I attended my first two virtual life drawing sessions over the last couple of days. I am blown away by the generosity of models at a time when their livelihood has disappeared as they shelter in place. Both sessions I attended were run for free, the first one marked Transgender Day of Visibility. It was a donate-if-you-wish-fundraiser run by the model Álida Pepper for the Trans Disaster Relief Fund fundraiser.
This second set is a different session with model Anna Catherine, who ran a Zoom session with mostly short poses. I used watercolor, acrylic ink, and colored pencil on most of these and tried different ways of drawing including with my ink dropper. You can watch a bit of that here.
If you do attend an online session, even if it is free, do remember to ask how you can pay the models. In this difficult time, it really, really helps.
Online life drawing is different than being the room, for sure. I’m finding that I need to work more what I already know. And I can’t say why, but I want to stylize more than I usually do. I like sessions without instruction or moderators best, it comes closest to being in a room, just drawing and getting in the zone. But most of all, I am really, really thankful for having this now when we are all in our homes: people from all over the world join in, and that is pretty amazing.