“I perhaps owe having become a painter to flowers.” – Monet

Photo by Jeff Schock

This was Cherokee Rose’s first session posing for Dr. Sketchy’s Baltimore, though not her first for Dr. Sketchy’s. She certainly knew what she was doing.

Understandably, new folks always make us nervous. What if they get lost coming to the Windup? What if they’re a robot built by a rival Dr. Sketchy’s branch intent on a hostile takeover? What if the model doesn’t even exist and we’re being pranked by a T-Rex with an internet connection and someone willing to type for it?*  <– [see comments]

It can be stressful.

Cherokee was amazing – at no point did she transform into a boombox and try to steal our energon cubes nor did anyone get eaten. Just a whole lot of Super Sexy.

Cherokee Rose, along with GiGi Holliday, Roma Mafia, and Sophia Sunday (all past or future Dr. S models) will be performing with Bosley at ArtScape this Friday and Saturday at the Strand. I advise inserting that into your schedule. (But show up early, tickets won’t last.) https://www.facebook.com/nc.chelle/posts/4173968549282?notif_t=feed_comment_reply#!/events/341630882581322/

We had a bunch of drawing contests, with one lucky winner getting the latest issue of Retro Lovely from Atomic Books, another getting Autumn’s Come Undone by Shag from Baby Tattoo Books, and two poor souls getting some mystery concoction from Russell behind the bar.

Thank you to Craig Hankin, Kat Parker, Fred Oakes, Hallsi Rose Killian, Jennifer A Stark, John Schloman, and Tim Kelly, who all sent in drawings, which you can see in the gallery below.

Super duper thanks to Cherokee Rose for being our muse that evening; thanks to our sponsors Atomic Books and Baby Tattoo Books; thanks to Russell for slinging booze and tunes; thanks to Jeff for the photos you see above; thanks to Styger for helping me shove furniture around and run the door; and thanks to Alexis for holding the mic down.

Our next session is SATURDAY, July 21st, at the Windup during Artscape with Valeria Voxx! It’s a special two hour session with a “pay what you want” at the door, minimum of a dollar. There’ll be cold beer, cold air conditioning, and some great drawing. You should come.

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Peep this: Our night of nerd-dom with Ivory Twinkler!

Ivory Twinkler of Gilded Lily Burlesque has the best pasties ever.  You level-up just LOOKING at them.  That’s a whole new reason to remember up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, b, a, b, a, start.

Okay, that’s probably too much geek.  Probably five people know what I’m talking about at this point.

[thinks about it for a second]  Actually, knowing our crowd, 99% of you know exactly what I’m talking about, right?

Regardless, Ivory Twinkler brought enough science/geek-hotness cred to melt the heart of the even the crankiest engineering major.  And if one of you who wasn’t there says, “Naaa, no one’s that sexy, that’s ‘shopped.  I can tell ’cause of the pixels and ’cause I’ve seen a lot of ‘shops in my time,” I swear on all that’s sacred the back of my hand is coming for your face.

On to more photos, which were taken by our trusty photographer, Jeff Schock. We started with the 1- and 2-minute poses.

Brian Dugan

Brian Dugan

Brian Dugan

Brian Dugan

Brian Dugan

Then we had a short break to refresh drinks and it was time for the 5-minute poses and the opposite-hand drawing contest, where if you’re right-handed you draw with your left, if you’re left-handed you draw with your right, and you’re ambidextrous you should really just keep that fact to yourself.  The two winners each snagged an upside-down pineapple cake shot from Russell at the bar.

Three more 5-minute poses where the audience used whichever hand they felt was necessary.

Kerry Brady

Brian Dugan

Kerry Brady

Brian Dugan

With that, it was time for an intermission and one of the reasons we love Ivory Twinkler so much. I’m telling you folks, if you haven’t been to a Gilded Lily Burlesque show yet, you really, really should.  Here’s an itty-bity taste.  First hit’s free—the second, though . . .

Then it was time for the 10-minute poses, the second of which was the good ol’ standby ‘random noun’ contest where folks in the crowd yell out random nouns until Alexis hears something amusing.

Marshmellow peeps won out, amusing Alexis more than the mere fact that it was the day after Easter could possibly explain.

The winners, which there were a bunch of this time around, got 1 of 4 sketchpads from Artist & Craftsman Supply just across the street on the corner of North and Howard.

Kerry Brady

Brian Dugan

Brian Dugan
Kerry Brady

Huh, not sure why Kerry drew an entire box of peeps in her stomach, I mean, no one eats an entire box of peeps.  That would be craaazyy. The only thing that would be crazier would be to eat two entire boxes after a night of double-fisting birthday drinks, and we certainly don’t know anyone that insane.

Kaitlin Reid

The first 20-minute pose was another contest, this time for the best incorporation of Batman’s 72nd birthday, with the prize being a copy of the badass illustrated faux-history book Boilerplate: History’s Mechanical Marvel from Atomic Books on the corner of Falls Rd and the Avenue in Hampden.

Kerry Brady

Brian Dugan

Kaitlin Reid

The last 20-minute pose of the evening and last contest was in honor of Shakespeare’s birthday with the prize being Karen Hsiao’s Rubber Duck from Baby Tattoo Books.

Kerry Brady

Brian Dugan

Many thanks to Ivory Twinkler of Gilded Lily Burlesque who was absolutely amazing; thanks as well to our sponsors Atomic Books, Artist & Craftsman Supply, and Baby Tattoo Books; thanks also to Russell for slinging drinks and song; Jeff for the heart-palpitating photos above; and last but not least, to Alexis for hosting this rodeo.

Next Dr. Sketchy’s is tomorrow, May 9th, with Paige Pumphrey!

If you don’t know anything about Paigey, read the blog post below this one—in any case, doors are at 6, start at 7! Drinks are a dollar off before 7, too, so don’t be late!

Dr. Sketchy’s Baltimore tonight with Ivory Twinkler!

Photo by Cheryl Fair

I can’t tell you how long Alexis and I have been look forward to this session!  You’ve not had a chance to draw Ivory Twinkler yet, and hell, many of you may not have even seen her perform since she only joined Gilded Lily Burlesque in the last year – but this is going to be a treat.  Trust us.  She’s smart as hell, got serious music chops, and can pretty much out-geek anyone.  Oh, and she’s hot.

Honestly, we don’t know anyone who doesn’t have a crush on her.

It’s going to be pretty damn neat.

Doors at 6, start at 7, drink tickets for a $1 off if you get in the door before 7.  $8 dollar cover, yadda yadda, you know the drill.

I’m telling you folks, she’s going to be your new favorite.

Until next session anyway.

Seriously though, I’m not kidding.