6.55 pm Tuedsay: The model's podium is ready. People are drifting in and setting themselves up with chairs and easels amongst the printing presses. The music is ready, but where is the model? Again my mind starts to fret. Will he/she be late, will he/she turn up at all?
7.15 pm Tuesday: All is well. I know that I should show more trust in humanity. Despite seemingly failsafe procedures there have been occasional disasters which have rather dented my already precarious confidence in the world.
It is quiet apart from soothing music, the scratching of charcoal and the occasional grunt, moan or expletive from the class as they struggle with drawing the ever challenging human form. We do a variety of 2, 5, 10 and 20 minute poses with breaks for the model in between. We all have our favourites. Personally I always seem to be more satisfied with the results of my 20 minute poses (see egs below). During the breaks, new people are introduced and everyone chats amicably.
9.00 pm Tuesday: It is time to pack up. Money has been collected and the model paid. The time has flown. Everyone seems to have enjoyed themselves. They are a friendly bunch. You could join us some time.