Neon Naked: Ultra Violet Life Drawing
Written by: Sophie Taylor
Have you ever sat in the pub with ol Vick and Charlie and whatsherchops and thought, I’d love to draw a nude right now? No? Well what about a neon nude? Yeeah, now you’re keen!
Well luckily that tasty Duke of Wellington pub in N1 happens to have just the right set up for a life drawing class. Not to mention a fluorescent one. So that is exactly what they do now.
Every other Monday, Jylle leaves her superb gin and tonic pouring duties at the bar to host Neon Naked.
By combining an industrial UV light and reactive body paints with hand crafted flamboyant accessories, you’ll be making some epic new wall art from fluoro living sculptures.
Materials are provided, but feel free to bring your own canvas roll up of Daler Rowneys and mahl sticks. All abilities are welcome from stick man to woah man, so book yourself a seat and relax.
Jylle is on hand throughout to help you feel less intimidated and answer any questions along the lines of “how many heads are there in a body again?” or “why do the feet look like gremlins on mine?”
Jylle Navarro is a fluoro expert: an alternative knitwear designer specialising in all things neon. She brings her creative and obscure designs to each class just to add to the surreal-ness. It’s a pretty effective way to unwind after a stressy Monday under neon lights.
If you’re on an awkward date you can use it to push through into full blown awkwardness and cringe at your creations after/ have something to talk about. Or if you used to love a bit of life drawing back in the day, surprise yourself that you haven’t forgotten how to hold a paintbrush and get back in the perspective game.
Side note for the foodies amongst us: The Duke of Wellington is one of those pubs that actually has a really good menu. So maybe get there early and take full advantage of dishes like confit duck roulette or cauliflower risotto while you’re waiting for Little Miss Always Late to show up.
Classes run every second Monday 7.30pm – 9.30pm at The Duke Of Wellington, 119 Balls Pond Rd, N1 4BL
Book tickets here or contact Jylle on email@example.com for more details.
Photos c/o Jylle Navarro
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