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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).

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*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.

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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.)

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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.)

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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).

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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.)

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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.

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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.

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3 sketches, 3 styles

Went to the long pose Charcoal Club session last week.  Since I’m usually too lazy to get up and move around to find a different angle, I did three sketches in three different styles.

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BTW, Dr. Sketchy’s is Monday folks, and Charcoal Club tonight!

Baltimore’s Charcoal Club life-drawing session is tonight at Meadow Mill, at 7 o’clock.  It’s the sustained pose session, so one long pose for the entire 3 hours….good stuff.  If you scroll down two posts, you can see the drawings I did at it last week.  It’s 10 bucks to draw and definitely, definitely worth it.  Check it out.   (The light rail drops you at the front door btw, if you’re carless, which I am.)

Also, Dr. Sketchy’s is this Monday, March 9th, at Dionysus at 7 o’clock.  If you don’t know what it is (it’s drawing pretty folks in burlesque while drinking), check out the website.  If you live somewhere else on the planet (ie, not Baltimore), there might be one near you, and IT COULD BE MONDAY TOO*, so check the mothership website to find one nearby.

*It probably isn’t, but you never know.

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Some Charcoal Club stuff.

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The above was the first sketch I did last week at Charcoal Club…the one on the right used to look a lot better, I decided to experiment on it with some gray markers and pretty much ruined a lot of the detail.

A few more marker experiments…most of which are crap….

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The marker sketch on the left sucks (and is that same old sketch that tends to bubble up when I’m tired), but I like the head doodle on the right.

Another sucky drawing….

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The next two came out alright (and were the last two I did).  Basically, I got so frustrated that I forced myself to focus more on what I was doing.

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Should be there tomorrow…hopefully I’ll get better sketches this time.  (Not being hungover will probably do wonders.)

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Bar taps, painting ideas, and a big-boned kid.

Goodness gracious, finally a sketch actually done while sitting in a bar. 🙂  This was done Thursday night at the Blarneystone while waiting for a few friends to show up. 

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Next is a pencil doodle done while sitting through a section meeting…

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Last, but not least, well, maybe least, is a couple of visual notes I jotted down during a unit meeting for one of the oil paintings I’m working on.  (A few blog posts before this, you’ll see a photolog of what the painting looked like in the first few stages…..these doodles are vague ideas on what to do with the rest of the space.)

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I’ll see if I can take some more pictures this weekend to show where the painting is at now (plus, some photos of the old Alexis and Kiely painting that I’ve started working on again).

BTW, if you’re looking for life-drawing classes in the Baltimore area besides Dr. Sketchy’s (link at the right), you might want to check out the classes hosted by John Brewer for The Charcoal Club.  The Charcoal Club has been around for about 130 years now and is a Baltimore institution….it’s ten bucks for 3 hours.  The have two sessions a week, Mondays and Wednesdays…one day is one long pose, the other day is a lot of short poses.  Sometimes they even have multiple models, which if you’ve done any of these things before, is a blessing and doubles the chances of you finding an angle you like.

Sometime in the next week I’ll make a link button for their page and put it in the right column.

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An old drawing and some Charcoal Club sketches.

This first one is an old doodle done several years ago while sitting at City Cafe.

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The next couple were done earlier this evening at the Charcoal Club, probably the last one I’ll go to till mid-January, due travelling and whatnot.

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(The drawing on the right was the warm-up sketch that ended a few minutes after I walked in the door late, having nearly gotten myself squished by the light-rail trying to reach it in time. (I had to jump the tracks in front of it which REALLY pissed off the conductor.))

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After this one, I finally reached the tinted pages in my pad.   I’ve been annoyed as hell waiting to get to them.

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More sketches from the Charcoal Club

I’m still in the white paper section of my pad, and won’t reach the tinted pages for another fifteen drawings or so.  It’s very aggravating, but I refuse to skip perfectly useable paper.  I may switch to using ink for the remaining pages though, since I haven’t done that in a bit.

This was the first one….the angle was awkward.  The bottom of her rib cage, at least from that position, looked a little strange, but it came out alright for the most part.

This was my favorite…I’ve pumped the contrast a little too much, but I’m too lazy to go correct it (the shading was very, very, light).  Her torso is too thick, which you can see if you look at the thickness beneath “her” left arm.  If that back defining line, the one indicated by the little black triangle in the crook of her elbow, was moved over a few milimeters, it would do wonders.  Her head, and specifically her hair, was what I was interested in.  It didn’t come out amazing, but I liked it better than anything else I produced this session.

Charcoal Club was crazy crowded this time around (which is a good thing), but since my dumb ass was about 15 minutes late, it meant I didn’t have much to go with seating wise, basically a chair against the back wall.

Not much to say about these two either.   Nothing amazing, but nothing worth biting your pencils in two and throwing yourself in front of the light rail.

Oh well, maybe next week.

By the way, Dr. Sketchy’s Baltimore is this Monday, Oct 13, 7 to 10 at Dionysus.  If you’re having trouble scheduling your drawing and your beer, it’s a good way to get it all out of the way at once.

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