Long poses on Sunday 4th February

The first Life Drawing Sunday of the year to accommodate long poses. This will allow us to draw or paint at a larger scale, or in more detail, or just to experiment with materials.

Sunday 4th February
with afternoon tea at 12pm (vegan option)
This will include sandwiches, tea, coffee, scones and cream.

The model will be Clare, who describes herself as having a ‘classic Renaissance-era’ figure.

We provide basic materials, but people are welcome to bring their favourites.

Cost £15 – all inclusive

Please, book in advance so we know how many we need to provide food for. Of course, you are welcome to bring your own food.


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N E W . G A S . H E A T E R

H O  H O  H O  H O

Santa Claus brought us a gas heater in Studio Bee and now the studio is very warm !!! Thank you so much Santa !

A N D . W H A T . A . M O D E L . T O N I G H T !

Khurram Yaseen is from Pakistan and is a professional fashion model. We’ve never had a Pakistan model as they are very difficult to get them engaged in life drawing.  He also has such a worked out body so will be good to draw such muscles.

Everyone is welcome to attend. Feel free to come with a friend. Materials, wine and tapas provided.

All for £10 or £8 students and concessions

Every Tuesday 7.30pm – 9.30pm


Studio Bee
14-16 Faraday Alleyway
M1 1BE
Top floor of redbrick mill
by the Peer Hat bar


Life Drawing+ Sessions Christmas Gift

A couple of people have approached me saying that they would like to give to a member of their family and a friend some paid Life Drawing+ sessions as a Christmas present, therefore, I have created a Christmas Gift voucher they can print. I can also adapt it to anyone needs, adding the name of the recipient, the wished number of sessions or make it as a birthday card.

Get in touch if interested or, please, feel free to share this post to anyone you think might like to give such a special present.


I use this space to remind everyone that the sessions are now closed and we’ll be open again on Tuesday 9th of February.


Have a nice entrance of the winter season



M U L L E D . W I N E . & . M I N C E . P I E S . F O R . T H E . L A S T . S E S S I O N . O F . T H E . Y E A R

Come and celebrate, this Tuesday 12th of December, the last life drawing session of 2017. We’ll be drawing a delicate female figure, Michelle Marsh, while having mulled wine and mince pies.

What a year this has been.. we’ve had it all! We’ve drawn the young, the old, the XXL, the black, the queer, pregnant couples, the first violinist of the Hallé Orchestra… We’ve also extended our Tuesday sessions to Sundays to accommodate long poses and have lunch together and we’ve been treated to Spanish paella, French cuisine, wine, cava and afternoon tea…

If anyone has any other ideas of what we could do in the New Year just let us know. You never know what can be done!

Here is a screenshot of some of some of the best moments and drawings of 2017.

January >>>

new people with new styles start coming to our sessions. F A N T A S T I C !

Jose Luís

February >>>

We’ve witnessed the birth of new artists’ careers. Below the drawing of illustrator Ian Morris who then in June was graduated at University with a first!


Our regulars as strong as ever. Here a drawing by Wayne Smith who started coming to Life Drawing+ since we started in 2009 (at least)



Our Drawing Fashion brought us the most outreageous queer in Manchester right now, Jo Spencer, aka @midnightgrowlr.


Drawing by the most expressionist and wild of all the artists that come to our group, Alison Scott. Check her great prints and paints in her new website: www.alisonscottpaintingsandprints.com


Another drawing by illustrator Ian Morris, check his new website too! www.ianmorrisillustration.com

Ian Morris2


One of our favourites sessions – the XXL bodies. So well attended too! Here a drawing by an attendant who came just a couple of times.



Young and Beautiful as our black model Aden. Drawing by one of our regulars and artist Stanley Harland.



Another of our favourites, Old and Beatuful too. Here Malinka, 70 years old and still rock and roll! Well no, she is into Trance music. Drawing by Alison.

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Our eldest model, Geoff, who might be in his 80’s though he definitely denies it!


Another Sunday another Spanish paella! What a session: a beutiful model, amazing summer light, paella and wine and just a fab time!



Our cook Richard serving the prawns and vegan paella. IMG_1867IMG_1899IMG_1895IMG_1913

Some collage work as a result by our very much loved Kim Tunstall.


Our classic Drawing models with their bicycles to celebrate the World Naked Bike Ride. Below a representation of Becca in her bike wearing pink long gloves and spectacular hat.


Drawing by Ian Morris.

Ian Morris


People in our group are also very into Portraits. Here an example by someone who I can’t identify and someone who finished the portrait at home out of a photograph of one of our models and he doesn’t want me to give away his name 🙂



Some just love doing sketches and not only portray the model but the atmosphere of the session. This is by artist and photographer Len Grant who is sketching lots of places and the peoples of Manchester. Worth checking him out http://www.lengrant.co.uk

Len Grant


No long ago an artist started coming to our sessions. He’s the most prolific artist I ever come across. He can do 30 drawings in 5min. Really interesting to seeing and talking to him about his very different approaches to drawing. An artist many in Manchester might get one of his drawings of them in public spaces in the city, Akym. Check his outreageous art in his website: www.onashileart.gallery


Watch a little video of him drawing while playing his trumpet here: www.instagram.com/trumpet_drawing_video


New people arrive with more styles. Here Jim Skinny Vanilla.

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Another incredible unique style by artist Ian McKay www.mckayart.co.uk

Ian McKay


Paintings, curry for lunch and an Indian descendant model for our Sunday Long Poses session. Oil on canvas by Rob Lenihan, child portrait artist and illustrator. Check his work on www.roblenihan.com

Rob Leniham

Halloween Special


Drawing Music with Michelle Marsh, first violinist at the Hallé Orchestra, modelling for us playing and posing with her violin. A M A Z I N G ! Attendants came as far as from Stoke-on-trent, Chester and Preston.



Xmas Special with French cusine, wine and cava for lunch and guess what? A married couple, she 5 month pregnant.


Exhibitions of the year

Last but not least. Here one of the best solo exhibitions by one of our regulars, Henry Marting, and his classic use of watercolour to capture the outrageous characters of this year Manchester’s Pride Parade. More examples in his website: www.henrymartinpaintings.com/original-paintings

Henry Martin

I wish you all a peaceful and wonderful new year


Oh! One of my drawings below 🙂 from the Drawing Fashion session.











L I F E . D R A W I N G . X M A S . M E N U . A N N O U N C E D

There we go! Here it is! Finally I sat down last night with chef Richard and we finalised the menu for our Xmas Special this Sunday 3rd of December 11am – 4pm at Studio Bee
M A N C H E S T E R .

Spaces still available so book before is too late!

> Chestnut soup – vegan

Main course
> Pork and Chicket terrine
> Leek terrine – vegan

> Apple custard tart – vegan!

All served with wine. There will be also tea and coffee for the breaks and cava to celebrate our DIY exhibition at the studio from 4pm onwards.

Please, once you booked via the paypal links below, emailed us which main course you go for at lifedrawing.plus@gmail.com

> £35 full cost

> £30 students, concessions and people with no lunch requirements

Remember. We’re having a couple posing for us this time which is quite unique and it will be very special as the couple is expecting a baby in March.

Really looking forward to it

Àgata and Richard
Louise and John

Starter > Chestnut soup


Main course > choose between

Leek Terrine


or Pork and Chicken Terrine

xmas chicken and pork terrine

Pudding > apple custard tart

apple tart

Drinks > wine and cava


D R A W I N G . C O U P L E S

Looking for inspiration for the couple that will be posing for us on Sunday 3rd December at Studio Bee.

pregnant couple

Pregnant Woman with Man by Gustav Klimt 1903 sketch


The beauty and the beast by Charles Walker 2002 – and guess who’s the model? 😉


The kiss by Gustav Klimt 1907




The Kiss by August Rodin 1882

If you have seen other artworks we could take example from or any ideas on poses, please, post them in your social media tagging @lifedrawingplus or email them to us on lifedrawing.plus@gmail.com

Booking in advance is required as the two models are booked as well as the studio for the day plus we need to know for how many people to cook for. The Xmas Special Menu  will be disclosed very soon.

Material provided but you are welcome to bring your favourites.

£35 full cost

£30 Students, concessions and people with no food requirements
After 4pm we’ll have the studio another hour to display the artwork while having cava and time to hang out together. The ones up for it we can go downstais to the new open Peers Hat bar and have the last drink. All of us get 20% discounts to all drinks. Cocktails included. Worth looking at the space as we’ll be doing an exhibition there with all our work sometime in the summer.

Hope you can make it .

Àgata and Richard