Sketch Up: Lon­don

Founder Daniel Mor­ris in­tro­duces Sketch Up and its high-fly­ing life mod­els – the art jam where it’s all a bit of a cir­cus

ImagineFX - - Issue 108 May 2014 - For more in­for­ma­tion on Sketch Up visit /sketchup and for more about Grav­ity Cir­cus Cen­tre visit www.grav­i­ty­cir­cus­cen­

Su­per­heroes will­ing to sit for por­traits are scarce. That’s what Daniel Mor­ris found. So he de­cided to set up an art group fea­tur­ing the next best thing: cir­cus per­form­ers.

Daniel en­listed the ser­vices of Grav­ity Cir­cus Cen­tre’s Yam Doyev. With the exclusive use of his cir­cus train­ing space in Lon­don, and its per­form­ers as mod­els, Sketch Up was born.

“When I want to sketch a su­per­hero pose,” the Sketch Up founder says, “it’s dif­fi­cult to get ac­cu­rate source

May 2014 ma­te­rial. I re­alised the po­ten­tial of us­ing cir­cus per­form­ers – tightrope walk­ers, trapeze artists – modelling po­si­tions that sim­ply can’t be seen in a typ­i­cal life­draw­ing ses­sions.”

The group was also con­ceived to give artists a sense of com­mu­nity, an en­vi­ron­ment en­cour­ag­ing the ex­change of ideas and op­por­tu­ni­ties to col­lab­o­rate on more am­bi­tious projects, such as graphic nov­els and an­i­ma­tions.

“This doesn’t hap­pen sat alone be­hind a com­puter screen,” Daniel says. “I was al­ways a lit­tle en­vi­ous of the huge art com­mu­ni­ties in places such as the US. They seem to of­ten meet face-to-face and share their pas­sion for art. I found it odd that, in Lon­don, people were con­tent to com­mu­ni­cate solely through fo­rums.

“Maybe I’m be­ing a lit­tle tra­di­tional, but I value the so­cial as­pect of art as much as de­vel­op­ing my art, so I was keen to place a flag in the ground and say: let’s meet here.”


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Masked cru­saders: group founder Daniel Mor­ris says Lon­don was lack­ing a good artist get-to­gether.

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