Category Archives: art class

MICA drawings & Dr. Sketchy’s Boston’s January session

More sketches from MICA’s Tuesday night life-drawing sessions.

Back in January, Alexis and I visited the Dr. Sketchy’s Boston branch who’s model that session was Persephone’s Playhouse. The theme was rope bondage which was pretty ambitious considering the number of ropes and knots that had to be tied between poses. It worked out pretty well and it looks like they run a pretty neat branch.

Next Dr. Sketchy’s Baltimore is April 25th with Ivory Twinkler of Gilded Lily Burlesque, btw. Look at this flyer (photo by Cheryl Fair) and tell me you don’t want to come.

Advertisements

2 Comments

Filed under 21201, 21202, art, art class, baltimore, burlesque, Dr. Sketchy's, dr. sketchy's anti-art school, Dr. Sketchy's Baltimore, Dr. Sketchy's Boston, draw, Drawing, life drawing, nude, pencil, sketch

“Tough, that’s how it works.”


These are from one of MICA’s evening life drawing sessions.

Initially, Alexis and I founded Dr. Sketchy’s Baltimore because we wanted to draw at it. We’d attended a session or two in NYC, got fired up about it, and then proceeded to sit around for a year waiting for someone to start one in Baltimore. Eventually we gave up and founded it ourselves with the naive thought, “Well, we’ll just set up some chairs, collect money at the door, and then get to sit down and draw with everyone else.”

Little did we know.

Don’t get me wrong, we wouldn’t give up running Dr. Sketchy’s for the world, but of the many great, interesting things that have come about because of it, drawing wasn’t one of them.

So we hit the local art college MICA’s and the local art co-op Creative Alliance’s life-drawing sessions for that missing bit.

This particular model, in the above sketch, walked in to the MICA session, propped up a mountain of pillows and laid down—blocking 1/2 to 3/4 of the room from seeing anything but the upper tip of her elbow. She was the long-pose model, which meant she would be holding that pose for the entire 3 hours.

One of the artists said, “Umm, excuse me, but if you sit like that, most of the room can’t see you.”

She responded, “Tough. That’s how it works, you’ll just have to live with it.” The artist started to respond but she closed here eyes, effectively blocking him out.

She’d actually come by Dr. Sketchy’s a few months earlier wanting to model—when we told her we were too busy trying to start the session (basically running around in frantic “pull-our-hair-out” mode doing the million little things that always need to be done), that she should go read the “Interested in being a model?” page on our website and follow the submission directions, she responded that she already had. (The page specifically says don’t come to Dr. Sketchy’s and try to talk to us about modeling when the session is about to start. We’re just too busy.) She got mad that we couldn’t give her a ‘yes’ or ‘no’ on the spot and left.

Sigh.

Well, that’s all the MICA sketches I got. Tomorrow I’ll put up a couple Dr. Sketchy’s flyer creation sketches.

Oh, I should plug the next Dr. Sketchy’s Baltimore before I go. Next Dr. Sketchy’s is April 11th with the lovely calendar girls of Team Atomic with all the proceeds going to the Ride for the Feast charity. Drawing, adult beverages, AND doing good deeds. Honestly, what more could you want?

Leave a comment

Filed under 21201, 21202, art, art class, baltimore, doodle, Dr. Sketchy's, dr. sketchy's anti-art school, Dr. Sketchy's Baltimore, draw, Drawing, life drawing, Moveable Feast, nude, pencil, Ride for the Feast, sketch

Meeting doodles, Windup Space doodles, & Dr. Sketchy’s

Couple random doodles done during various section & unit meetings.

That one kind of reminds me of a fellow I knew back in high school and what he might look like in another decade or two. Maybe. If he’s eating right or something. I don’t know.

This lady was a sign language interpreter at a recent section meeting—it actually looks nothing like her. Three minutes into the drawing someone as tall as a tree sat in front of me. I pretty much had to make up (badly) 75% of the drawing.

One of the speakers at said section meeting. He had a Scottish accent and was a lot more lively than this serene pose indicates.

Last week while dropping off Dr. Sketchy’s Baltimore flyers at the Windup Space, I decided to stick around and see the show being set up. Unfortunately, the show was 2 hours away and my phone was dead, so I ended up doodling Russell behind the bar.

The sketch is horrible, but I like the look of it—I might try it again tomorrow night while folks are drawing Paco.

Lastly, an unfinished doodle I did after the Russell doodle—it was cut off by the start of the show.

By the way, if you want to get some cheap life drawing in, and you’re around Baltimore, the next Dr. Sketchy’s is tomorrow night, at the Windup Space with Paco Fish. Doors at 6, start at 7! Whatever you got going on, this is better. Probably. I mean, if it’s your birthday and everyone’s giving you presents, fine. Otherwise, this is better.

(photo of Paco Fish courtesy of Twilight Images by Melody Smith, www.twilightimages.net)

3 Comments

Filed under 21201, 21202, art, art class, art tools, baltimore, BAR, burlesque, cabaret, cartoon, Dr. Sketchy's, dr. sketchy's anti-art school, Dr. Sketchy's Baltimore, draw, Drawing, life drawing, pencil, shadows, sketch, sketch a day, Windup Space

Comics, meeting doodles, & Creative Alliance sketches

First up, here’s the new versions of the first four pages of the comic. Lot of stuff got changed—couple more edits in the text as well.

Page 4 is obviously in progress. Page 3 needs a tie-piece added to the last panel and some wordage to the wine bottle in the first panel.

Next up, some sketches from a Creative Alliance life drawing session. They’re every Saturday at 10, $10 if you’re not a member, $3 if you are.

As usual, the first drawing or two sucked. (Got there at the start of the ten minute poses, 5 minutes into the first pose—it ended before I got too far along.)

Next couple were a little better.

And after that, I was tired/bored, so the last one was crap.

Here’s a tipsy sketch done of a friend while leisurely having a couple beers at the Blarneystone.

BTW, he doesn’t look this rough in real life—I purposefully went that direction since I knew a more nuanced sketch rarely works well in a distracting environment. Oh, and the “light” spots are due to the scanner.

Last up, two doodles from a meeting at work. The first was the usual random junk that gets scribbled during these affairs; the second is an altogether matter. It started as a simple off-hand sketch of a comic-stylized side-view of an eye – and then suddenly the meeting just went on FOREVER. As the meeting dragged on, I absent-mindedly added a detail here, a detail there, and it eventually grew to the point where I ran out of page. I’ll probably put it in Painter sometime this week and see if I can add the bits I wanted to add but couldn’t, since, well, you know, the paper ran out.

By the way, the next Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School Baltimore life-drawing session is next Monday, September 27, 2010 at the Windup Space.

Best damn life-drawing you’ll find in town. If I wasn’t helping run it, I’d be there drawing. BTW, check out this LAZERBITCH video if you want a feel for what they’re like. (The Windup Space is in there at the end too.)

Leave a comment

Filed under 21201, 21202, art, art class, baltimore, BAR, Blarneystone, burlesque, cabaret, Dr. Sketchy's, dr. sketchy's anti-art school, Dr. Sketchy's Baltimore, draw, Drawing, life drawing, nude, pen, pencil, photoshop, shadows, sketch, sketchup, WACOM, Windup Space

Odds & Ends

Here’s a buch of random doodles from the past couple months or so . . . this was the first of several blue pen sketches done on a notepad during some unit meeting or another.  Basically I was letting the sketch go wherever it wanted, then suddenly realized I had to stop since it was unintentionally starting to look pornographic.  Oops.

So I drew one of the presenters instead.

And some lady talking about stapler safety or something.

A meeting about lawn mower safety . . .

Next up was an itty-bitty drawing for a cocktail menu for Dr. Sketchy’s Baltimore, the burlesque life-drawing class that Alexis and I run.  The drawing was originally done in pencil and then was colored in Photoshop.

And here’s what the menu looked like when it was done.

I think we ended up using the menu once and then tossed it.  Ohs wells.

Speaking of Sketchy related stuff, here’s the one half drawing I did at Sketchycon up in NYC this year.  I got halfway through it and then got distracted talking to other branch heads for the rest of the session.  This happened the year before as well – since it’s the first event of Sketchycon, everyone’s so interested in doing the meet & greet that most of the folks never really end up drawing.  That, and, well, doing shots with Bill and the bartender.

Next up, a crappy doodle I did on a lunch break while thinking about ideas for a Dr. Sketchy’s flyer.

And last (at least Dr. Sketchy’s-wise) was a sketch I did of Nicolette le Faye that was put in the Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School Baltimore’s first ever Art show.

Plug -> If you’re in the Baltimore area and are interested in attending Dr. Sketchy’s, the next one is July 12th with Mourna Handful.

Anyways, here’s two more sketches I doodled during a section meeting…

And a team meeting . . .

…and that’s the end of all the section/unit/team/group/floor/building/block meeting doodles.  Lord.  Anyways, a blog post or two back I said I’ve been teaching myself how to oil paint with Corel Painter.

This was posted before, but it should probably go up again.

Initial sketch . . .

That doodle with the arrow on the right is a note telling me to change the nose so he doesn’t look like Snarf from the Thundercats.

Which, APPARENTLY, I ignored.  Damnit.

Tomorrow I’ll put up the first two pages of the comic book I spent all day today working on.

Leave a comment

Filed under 21201, 21202, art, art class, art tools, baltimore, burlesque, Donth, doodle, Dr. Sketchy's, dr. sketchy's anti-art school, Dr. Sketchy's Baltimore, draw, Drawing, dwarf, dwarves, gnome, ink, life drawing, marker, oil painting, oils, painting, pen, pencil, photoshop, sketch, WACOM

Playing with the WACOM and random doodles.

truckdriverBusy, busy, busy, but I have gotten a few sketches done.  I need a new life-drawing class – my schedule is too busy for the seasonal commitment of MICA’s life – drawing class (I end up losing a fair amount of money because I only make it  to half the classes), I refuse to get up at 7 am on a Saturday to make it to the Creative Alliance’s class, and the Charcoal Club has become something akin to a high school lunch cafeteria with all the political infighting that entails), and Towson is just too damn far.  Dr. Sketchy’s would be perfect, but things are usually a little too hectic on our end running the thing to get much drawing in.

Oh, well, something will turn up.

The above doodle was done sitting on a barstool at Windup and then was heavily edited in Corel Painter using the tablet.

Next is a doodle from a section meeting….

grumpygirl

Another tablet experimentation… initially I thought the sketch was good enough to play with in Painter, but, eh, it wasn’t.  It was done in bits and pieces during a group meeting at work; I’ve cropped out the boring parts and just included the head which I was fooling around with for a bit.

skinny

Next, some rocks doodled with markers and pens while the Daily Show was on…

img121

Ugh, I can do a lot better than that, but oh well, I try to put up the disasters as well.

If I’m able to go to the Renaissance Festival this weekend, I plan to take my pad . . . we’ll see if that happens.

3 Comments

Filed under 21201, 21202, art, art class, art tools, baltimore, doodle, draw, Drawing, ink, life drawing, marker, pen, pencil, sketch, WACOM, Windup Space

Backlog vomit.

That’s just a horrible image.  For some reason I’m picturing a hamster, his mouth stuffed with paper, getting back to his house and going “BLARRRRGGGH!!!”

Anyway, I’ve been trying to post all this crap for awhile but have had my time eaten up by either the Dr. Sketchy’s blog, travelling, or drinking/socializing at way too many birthdays/”I quit my job!” parties/”I’m depressed” parties/after parties/”my boss just got fired so I’m going to cheat on my wife with her to make her feel better parties”.

And yes, that last one I just stumbled into the middle of.  It’s not like that was on the invitation or anything.  Yeah, it was weird.

Moving on.

First, a coaster from the Windup Space while Gunwife Gone played their last show ever (some of their folks are moving away to raise bears in Alaska or something).

img082

*I* liked it, but apparently I was the only one at the bar that thought it looked like a bird sitting on some rocks (which is appropriate I guess, since I drew it).

It’s a little easier to see with the blue removed.

img082part2

And no, this was not a product placement for Camel.  Though they’re more than willing to send me money to draw on Camel coasters 24/7 if they wish.

Next up were too absolutely horrible doodles done at Don Sinnish’s birthday party at Artist & Craftsman Supply (he owns it).  Basically it was a lot of people sitting outside the store on a lazy Saturday afternoon drawing, sipping champaigne, and eating chocolate cake.  (Three hundred thousand teenagers, escorted by cops on atvs, went by on dirt bikes at some point.)

img083

img089

That last is the top of the old Dollar Store (?) across the street from Don’s place and almost next door to Windup.  I obviously wasn’t in the mood to draw that day, so I gave up at that point.

Went to NYC for SketchyCon sometime after that . . . got to actually DRAW at a Dr. Sketchy’s, versus running around putting out fires.  Unfortunately, I was much more interested in meeting the other attendees (folks who run other Dr.S’s) than drawing, so all I produced were two pretty lack-luster doodles.  (The models were amazing though.)

img084

Yowsa, what the hell is that?  This is what I was TRYING to draw (left-handed) while having a discussion with someone from Denver?  Asheville?  Houston?  Who knows at this point.  There were a lot of drinks at the session, and at the club afterward.

(BTW, that photo was taken by Katie Laird, who runs Dr. Sketchy’s Houston.)

This is a sketch of Johnny Dallas who was being drawn on with markers.

img085

Next up, some crap from a session of Charcoal Club . . . a couple of them were alright, but I obviously wasn’t in the mood to draw that night either.

img086

img088

img087

Actually, I take some of that “crap” stuff back, I really like the hair on the one above.  The next one came out looking NOTHING like the model though.

img090

Okay, I got bored and was in a horrible seat for the pose the model picked.  (I’m usually too lazy to actually get up an move seats.)  So I tried to remember Spiderman’s costume by memory and made a mess of it (not to mention accidentally putting the spider icon on his left pect instead of the center of his chest).  The reason there’s nothing on the bottom parts of the arms or the legs, or, well, the waist, is, well, I couldn’t remember exactly how the patterns of webbing worked there.

Kind of embarrassing.  Ohs wells.

Last but not least, my sketches from the LAST EVER session of the Charcoal Club.  I’m not going to go into it, but apparently some old folks in charge Kirked-the-fuck-out at the thought of their being two models on the stage at the same time.  Apparently this sent their minds spiraling into the gutter and they canceled the sessions indefinately (and believe me, there was nothing “dirty” about the sessions at all, it just gave all of us more than one person to draw and tended to mean there were no “bad seats” in the room).

In any case, I just find it sad that the OLDEST CONTINUOUS LIFE-DRAWING SESSION IN THE COUNTRY was canceled indefinitely because there was a possibility that the presence of two naked people sitting on a stage (versus just one) might halt the pacemakers of a bunch of old-stick-in-the-muds who don’t care about the sessions anymore because they themselves don’t attend them.

John refused to talk about it, but the folks who showed up to draw were definitely not afraid to give the skinny during the breaks.

Not that I’m going to get into it.  [cough]

Anyway, Katia was the model for the last session.  She was stunning as usual, but I’ll warn you now that the last one is the one that looks the most like her.  Apparently I was all over the place that night, sketch-wise.  You’d think each sketch had been done by a different alter (personality).

img091

Crap, crap, crap.  So I tried harder for the next one.  It came out “interesting”, but certainly not looking like Katia. (I kinda like the tattoos though.)

img092

At this point, I’m furious….”By jove, if this is the last session ever, I’m going to walk out of here with at least one drawing!”   I even pumped and swung my fist in the air when I said “By jove!”

I did.

img093

Now I’m going to have to find a new drawing session.  MICA is great, except for that whole pay ahead of time thing, and Creative Alliance’s is at 9 o’clock in the morning on a Saturday, which I can tell you right now isn’t going to happen.

Alright, well, that’s all the bits of paper my hamster cheeks got.

2 Comments

Filed under 1, 21202, 21211, art, art class, art tools, baltimore, BAR, Charcoal Club, charcoal club baltimore, Clipper Mill, doodle, Dr. Sketchy's, dr. sketchy's anti-art school, draw, Drawing, ink, life drawing, marker, nude, pen, pencil, shadows, sketch, tattoos