Why paint nudes when you can paint human–gorilla hybrids?

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At this drinking and drawing event, beauty is the beast.

The Pints n’ Prints event at the Gowanus Print Lab features impromptu costumes — like a gorilla mask — crayons, and cold beers for artists who are looking for more than just a naked form to paint.

“You can go anywhere and find a pretty face that just sits there,” the studio’s director Ashley Hildreth said. “Our models are clothed, so why don’t we go full throttle and have it be something different?”

Figure drawing sessions typically feature nude models, but the Gowanus Print Lab’s large windows prevents posers from disrobing, so the art studio did the complete opposite: dress the model in layers of costumes.

The off-beat outfits are improvised every event, giving artists a refreshing subject week after week. The costumes have a wide range, from gorilla queen to rockstar housewife, taking the creativity of figure-drawing to another level.

“You get bored drawing standard models. There’s so many places for that,” Hildreth said. “We try to do something fun every time with our event.”

The event costs $15 for unlimited beer and a surprise costume model every other Thursday, and the studio asks that all artists bring their own equipment.

Pints n’ Prints at Gowanus Print Lab [54 Second Ave., between Seventh and Eighth streets, (718) 788–3930,]. $15, July 26 and every other Thursday, 8 pm–10 pm.

Updated 5:34 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

Mickey from Greenpoint says:
Grow up, retards.
July 24, 2012, 7:41 am
i_stab_fauxhemians from Skaro says:
“You get bored drawing standard models. There’s so many places for that,”

Translation: "Not only are we lacking imagination and talent, we are also developmentally stuck in grade/middle school due to helicopter parenting and suffer mental scars from always getting chin-checked by members of the Anime club"
July 24, 2012, 3:45 pm
L.L. from Bed-Stuy says:
This was a great place to hang out and draw this gorgeous, stylish subject while meeting other creative and interesting people. Thank you for sponsoring such a fun event. We look forward to hanging out at The Gowanus Print Lab again and taking some classes in the near future.
July 28, 2012, 1:10 am
Life Drawing classes Melbourne says:
Good post but that girl in the picture is posing to be very horrible
July 31, 2012, 5:38 am
Art Center Melbourne says:
Nude models are the base of life drawing classes but some times as you say they make you bored so some change is expected
Aug. 13, 2012, 3:10 am

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