Artscape with Valeria Voxx!

Fantastic poses, great props, and amazing hair?  What better escape from a rainy afternoon of Artscape could you ask for than drawing the stunning Valeria Voxx of Black Tassel Boolesque?

This was the first Dr. Sketchy’s during Artscape we’ve ever done—and though we were fully prepared to spend the afternoon drinking at the Windup bar with Valeria, a few crickets, and one heat-exhausted tourist in a motorized wheelchair, that apparently wasn’t in the cards.  We didn’t know if it’d be a ghost town or if it’d be slammed.  Not only was it successful (honestly, who doesn’t want to draw Valeria?), but we got to see all sorts of folks we haven’t seen at Dr. Sketchy’s Baltimore in a long time because of conflicting Monday night class schedules, Charm City Roller Girl practices, and  underwater basket-weaving tournaments.

Now we’re toying with the idea of switching to a “one Monday and one Saturday” a month schedule?  Is that something you’d be interested in?  If so, you should pipe up in  the comments below.  We’re definitely thinking about it.

This session was also our very last session with Styger, our helper door person—who, because of some asshats playing games with other people’s money and destroying a perfectly nice game company, is moving on to the brighter shores of San Francisco.  She better come visit.

If there’s any silver lining in that whole clusterfuck, it’s Valeria Voxx herself, who will be taking the torch from Styger to help keep the Dr. Sketchy’s Baltimore boat afloat.  Hot.  Damn.

We don’t have as many photos this time around, our regular photographer Jeff wasn’t able to make this particular session (he robs banks on Saturdays), but Alexis was able to get a few pics snapped in between running on and off the stage.  Check them out below.

For this special Artscape session the good folks at Atomic Books provided us with the latest issues of Bachelor Pad and Juxtapoz AND a $20 gift card to give away as prizes to the various drawing contests.  (The contests were the best incorporation of crash test dummies and the best incorporation of a Super Mario villain.)  If you’ve not been to Atomic Books before, you should—it’s the best damn independent book store / comic book shop in the country.

Thank you to Valeria Voxx for doing an absolutely amazing job posing for our Artscape session; thanks to Atomic Books, our wonderful sponsor; thanks to Holly for slinging drinks; thanks to Russell for letting us use the Windup Space; and HUMONGOUS thanks to Styger for helping me push around furniture and man the door not just this time, but for the last year and change—San Francisco is a lucky city to get her; and finally, thanks to Alexis for emceeing the circus.

Thanks as well to Kat Parker, Clarice Jones, Fred Oakes, Katrina Schmidt, and Sheila England.

Next session is Monday, August 13th with Mourna Handful of Black Tassel Boolesque!  Doors at 6, start at 7!  If you’re coming, let us know on the Facebook page.  Advance tickets are on sale till midnight of the 12th for $8—$10 at the door.

(Thanks to Cheryl Fair for the gorgeous photo of Mourna Handful above; if you’re ever wanting some stunning photos of your own, you should definitely contact Cheryl and schedule a shoot!)

Mourna Handful, Marie Antoinette, and the Predator?

I have a sneaky suspicion that no one in Baltimore owns a hat that damn cool.  Mourna Handful of Black Tassels Boolesque easily had to have some of the best outfits we’ve ever seen at Dr. Sketchy’s Baltimore, if not the best.  We were all excited about her Marie Antoinette costume (especially since it was two days before Bastille Day) and didn’t even know she had this one.

Alexis did a quick trivia question for a drink at the beginning of the night, something to do with Marty McFly’s travel date I think, and then we were off into the one and two minute poses, which there were ten and five of respectively.

Brian Dugan

Brian Dugan

The first five minute pose was the optional opposite hand contest where if you’re right-handed you draw with your left, if you’re left-handed you draw with your right, and if you’re ambidextrous you probably think you’re something special to begin with, so you don’t need any fancy-pancy prize anyway because you probably already look in the mirror every morning and go, “Hey, I’m AWESOME” and that should be enough for you.  The two winners got a mysterious drink from Russell at the bar.  Usually we have no idea what’s in these drinks but since the bleach is stored a full 50 feet away in another room, we’re pretty sure they’re safe.

After four five minute poses it was time for Mourna to change into her Marie Antoinette costume, which is obviously somewhat of an involved process, so our gracious Alexis kept the crowd occupied and did a quick five minute pose.  The, ummm, finger showed up when someone asked for “more attitude”.

Brian Dugan

And with that Mourna was ready, and it was well worth the wait.  Our second contest of the evening was the best incorporation of “other decapitated historical figures besides Marie Antoinette”.  The prize was a a pack of fancy grey-toned drawing markers from Artist & Craftsman Supply, who’s just across the street at the corner of Howard & North.  They’re open till 8 on Monday folks, so if you ever forget your art supplies on the way to Dr. Sketchy’s, or just need a new pad, for God’s sake head over there.

Brian Dugan

A few days before, a new dinosaur had been discovered, which, because the involved scientists were drunk in a bar when brainstorming up names, was named Mojoceratops.  Apparently this had something to do with it using its unique bone structure to attract “the ladies”.  For the best incorporation of Mojoceratops, the winner received a $15 gift card from Atomic Books, which is up in Hampden on the corner of Falls Rd. and the Avenue.  If you’ve never been, and you’ve read this far down into the blog, trust me, you’ll like the place.

Brian Dugan

Mike Hasson

The last contest of the evening was the random noun contest where the crowd shouts out random nouns and we, in an incredibly fair and non-partial process, pick one of these words—this time around it was “predator”.  The winner won a copy of Miss Mindy’s Sassy Doll Bonanza by Miss Mindy from Baby Tattoo Books, who, if you’re ever out in LA, runs the LA branch of Dr. Sketchy’s.

Brian Dugan

Mike Hasson

Fred Zeleny (winner)

And that was a wrap.  As always, we’d like to thank Mourna Handful of Black Tassels Boolesque for an amazing evening and some of the coolest costumes we’ve ever seen.  We’d also like to thank our generous sponsors Atomic Books, Artist & Craftsman Supply, and Baby Tattoo books; Russell and the Windup Space for slinging drinks and songs; Jeff who took all the snazzy photos above; and last but not least, Alexis for maintaining calm and discipline so things didn’t get out of hand and end up on the 11 o’clock news.  This time, anyway.

Our next session is tomorrow, July 26th, with Dahlia Derriere!  Doors at 6, start at 7, come early if you want your choice pick of seats.