Monday, February 23, 2009
Well here is an interesting Life Drawing group. The Holy Mountain Temple, which is a BDSM dungeon as their main business. On Monday evenings they hold a life drawing session. Each week they pick a theme to help the models get into character. My first sessions theme was Humiliation. While the theme was really good, I think the models could have used some more direction. Holy Mountain Temple has only been doing this for about 3 months so some are fairly new I'd assume. More practice and Zaynab who runs Holy Mountain seems open to suggestions for improvement.
The idea may seem tacky to some. I really enjoy seeing two models in outfits and a suggested theme to bring some extra life into life drawing. The props are of course great! Seeing a 50+ year old man on a spank bench is pretty amusing.
One thing I would enjoy and I think would assist in the models getting further into character would be aggressive music playing too. It might be worth filling the atmosphere with additional sounds to accompany the theme.
Session two had the theme of Bullying. The two models did a great job. The woman there tonight (I forgot her name) had done traditional posing previously. She had wonderfully dynamic poses. The men so far have been good but a little stiff (eek, bad pun) and new to the craft.
I've brought a very small sketch book to each of the sessions. It's been a long time since I've done any life drawing that small. Very cramped but to my surprise, some turned out rather nice. The shots are all placed out of order. See if you can guess which one came from what session to see if I did my job right.