What we're about

This group is open to all artists, illustrators, animators, cartoonists and Graphic artists, professional or amateur, who would like to share the experience of drawing and painting from life.

Any member can make suggestions or host an event, so that we have a range of activities to suit everyone.

When we are working indoors - please bring along 'clean materials' that won't leave a mess behind!

Useful to have a pub or cafe nearby, so that we can have a sociable time too and get inspired by exchanging sketchbooks (not compulsory for the very shy!)

Upcoming events (5+)

Portrait Drawing Workshop

Le Pain Quotidien


Normal charge is £4 for tuition and feedback from tutor Mark Lovelace. 1000 until 1130 Sitting for each other. Short sittings around 15 minutes. You can use this session for practice in your own way or draw in ways suggested by the tutor Mark Lovelace. In this session we will look at ways to achieve solidity in a portrait drawing by using simple forms and lighting to build the head. Afterwards there is a free meetup without at the Royal Festival Hall on level 5 blue side facing the river.

Free Portrait drawing session

Royal Festival Hall

• What we'll do Meet on Level 5 Blue Side facing the Thames. We start at 1145 and will be sitting for each other. Usually people sit for around 15 minutes but please consider sitting for longer or doing two short sittings so that we can make some serious studies rather than just quick sketches. The session is untutored, but you are welcome to share your drawings and encourage each other. • What to bring Sketchbook and pencil • Important to know Sit for 15 minutes each. If level 5 is closed we will be on level 2 in the cafe are facing the river

Draw Portraits from a model

The Archduke


Come and draw portraits of a clothed model with us at our long table with plenty of natural light in the restaurant and jazz venue The Archduke, near the Royal Festival Hall in the South Bank Centre. This is drop in session. All abilities welcome especially beginners. Tuition provided by Mark Lovelace, if desired, from first steps to particular ways of drawing using line tone etc. Please bring your own materials. 1400 to 1415 Introductions, a chance to chat to people. 1415 to 1615 - Drawing from a model. Short poses to warm up then longer poses of 20 minutes or more. Help and feedback from the tutor if you wish. 1615 to 1630. Review of drawings and discussion of the positive qualities that can be found in them.

ZSL Drawing and Sketching Animals: A 2 day course at Putney School of Art & ZSL

What the course is about: This 2 day course will give you time to fully immerse yourself in understanding some of the blueprints that lie behind some of nature's wondrous forms of life. From snails, insects and mammals. You will be working from both bones and skulls as well as live animals. Artist, illustrator and author of ‘The Field Guide to Drawing & Sketching Animals’, Tim Pond's lively and engaging class fuses science with art, providing you with the skills, techniques and knowledge you need to create sketches of animals filled with life and movement. The course will cover a broad range of techniques including quick, gestural sketches as well as linear and tonal studies, in a variety of media - pencil, pen and ink and watercolour. Day 1 Intro in the studios with anatomy samples. Molluscs, Arthropods and Mammals Day 2 Drawing in the field location: ZSL Regents Park entry price included. We will be concentrating on Penguins, Giraffes, African Hunting Dogs as well as other species Tim will take you through the anatomical structures beneath a wide diverse of animals we share the planet with. From understanding the placement the bones which will enable to give your animal drawings structure to understanding the arrangement of muscles which can help with grooves and shading. One of the challenges with sketching wildlife is that animals are constantly moving. However, having some basic understanding of anatomy can help you capture the form, movement and ultimately the spirit of the animal in question. The full (undiscounted) fee for this course is £79 , the concession rate is £55. Putney School of Art Go to this page to book, easiest to ring:[masked] https://enablelc.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/May-Half-Term-2019.pdf You will also be able to buy signed copies of Tim's latest book at £12 each. https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07KX39TQT/ref=dp-kindle-redirect?_encoding=UTF8&btkr=1

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Draw Portraits from a model

The Archduke


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