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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.


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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Yep, I’m still kicking.  Scanner problems continue, hopefully that will resolve soon.

Anyways, these are from a Charcoal Club session a few weeks ago….I’m on a new sketch book, which means, at least for the next 20 sketches or so, I don’t have colored paper anymore.  I’ve gotten absolutely addicted to using colored paper so I can then add highlights in with a white pencil.  Going back to plain white paper has obviously thrown me a little off…….basically, my “hand” is now conditioned to draw and shade with the expectation of adding in the highlights last……..but if you do that with white paper, without any planning (since basically all you’re doing is leaving negative space), it doesn’t work out too well.

I pretty much hate the one above…but this isn’t a gallery, I try to put up the good and the bad, so there it is.

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Sketches from the Charcoal Club

Did these last week at Baltimore’s Charcoal Club.  There were two models, one a model I’ve seen before, and the second was new (my impression was he was her boyfriend).

Walked in a little late, grabbed the first chair right as the models went to a new pose…..which was the girl with her back to me, bent forward, with the boy standing in front of her looking at the ceiling.

Little jarring for the first drawing of the night and your warm up, so I did sketches of the fellow’s head instead.

The next was only half finished…

The next two came out alright….

I was bored by the last pose, and obviously didn’t try too hard.  (The woman was posing by herself.)

All of the poses were incredibly creative, unfortunately for most of them (because of my own fault), I was in a pretty bad position to do something interesting with them.  Luckily I moved by the second to last, unfortunately it was only a 20 minute pose and I wasn’t able to render both the figures fully the way I wished.  Still, it works I suppose.

Tomorrow I’ll throw up some old man heads I’ve been doodling in meetings and bars.

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