The Devil you know…

(updated 10/27 with additional sketches)

On October 12th we had, for the drawing pleasure of all, the extraordinarily versatile Paco Fish of Gilded Lily Burlesque, host of Vive la Decadance!, organizer of Independent Practice at Load of Fun on Wednesdays, and, well, a bazillion trillion other things.  (Not only that, but his Facebook page is a pretty damn good way to find out what’s going on around town any given week if your tastes tend to veer toward vaudeville and burlesque.)

Now, prepare yourself for some sizzling shots of Paco:

We know there are those out there that are like, what, no boobies? But really, we true artists also appreciate the male form. Paco could easily have been in some painting of a religious or mythical scene by one of the old masters. (Well, if they had sequined heart pasties and gold lamé hot pants back in those days.)

The first contest of the night was the opposite hand drawing contest, where if you’re left handed you draw with your right, if you’re right handed you draw with your left, and if you’re ambidextrous you give Aaron five dollars.  We don’t have any scans from that contest, but the two winners downed a mystery shot from the bar.

BTW, all of Gilded Lily Burlesque, Paco included, will be performing this coming Saturday, Halloween night at Load of Fun from 10 to midnight.  It’s going to be an amazing show, we’re going.  Get your tickets here before they sell out.

After the show, check out the Heroes and Villians Costume Ball being thrown a block away by the Windup Space (our wonderful  home) and Atomic Books (one of our generous providers of awesome prizes). Seriously, Station North is the place to be for Halloween this year, instead of being crammed in some random Fells Point bar, getting your eye nearly poked out by some girl with fairy wings from Hot Topic, and having to plan your pee trips way before the urge even arrives because it’ll take you forever to shove past half a dozen Michael Jacksons and whatever else the hot costume of the season is, to get on that long-ass bathroom line.

Wait, where were we? Oh, drooling over Paco’s very Baroque sexiness…

From an angelic Cupid to a glam-tastic Jesus Christ, to whom MJ apparently lent his glove.

Here’s a couple sketches….the first is from Mike Hasson….he gave us a couple sketches to scan in, unfortunately a few of them were larger than our scanner, so you’ll notice some cropping.  If we get some better copies, we’ll come back later and replace them.


…and this one is from Brian Dugan….

Next was the random noun contest, in which we ask the audience to call out the first person, place, or thing that comes to mind, the most interesting of which we ask them to then incorporate into their drawings. Thus, for this session, “Best incorporation of an iPhone app,” the prize for which was Kings of the Road by Ragnar from Baby Tattoo Books.

Here’s an entry by Brian Dugan…

Paul Moscatt


Mike Hasson…


The third contest, since it happened to coincidentally be Aleister Crowley’s birthday, was the best interpretation of Aleister Crowley, which unfortunately diverged into a ten minute lesson on who Aleister Crowley was.

Sad, sad, sad.  (Maybe we’ve read too much Neil Gaiman, Alan Moore, etc. though.)

The prize was the Color Ink Book Volume 3 by Brothers Washburn from Atomic Books, who by the way has revamped their website, which looks pretty slick.

Kurt Aspland‘s entry for this contest:


And Mike Hasson’s depiction of Paco… as He Who Shall Not Be Named?


And from Paul Moscatt:


Special thanks to Atomic Books, Artist & Craftsman Supply, and Baby Tattoo Books for being our generous sponsors and providing prizes for all of you to win.  Not only that, but thanks are owed to Russell of the Windup Space for slinging drinks, Bill for holding down the door and filming video for the eventual Dr. Sketchy’s Baltimore documentary, and Jeff for the fabulous photos through out this post. And a ton of thanks, of course, for our supernaturally spectacular muse of the evening, Paco Fish!

Our next Dr. Sketchy’s is October 26th….TONIGHT with Dahlia Derriere in a tribute to Edgar Allan Poe!

Dahlia Derriere

Bees, pirates, ninjas, and Sable Sin Cyr!


So, maybe our ambitious plans to have a session right on the heels of our return from SketchyCon bit us on the butt. Well, bit Alexis, at least. Last Monday was definitely rough, but thank god for our stunning muse of the evening, Sable Sin Cyr.


Not only is she jaw-droppingly gorgeous, but she can make amazing costumes–that beautiful costume she’s wearing was created entirely from scratch by Sable herself. And unfortunately Charm City is losing her talent this summer to the land of beer and cheese, where she’ll be studying costume design.


As always, special thanks to Sable, Dionysus for hosting us, our sponsors Atomic Books, Artist & Craftsman Supply, and Baby Tattoo Books. Non-Special thanks to Bill for doing door and Jeff for photos (they aren’t very special, well, not in that way).





There were contests and prizes from our sponsors galore, so many in fact we actually had trouble having enough contests to distribute them all. While we drew, we listened to the Dr. Sketchy’s Old-Timey Dirty Ditties CD put together by Joe Wos of Dr. Sketchy’s Pittsburgh with design by Nicola Black of Dr. Sketchy’s Philadelphia.

One contest was based on Sable’s pose below the fifth track The Bumblebee Invaded The Nudist Colony by Billy Mitchell. You can listen to it below, though Lord knows don’t listen to it at work. 🙂 It’s hysterical. (Let me know if the link doesn’t work.)



The winning sketch of Sable’s encounter with a bee was by Brian Dugan, who won a blue Mini-Munny from Atomic Books.


Another contest was Pirates vs. Ninjas. Why? Why not. (Actually, it was because Sable was telling us about some awesome pirates vs. ninjas blog before the start of the session).


All the contestants won watercolor sets from Artist & Craftsman Supply, but Brian was on a roll and won Gris Grimly’s Wicked Nursery Rhymes from Baby Tattoo Books for his awesome drawing above. (You can see both Gris Grimly and Molly Crabapple sketch at




Here’s a few sketches by Kurt Aspland to round everything out…



Our next session is THIS MONDAY, May 8th with LiiLii Lipstick! Drawing and beer on a Monday, it doesn’t get much better than that.


Again, a big thanks to Johnny B for letting us use his awesome photo for our flyer.  See you Monday!

Little Luna Sketches!

After a fantastic night of drinking and drawing with Little Luna, we’ve got a bunch of sketches to show! While I’d prefer to post the sketches with the photos in one big recap post, it seems kinda wrong to just leave these awesome drawings sitting unseen in our inbox any longer.

Here’s a page full of quick (1-2 minute) sketches from David Newbold:


Here’s a few of Brian Dugan‘s quick sketches:


Brian captured Little Luna’s pixie-like beauty in his 10-minute drawings:


And, for his entry in the two-panel contest, Kurt Aspland was obviously also inspired by it:041409-kurta2

David Newbold was inspired to create a two-panel story of another sort…

041308-davidn2…and was one of the winners of a brand new wood panel and watercolor set from Artist & Craftsman Supply.

He and the other talented winner may have also gotten a small canvas each, actually. I honestly don’t remember now, because Don, our very generous sponsor at A&C, was giving away a shit-ton of free stuff –free (22″ x 30″, maybe?) sheets of Fabriano paper, some smaller sheets of tinted paper… Seriously, folks must have gotten the cover fee back in free art supplies. If you were one of those lucky artists to get in on this, be sure to stop by the store on North Ave. and Howard St. to thank him.

Our next contest was to incorporate mini-Munny into your drawing of Little Luna. The prize, of course, was a mini-Munny from Atomic Books in Hampden (reminder: you have less than two weeks to see their Vinylmore 2: Tiny Town show, right in the store.)

David’s entry for this contest:


And here’s Kurt’s:


And Brian’s (like David’s, imagining mini-Munny and Luna in a King Kong situation):


Leah Bloomfield took home the Munny with her Gulliver’s Travels-inspired drawing:


Our last contest was a bit of an experiment for us. Before the last break, I first showed off our very awesome prize from our newest sponsor, Baby Tattoo Books, which was a copy of Ragnar’s Symptomatica. We then passed out blank cards to the audience and asked them to write a single, random sentence on their card during the break. At the end of the break, we asked everyone to pass their card to the person on their left, then announced the contest: incorporate the sentence given to you into your drawing.

As if we needed any confirmation that our audience is made up of seriously twisted (but talented!) individuals…some of the things people came up with were pretty awesomely bizarre or just straight up wrong. Hopefully, we’ll get more of those to share here, but in the meantime, here’s Brian’s entry:


And here’s a photo (one of the few we have at the moment) of the winner with his entry and his prize:img_3165-1

I think the sentence was something like, “The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy ketchup.”

And that’s all for now!

Well, almost. Here’s one more–Leah Bloomfield created this lovely finished illustration after the session, using her winning Munny sketch as a reference:


Special thanks to David, Brian, Kurt, and Leah for sharing their fantastic sketches with us! If you have sketches from any of our sessions that you’d like us to include in our blog, send them here.

And, of course, a huuuge thanks to our lovely muse, Little Luna!

Check back in a few days for the photos from this session and details on our next session on April 27.