Part of moving to a new town (Montreal) is checking out all the drawing opportunities I can find. There’s a small gallery/atelier just off St Catherine’s East, between St.Dominique and Bullion – Galerie Synesthiese. They do a wine and cheese social slash drop in drawing group on Saturday’s (4-7 pm). It’s a pretty standard setup with the normal 2, 5, 10, 20 short poses. Models seem to alternate female to male 70/30 or something like that – (from what I gathered in conversation). Mostly bilingual group, which is nice for me, the outsider. One nice thing about their setup, there’s a small stage (where the model could sit), but when there’s a group, it’s handy for stadium seating. The second row of sketchers can be elevated – you can sit and still get a decent view.
Here’s some sketches from my first trip:
(Lately, with the popularity of burlesque, I’m running into the dreaded Feather Boa at a lot of drawing sessions. I have to say – it’s a pain to draw until you just start reducing it to a big shape).
(This is the pose I call the Sphinx. What I do whenever I get a recline like this. My OCD won’t allow me to draw a horizontal drawing in a set of verticals. A bit crazy I know, but it’s a matching set thing).