Art Macabre: A Twist On Life Drawing

by Cass Art

Art Macabre have been running Drawing Salons at Cass Art for quite some time - spinning their deathly drawing techniques and inspiring many for years.

Recently they held a class at Cass Art Kingston, with another great reimagining of life drawing. Adding Morte Couture millinery and taxidermy props to add a sense of fashion to the event, they were honouring London Fashion Week. 

 But do you know exactly how their life drawing classes really pan out? Sian Dowell, a Student Ambassador, gives the low down here.

Nikki hosting Art Macabre


We started with quick five-minute poses from the models, Jess and Lily, to get warmed up.

Using the Promarker pens, we were able to draw hasty fluid lines and get a rhythm to our sketching. The models were fantastic with their poses, with great variety to focus on different parts of the body. 

Nikki was our host and had adorned herself with the surreal hats, courtesy of Miss Ava’s Millinery. She introduced each new hat with a catwalk from the models. It was like being at London Fashion Week, except the models wore a little less clothing!

Drawing by Sian Dowell

The models wore each hat for 10-15 minute poses, sketching the accessories quickly while trying to capture the detail and texture.

There were a range of magical hats and masks on display to sketch, such as taxidermy ravens and fox masks by Cecilia Lundqvist, which transformed the models into creatures, and bespoke detachable flask fascinators by Feather and Flask, to transport your every secret drink amongst an array of graceful feathers.  It was like a glance into Alice in Wonderland, especially with Mr. Pickles present, the resident taxidermy fox, but with a more sinister twist.

With only a limited colour palette to use, everyone developed their own interpretation and use of colour, which was great to see at the end with a quick show. Everyone had a great distinct style of drawing, and the range of angles drawn really helped show this off.  I hadn't attended a life drawing class myself for a long time, and it was great to get back into the swing of sketching with other art enthusiasts.

By Sian Dowell, Cass Art Student Ambassador

Model at Art Macabre drawing salon
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To find out more about Art Macabre Drawing Salons visit their website.

Keep an eye out on the Cass Art Events Page for more Art Macabre workshops.  

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