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).

Paco Fish – Umm, yes, that’s a seahorse.

Anything I write about last session with Paco Fish could not possibly do it justice.   It easily was one of the best sessions we’ve ever had.  We were the first folks in Baltimore to see a new Paco costume and if you came out on Friday to the Windup you got to see the new act that goes with it, which was hysterical.  His poses were dynamic and interesting too as always – I’d be stunned if he didn’t have some sore muscles on Tuesday.

It started on such bad omens too – minutes before everyone arrived, Russell wolf-howled at a baby which instantly triggered panicky pandemonium and just as he and the child’s mother managed to calm the poor thing down, my dumb ass managed to electrocute myself with those stupid Christmas lights we hang on the front podium sometimes.

I’m telling you – you think you’re too tired and sleepy for Dr. Sketchy’s?  Stick your fingers in a socket.  It’ll wake you right up.


John Brewer


After the 1 and 2 minute poses we took a short break for folks to fill up on drinks and nicotine.  For the foreseeable future, Russell is running a drink promotion for Dr. Sketchy’s – every person that comes through the door gets three drink tickets, each of which is good for a $1 off a grown-up Don Draper drink or allows you to get a Sally Draper drink (like a soda or juice) for just a dollar.  If he’s running a special, like, “Get three extra pitchers of PBR when you purchase nine pitchers!” then of course it doesn’t apply.

When we got back from the break it was time for the first contest of the evening, 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 just lie.

The two winners got mystery drinks from Russell at the bar – they looked like something brown, so Lord knows what he put in them.

John Brewer

Then it was time for the two ten minute poses.

For the first ten we had a random noun contest where folks in the crowd shout out random things until we hear something amusing.  The noun this time around was “Patrick Stewart” with Alexis tacking on a the verb “jumping” for the fun of it.  By the way, we didn’t realize till afterward that this was the second time we’ve done “Patrick Stewart” as the noun – so, whichever regular is obsessed with Patrick Stewart, we’re so on to you now.  You’re going to have to switch to Avery Brooks or something.

The two prizes, one for each winner, were decorate-yourself masquerade masks from Artist & Craftsman Supply, your friendly neighborhood art supply shop just across the street at the corner of Howard and North.  We also announced a dollar off your door cost at the next Dr. Sketchy’s if you show up in costume.  More on that later.

Lois Borgenicht

The third contest of the evening was for the best incorporation of the BP oil skill with the prize being Miss Mindy’s Sassy Paper Doll Bonanza from Atomic Books, the best Indy comic book shop in America.  (Btw, that book is also published by Baby Tattoo Books, are other cool as beans sponsor .)

Lois Borgenicht

The last contest of the evening was in honor of John Lennon since someone said he had a birthday or something that week.  The prize was Popping Through Pictures by Amanda Visell from Baby Tattoo Books, who also runs the L.A. branch of Dr. Sketchy’s.

Lois Borgenicht

John Brewer

Christopher Pennington

Tons of thanks to Paco Fish of Sweet Buns Burlesque for lending Dr. Sketchy’s his modeling expertise; thanks as well to Russell of the Windup Space for playing great tunes (to the point that Paco at one point called out that he was going to have to kill him on the next break – side note, sorry about that Meatloaf song folks- we PROMISE FOR REAL THIS TIME that was, ummm, the last time.  We promise.  Pinky-swear.); thanks to Jeff for the rocking photos you see above; and thanks of course to Alexis for captaining this big ol’ creaky ship of crazy from the stage.

What’s next?

Oh, you have NO IDEA.

Monday, October 25th, with Viola Van Wilde is the next Dr. Sketchy’s – and this ain’t any old normal Dr. Sketchy crazy, this is our full blow out Halloween Zombie Dr. Sketchy’s Extravaganza Smorgasborg of Crazy Zombie Sketchyness . . .umm, craziness?

If you can only make one Dr. Sketchy’s Baltimore session all year, THIS IS IT.  Why, you ask?  Well, one, even if ALL OF YOU show up, we’re still taking a loss on this one and we just plain don’t care.  There are all sorts of crazy prop stuff going on.  You ain’t ever seen a drawing session like this one, I can guarantee you that.

Special Zombie Dr. Sketchy’s Oct 25th with Viola Van Wilde!

Next Dr. Sketchy’s is this Monday with Viola Van Wilde!

If you make one Dr. Sketchy’s, this is it.

We’ve blown so much money on this thing there’s no way in hell we’re going to make a profit, and we just plain don’t care.  It’s going to be crazy.

Join us at the Windup Space on Oct. 25.  As always, doors open at 6 and drawing starts at 7–and seriously, show up early to get a good seat. Flex your creative muscles by joining in our crazy drawing contests, and you just might win prizes from Atomic Books, Artist & Craftsman Supply, and Baby Tattoo Books!

$8 cover, 18+ to draw, 21+ to drink, and no photography, please.

Not only that, but if you come in costume, you get $1 off your cover!

AND Russell will be running his new drink promotion where each person through the door gets 3 tickets for $1 off an alcoholic drink or get a non-alcoholic drink(soda, juice, whatever) for just $1.50!

Oh, and there’s going to be some blood.  A lot of it.