko and Zoetica

On 2 April, to celebrate the delights of spring, AMC wish to revive the hedonistic excesses which inspired the French Revolution.

For this theatrical multi-model life drawing session, AMC founder Manko is teaming up with multi-talented artist Zoetica Ebb, to host a visual feast of dainty cakes, champagne, corsets and powdered wigs at Underdog Gallery.

Manko and Zoetica previously collaborated on the immensely popular Retro Sci-Fi and Russian Wintertales sessions.

The phrase “Let Them Eat Cake!” is mis-attributed to the last French Queen Marie Antoinette, and we’re thrilled to sink our teeth into this delightful cliché while taking inspiration from the shameless gluttony, unethical etiquette and the courtesans of the royal court.

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)

 

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

Psychology of drawing: AMC workshop with Frank Gambino

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.

Euan Uglow-inspired multimodel life drawing

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.

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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.”

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.

Art Model Collective is 2 years old!

This MayDay Art Model Collective turned two years old!

It’s a challenge to describe how brilliant it feels to see the love project of your deepest sentiment grow and flourish so successfully in two short years. Due are the heartfelt thanks to our supporters, collaborators, accommodators, assistants, comrades and everyone who found us curious and worthy to capture in their sketchbooks, canvases, monoprints; in charcoal, ink, oil, wire, iPads; and most importantly, we thank our artists for casting their keen eyes onto our efforts to create the best experience of life drawing that we, as life models, would bring true passion to create – and break our backs and necks – to bring to London’s flourishing and diverse life drawing scene.

Art Model Collective began as a life drawing revolution movement that brings the profit straight to the models rather than organisers. Therefore, as extremely hard-working artists models, we specifically chose to celebrate the International Workers Day aspect of 1 May.

Art Model Collective:  Manko and Carla, Rosie Riveter tribute

One of our inspirations for the celebratory session was the legendary American image of “Rosie The Riveter”, arguably the most feminist picture in the history of feminism.

Beyonce did itAmy Schumer did it, as did thousands of women in a Guinness World Record attempts.

Check out this article about the woman behind the iconic poster. It’s wonderfully telling about our favourite topic, which we plan to address in the future AMC endeavours – the women as subject in arts:

“In 1942, a photographer snapped a picture of then 20-year-old Naomi Parker-Fraley, wearing her favorite red and white polka dot bandana while she worked on a turret lathe at the Naval Air Station in Alameda, California.

After the photo was first taken, it appeared in newspapers and magazines across the country. “I even got fan mail!” she recalls with a laugh. It also caught the eye of J. Howard Miller, the artist who designed the famous WWII-era “We can do it!” Rosie poster.

Parker-Fraley didn’t realize the picture had been misattributed until 2009, when she visited the Rosie the Riveter/World War II Home Front National Historical Park. There, she saw an exhibit displaying her photograph as the poster’s inspiration but the wrong name was listed in the caption. “I couldn’t believe it because it was me in the photo, but there was somebody else’s name in the caption,” she remembers.”

The birthday session was laden with cakes, revolutionary soundtracks, presents and “happy birthday” song echoing through the Underdog Gallery!

Art Model Collective anniversary on MayDay 2018

Art Model Collective Rosie the Riveter: models Manko, Carla and Sara Kuan

Full house at Underdog Gallery

One of Art Model Collective ambitions it to bring the proper accreditation to the women featured in the works of art (so please credit us, as we always do with the artists we passionately promote on our social media).

AMC Rosie The Riveter pose – artwork by John Carbery, Aaron Jacob Jones, Codeture, Frank Gambino, and Martin Alton

Finally, keep the legend going! “Rosie” fans can find a Rosie the Riveter Action Figure, books and even socks online.

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.