The Gentlemen's Ale Sampling Society

        1982-2017  35 YEARS OF BEERS








Professional artist Karl Farrer showed us how to create a masterpiece

See Karl at




High Street, Ashford, Kent TN24 8TD



We were all supplied with a drawing board, quality art paper, pencils, charcoal, pastels and Karl set us to work drawing our life subjects.



You would think this would be a time consuming activity - but not the way Karl does it, heck no!

Karl simply placed a model in front of us and gave us two minutes to draw her, yup, two minutes, not 20, not an hour, 180 seconds.

As you can imagine the results were more stick men that Hans Holbein.

Karl even did his Master Chef impression, "10 seconds to go, right! pencils down!!"


For our second attempt we were allowed 10 minutes, that was a bit easier, but this time there were two models, not one, so back to stick men.

It went on like this until the buffet was served and we could get a rest from the black clouds of pencil lead floating in the air

and the rubber fragments bouncing around like we were sketching on the edge of a Formula 1 track.


Buffet over and it was back to work, this time there were no less than THREE models and a chair to worry about.

But, because Karl had honed us to the point of a 5H pencil of the recently sharpened persuasion, we were on it like T.S Lowry on a good day.

45 minutes for the task.  Hands a blur, pencils, crayons, rubbers flashing everywhere.

And here are the results.....


FIRST, Nick Jenkins



SECOND, Brian Henslow



THIRD, Ian Westlake





Then the also rans, which are amazingly good, bearing in mind none of can actually draw!











And Tony, who drew a different group altogether, possibly from memory.



And Hugh, who really does not have a clue about life drawing,

or is simply completely and absolutely obsessed with big yellow machines.




Many thanks to Karl for his excellent teaching skills. 

The speed drawing build up gave us the confidence to draw the final group.



Many thanks to our models who were amazingly tolerant and very kind bearing in mind how we made the look.


Many thanks to Mark at The Ashford Club for putting up with us and providing an excellent buffet.


Great evening, well done Nick for winning.


Another first for GASS!