Yesterday, along with a packed Sallis Benney Theatre full of dedicated art-seekers, I attended The Drawing Circus, a marathon 6-hour life-drawing session organised by Jake Spicer and his Brighton Drawing team (or ‘Draw’ as I believe they are now known, as of a couple of days ago). It rather cruelly happened to coincide with one of the most gloriously sunny days of the year so far but no matter – this was a superbly well-organised and enjoyable theatrical event, including specially-composed live musical accompaniment, and within moments of first putting pencil to paper I suspect that for most of us the weather outside was the furthest thing from our minds.
There was a loose narrative running through the various tableaux that were set up around the space, involving the untimely death of a circus ringmaster and subsequent takeover by a freakshow mermaid, via an escaped lion running amok etc… which provided a premise for the visuals.
It’s unlikely that any of this sequence comes across in the drawings I made. In fact the ringmaster himself, who was behind me for most of the event, only features in a couple of my drawings, and then only on his death-bed, from the ankles down (sorry, Ian!)
I’m hoping others will post some of their drawings from the day as there were all manner of different artistic approaches being taken around the hall and not enough opportunity to have a general snoop. Anyway here are mine, or most of them anyway. An inevitably hit-and-miss collection (some of these were made from one-minute poses!) but it does give an idea of what can be churned out in six hours!
A few of us wound down afterwards in the Blind Tiger – formerly Hector’s House – and compared results over a couple of beers. We were joined later by a few of the models in varying states of exhaustion / exhilaration.
What an extremely pleasant day – well done again Jake and thanks to all the models, musicians and set-decorators that made it happen. Roll on the next one!