The power of life drawing as a tool for self-acceptance

Fancy getting your kit off in front of a group of artists keen to draw your every curve?

Before you shout “hells no”, there’s a chance you could be swayed after getting the goss on the Gold Coast’s latest initiative led by two passionate and inspirational women.

Bobby Napier and Jesse McDonald are the brains behind Sketch Marks, a unique program of empowerment designed to liberate ladies battling body image and self-esteem by incorporating the art of life drawing.


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Sketch Marks is all about finding self-love, body confidence and power and both Bobby and Jesse have poured their heart and soul into this project.

Their ‘Reframe’ program is designed to change the way women perceive, and relate to, their body. Using mindfulness techniques and lessons derived from Acceptance Commitment Therapy, Bobby and Jesse are so confident in what they teach; they believe there’s no doubt they will have you seated in the artist’s studio completely naked and comfortable in your own skin!

On completion of the four-week program, participants pose as an artist’s muse for a small group of professional and emerging artists, and receive some of the artworks created on the night, to see themselves interpreted, rather than represented; appreciated rather than advertised, and understand their body is a work of living art.

During the life drawing session, the model is encouraged to share her story and her struggle openly to break down the barrier between artist and model.

If you’d like to join the Sketch Marks movement – as a life model or an artist – be sure to follow Sketch Marks on Facebook.


Editor’s Note: This article is for general information and entertainment, and is the expressed opinion of the author and not a paid advertisement. Be sure to check current addresses, opening hours and contact information directly with the venue/service in advance of any booking/purchase.

Mel is a full-time creative writer, voiceover and part-time wine drinker.
She’s been voted Australia’s Most Photogenic Feet (yes, that’s a thing!) and when she’s not dining out, or satisfying her reality dating show obsession, Mel can be found devouring cheese platters, siesta-ing or shining the leaves of her indoor plants.

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