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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.

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“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?

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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.)

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I ain’t dead, no need to kick in the door.

October?  Really?  That was my last post? 

Alright, let me dig around and see what I’ve got to put up here.  Dr. Sketchy’s has been kicking my ass lately, as has travelling and working on the novel.  I’ve been doing a lot of work in Painter, specifically in order to build a website for the novel, but I think I’ll save that for a separate post and just do a generic sketch dump for now.

What do we have….[digging through folders]

Oh, I went to the life drawing session at 11 am on Saturdays at the Creative Alliance.  I was impressed . . . it was relaxed atmosphere and a good time.  I don’t know how often I’ll be able to get up that early on Saturday, but I’ll definitely do it again.

First sketch was crap . . . enough that it made me scribble some of it out . . .

Obviously not the strongest start.

 

I really liked that last one . . . so much so in fact, that I’m using it as the base for a painting I’m doing in Painter on the tablet, with the end goal of it being an illustration on the novel website.  I’ll show you how far I’ve gotten in that process in a later post though.

Next up, here’s a random doodle I did while some IT guys spent a DECADE installing a piece of software on my work computer that should have taken ten minutes.  I could see what they were doing wrong, but they wouldn’t pay attention to me so I was basically forced to doodle and eavesdrop on their technical chatter until I found a manual to read.

Anyway, here’s the doodle.  For the life of me I couldn’t find a normal pencil and had to use a green one.

The building in the background is sort of one of the buildings downtown that is visible from my window.

Next up, another work doodle, done several days later while waiting for a unit meeting to start.

I’ve been playing with this sketch in Painter as well.  The intention was for it to be the dwarf Donth in the novel, but in my opinion it looks more like Snarf from the Thundercats.  Painter improved that a bit, but in the end I’ll probably end up going with something else . . . over the years I’ve gotten into the bad habit of drawing dwarf noses in a certain way which, while pleasing in a comical sense, doesn’t always lend itself to more serious illustrations.

Before the Jason Webley show tonight I should have an hour or so of downtime at the bar next door, so maybe I’ll have a chance to give it another shot.

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Painting Update.

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Well, it’s slowly still getting somewhere, where, I don’t know.  At least I’ve learned how to paint skin again and are getting better at hair.  There’s still something proportionally wrong with her head….not only that, but the painting’s layout sucks.  There’s simply no room for anything else except her back, and well, it kind of makes it boring unless I go crazy with tattoos or something.

It was just a practice piece though, so I may very well do that, even if it means ruining it.  At the very least I’ll have the technique for the next one, and hopefully the good sense to put some thought into layout before I start slapping paint around.

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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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Charcoal Club drawings

Had a good night of drawing at the Charcoal Club on Monday.  I hadn’t drawn in about two weeks (I was in Seattle and Vancouver), so I wasn’t expecting much, but it ended up being one of the better sessions in awhile.

First was the warmup page with 1 to 5 minute poses.  There were two models, both girl, posing at the same time….I’m usually not fast enough to draw both, so each sketch just focuses on one of them.

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Second sketch, still warming up.

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This one is my favorite.

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Last one of the night.  I didn’t even draw the last pose, just touched up the previous sketches.

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