Photos from Sept. 14th with Elle Devene!

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Saying Elle Devene was stunning is an understatement.  During the break I must have heard three different folk comment that they were positively, undeniably in love.  Lord knows, whatever secret pull Elle had (and I don’t think it was that much of a secret), it certainly came through in the sketches and photos.

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As always, we’d like to thank our generous sponsors, Atomic Books, Artist & Craftsman Supply, and Baby Tattoo Books went above and beyond with the contest prizes.  If you haven’t figured it out by now, everyone involved with Dr. Sketchy’s Baltimore, from the sponsors, to the Windup Space, to Bill and Jeff, are doing this so we can bring this unique life drawing experience to you all twice a month, so if you’re looking to buy a pencil or book or a beer, please consider hitting them up.  Anyways, special thanks to the sponsors, to Russell of the Windup for preventing us from getting thirsty and letting us use his absolutely amazing venue for all this, Jeff for the amazing photographic work, Bill for policing the door against drunk sailors and bear attacks, and to Elle Devene of Gilded Lily Burlesque for being her drop-dead gorgeous self.

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Here’s some great sketches Pierrette Montone sent in…

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I love the face on that last one.

The first contest, as always, was the “opposite hand” contest.  If you’re left handed, draw with your right, if you’re right handed, draw with your left, and if you’re ambidexterous draw with your mouth, foot, ear . . . usually that last bit is just meant as a joke, but this fellow actually did it.  I’m not sure, but I think he ended up being one of the two winners too (the prize being a free mystery shot).

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More photos…

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Mike May sent in these sketches . . . the first drawing in the first sketch (and also the photo above) is from the “someone in the crowd yell out a random noun” contest, which turned out to be “plumber”.  And yes, we’re just going to let that one go without comment.  The prize was a life-drawing book The Natural Way to Draw: A Working Plan for Art Study by Kimon Nicolaides donated to us by one of our awesome and regular art monkeys, Kurt Aspland.

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The prizes for the third contest, donated by Atomic Books, were Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austin and Seth Grahame-Smith and Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters by Jane Austin and Ben H. Winters.  The contest was “What do you think the cover will look like for the next classic with monsters added?” which is why Elle has a rattlesnake tale in the second sketch.

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Here’s a few of Brian Dugan’s sketches—be sure to check out his gallery to see more.

He took home Pride and Prejudice and Zombies with that “Canterbury Tales from the Crypt” sketch, too. 🙂

The sketch above was from an earlier contest, in which we asked our artists, “What’s the most inappropriate setting for a burlesque performer?”, the prize of which was a signed copy or Ragnar’s Symptomatica from Baby Tattoo Books.

Here’s a couple more photos of lovely Elle before we wrap everything up…

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Don’t forget, Elle Devene and the rest of Gilded Lily Burlesque will be performing at Load of Fun Halloween night.  Don’t worry, we’ll remind you as it gets closer. 🙂

Our next session is Sept. 28th, 7 o’clock (doors at 6) at the Windup Space,  with Viola Vixen—all the way from Brisbane, Australia . . . she’s in the States for the NYC Burlesque Festival and is coming all the way down here for the evening just to pose for you.

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And, just between you and us, you should know how cool our own Viola is—that is, Viola Van Wilde of Gilded Lily Burlesque—she’s graciously putting up Viola Vixen for the night, because, well, she’s just cool like that.  Don’t tell her we said that though, we don’t want her to know we think she’s that awesome because we have, you know, our own cool image and whatnot to maintain… ;-p

See you on Monday!

Sword swinging and sketching with Deviana Fox!

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Goodness gracious, Deviana Fox had swords.

Maybe it’s my geek stamp showing, but good gravy, there are few things more fun to draw than a sexy lady with dual scimitars.

Yeah, she had TWO scimitars.

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We were hoping for trouble, maybe the crazy pillow lady who tried to steal my beer a few sessions ago would make a second run at the front door, but alas, it was not to be and the session was blissfully peaceful.  I can’t help but wonder though if the REASON it was blissfully peaceful was the presence of a scimitar wielding lady with a bullet belt overlooking the crowd at all times.

Bill certainly seemed better behaved.

These awesome photos are by Jeff by the way, which we are eternally grateful for, and while we’re at it, many thanks go to Bill holding down the door, Russell holding down the bar, our gracious sponsors Atomic Books, Artist & Craftsman Supply, and Baby Tattoo Books for the awesome prizes to give away, and the Windup Space for hosting us even though it’s kinda like thanking Russell twice, but he deserves it.

Well, everyone deserves to get thanked twice, so, to avoid just copying and pasting that paragraph again right here so everyone gets thanked twice, lets say everyone gets THREE thanks and move on to some more pictures of the amazing Deviana.

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Yep, that’s right, not only did Deviana have two swords, she was balancing them all over the place WHILE posing.  I had to keep tapping Bill on the shoulder while ran the door to say, “Oh my God, Bill, look what she’s doing now!”

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Anyway, let’s get to some drawings and contests.

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This next one was sent to us by Mike May.  Check out his website, some amazing stuff there.  I think there’s another drawing by him further on in the blog as well.

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Next is a sketch by Paul Moscatt who’s got some great work on his site too.

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Mike Hasson did these next two, sending us the second one later when he got home.  I love that top left one.

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The first contest was the opposite hand drawing contest where, if you’re right-handed you draw with your left, and if you’re left-handed you draw with your right, and if you’re ambidextrous you buy the house a round.  Two winners were picked, and awarded evil-looking shots for their trouble if they were of age, and if they weren’t, they were able to designate someone of age to take their place on the chopping block.

One of the contests was the best incorporation of Highlander into your sketch.  Here’s one of the entries by Brian Dugan (who didn’t win this contest, but did win another one later on).  The prize was a stunning steel art portfolio case donated by Don of Artist & Craftsman Supply, which if you didn’t know already, is on the corner of North & Howard, pretty much across the street from Windup, give or take a block. 🙂

Another sketch from Brian Dugan, this one for the “random noun” contest where folks in the audience shout out random nouns and we pick the one that sounds the most bizarre or amusing.  The noun this time around was “Disney World.”  The prize was Ragnar’s Izzy’s Very Important Job from Baby Tattoo Books, which is so cool they run their own Dr. Sketchy’s out in L.A., if you’re ever out that way.

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Here’s some more photos of Deviana…

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Ahh, here’s the sketch Brian Dugan for the final contest incorporating Debbie Gibson and Caligula, who, apparently share August 31st as their birthday.  Who knew?

The prize was a copy of Scarlett Takes Manhattan by Dr. Sketchy’s founder Molly Crabapple and John Leavitt, who both signed it for the lucky winner when Alexis and I were in NYC last.  Here’s the cover page, graciously scanned by Brian and mailed to us.

Yes, you read that correctly, apparently Molly is accusing Brian Dugan of giving John Leavitt syphillis.  And no, Molly and John were completely sober when they signed this, why do you ask? 🙂

Our next session is September 14th with Elle Devene!

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Photos from first session at the Windup Space with Lucille Lingerhans von Spankenstein

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Our first session at the Windup Space was freaking fantastic, as was the ever-fabulous Lucille Lingerhans von Spankenstein of Gilded Lily. 🙂  The space was stunning, and though Dionysus was awesome, we definitely have a lot more room to stretch our legs—and a stage!

As always, special thanks to our wonderful sponsors who help make this possible:  Atomic Books on 3620 Falls Rd in Hampden, Artist & Craftsman Supply just a block away from Windup at 137 W. North Ave, Baby Tattoo Books, and of course Russell at the Windup Space, who saved our bacon when Dionysus changed owners.

Even more thanks go to the beautiful Lucille; otherwise all of this would be pointless and we’d have just spent the evening watching Russell make drinks—which, though entertaining, Lucille’s outfits are much more fun.  Thanks as always to Bill (who’s got some sketches up on his site) for helping shove tables around, keeping an eye on the door, and keeping out Crazy Pillow Lady (don’t ask), and Jeff for taking these photos . . .

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As you can see, the turn out was pretty great—we’ll play with the seating set-up over the next few sessions to find the optimum layout, but it worked pretty well.  Even so, keep in mind, the earlier you show up, the better seat you’ll get.  (Doors are at 6.)

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There were contests a-plenty, as usual—first, we invited our artists to take part in the customary opposite-hand drawing challenge. Then, in honor of the 40th anniversary of the moon landing, we had a “Lucille in Space” contest, in which nearly everyone participated.

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The finalists, in a Dr. Sketchy’s Baltimore first, all came up to present their drawings:

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If our memory serves us well (which it often does not), the lucky lady in the center won, and got to take home some pretty slick comic book pages from Atomic Books.

And here’s Brian Dugan’s winning entry for best incorporation of “Windup” in a sketch…

…which won him a copy of Ragnar’s Vernaculis from Baby Tattoo Books.

You can check out more of Brian’s work here.

Michael sent in this sketch too…

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Back to the photos…

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Our next session is Monday, August 17th with Frenzy Lohan of the Charm City Roller Girls—don’t be late! And remember, we’re now an 18-and-over event, but you’ll still need to be 21 or older to drink.

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By the way, that amazing photo right there is by Defekto. You can see more of his work at www.defekto.com.