Why, Elle, I do declare.

A nice Southern girl, sporting a pair of cut-off jean-shorts and a flannel tied in a knot, accessorized with a moonshine-filled flask, will get me more verklempt than an auctioneer with a mouth full of peanut butter every time.  Elle Devene of Gilded Lily Burlesque was that Southern day-dream made flesh, something that’s all the more beautiful when, if you’re actually from the South, you’re well aware the reality is often marred by an entire can of Aqua Net and enough make-up inexpertly applied to make you wonder if you’re talking to a budding Tammy Faye.

Alexis and I actually spent some our Thanksgiving break with Elle in Asheville, NC, and even hitched a ride back to Baltimore with her.  (Though Elle and I are Southern, Alexis, on the other hand, is not.  She’s from Long Island and is used to viewing trees as lone, solitary creatures lurking suspiciously around the edges of parking lots.  She was quite alarmed to discover that down south they tend to bunch up into groups for safety.)

-Editorial Note from Alexis—Aaron is full of shit.  For some reason he thinks the entire state of New York is paved over, even though he’s been there dozens of times now.

We got a bunch of drawings for this session, so let’s get rolling. As always, we started with the 1- and 2-minute poses.

CHALK

Brian Dugan

Brian Dugan

CHALK

CHALK

Brian Dugan

Fred Zeleny

After a five minute beer/cigarette/tinkle break, we plowed ahead into the 5-minute poses, the first of which was the old stand-by opposite hand contest, where [deep breath] if you’re right-handed you draw with your left, if you’re left-handed you draw with your right, and if you’re ambidextrous you lay down your pencil and rely on Jesus or something.  Of course, all contests are optional, but if you chose to partake, the two winners secured a mystery shot from Russell at the bar.

Brian Dugan

Brian Dugan

Stewart White

Brian Dugan

John Brewer

Charlotte Bunting Floyd

Stewart White

The first 20 minute contest was the best incorporation of a classic board game, since it happened to be Milton Bradley’s birthday.  The prizes were two Bristol pads from Artist & Craftsman Supply, which is right across the street on Howard and North.  They’re open till 8, so if you happen to need supplies before a Dr. Sketchy’s, hit ’em up.

Brian Dugan

Craig Hankin

Brian Dugan

Stewart White

The first 20-minute contest was the best depiction of Barack Obama and Elle as Kennedy and Marilyn Monroe on the President’s birthday—we even played an old scratchy recording of Marilyn singing “Happy Birthday, Mr. President”, which, honestly, I could bare make out a word of.  The prize was a vinyl DIY figure of Barack Obama from Atomic Books which is located on the corner of Falls Rd., and the Avenue in Hampden.  They were recently named the #1 indy comic book store in the country by Flavorpill—if you haven’t been there yet, you’re missing out.

Brian Dugan

Stewart White

Craig Hankin

For the last pose of the evening, we did the old random noun contest where somebody in the audience calls out something random—which, err, turned out to be Mr. T on a unicorn.

No, I have no idea either.

The prize for our talented winner was Little Jordan Ray’s Muddy Spud by Gris Grimly from Baby Tattoo Books, who also runs the L.A. branch of Dr. Sketchy’s.

Fred Zeleny

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Brian Dugan

Stewart White

Craig Hankin

John Brewer

And with that, like the eventual fate of all good dreams and benders, the night was at an end.

We’d like to thank Elle Devene of Gilded Lily Burlesque for a rocking good evening (and not to mention playing wheel-man for a surprising pleasant 12 hour road trip, most of which was spent either listening to John Waters recordings or cursing out the traffic), to Russell for the use of his wonderful bar AND slinging drinks AND slinging songs, to Jeff for the beautiful photos you just perused, to Alexis for valiantly manning the bridge, and last of all to all the talented folks who emailed us the drawings above or just plain came down last session to sketch Elle.

Next session, THE ONLY SESSION IN DECEMBER, is Monday, December 13, at the Windup Space with Lauren Marleaux of Gilded Lily Burlesque.

(Amazing photo : © 2010 A.D. Leckemby)

The holiday season is upon us, which means we’re down to only one session a month until we can weather our way through to the other side.  If you miss us, it’s going to be six weeks till the next one on January 24.  Not only that, but one of the February sessions falls on Valentine’s Day and we have no idea what to do about that yet—it’s going to be a long, cold winter and the Sketchy drought is almost upon us.  Do yourself a favor, let Lauren pour you one last cup of Sketchy before you head out into that mess.

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Drawn of the Dead


“I’m not much of a horror fan—in fact, I once had to sleep with all the lights on in the house after watching a particularly scary film one night.  So I would just like to thank everyone involved in planning the theme for this session; I am going to have to edit these photos in a bright, sunlit room while listening to some really happy fucking music . . . followed by several hours of Disney-Channel viewing.” —Jeff Schock, official photographer of Dr. Sketchy’s Baltimore

Viola Van Wilde was bombtastic, folks—hands down, this is the most work that has ever gone into a Dr. Sketchy’s Baltimore session.  All those prosthetics took hours to apply—there’s gluing, then painting, then applying blood, then re-gluing when it falls off, then painting on latex, blending the latex, layering more blood and makeup, etc., etc..

Telling ya, we might as well been shooting a movie or something.

Viola started off looking a bit battered and bruised, but still alive.













Hmmm, things are definitely not looking good for Viola.

By the way, we played the “level start” sound for the zombie co-op levels of Call of Duty: World at War at the beginning of the one-minute poses and not a single person caught it.  [sigh] Total geek fail.  Probably should have gone with Left 4 Dead anyway.  Oh well.

The five-minute poses started with that old standby, the opposite-hand 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 think you’re ambidextrous, you’re probably already drunk.  The two winners got a mystery shot from Holly behind the bar—don’t know what it was, but looked tasty. Viola was probably thinking the same thing, while she was eyeing the audience.

Yup, she’s definitely looking a bit . . . bitey. Hope everyone in the front row has had their shots.

Brian Dugan

Brian Dugan

Brian Dugan

Brian Dugan

With the ten-minute poses came the second contest of the evening, “random celebrity”, where members of the audience call out random celebrities until Alexis hears one amusing enough to incorporate.  The winner this time around was John Waters—appropriate, considering.  Strangely, no one called out Patrick Stewart—we’ll catch them, though; it’s only a matter of time.

The prize was a Bristol drawing pad for each of the two winners from Artist & Craftsman Supply, right across the street at the corner of Howard & North.

Brian Dugan

And then, Viola got our host. Apparently Alexis should’ve done more cardio.


Brian Dugan

Dylan Andrex

After a short bathroom/smoke/drink break, it was time for the 20-minute poses.  First up was a contest for the best incorporation of Twin Peaks and The Walking Dead—you’d THINK that was too obscure, but apparently it wasn’t for a couple folks.

Why Twin Peaks, anyway? Because Viola’s last session was a tribute to that cult TV classic, which ended with her dead, wrapped in plastic. Yes, we noticed this is becoming a trend with Viola.

The winner received from Atomic Books Volume One of The Walking Dead—which, honestly, has to be one of the better comic books ever written.  Also, If you didn’t catch the premiere Halloween night of the AMC show based on the same series, you need to get cracking.

Brian Dugan

Lois Borgenicht

John Brewer

Last pose of the evening was ye old random noun/verb contest with the crowd shouting out “big whiskey bottle/shrivel”, which, surprisingly, generated some good sketches.  Baby Tattoo Books, who also runs the LA Dr. Sketchy’s, provided the prize, Unkle Pigor’s Cryptic Art by Eric Pigors, for the lucky winner.

Brian Dugan

Mike Hasson

Lois Borgenicht

With that, our frankly disturbing evening of intestines and drawing had come to a close—fortunately with everyone’s brains and other vital organs still intact. Well, almost everyone’s.

The living room floor the next morning was covered with dismembered limbs, bones, and plastic shot gun shells.  After a brief hangover-induced panic, this was deemed a good thing.

We’d like to thank Viola Van Wilde for an astounding night—she put a crazy amount of work into this, and is probably still washing spirit gum and fake blood out of her hair.  Many thanks go to Holly, our super-duper bartender of the evening, and to Russell, who rushed over to the Windup when his band finished recording to help out with the music for that last 20-minute pose. A multitude of thanks are owed Jeff Schock, whose quote opened up this blog and whose strong stomach provided the photos you see above.  Thank you to Alexis for not only manning the beach head, but also for offering herself up for some intestinal munching. And last, but not least, thanks to all of you who joined us for this special session—you’re all awesome.

Whew!  Need a unicorn chaser after all that?  Well you’re in luck!  Next Dr. Sketchy’s is this Monday, November 8, at the Windup Space with Elle Devene of Gilded Lily Burlesque!

(Thanks again to Cheryl Fair for letting us use her gorgeous photo of Elle for the flyer!)

Doors at 6, start at 7!  Want a sneak peek at Elle’s last session?

This will be the only session in November because of that chicken holiday thing, so don’t be late!

P.S. – Anyone who came to the zombie session in costume got a dollar off their door price.  This was easily the best costume (certainly better than my handlebar mustache).

Next Dr. Sketchy’s Baltimore is Nov. 8th with Elle Devene!

Do you need a unicorn-chaser after last session?  Are you still having nightmares?  Well, we’ve got just the thing for you!  Elle Devene of Gilded Lily Burlesque will clean thee zombie nightmares of that mean ol’ Viola Van Wilde right out of your head.

At least till the photo recap gets posted.

November 8th, Monday, 7 pm to 10 pm at the Windup Space!  This is the only session in November because of that turkey birhtday party or whatever, so don’t miss it – you’re next session won’t be until December.

Do you remember Elle Devene?  If not, take a look.

(Thanks to the talented Cheryl Fair for letting us use her gorgeous photo of Elle for the flyer!)