Friday, 25 November 2011

The Drawing Circus

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It's been quite a while since I did any proper life drawing sessions, so when I saw that Draw were holding a circus-themed life drawing event at the Sallis Benney Theatre in Brighton in October, I booked up a ticket straight away.

I haven't really posted much like this before, so I hope it'll be of interest. I think my drawings got better throughout the day (we were there for about 6 hours or so - rather intense!) as the poses at the beginning were very short, and gradually worked up to much longer ones. I'm not great at capturing poses very quickly, especially as I'm not a very expressive drawer... I like to use a mechanical pencil and be precise (probably to my detriment - I hear you're supposed to draw with your arm not your wrist!)

It was really tiring but a fun day... there was live music being played that was written for the event (which really helped, as I find listening to music while drawing helps me to concentrate) and some lovely models - who I apologise to if I've not got a good likeness of here or have been unflattering!

If you're interested in taking part, I believe another Drawing Circus event is being held in the New Year, so keep your eyes on the Draw website

So here's some drawings from the day... I'll put a little jump break here in the post as obviously there's some nude drawings which might not be safe for work! Just click the 'Read more...' below to see my sketchbook pages :)


  1. This sounds like a great life drawing session, very original. I love your sketches especially the lady with the mask and the very last one, loads of character. I've not done any life drawing for ages x

  2. Thanks very much Yvonne! I really like the last one too, not so sure about the others - I'm a bit embarrassed by them!

  3. Nice drawings. Tough work wasn't it, keeping up with all the poses? Fun, though I found the drumming and, er, singing, a bit distracting. Were these on the A5 size moleskine book?

  4. Thanks :) Yeah I found it quite tough to keep up at times, and I've never drawn in an environment like that/with so many other people before so it was a bit strange. They were indeed, one of the the little sketchbook ones, well spotted!