Say “life drawing” to friends and colleagues and suddenly the fully grown adult in front of you crumbles into a childish fit of giggles between questions along the lines of – “but you’ll be sketching someone’s willy!”

If your interests are more aesthetic and biological then pluck up the courage to head along to a life drawing class – once you’ve got over the initial awkwardness it’s actually quite therapeutic.

Lunchtime Life Drawing classes are being run by Citi employee Daniel Scrivener, although they are untutored and you need to bring your own materials.

Richard models for the life drawing class in Canary Wharf

He said: “This is something I do as a non-profit activity, for myself and people like me who want to inject a bit of creativity into their week.”

But what does it feel like to be the naked character sat in front your easel? We found out after a quick chat with life model Richard after the class.

He said: “I got into it because I wanted to discover how to face my fears and I figured this would be the best way to do it.

“Also, I feel we live in a world where we people have an opinion about everything and I wanted to liberate myself from that.”

Life drawing in Canary Wharf

And how does he keep so still and focused during the sessions?

“I do a lot of counting in my head,” he said. “It’s funny because you get really comfortable being in that position you don’t even realise you’re naked.”

He does say it’s a great motivational tool for keeping yourself in shape though, adding “paintings often feature that very masculine look, so this definitely encourages me to stay fit.”

The fortnightly sessions will be held at the Idea Store in Churchill Place until December 11. The next one will be held on Friday, November 13 and costs £10.

If you fancy giving it a try, go to