drawing – live sketching at All Walks

drawing,live drawing — Danielle on February 12, 2011 at 11:52 am

Thanks to Ben Barry, I heard about a neat event at the National Portrait Gallery being produced by an organization called Allwalks. A number of activities were offered, including a live drawing session, and of course I signed up.

All Walks promotes diversity in fashion images, and so the model we were drawing was a gorgeous, curvy girl named Lucy, with hot red hair and a slamming body in a tight green dress. Drawing her was delightful – this girl was born to model, a subtle cock of the hip and she was instantly a fashion image. So inspiring.

The instructor was also excellent – Sue Dray was brief and enthusiastic and spot on with her suggestions. She encouraged us to start with pure shape and colour and then bring in the linear stuff as an afterthought – a tip that I took to heart and was pleased with how well it worked. I rarely use chalk pastels, so it took me out of my comfort zone and even though we only had time to do about half a dozen drawings, I was surprised and pleased at the results.

That wasn’t even the highlight. I didn’t know to expect it (this was probably a good thing or I would have been too nervous to draw), but the man I consider to be this century’s greatest fashion illustrator, David Downton, was in the house and offered his comments after the session… DAVID DOWNTON specifically pointed out and complimented my work.


I introduced myself to him and awkwardly blathered something, and it was truly a life highlight.

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    1. Oh, Dan – I don’t think you’ve ever used ‘bold’ letters or continuous exclamation points in a single post before. Now I KNOW you’re excited… Sounds like you had an awesome day! : D

      Comment by Irene — February 12 2011 @ 2:12 pm
    2. OMG Danielle that’s such an awesome and unexpected experience. I’m so happy for you! I hope you had an opportunity to further chat up Downton and give him your business card.

      Comment by Kimberly — February 12 2011 @ 7:16 pm
    3. Amazing! Congrats on meeting and getting praise from one of your idols – that’s always an incredible experience.

      Comment by Tiff — February 13 2011 @ 3:11 am
    4. Beatifuuuuul

      Comment by Pirina Dzhupanova — February 18 2011 @ 12:15 pm
    5. […] that I would have to be very hungry to be a life model. It’s too bad, really, because a lively model is so much more inspiring. Perhaps they should feed the models a couple hours before the class for optimal results. Murray, […]

    6. […] David Downton – the 21st century’s finest fashion illustrator picked my work out of a lineup. […]

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    7. nice sketching

      Comment by kaushik — April 4 2012 @ 3:04 pm

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