denmark life drawing

Back to the Drawing Board – Life Drawing, Denmark

It’s been a long time since I did any life drawing. In fact it’s almost 20 years ago since I sat in my art class wondering why the room was so hot and why the small fan heater in the corner was on full blast, when to me it wasn’t that cold. It wasn’t until my teacher counted down and a woman pranced into the middle of the room before unveiling her naked form by letting her floral silk dressing gown fall to the floor, that I realised why the heating was on! The class gasped before swiftly holding their head down to their paper to refocus on the task at hand… Draw the lady in the middle.

Fast forward to today, where I was invited by the #JiggyTwins Emma & Estelle Tiller to join them in their life drawing class at VIA University College, Denmark.

I was slightly apprehensive about doing it as I have lost confidence in my ability to draw over the years, as well as feeling a little bit scarred since my first (and at the time last) experience, but I did it anyway as I always say to Emma & Estelle to “just embrace it”!

On entering the studios there was no time to be anxious about what was going to happen or how I was going to perform or if my drawings would be good enough. The girls took me into the room, collected our drawing tool and into the studio where other artists were gathered awaiting the model arrive. At least this time I knew what was about to happen!

The posses started off quick with about 30 seconds given to draw the first sketch, and the getting longer towards the end of the 45 mins. This meant that my initial sketches looked more like stick men… and progressed to something which had a bit more detail (although not anatomically correct).

In the end I was so happy I did it and embraced my stick men!

Drawing Life with the #JiggyTwins

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It was so good to be in the company of such talented and inspirational artists who had come from all over the world to be there. A massive thanks to #JiggyTwins Emma & Estelle for making this happen.

You can follow Emma and Estelle’s amazing work on Instagram and Tumblr here:
Emma – Instagram @emellex06 , Tumblr @emellex06
Estelle – Instagram @esterellda , Tumblr @godgivenfox

The session lasted just under 2 hours – two 45 min sessions with a 15 – 20 minute break in the middle.

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Red and Green at Christmas

The Colours of Christmas

Have you ever wondered why Red and Green are commonly used to represent Christmas? Well there are many reasons which go way back into the sands of time. Most the colours and their meanings come from the western/northern European traditions and customs, when Christmas is in the middle of winter and it’s dark and cold. Here are a few with reasons with some of our own Christmas themed snaps.

Green

Green is though to represent the sign of new life. Evergreen plants, such as Holly, Ivy and Mistletoe have been used for thousands of years to decorate and brighten up buildings during the long dark winter. Evergreens also serve as a reminder to people that spring will come back soon and that winter doesn’t stick around forever!

Apparently Romans would exchange evergreen branches during January as a symbol of good luck. Even the ancient Egyptians used to bring palm branches and decorate their homes during the mid winter festivals.

In many parts of Europe during the middle ages, Paradise plays were performed, often on Christmas Eve. They told Bible stories to people who couldn’t read. The ‘Paradise Tree’ in the garden of eden in the play was normally a pine tree with red apples tied to it.

Even though today’s Christmas Trees have quirky design and new takes, they are still the most common use of green at Christmas time.

Building Christmas #dublinatchristmas #workinprogress #christmas

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Red

Many people associate red with the big Coca Cola trucks rolling into town blasting out the “Holidays are Coming“, however for those who see the less commercial side of Christmas, an early use of red were the apples on the paradise tree (as mentioned above). These apples (some believe they were pomegranates) are said to represent the fall of Adam in early theatre productions / plays.

Coca Cola is also (mythically) given credit for Santa’s red uniform, but one more plausible reason as to why Santy (love this new name for Santa which I picked up from our Irish roller skating team) wears red is because as a Bishop, St. Nicholas would have worn red robes!

Red is also the colour of Holly berries, which is said to represent the blood of Jesus when he died on the cross. The Holly was also represents the crown of thorns which Jesus came to wear at his crucifixion (which is Easter but never mind!).

 

More Red & Green on Insta

Love Christmas purely for the endless possibilty to take #lowlight shots that really become timestamps

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#Christmas was made for #boomberang

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Your Christmas Colours

If you have your own ideas of colour at Christmas or what they mean, feel free to comment below.

Also don’t forget you can follow our Christmas adventure @jiggycreationz on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and Pinterest

#JiggyXmas Everyone.

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Academic subjects alone won’t ‘set every child up for life’

After working in eduction for a number of years, it was becoming clear to me that creativity and the arts were being suffocated and pitted against traditional academic subjects such as English, Maths and Science.

Maybe it was due to government incentives and league tables, but for whatever reason. Creative art departments and, classes were being cut and courses being dropped in favour of triple Sciences, which as an artist, was frustrating to witness.

The Guardian takes a look at this subject in their article: Academic subjects alone won’t ‘set every child up for life’

Employers are crying out for recruits who are creative. The notion that arts and music are not seen as ‘hard’ enough subjects is damaging to the economy

Source: Academic subjects alone won’t ‘set every child up for life’

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