If you’re organising a hen party, and you want to add something a little bit different to the mix, life drawing is a brilliant, but tasteful way of adding a bit of tongue in cheek male nudity to the occasion.
Your hen will be delighted that she’s escaped the embarrassment of dancing with a stripper, and your whole party of hens will be over the moon you’ve added some cheeky endeavour. It’s a win, win naughty, but tasteful, activity for the perfect hen party shenanigans.
So, if you’ve decided to kick off the prenuptial celebrations with a life drawing class, here’s our beginners guide to make sure you have a cheeky giggle and come away with an artistic masterpiece!
11 great reasons to include life drawing on a hen night
- It adds wow factor.
- It’s an unforgettable way to kick off a hen party, and a perfect afternoon activity.
- Avoids the dilemma of a tacky stripper.
- You can develop a new skill (there’s a budding artist in all of us).
- It’s an activity that doesn’t have to involve alcohol (but it can if you so wish).
- It’s easy to organise in the comfort of your own home, or at a holiday rental.
- It adds a bit of competitive spirit (who can produce the best drawing).
- It gets everyone in a giggly mood for the rest of the hen day/night/weekend.
- You get a memento (your drawing) that will always remind you of this special day.
- It’s suitable for all over 18s, no matter how old you are. It’s something everyone can enjoy.
- It’s a great alternative for hens who don’t fancy a male cabaret strip show.
What you can expect
- A professional model who’ll strut their stuff and wear as much or as little as your hens choose.
- A light-hearted atmosphere.
- A lesson in life drawing.
Here are a few practical tips to make sure you get the most out of your life drawing experience.
- You’ll need to book a nude model. It’s not expected you’ll know one off the cuff. There are lots of hen party organisers offering hen party life drawing classes either at a convenient venue or in the comfort of your own home.
It’s a great activity to kick the party off before you head out for dining and a boogie. Your hen won’t suspect a thing if you invite everyone over for pre-hen party drinks. If it’s a hot summer’s day and you have a private garden, you could even take the activity outdoors!
- Check what materials are provided. Most organisers will supply a model and drawing materials, including pencils or charcoal, paper, boards and sharpeners. But you may want to source some silly dressing up items to get you in the artistic mood! And perhaps some handheld fans for the blushing!
- Don’t forget the champagne. A glass of bubbly will most definitely get the party started. Or if you are serious about the artistry and don’t want to booze, throw a vintage tea party as you draw.
The serious art of drawing: 10 life drawing tips
You’ll have a set amount of time to create your masterpiece, but it’s likely your model will be experienced and will be able to give you some life drawing tips. Here are our 10 life drawing tips to help you get the most out of your life drawing session.
- Take a few minutes to look at the figure. Hold your pencil up to the figure and visualise three lines, through the shoulders, hips and knees.
- Plan your drawing in sections.
- Quickly sketch in the entire figure.
- Look at the model more than your paper.
- Draw fast, don’t doodle!
- Don’t be afraid to make mistakes.
- Don’t avoid the difficult bits. Face the challenge!
- Focus on the whole model and give equal attention to everything you draw.
- Add shadows and highlights.
- Add the date and get your model to sign it. And don’t forget to take a snap of you, your drawing and the model for a momento.