Capturing the beautiful people - a masterclass with David Downton & Jade Parfitt

The very best of runway Haute Couture and backstage glamour has been beautifully captured by David Downton for over a decade. As one of the world’s most famous fashion illustrators, he has drawn a host of beautiful women including Erin O’Connor, Carmen Dell’Orefice, Iman and Dita Von Teese and his work has graced the covers of publications across the globe. Now, especially for Bath in Fashion, David will host a one-off life drawing masterclass in which he will mentor ambitious artists.
— Bath in Fashion, April 2013
© David Downton

© David Downton

Wow. Just, wow! I was so lucky to have the opportunity this weekend to attend a Masterclass held by David Downton and Jade Parfitt as part of the Bath in Fashion events held in the city. There were about 25 of us in attendence at the masterclass (which began with a glass of fizz - how agreeable!) and the atmosphere was very relaxed and casual. After a brief introduction to David and his work, we began drawing Jade who posed for us in a variety of outfits and poses. Throughout the session, David shared his thoughts, experience and some techniques with us which were so interesting and throught provoking! To be in the presence of such illustration-greatness was such a priveledge. To watch him at work drawing Jade was also such a pleasure.

David Downton at work drawing Jade Parfitt

David Downton at work drawing Jade Parfitt

Having not done much drawing for along time (SO reliant upon my Mac!) I was at first a bit hesitant, but soon got into the swing of things and left feeling so very inspired with the urge to get some life drawing classes booked! I have recently been pushing myself to pick up new skills, learn new things and generally make a conscious effort to remain inspired (hence attending this workshop!) - this has certainly given me a big boost and I feel excited to start some new artworks of my own.

One of my 'attempts'

One of my 'attempts'

One of my 'attempts'

One of my 'attempts'

© David Downton

© David Downton