Drawn at the Tower with Art Macabre offers you the opportunity to improve your confidence and skills in drawing and mark making, or gain some new technique ideas and inspiration, with guest artists present to inspire and share their own unique approach to the subject matter each month.
Each event will feature a different guest artist or collaborator, selected for their unique approach to the stories and subject matter that each different event will explore through drawing.
Here is a bit more about the Draw at the Tower guest artists team who you can expect to encounter across the events…
FRANK GAMBINO / HYSTERIA MACHINE / SUE DRAY / HARRIET HOLT
Cara, behind Hysteria Machine, says:
Ever since I was a little girl I have been creating and working with my hands, my mother had the most wonderful art studio when I was growing up and was always willing to show me how to make whatever it was that had caught my interest that week. From pottery to mosaics, painting and sculpture.
I have never lost my keen love of creating the stories that appear in my head. Sometimes all it takes is a knot in a tree that forms a face to have me dashing home to my very own studio to create the story that my mind grabbed and flew with.
All my life is about art. I cannot image a life without creation.
Frank Gambino is an artist and drawing tutor based in Kings Cross, London.
Working directly from life, Frank’s bold, distinctive portraits and figure studies achieve a likeness whilst still retaining their expressive edge. Renowned for his strikingly effective portraits in charcoal and chalk, Frank has a style recognised and admired across the London life drawing circuit.
Harriet Holt creates artisanal leather armour and costume, with an emphasis on blending historical details with flattering silhouettes; her particular influences include classical mythology, saddlery and horse tack, insects and armoured creatures, traditional Japanese design as well as all things medieval.
Harriet originally studied footwear design at Cordwainers at London College of Fashion. She trained as a shoemaker after graduation, where she would stay after work to practice making accessories,garments and bags until eventually starting out on her own last year. Harriet’s unique skillset allows her to employ an unusual mix of traditional shoemaking leatherworking techniques which she learnt over the years from true masters of their craft. She uses this knowledge to build innovative and adventurous structural garments which complement and exaggerate the body. Harriet is alsofascinated by the potent transformative effect of costume; she seeks to create pieces which imbue the wearer with a sense of power and enable them to access the alter-egos of their fantasy lives.
WINTER 15/SPRING 16
JAKE SPICER / SUE DRAY / LOZZY BONES / JASON ATOMIC / AARON JACOB JONES
In his own words: “I’m a painter, author and drawing tutor, working out of a little studio in Brighton in a heroic tower-block halfway between the sea and the south downs. I split my time between painting, writing instructional drawing books and teaching at a range of institutions. I am also head tutor at Draw and am a co-director of The Drawing Circus.
Through teaching and writing I aim to make drawing accessible to everybody, on the understanding that everybody can learn to draw and anybody that can draw can always learn to draw better. I started Draw to provide flexible and affordable figure drawing; the Drawing Circus serves to delight and intrigue and grew out of the wonderful band of artists, makers, models and musicians that Draw attracts.
I’ve recently released my latest instructional drawing book, entitled ‘DRAW’. The book is all about fitting drawing into your daily life and was my favourite to write so far!”
LOZZY BONES captures macabre moments using stark, clinically precise monochromatic imagery. Most artistic processes have begun with 1:1 life studies taking inspiration from Victoriana, anatomical illustration and antique woodcuts. Despite their dark callings most of Lozzy’s images have a kind of gallows humour and an almost warm, cheeky, black comedy to them. Decidedly an English creature at heart her penchant for the theatrical shines through with every blackened pen stroke.
She has created designs for clothing and accessories company KILLStar, illustrated the personal stories behind the pathological specimens of Barts Pathology Museum and exhibited widely, including designing a deck of her own tarot cards.
SUE DRAY is a fashion illustrator working in publishing and advertising. She can be often be spotted front row at fashion shows, drawing at great speed to capture the latest collections.
Sue graduated with a BA in illustration and photography from Anglia University before completing her MA in communication design at Central Saint Martins. She is currently senior lecturer and course leader at London College of Fashion’s BA Fashion Illustration course.
Dray is also a teaching and learning fellow at the University for the Creative Arts alongside leading master classes in fashion illustration at the National Portrait Gallery and Victoria & Albert Museum. She is curator and contributor for the fashion drawing art collective 5×5.
JASON ATOMIC is a familiar face in a variety of subcultures, from London to Tokyo, New York or Berlin.
Despite a background in comix, he discovered real life to be more interesting than fiction and began a documenting the freak icons of the underground art, music and club scenes in his colourful energetic paintings and sketchbooks. Jason is the founder of Satanic Mojo project, ‘a tongue-in-cheek look at the influence of the Dark Arts on pop culture’ and co-directed ‘Come to the Sabbat – Festival of Dark Arts’ in 2015.
In his own words:
“I’m obsessed with authenticity of line, I sketch from life and don’t take my eye off the model while I’m drawing. I fix them with my stare and don’t take my eyes away from them til the sketch is done. Meanwhile, my hand scratches away at my book like a robot spiderclaw.”
AARON JACOB JONES
In his own words:
LAURA RYAN is an artist and illustrator working from a cosy studio in the heart of Brighton’s charismatic North Laine. She works as a Heraldic Artist for the College of Arms, alongside creating painted illustrations and drawings. Laura also tutors a regular themed life drawing session as part of ‘Draw’ Brighton’s weekly programme, along with fellow Drawn at the Tower tutor Jake Spicer.
In her own words: ‘Drawing from the figure forms the basis of my practice. I like to draw daily, from life and from my imagination. I almost always draw straight out in pen when i’m drawing from life, I think it forces you to look properly before making that first mark, and it’s good to start off boldly. I believe drawing is fundamental to all creative practices, whether it is fashion, sculpture or even photography. Anyone can learn to draw, and it’s such a useful and beautiful visual language.’