Fashion Illustration Shoreditch



It’s a speciality of the city.

London’s drawing drop-ins have so far featured a £3 basement bar life session with an exceptional soundtrack, an on-location city sketching group  and a pop-up gin-fuelled Brixton factory party.

In my 40 strong list of drawing opportunities in London’s central zones: so far, so varied.

There’s something for everyone.

Including (radically in the art world) people who want to draw models with their clothes ON:  and in this very drop-in the garments are the star!

Working illustrator, Clara Gomez, offers a 1.5-2 hour session every Monday evening from 19.00h in retro-glamour hotspot ‘Paper Dress Vintage’ on Curtain Road.

With a reservation via MEETUP and pretty reasonable (for these parts) £10;  a model, materials and some basic tuition and feedback are available.

As part of the campus of the London College of Fashion, Curtain Road and surrounding Shoreditch are painfully trendy. I was conspicuously unfashionable amongst the others in attendance. However, the atmosphere was friendly as we moved aside rails of sequins, polyester and lace to make way for breakthrough burlesque artist, and our model for the evening, ‘Lo Lo Brow’. –  ahem, not for those of a sensitive disposition!

Kudos to Clara Gomez for an extremely inclusive experience with encouragement and attention to all levels of ability. Some basic tips on proportion (predictably warped from the reality of life-drawing world) and movement made for some more credible sketches all round.

The above sketch was an implementation of  some of Clara’s suggestions concerning adding movement to figures, and below, return of the left handed drawing and a bit of a coloured experiement.


The return of the left-handed sketch


quick experiment with coloured paper

Clara Gomez’s own work can be viewed on her instagram site:


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