Portrait of the Artist

Paige Pumphrey, a.k.a. “Paigey”, is a Baltimore-bred, Brooklyn-based artist whose work, whether you know it or not, I’m pretty sure you’ve seen.  Take this Charm City Roller Girls poster . . .

or this . . .

I’m not going to paste up her entire portfolio here, tempting as it is, so go check out her blog.  There’s some pretty neat stuff.

This was our first ever Artstar session of Dr. Sketchy’s Baltimore.  Other cities do them all the time, sessions themed to honor a specific artist’s work, sometimes with the artist attending, and in some rare cases, much to our collective luck, actually modeling.

And Paigey was awesome.

Let’s stop dilly-dallying and get to the goods.

The 1- and 2-minute poses . . .

Brian Dugan

Jeffrey Lance

Brian Dugan

Brian Dugan

We took a quick break for a cocktail (in some people’s cases, their first, since Baltimore traffic sucked a little more than average that afternoon—apparently Mathew McConaughey and a film crew were gallivanting around downtown mucking up rush hour) and then it was time for the 5-minute poses, the first of which was the good ol’ opposite-hand contest, our thinly-veiled attempt to get rudely talented folks snockered so the rest of us don’t look bad.  If you don’t know what the opposite-hand contest is, well, if you’re right-handed you draw with . . . actually, I have faith in you.  You already know what it is, don’t you?  See, you and me, we’re like THIS [points at his eyes then yours].  We don’t even need to talk about the opposite-hand contest.  If you DON’T know the rules, well, all you need to know is there was some drankin’ when all was said and done.

Three more 5-minute poses.

Jeffrey Lance

Jeffrey Lance

Brian Dugan

Jeffrey Lance

Next up were the ten-minute poses, after everyone had a break to peruse Paigey’s merch table manned by the very amusing Fenny & Meredith while Paigey changed costumes.  The first was another contest, ye ol’ random noun contest, which somehow ended up being “submarine” after the crowd steadfastly (and thankfully) rejected Justin Bieber for at least the second time in three months.  There always seems to be one fan of the Beeb in the crowd—but just one.  The two winners each received two packs of Fabriano Tiziano gold color paper and their choice of either a box of Holbein soft pastels or a box of Fimo modeling clay from Artist & Craftsman Supply, the art supply shop luring just down the street at the corner of North and Howard.  If you need a pad for Sketchy’s, for God’s sake, go in there, they’re pretty damn neat.

Brian Dugan

Jeffrey Lance

Brian Dugan

After a break it was 20-minute pose time.  Paigey was getting a brand new tattoo the next day, so tattoo suggestions became the theme with the winner getting their pick of either an issue of Retro Lovely or Bachelor Pad magazine (with the runner-up receiving the other) from Atomic Books on the corner of the Avenue & Falls Road in Hampden—if you like books or comics, and have lived in Baltimore more than six months, you lose ten points if you haven’t been there yet.

Jeffrey Lance

Craig Hankin

Brian Dugan

The last pose of the evening was another 20-minute with the contest being “Paigey vs. the Utz Girl” (suggested enthusiastically by Fenny at the merch table, making me choke on my beer) with the winner carting off Miss Mindy’s Sassy Paper Doll Bonanza by Miss Mindy from Baby Tattoo Books who also runs the LA branch of Dr. Sketchy’s.  Check ’em out when you get that movie deal and move west.

Jeffrey Lance

Craig Hankin

Brian Dugan

Many thanks to Paige Pumphrey for coming down from Brooklyn to model for us; thanks as well to her two friends Fenny and Meredith for keeping me amused while they ran Paigey’s merch table next to my lonely door post; thank you to our sponsors Atomic Books, Artist & Craftsman Supply, and Baby Tattoo Books; thanks to Russell for slinging drinks and letting Dr. Sketchy’s use his amazing space; thanks to Jeff Schock for the cool pictures you see above; and thanks to Alexis for being our MC.

Our next session is Monday, May 23rd at the Windup Space with Roma Mafia of Sticky Buns Burlesque!

Doors at 6, start at 7!  Drinks are a dollar off before 7 o’clock!   You can double-fist ’em folks, that’s what God gave you two kidneys for.  We won’t judge.

Peep this: Our night of nerd-dom with Ivory Twinkler!

Ivory Twinkler of Gilded Lily Burlesque has the best pasties ever.  You level-up just LOOKING at them.  That’s a whole new reason to remember up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, b, a, b, a, start.

Okay, that’s probably too much geek.  Probably five people know what I’m talking about at this point.

[thinks about it for a second]  Actually, knowing our crowd, 99% of you know exactly what I’m talking about, right?

Regardless, Ivory Twinkler brought enough science/geek-hotness cred to melt the heart of the even the crankiest engineering major.  And if one of you who wasn’t there says, “Naaa, no one’s that sexy, that’s ‘shopped.  I can tell ’cause of the pixels and ’cause I’ve seen a lot of ‘shops in my time,” I swear on all that’s sacred the back of my hand is coming for your face.

On to more photos, which were taken by our trusty photographer, Jeff Schock. We started with the 1- and 2-minute poses.

Brian Dugan

Brian Dugan

Brian Dugan

Brian Dugan

Brian Dugan

Then we had a short break to refresh drinks and it was time for the 5-minute poses and the opposite-hand drawing contest, where if you’re right-handed you draw with your left, if you’re left-handed you draw with your right, and you’re ambidextrous you should really just keep that fact to yourself.  The two winners each snagged an upside-down pineapple cake shot from Russell at the bar.

Three more 5-minute poses where the audience used whichever hand they felt was necessary.

Kerry Brady

Brian Dugan

Kerry Brady

Brian Dugan

With that, it was time for an intermission and one of the reasons we love Ivory Twinkler so much. I’m telling you folks, if you haven’t been to a Gilded Lily Burlesque show yet, you really, really should.  Here’s an itty-bity taste.  First hit’s free—the second, though . . .

Then it was time for the 10-minute poses, the second of which was the good ol’ standby ‘random noun’ contest where folks in the crowd yell out random nouns until Alexis hears something amusing.

Marshmellow peeps won out, amusing Alexis more than the mere fact that it was the day after Easter could possibly explain.

The winners, which there were a bunch of this time around, got 1 of 4 sketchpads from Artist & Craftsman Supply just across the street on the corner of North and Howard.

Kerry Brady

Brian Dugan

Brian Dugan
Kerry Brady

Huh, not sure why Kerry drew an entire box of peeps in her stomach, I mean, no one eats an entire box of peeps.  That would be craaazyy. The only thing that would be crazier would be to eat two entire boxes after a night of double-fisting birthday drinks, and we certainly don’t know anyone that insane.

Kaitlin Reid

The first 20-minute pose was another contest, this time for the best incorporation of Batman’s 72nd birthday, with the prize being a copy of the badass illustrated faux-history book Boilerplate: History’s Mechanical Marvel from Atomic Books on the corner of Falls Rd and the Avenue in Hampden.

Kerry Brady

Brian Dugan

Kaitlin Reid

The last 20-minute pose of the evening and last contest was in honor of Shakespeare’s birthday with the prize being Karen Hsiao’s Rubber Duck from Baby Tattoo Books.

Kerry Brady

Brian Dugan

Many thanks to Ivory Twinkler of Gilded Lily Burlesque who was absolutely amazing; thanks as well to our sponsors Atomic Books, Artist & Craftsman Supply, and Baby Tattoo Books; thanks also to Russell for slinging drinks and song; Jeff for the heart-palpitating photos above; and last but not least, to Alexis for hosting this rodeo.

Next Dr. Sketchy’s is tomorrow, May 9th, with Paige Pumphrey!

If you don’t know anything about Paigey, read the blog post below this one—in any case, doors are at 6, start at 7! Drinks are a dollar off before 7, too, so don’t be late!

Artstar session with Paigey!

I think the first time I really became aware of the Charm City Roller Girls was when I spotted this poster in the window of some bar or another I was irresponsibly drinking in.  Tell me that isn’t some of the best poster/flyer work you’ve ever seen in your life.  I seem to recall saying something like, “One, what’s roller derby?  That looks bad-ass . . . and two, wow, who the hell drew that?  I think my inner artist just got struck sober.”

Well, the Baltimore-bred, Brooklyn-based illustrator Paige Pumphrey, a.k.a. Paigey, drew that. I’m pretty sure Alexis responded, “You don’t know who Paigey is, and you don’t know what roller derby is?  My God, I’m dating and running Dr. Sketchy’s with an idiot.”

After a brief jager-fueled period of crying and a lot of  “No, honey, you’re not really an idiot” and “Yes, honey, I know your childhood dog died when you were five but I don’t understand what that has to do with anything right now”, I . . . well, I probably passed out.  It’s a little blurry.

That was a few years ago.  Since then, we met Paigey at the Baltimore Comic Con,  where we bought a print of that poster to hang in our apartment and found out that she’s a regular at the Dr. Sketchy’s in NYC. Then a year later, at her art opening at Saints and Sinners here in Baltimore, we talked to her about having an Art Star session of Dr. Sketchy’s featuring her work.

And now, we’re finally having that session! Paigey will be modeling for you, her fellow artists, this Monday night at the Windup Space. As always, doors open at 6 and drawing starts at 7—and seriously, show up early to get a good seat. We’ll have crazy drawing contests with prizes from Atomic Books, Artist & Craftsman Supply, and Baby Tattoo Books.

$8 at the door, and you must be 18+ to attend, and 21+ to drink. No photography or paints, please. Visit the official Facebook event page to let us know you’re joining us, and you can use it to invite your friends, too.

So, check out her art blog and an interview with Girls Drawing Girls here for inspiration, and join us at the Windup Space on Monday.

Let’s round this out with one more amazing piece by Paigey.