Welcome to anomaly!
We are a creative life drawing business based in Sheffield. Our collective aim is to explore, encourage and expose your creative flow. We have collaborated with the creative design business Sumo Digital, The University of Sheffield, Sheffield Hallam Univeristy and NARS. Here, we provided tailored life drawing classes for staff and students, encouraging individuals to expand their skills and explore creativity as a means to access relaxation and mindfulness.
Life drawing, as the name suggests, involves drawing the human body from a live model. It is a discipline that requires a deep understanding of anatomy, proportion, and composition. However, at Anomaly we often approach life drawing in a unique way, using unconventional materials, techniques, and perspectives to capture their interpretation of the human form.
Whether through the use of unconventional materials, distorted perspectives, or bold strokes and colors, experimental life drawing provides a platform for artists to explore and challenge our perceptions of the human body and the world we inhabit.
Everyone's welcome to join a workshop!
Meet the team.
Liah Edwardes is an artist, and events manager.
Her main creative passions are coordinating art-based classes and collaborating through these. She founded Anomaly Life Drawing, Dog Life Drawing/
“Line drawing was really the first medium I fell in love with. I very quickly became more intrigued and obsessed with the immediacy of continuous line drawings. I enjoy experimenting with repeated images, compositions and mixed media to create unfamiliar artworks.”
Life drawing has been centre of almost all Liah’s personal work and events. Her passion for the human form stems from life drawing classes in her college education. Which she describes as one of the places she felt really comfortable in, a place to slow down from chaotic life and focus. Life drawing has enabled Liah to see past the elements of creating a ‘perfect piece of art’ and breakdown the form before her. She blends this outlook into her teaching by creating a non-pressure environment for people to explore their creativity and techniques.
Instagram - @liah.edwardes @dog.lifedrawing
Victoria Billingham is a jewellery maker and life model.
Victoria graduated from The University of Sheffield with a degree in metal work and has continued to develop this throughout her ever-expanding career as a jewellery designer and maker. Victoria is an incredibly creative person with a mass of imagination and has worked as a life model for over 8 years. This has allowed her to fully absorb all perspectives of the form, how it can be interpreted and that it is something we should celebrate and embrace! Victoria has been involved in many creative projects such as Kelham Island Residency and running her ring making classes to teach others how to create their own individual pieces.
Instagram - @victoria_billingham @anomalylifedrawing @the_island_residency
“We have been working with Anomaly Life Drawing for a while and our classes are always very well received by our staff. The team come prepared with exciting new ideas for sets and a range of models, so each class is unique and different. The participants always comment on how much they enjoyed the class and look forward to the next one. Liah and Victoria offer hints and tips throughout the classes and give theoretical insight which help a range of abilities feel comfortable and makes the class more accessible. The online life drawing classes have been brilliant and work extremely well over Zoom. The images are clear and the excellent quality is still offered with Anomaly being present in the calls to provide live support and tips. They are professionals at what they do and they are a pleasure to work with. Correspondence is fast and questions/queries are always answered promptly.” Amy Cross - Sumo Digital
“It was fantastic!! Looking forward to have more classes further.”
“It was a lot of fun and very useful!"
“You can count on me for the next virtual life drawing class! I’m always up for them, they are great!”
- Artists from Sumo Digital
"The Anomaly Life Drawing classes that are being held at our studio have been inspirational and have vastly helped in bolstering the team’s creativity. Liah and Victoria are a pleasure to work with; they are always very friendly and approachable while ensuring the classes run smoothly. Even now we are all working from home in an unusual situation, they have been able to set up the classes online which run just as well as if we were all in the studio together. I’m looking forward to continuing to work with them in the future" Amie Loake - Sumo Digital