I’ve missed life drawing, but life in Lockdown goes on and people adapt and get creative! After doing a bit of digging online and with recommendations from friends, I’ve found some wonderful online sessions. The models use webcams and Zoom, and I work at home from a massive screen next to my easel, from the corner of my conservatory. There is interaction between the model and artists, and it’s surprisingly sociable (and you can have a glass of wine while you’re doing it!).

Working with The Renaissance Workshop (model: David Wan)

Drawing from a screen is a completely different challenge to drawing a model who is actually in front of you, and one that lends itself to shorter, dynamic poses, where I have to look at line and balance rather than heft and solidity. I never work from photographs, and was worried that working from a screen would be the same, but actually, it’s not. The model moves, you can see how they adopt the pose, where their balance is, how they move, and you get a sense of their personalities…

I really hope these online sessions continue after Lockdown. They will never replace the experience of drawing a ‘3D’ model in the same room, but they have expanded my access to different models and different approaches, and I’ve  met some wonderful, talented people from all over the world.

1950s Life Drawing, online session. 10-minute pose in water soluble graphite and ink (model: Ami Benton)

1950s Life Drawing, online session. 10-minute pose in water soluble graphite and ink (model: Ami Benton)

Drawing Cabaret Couture, online session. 10-minute pose in water soluble graphite and ink (model: Janet Mayer, fashion: IA London)

Drawing Cabaret Couture, online session. 10-minute pose in water soluble graphite and ink (model: Janet Mayer, fashion: IA London)

Drawing Cabaret Couture, online session. 10-minute pose in water soluble graphite and ink (model: Janet Mayer, fashion: Mishi May)

Drawing Cabaret Couture, online session. 10-minute pose in water soluble graphite and ink (model: Janet Mayer, fashion: Mishi May)

Acrylic painting on paper, from reference image shared by @modbodadrian on Instagram

Acrylic painting on paper, from reference image shared by @modbodadrian on Instagram

The Renaissance Workshop online session. 20-minute pose in charcoal pencil and acrylic (model: David Wan)

The Renaissance Workshop online session. 20-minute pose in charcoal pencil and acrylic (model: David Wan

Concertina sketch book, from Vogue Life Drawing online session (model: Ami Benton)

Concertina sketch book, from Vogue Life Drawing online session (model: Ami Benton)