Jessica Dyer joins Brixton Life Drawing’s Thursday morning class.
During lockdown it can be harder to make time to be creative, so an hour and a half life drawing seems like a perfect way to flex those muscles and start the day.
The class starts with an introduction from co-founders Anya and Bex. The classes are all pay what you can, to keep them accessible to everyone who would like to give life drawing a go and 50% of profits are given to local charities, today the charity is Brixton Soup Kitchen.
The first few poses are shorter, held for 2 minute to warm up your hands and you are encouraged to loosen up further by drawing with your non dominant hand, drawing one continuous line, or not looking at your piece of paper.
The model then begins to hold longer poses, this gives you the freedom to explore the shapes of the body, the light and shade on the figure and add more detail to your sketches. Bex and Anya continue to offer alternative ways of drawing, “Perhaps you could use two pencils at the same time” interjects Bex.
The last poses are quicker again, softening your focus on perfection and winding down the session. Participants are encouraged to show their work during the zoom session and afterwards on social media, recreating the end of an in person class, sharing different versions of the same pose.