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Drawings of Maria Bella at Dr. Sketchy’s Asheville

Last month, Alexis and I rode down with Maria Bella of Gilded Lily Burlesque to the Asheville Burlesque & Sideshow Festival. Maria, while she was there, posed for the local branch of Dr. Sketchy’s.

These are the sketches I did, though I’ve obviously toyed with them in Photoshop. I’m still trying to find a “look” involving pencil sketches that will work in a flyer. The third one is me fooling around with what that might look like. I think it *kind of* works, but it’s not there yet.

You can also see the usual nightly progression I go through – abstract, cartoonesque drawings slowly progressing to an attempt at an actual likeness. None of them quite got there, but I think one or two got close. (Particularly the early sketches of the evening.)

The next session of Dr. Sketchy’s Asheville is July 5th—if you’re there, you should check them out.

Oh, and Dr. Sketchy’s Baltimore is this Monday. I’m too busy to draw at them, but YOU can.

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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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Junkyard Dolls flyer

Here are the sketches I did for the Dr. Sketchy’s Baltimore flyer for the Junkyard Dolls session. I don’t like them (the sketches), but they served their purpose I suppose.

I then grabbed a 3D model of an old truck from Google Warehouse and . . .


I ended up flipping the last drawing horizontally—it didn’t occur to me until the flyer was posted around town that I’d flipped the seven backwards. 🙂

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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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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)

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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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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.

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