Frenzy Lohan sighting at the Windup Space


After taking a month off to get settled in at the Windup Space—and to see and do (or not, if we didn’t spend half a day waiting in a line, which was often the case) some really awesome and geeky shit at the San Diego Comic Con—Dr. Sketchy’s Baltimore returned to have our first model from the Charm City Roller Girls: the lovely Frenzy Lohan of the Night Terrors and Charm City All-Stars.

First off, the short poses:





Don’t be deceived by her delicate beauty, folks. Frenzy is seriously fierce. In her last bout before this session, she took out an opponent twice her size—but ended up taking a spill herself and screwed up her knee in the process. In fact, she probably shouldn’t have taken on the following pose—and yet she did, for our contest in which we asked our talented art monkeys to illustrate the very moment that resulted in her injury.  That’s dedication, people. And remember, for this kind of hard work, we show our models our appreciation with wild applause. And with fives and tens deposited in the little red tip box. Seriously.


So here are some of the entries for the “best illustration of Frenzy taking out her opponent” contest. First up, from Paul Moscatt:


And Kurt Aspland:


Brian Dugan:


Here’s our muse showing off Mike Hasson‘s entry:


The winner of this contest took home a copy of Where Madness Reigns: The Art of Gris Grimly, which was generously given to us by Baby Tattoo Books. I think I sadistically mentioned this at the session, but just in case I didn’t, I bought a copy of this awesome book from Gris Grimly himself, who then signed it for me, at SDCC. (BTW, while I was totally selfish in my quest to get some autographed Grimly goodness, we will be giving away some other signed items in the next couple of sessions, so keep reading.)

Here’s another piece by Kurt Aspland:


And from Brian Dugan (see more of his sketches from this session here):


For her next look, Frenzy surprised us with a Davy Crockett-inspired costume—and it happened to be Davy Crockett’s birthday.


Frenzy said she didn’t realize this; whether that was true or not, it was awesome. We were going to announce some contest that I can’t remember now—something about paparazzi and that other Lohan—but naturally, under the circumstances, we couldn’t resist asking our audience of artists to show how Davy Crockett would celebrate his birthday. So here’s Frenzy Crockett surveying the lovely crowd’s drawings:


And here’s Brian Dugan’s entry:


(Davy Crockett, a Charm City Roller Girl, and a Beastie Boys reference all in one drawing—pretty awesome.)

By the way, the winner of this contest took home a copy of Sparrow #3: Kent Williams, generously donated by the awesome folks at Atomic Books in Hampden. And yes, I did some more gloating, since I got Kent Williams to sign his giant book of paintings for me at SDCC, too. If it’s any consolation, my bank account is still seriously hurting as a result of my geekily indulgent week in San Diego.

Anyway, back to Frenzy. Oh wait, we’re at the last photo.


But hey, there’s a bunch more sketches. First, some short sketches:

moscatt1That one above is a one-minute drawing by Paul Moscatt. He was one of the two winners of the “left-handed” (or, in more PC-terms, non-dominant hand) drawing contest, btw. If you’ve been to one of our sessions, then you know what he won—free booze. It’s our way of punishing rewarding the steadiest hands in the audience.

Next, a short sketch by Felipe Goncalves:

scan002And a collection from Mike Hasson:

Mike took his drawing from the last 20-minute pose and created this nice finished piece:


And last but not least, a collection of sketches from the evening by Annie Wu, with the last 20-minute drawing on the left, and ones and twos on the right:


Aside from being the only female artist in the audience who has sent us a sketch since April (seriously, ladies, why is that, when you make up more than half of the audience?), Annie also created the illustration for this kick-ass CCRG poster. (I think I may have freaked her out a little bit at a session in the spring when she entered a contest and I recognized her style and started squealing like a fangirl about how awesome that poster is.) So you could say it’s fitting that I’m concluding this endless post with her drawings.

Thanks to Jeff Schock for the fabulous photos, Don at Artist & Craftsman Supply on North Ave. for giving out free sheets of high-quality rag drawing paper, Bill and Scott for drinking beer while manning the door, Russell at Windup for the awesome space and bartending and tune-selecting. And, last but certainly not least, a huge thanks to the dangerous beauty herself, Frenzy Lohan, for being our wonderful model in spite of the bum knee.

So, join us this Monday, when we’ll have the simply stunning model and dancer Deviana Fox as our muse for the evening. Among the various awesome prizes we’ll be giving away that night will be a copy of Scarlett Takes Manhattan–signed, with special messages to a lucky Charm City art monkey, by artist and illustrious Dr. Sketchy’s founder, Molly Crabapple, and her partner-in-crime, writer John Leavitt. See you then!


Photos and sketches of Sugar Ann Spice!


Sugar Ann Spice totally lived up to her name at our last session:  she’s both sweet and—as you can see here—totally hot.


Rrrrrrrowr!! Seriously, folks, we’re totally grateful to the charming and beautiful Sugar for braving horrific traffic on the way up from DC to be our muse for the evening.  Check out more of these awesome poses she treated our artists to on the 22nd.




And, Don from Artist & Craftsman Supply on North Ave. and Howard St. handed out free canvases to each attendee at the beginning of the session—only asking in return that everyone either work on his or her canvas during the session, or take it home and create a finished piece inspired by the session, and bring it back to the store to be included in a show.  So, while Dr. Sketchy’s is the “Anti-Art School”, you guys did get some (fun) homework.  Show Don your appreciation by bringing back your piece for the show! (And remember, you don’t have to be a painter to work on canvas.)

Anyway, less tell, more show.



Here’s a page of sketches of Sugar by Brian Dugan:


Note Sugar’s awesome flamenco dress–it’s going to come up again later when I try to explain the origin of one of our contests.


We at Dr. Sketchy’s Baltimore are sometimes a little slow to come up with contest ideas, so the first one we did (after the usual non-dominant hand drawing contest) was the random noun contest. I asked the audience to blurt out the first person, place, or thing that came to mind–the one brave soul who piped up was thinking very alphabetically—


—“Aardvark“??  We just knew it was vaguely like an anteater, so that’s what most of our imaginative art monkeys went with when they incorporated an aardvark into their drawings.

I’m pretty sure this gentleman below was the winner of this contest. What did he win, you’re wondering? So am I. I’m pretty sure he won the latest issue of Mome, a quarterly anthology of indie comics, generously provided by Atomic Books in Hampden. Otherwise, I’m switching the evening’s prizes in my hazy memory, so keep reading for the other prize of the evening.



Chip Molter’s drawing, above:  “Stupid aardvark! It is NOT Sugar Ant Spice!”  And Brian Dugan sent us his lovely drawing of Sugar and an aardvark getting, uh, swept away.


So while everyone was struggling to come up with the best incorporation of an aardvark/anteater, Team Sketchy was trying to come up with the next contest.  Inspired by the fabulous Sugar’s flamenco dress, Bill came up with his brilliant suggestion:  “Who would be Sugar’s celebrity partner in Dancing with the Stars?”

Well, I thought it was brilliant.  Of course, when I announced the contest I got more puzzled looks from the audience than usual.  And Sugar took off that awesome flamenco dress, which, if this were Dancing with the Stars, would probably draw the ire of the FCC—but would make for a much better show, IMHO.


It seemed most of the audience were stumped by this, or thought we’d totally lost it.  Not so one of our loyal regulars, though, who never fails to take our Jager-induced contest ideas and create something truly crazy and brilliant.  Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you: Sugar and Steven Segal, by Diego Molano.

sugar and steven

For his work of sheer genius, Diego took home a copy of Miss Mindy’s Sassy Paper Doll Bonanza, a very Dr. Sketchy-apropos collection of saucy paper dolls from Baby Tattoo Books.  (Or that copy of Mome…?)


Seriously, this outfit is soo cute!  (And, in case you haven’t figured it out yet, Aaron’s not writing the blog, as he usually does.)  Here’s one more sketch of Sugar by Brian Dugan–check out more of his sketches from that evening here.


Since we had a late start, we went past 10 so Sugar could give us one last pose.  Those of you who called it a night promptly at 10 p.m. missed out–check out Sugar’s awesomely sparkly skull-and-crossbones pasties!



It was like a little treat for those of us who aren’t so old yet that we need to be in bed by 11. ;-p

So, lots and lots of thanks again to the stunning Sugar Ann Spice, and to our wonderful sponsors—Artist & Craftsman Supply, Atomic Books, and Baby Tattoo. And to Bill (door guy, crazy- contest-idea generator, and late-night furniture-moving muscle), and to Jeff Schock (fearless photo-taker who totally outdid himself this time).

And, again, special thanks to Lynn Hafner, Derek, and Andrew at Dionysus—I honestly can’t imagine us still doing this after a year if we didn’t start out in such a fantastic venue as Dionysus. We love you guys!

And, we love all of you that joined us this session, and especially Brian and Diego for sending us their work.  If you’ve been putting off scanning in your own sketches, or for whatever reason your drawings haven’t yet been posted here (i.e. your email from May got caught in the spam folder and I just found it), don’t despair:  send them to us (if you haven’t already done so) and we’ll put up a “sketch backlog bonanza” blog post next week.

See you at our new home at the Windup Space (12 W. North Ave.) on July 20! We’re thrilled to have the lovely Lucille Lingerhans von Spankenstein returning to Dr. Sketchy’s for this special session.  See Lucille and the rest of the fabulous Gilded Lily Burlesque this Saturday at the Creative Alliance!

We’re moving to Windup!

If you weren’t able to join us on June 22, you missed out on a fantastic session with the fabulous Sugar Ann Spice! And, you also missed our last session at Dionysus.

We’re extremely grateful to Lynn Hafner, the charming and gorgeous owner of Dionysus, for having us at her wonderful bar for our first year. Lynn’s taking a well-deserved break from the restaurant business, and so the bar will be under new ownership. We’re told that it will still be Dionysus under the new owners, and Aaron and I will still grab a beer and a bite to eat there in the future, as we hope you will, too.

So, please join us on July 20, when the sassy Lucille Lingerhans von Spankenstein will be modeling for us at our new home–the Windup Space! In case you’re not familiar with this fantastic bar/gallery/music venue, it’s in the Station North Arts District at 12 W. North Ave., on the corner of North and Charles, pretty much around the corner and up the street from Dionysus–though, I hope you guys will know where Windup is, since you should’ve checked out the Vs. show by now. The show will be up till the end of July so, at the least, the slackers among you can see it at our next session. 😉 But, really, why wait for almost a month to see our new digs? Just go now.

Moving to the Windup means we’ll have more space–it’s at least twice as big as Dionysus’s dining room–and so will the model, since there’s a stage. (And, maybe I can finally put my crappy decade-old light stands out to pasture.) Also, Windup does not serve food, so feel free to get take out from wherever–maybe a pizza from Joe Squared, up the street–and bring it into the bar.

Aaand, Russell, the owner of Windup, has agreed to make an exception to his 21+  rule for us–so, until further notice, Dr. Sketchy’s Baltimore is now an 18+ event. Of course, you still have to be at least 21 to drink.

Check our blog next week, where we’ll have sketches and photos from our session with Sugar Ann Spice. (Also, if you visit us on Facebook, you might get a sneak-peak in the next few days of some of the drawings we’ve received.) In the meantime, as always–send us your sketches!

See you on the 20th at the Windup Space!