I have had such a fun day today. I met up with Max and some of the Brits Abroad in Angel and we went to Dr Sketchy London, which is sort of an anti-art school life drawing class, but you also get a bit of a burlesque show first too. At this one there were two women, and they did a little performance each before settling into poses for us to sketch, anything from a minute to ten minutes. (I got rather more up close and personal with one of them than I would have liked, when I wandered into the toilet while she was undressing. She had an amazing arse. But you’d think they’d put signs up or something telling people to use the other loo.)
I should say before I go any further, I am not an artist. I haven’t drawn anything since school probably. I used to be good at copying cartoony things, like Winnie the Pooh and stuff like that, but people I’ve never been good at. My brother got all those art genes from my dad. The one bloody good thing I could inherit and nada. Anyway, luckily that’s not what this event is about, it’s just about having fun. And it was mega fun. They did different themes for the drawings, and gave out little prizes throughout and had an overall winner. Some of the people there were proper artists, and they did amazing drawings, but mostly it was people like us, who were just having a go, and a laugh.
Warning: Below there are boobs. But they are mostly drawn by me and so not so boob-like.
This is one of mine, and the one I am most proud of, as it actually looks like a woman, and isn’t totally dreadful.
Max’s (closest) and Maria’s.
The theme of this one was to draw the lady as if in the forest of Lothlorien, and then we had to swap halfway through with someone next to us. So the woman is mine, and the rest is Max.
And this was Max’s plus my Legolas and Gimli. It was easier to not take it seriously when finishing Max’s.
The theme of this one was the ‘surprise monkey’ round. Halfway through drawing they’d shout out an animal/being and you had to draw it too. And it might not be real. So the bloke shouts out ‘Gelfling!’ And everyone goes ‘What the fuck is a Gelfling?’ And no one in the room, which was about 40 people, knew. (It’s from the Dark Crystal if you’re one of the many who don’t know.) So I won a lollipop. Mostly for knowing, and not for my picture, which looks nothing like a Gelfling. Maria won for another pic, she got some saucy stockings. Max and Martin also won lollipops. So our table didn’t do too badly to say we were quite rubbish.
I’d definitely recommend it as a fun day out.