Artist Holly Sharpe
By Diana Kiernander
If drawing is your thing, put this in your diary right now!
The brilliant Glasgow-based artist and illustrator, Holly Sharpe, has booked out the next few Wednesday evenings at Broomhill Church Hall to host ‘Always Fully Dressed,’ a life drawing class with a difference. Go along at 7:15pm and spend nearly two hours practicing your sketching skills at a life drawing class where the model remains fully clothed.
The ticketed event is all about the fashion vibes, and it’s a laid-back, untutored chance for you to capture the colour and creativity that clothes convey when worn on a live model.
Holly, who is thrilled to have launched this event at last, has wanted to start something like this in the city for a while.
‘I am so excited to have [organised] these classes. I love drawing people in the flesh,’ she says, reflecting on the journey it has been to realise a long-held fashion dream.
And it got off to an awesome start, with a model fresh from runway shows and Balenciaga and Paris Fashion Week appearances too.
As a celebrated fashion illustrator in her own right, Holly knows how captivating and special it can be to draw models in their catwalk glory, and loves creating that dynamic, in a close, intimate space with a model, skilled at striking different poses in different outfits. For that reason, these classes will appeal to anyone in the city with an eye on the fashionsphere.
You may even recognise Holly’s distinctive, dreamscape drawing style from collaborations she’s done with Ted Baker, Marks & Spencer or Mac cosmetics to name a few.
And though she’s able to treat the sessions as an opportunity to practice and develop her own interest in drawing a live fashion silhouette, she will, of course, be on hand to give encouragement and advice if it’s asked for.
‘I’m more than happy to give tuition to anyone wanting a bit of direction or feedback,’ says the part-time lecturer in Fashion, Textiles and Design at a college in the city. When not working on her own projects, she’s happy to free up time directing others on their drawing journey.
Holly is a pretty special talent, working from her studio in the West End on projects with global fashion brands who can’t get enough of her dreamy drawings.
So as everyone starts to wrap up warm in chunky knits, scarves and this year’s UGG boots, this is an exciting time to unleash those life drawing desires, with added colour and verve.
It’s the perfect way to put some sparkle on winter nights spent in the West End.
Follow the links and Sign up here:
Wednesdays (2nd Nov – Dec 14th 7:15PM – 8:45PM, Broomhill Church Hall, 64-66 Randolph Rd, Glasgow, G11 7JL