photo by Alexis de la Rosa
photo by Alexis de la Rosa

Sophia Sunday’s April session was, yet again, another of my favorites.

I know, I know—I say that a lot.  I just said it about the previous session with Sucre à la Crème.  I mean it, though.  Watch the video.

That’s how you do it folks.  The only way that could get any better is if she handed everyone a thousand bucks at the end.  Or maybe some dinosaurs riding some robots.  I dunno.

It’s also one of my favorite videos.  To have a good video several things need to go right.  One, the performer, obviously, has to be amazing.  That is about 25%.  Two, my dumb ass needs to have remembered to make sure the lights on the stage are bright enough so the hi-res works.  Sadly, this doesn’t always happen.  That’s about 40%.  The performer can be stunning and it just plain doesn’t matter if you can’t see them.  Three, we have to find a good song that we can use without getting sued—this can turn into a nightmare pretty quick.  That’s about 25%.  Four, Russell needs to have eaten a bunch of sugar that day.  That’s 5%.  Five, lots of neat, weird things need to happen to make for interesting shots.  That’s 25%.  Six, folks need to send in their drawings.  That’s 128%.

And before you ask, yes, I was a math major.

In any case, the performer being amazing and the video being amazing are not directly connected.  When they both happen at the same time, though . . . watch the fuck out.

As a side note, I’m a sucker for anything magic and sideshow related.  If we ever decided to put on a Dr. Sketchy’s Showcase show, you better believe Sophia’s razor-swallowing act would be in it.

And look at all those good drawings!  Alexis and I started doing all this so we could sit down and draw too—unfortunately, that doesn’t really work.  This session is definitely one where we wish we’d been in the audience.

Of course, we had a couple drawing contests for questionable concoctions from Russell at the bar and some fancy books from our generous sponsor Baby Tattoo Books, who runs the LA branch of Dr. Sketchy’s, in case you’re ever out that way.

Special thanks to Sophia Sunday who did a stunning job; thanks to our generous sponsor for this session, Baby Tattoo Books; thanks to Russell for slinging booze and tunes; thanks to Jeff Schock for taking some of the lovely photos below; thanks to Maeve and also to Fred, who was in town visiting, for help with the door and all the various setup stuff; and of course thanks to Alexis for doing all those microphone things she does.

Thanks as well to all the folks who sent in the wonderful drawings you can see in the video above too.  Y’all rock.

Original Sin

Photo by Jeff Schock
Photo by Jeff Schock

This may very well be the last time the lovely Roma Mafia poses for Dr. Sketchy’s Baltimore, as I write, she’s preparing to move to San Francisco, if she’s not on the road already.  Who knows though, maybe she’ll come back to visit and we’ll get lucky–you never know.  She went out with a bang though.  Take a look, Lord knows, words can’t do her session justice.

We gave away a copy of Idle Hands: The Art of Coop from Baby Tattoo Books.  You should check the out.

Thank you to Craig Hankin, Fred Oakes, Joan Cox, Liza Figueroa, Patrick Kluga, Stewart White, and Tim Kelly for emailing or posting to Facebook the photos you see below.

Many, many thanks to Roma Mafia and Cuddles the Snake for being our muses for the evening; thanks to our sponsor Baby Tattoo Books; thanks to Russell of the Windup Space for slinging drinks & tunes; thanks to Jeff for the photos you see below; thanks to Maeve for helping set everything up, take it down, and help Alexis on the stage; and of course thanks to Alexis for keeping the mic in line all evening.

Rycin Von Schierling!

Photo by Alexis de la Rosa
Photo by Alexis de la Rosa
Just putting together the photo gallery below made my muscles ache.  Rycin Von Schierling opened 2013 with a bang.  Watch the video–it’s one ambitious pose after another.  She’d hold some obviously painful pose for five or ten minutes and you’d think, “Okay, now she’s going to do an easy one now.  That had to hurt”, and BAM [<— Emeril “bam”] she’d go right into another one.
We didn’t tell her to do that.  Hell, we wouldn’t ever tell anyone to try some of those poses for those lengths of time.  Often, when we have someone new to modeling, they’ll try something ambitious, like, I dunno, holding a cinder block over their head for ten minutes, and as the minutes tick by, you can see that cold realization of what they’ve done start to creep across their features, followed by a lone tear and a mumbled prayer to whatever god looks out for life drawing models.
And then they never do anything like that pose again.
Rycin kept going though.  It wasn’t just inspiring, but it might be one of the most ambitious pose sessions we’ve ever seen.  I’m telling you, if you run into Rycin on the street, throw flowers in her path or something.  Buy her a beer.  Buy her some Icy Hot.  Watch.

By the way, I hope you didn’t watch that at work.  If you did, you’re hosed.
Thank you to Cody Wright, Craig Hankin, John Schloman, and Tim Kelly for sending in their drawings, which you can see below in the gallery and in the video above.
Thank you to Rycin Von Schierling for a walloping good modeling session; thanks to Jeff & Alexis for the photos you see below; thank you to Russell for spinning booze and serving music; thank you to Maeve for holding down the door and helping set up and take down; thank you to all the folks who came out to help us wash alway those dreary holiday doldrums; and thank you of course to Alexis for emceeing.