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.


“She’s dead . . . wrapped in plastic.”

April 12th’s special Twin Peaks themed session with Viola Van Wilde of Gilded Lily Burlesque was EASILY one of the best sessions we’ve ever had.  You probably don’t know this, but this session has been planned for over a year.  When we first moved to the WindUp Space and were discussing the ins and outs with Russell, one of the first things he said was, “Hey, uh, is there a chance you could do a Twin Peaks themed session next year when we do our Lynchfest?  Ummm, have you seen Twin Peaks?”

Oh, little did he know.  If you’ve not seen Twin Peaks, you should.  Yes, it’s obscure, but basically, Twin Peaks was the Lost, Firefly, or BSG of its era.  I’m not going to belabor the point, but if you’re looking for a good yarn, Google it, you can watch it online for free with a little digging.

Anyways…we had donuts and some “damn good cherry pie” from Fenwick Bakery!

To be honest, we came pretty close to eating all of them before any of you showed up.  We’re good, moral, upstanding folks, though, so, err, we didn’t.

Well, we ate a few.

(This Monday though is going to be even sweeter….Sweet Sin Bakery is sponsoring Miss Cherry Delight’s session with free cupcakes!  Don’t be late, they’ll go fast.)

In any case, take a gander at sexy Log Lady, Viola Van Wilde.

FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper: “Who’s the lady with the log?”

Sheriff Harry S. Truman: “We call her the log lady.”

Log Lady:  “One day my log will have something to say about this.”

Kerry Brady

Log Lady: “Dark. Laughing. The owls were flying. Many things were blocked.”

(Well, in this case, the owls were blocking two things. Otherwise, we’d all get arrested.)

The Giant: “The owls are not what they seem.”

BTW, those have to be the coolest pasties ever.  (Or, as Russell said, “Nice hooters!”)

Viola’s next outfit was the sexy Audrey Horne.  Not only was she holding an amazing pose, but while doing so, she secretly tied the stem of a maraschino cherry into knot, which is how Audrey was able to infiltrate the bordello, One Eyed Jack’s, in Twin Peaks.

Our first contest was the opposite hand contest, where if you’re left handed you draw with your right, and if you’re right right handed you draw with your left, and if you’re ambidextrous you should . . . I don’t know, email me some jokes, cause, I’m running out of clever things to say in this portion.  The two winners got some sort of mystery concoction from Russell.  Lord knows what was in it.

Pete Martell, upon finding the murdered Laura Palmer in the opening scene of Twin Peaks: “She’s dead . . . wrapped in plastic.”

Kerry Brady

Stewart White

Stewart White

Special thanks to Brian K. who was thoroughly and appropriately disturbing as Bob for a pose or two. 🙂

The next contest was, “What other things are wrapped in plastic?” with the prize being a sketchbook from Artist & Craftsman Supply which is at the corner of Howard and North, basically just across the street, which is pretty damn convenient if you need some last-minute art supplies.

Kerry Brady

Next up was the artist’s best incorporation of “Fire, walk with me”, the quintessential phrase/key to all of Twin Peaks.

Kerry Brady

John Brewer

Stewart White

The prize was a Mini-Munny from Atomic Books, on the corner of Falls Rd and the Avenue in Hampden.

BTW, this is a good time to mention that you’ve got about a week left to check out what some local artists have created from these DIY vinyl dolls in Vinylmore 3 : Vinylmore, Munnyland at Atomic Books.  You can see photos of some pieces from this and past shows here, but really, you should see them in person, so don’t miss it.

And last up was the artist’s incorporation of “What’s the next TV series we may be paying homage to 20 years from now?”  The prize was Obscene Interiors by Justin Jorgenson from Baby Tattoo Books.  We didn’t get any of those sketches in the mail this time, so you’ll just have to imagine those.

Special thanks to Viola Van Wilde and Brian K. for seriously going above and beyond for this session!  Big thanks as well to our generous sponsors Atomic Books, Artist & Craftsman Supply, and Baby Tattoo Books.  Thanks to Bill for doing door and filming for the Dr. Sketchy’s Baltimore documentary, to Jeff for taking all the amazing photos you see above, and to Russell for helping everyone get sloshed. And thanks to everyone who came out, Peaks geeks and otherwise!

Tonight, April 26th, is a super-duper special session with Miss Cherry Delight, Coney Island’s burlesque confection, who is coming down to Charm City for your drawing pleasure . . . not only that, but there will be free cupcakes from Sweet Sin Bakery!

The flyer is by Alexis, and that amazing photo is by Sherri O’Connor.  Check out the rest of her stunning work.

Oh, keep in mind the door charge is now $8 instead of $7 . . . after two years we finally had to raise it.  Free cupcakes from Sweet Sin Bakery though and Cherry Delight?  What could you possibly be doing on a Monday night that could be better than that?