Bar none.

Photo by Alexis de la Rosa

Photo by Alexis de la Rosa

The Lady Satine hails from New Orleans and came recommended by the esteemed Sabrina Chap.

Normally we ignore email from Sabrina—we have enough trouble in our lives, thankyouverymuch—but this time, for whatever reason (we were drunk), we read this one message and I’m glad we did.  We’ve never had a polesque performer at Dr. Sketchy’s Baltimore, simply because—well, Russell didn’t install a pole for some reason. The Lady Satine had her own, though, and the results were amazing.

If I recall, that August session started out a little bumpy—Satine’s side view mirror exploded on her way to the Windup Space (mysteriously, with no warning) and I accidentally got on an express bus and ended up getting dropped off somewhere around Loch Raven and got to the Windup over an hour late. Maeve is a dynamo, though, and everything got set up in time anyway.

. . . and The Lady Satine. Look at those damn poses. Just look. You know that hurt for at least a few days after. I seriously doubt there are many drawing sessions like that in the history of the planet. No, really.

We had an assortment of drawing contests too, with the winners receiving either concoctions from Russell behind the bar, a pound of addictively delicious coffee from our new sponsor Turtle Creek Coffee, or a neat art book from Baby Tattoo Books, who runs the LA branch of Dr. Sketchy’s.

Special thanks to The Lady Satine for risking life and limb for your drawing pleasure; thanks to our generous sponsors Turtle Creek Coffee and Baby Tattoo Books; thanks to Russell of the Windup Space for slinging booze and tunes; thanks to Maeve for holding down the door and helping shove around chairs and stage crap; thanks to Alexis for emceeing; and of course thanks to everyone who sent in drawings, most of which can be seen in the video above.

Advertisements

2 Comments

Filed under 21202, art, Baltimore, burlesque, Dr. Sketchy's, Dr. Sketchy's Baltimore, drawing, life-drawing, Uncategorized

Bottom line drawing.

Photo by Jeff Schock

Photo by Jeff Schock

This was Cherie Sweetbottom’s first time posing for Dr. Sketchy’s Baltimore, and it was a doozy.  We pretty much got a landslide of great drawings after the July session.  Take a look at the video—it’s one of the ones where all the pieces definitely came together, from the music, to the lighting, to Cherie being an awesome model.

Wow.

By the way, this was the first session sponsored by Turtle Creek Coffee, a happy coincidence since Cherie Sweetbottom happens to be the official Honey Badger of Turtle Creek Coffee.

Don’t know anything about Turtle Creek Coffee?  Let Mab Just Mab fill you in…

I swear to God, I had no idea who Turtle Creek was before I saw that—I laughed so hard that a few a weeks later, when I realized I was running out of coffee, it seemed only fair to order it from someone who’d amused me that much.  There are, at my count, FOUR folks who’ve modeled for Dr. Sketchy’s Baltimore in that video, including Cherie.  If you need some coffee, buy some from them.  It’s honestly amazing coffee.

We had contests for Baby Tattoo Books as well, who, if you didn’t know, run the Dr. Sketchy’s LA branch.  They have a pretty amazing line of books.  Check them out.

Tons of thanks to Cherie Sweetbottom for doing a great job and inspiring some stunning drawings; thanks to Hot Todd Lincoln for doing a cameo in her act; thanks to our generous sponsors, Baby Tattoo Books and our brand new sponsor, Turtle Creek Coffee; thanks to Russell of the Windup Space for slinging booze and tunes; thanks to Jeff for some of the great photos you see below; thanks to Maeve for running door and helping coral chairs and stage props; thanks to Alexis for emceeing; and finally thank you to everyone who sent in drawings, most of which should be in the video above.

Leave a comment

Filed under 21202, art, Baltimore, burlesque, Dr. Sketchy's, Dr. Sketchy's Baltimore, drawing, life-drawing, Uncategorized

Five Years of Dr. Sketchy’s Baltimore!

Photo by Alexis de la Rosa

Photo by Alexis de la Rosa

We took off the month of May since our Dr. Sketchy’s date fell on Memorial Day, and though everyone swears the opposite, we learned a long time ago no one shows up on Memorial Day. 🙂  Our June session, though, was the fifth anniversary of Dr. Sketchy’s Baltimore and GiGi Holliday of Gilded Lily Burlesque helped us ring it in.

The video below is a little different than the normal ones—in the early days, years before we started making these videos, first Bill (our first door guy), and then I, filmed a lot of the sessions, but when we tried to assemble the footage into something watchable, it just plain didn’t work.

I mean, let’s be honest here.  No matter how gorgeous or talented the model is, they’re just sitting or standing still for twenty minutes.  How do you make that into something interesting?  It took a long time to figure out, but eventually we did.  Sadly, that left mountains of footage from Dr. Sketchy’s early days that never got used.

So, for the anniversary, I cobbled together a bunch of clips from any older sessions that never got to be assembled into a video and made a little opening reel for the fifth anniversary session video.

Five years, technology-wise, is a pretty long span as well, so some of it’s a little rough.  Still, the sprint down memory lane is pretty neat.  Take a look.

Most Dr. Sketchy’s sessions go off with only minor hitches.  You might not know this, but for whatever damn reason, our past few anniversary sessions have been cursed.  Last year, the City of Baltimore towed my Zipcar with the stage and all the stage props 45 minutes before start time—it cost $300 to get it back.

This year?  Freaking tornados over the Inner Harbor.

I mean, REALLY?

Not only that, but the battery in the video camera failed (permanently), which almost stopped there being a video record of it at all.

[sigh]

Hopefully the curse doesn’t apply to our 100th session in a few months.  Oh, did you know that?  In February, we’ll have our 100th session.

You might want to go to that one.

Back to the fifth anniversary—GiGi can get anyone out of a bad mood.  Watch that video again—I swear, she’s laughing and hamming it up in every clip.  The clip at the end cracks me up every time.  She put on a hell of a performance, too.

We had drawing contests of course, too, where brave souls in the audience won weird concoctions from Russell behind the bar and the truly blessed won books from our generous sponsor Baby Tattoo Books, who happens to run the LA branch of Dr. Sketchy’s besides being an awesome art book publisher.

Humongous thanks to GiGi Holliday for being a hell of a model and a hell of a performer (not only that, she put on our wedding after-party just a few months later); thanks to our generous sponsor Baby Tattoo Books; thanks to Russell of the Windup Space for slinging booze, tunes, and drunks; thanks to Maeve for doing door and helping do all those behind-the-scenes things that make everything work; thanks to Hot Todd Lincoln for helping me get the second half of the striped stage to the Windup with his car (we ended up not using it this session but, Lord, did it come in handy at the Comic-Con session a few months later); and thanks, of course to, Alexis for emceeing.

Lots and lots and lots of thanks as well to all the folks who sent their drawings in, which you can see in video above.

Leave a comment

Filed under 21202, art, Baltimore, burlesque, Dr. Sketchy's, Dr. Sketchy's Baltimore, drawing, GiGi Holliday, life-drawing, Uncategorized

Razor-tongued.

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.

Leave a comment

Filed under 21202, art, Baltimore, burlesque, Dr. Sketchy's, Dr. Sketchy's Baltimore, drawing, life-drawing, Uncategorized

“It’s dangerous to go alone! Take this.”

Last 12 Months - 152

We’re a little behind.  Obviously.

If you didn’t know, Alexis and I got married in September and, well, the six months leading up to the wedding got pretty damn hectic.  It may not look like it, but these blogs can take a little bit of time to put together, what with the photos to edit, videos to assemble, and, you know, fancy schmancy word poems to, I dunno, glue together.  We were able to keep the actual sessions on track, and the videos (we had to—our computers only have so much memory), but sadly, the blogs took the hit.

But as I write this, it’s Thanksgiving, and I’ve got a belly full of turkey and some time on my hands, so let’s see if we can catch up.

Sucre à la Crème.

Her session back in March was one of the best Dr. Sketchy’s Baltimore has ever had.  I’m going to take a risk and say it honestly might be the best.  I won’t say it outright, I don’t want to get knifed by a model when I step off a train back into Baltimore in a few days, but, well, it might just be.  Her Legend of Zelda routine is also one of my all time favorites.

If you haven’t watched the video sometime in the last few months, take a look.

One thing I can say for sure: that is the best video we have of a session.  A bazillion different things contributed to that, some of which was luck, but when someone asks what a session is like, this is one of the videos we show them.

Paco Fish was originally supposed to model for this session, but at the last minute, he offered to give his session up for Sucre, who was visiting Baltimore from Montreal (which has its own amazing branch, by the way).  I don’t think you can quite spot him in the video, but Paco was there at the bar shooting the breeze with us while folks were drawing.  A week after that, he set off across the country on tour, which, unless he’s been arrested in the last twenty-four hours or so, he’s still on.

Anyway, we’re pretty damn jealous of Montreal.  If they hadn’t taken us out for beers when we were up there a year or two ago, we’d probably be plotting to kill them right now.

We had some drawing contests for weird shots from Russell and a book from our generous sponsor, Baby Tattoo Books out in LA, who runs their own Sketchy’s out there as well.

Since a bit of time has rolled past, our memories are a little hazy, but we’ll do our best to thank everyone involved.  Special thanks to Sucre à la Crème who, I’m sure you can see, did an absolutely stunning job; thanks to Paco Fish for recommending her and for keeping us company that night; thanks to Russell of the Windup Space for slinging drinks and tunes; thanks to old door hand Styger who happened to be in town and helped us do set up and breakdown; thanks to Maeve for helping with door and all that set up and breakdown stuff too; thanks to our generous sponsor Baby Tattoo Books; and of course thanks to Alexis for the beautiful photos you see below and for helming the ship on stage that night.

By the way, you can see the sketches folks sent in from that night in the video above.

2 Comments

Filed under 21201, 21202, art, Baltimore, burlesque, Dr. Sketchy's, Dr. Sketchy's Baltimore, drawing, life-drawing

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.

Leave a comment

Filed under 21202, art, Baltimore, burlesque, Dr. Sketchy's, Dr. Sketchy's Anti-Art School, Dr. Sketchy's Baltimore, drawing, life-drawing, Uncategorized

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.

Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized