Dr. Sketchy’s is tonight! And look, we have an official cocktail menu!

It’s the last Dr. Sketchy’s of the year!  Tonight at 7 o’clock, doors at 6, celebrate a year of Sketchy with Nicolette Le Faye and a fancy pancy cocktail.  Not only that, but if you show up between 6 and 7, it’s a dollar off the cocktail prices above.

That’s pretty cheap, like, Bill-the-guy-at-the-door-(the ugly one, not the handsome one) cheap.

It’s a long time to the next Dr. Sketchy’s . . . all the way to January 25th actually, so don’t come to us if you start getting the shakes in a few weeks because you missed your last fix. 🙂

Dahlia Derriere Poe’s it up.


On the 26th, for our loosely Halloween-themed session (complete with sugar and pumpkin cookies and assorted chocolaty goodies), we had the pleasure of drawing the lovely Dahlia Derriere, who paid tribute that evening to one of her favorite writers, Edgar Allan Poe.


For the first half of this session, Dahlia was dressed as the titular character in Poe’s short story, The Black Cat. If you just giggled over the fact that I said “titular”, I’m gonna guess you may not have read the story, so for you guys (and the rest of us who can’t remember what we did ten days ago, much less a story we read ten years ago in high school),  here’s a little Wikipedia blurb on it:  “The narrator tells us that from an early age he has loved animals. He and his wife have many pets, including a large black cat named Pluto. This cat is especially fond of the narrator and vice versa. Their mutual friendship lasts for several years, until the narrator becomes an alcoholic. One night, after coming home intoxicated, he believes the cat is avoiding him. When he tries to seize it, the panicked cat bites the narrator, and in a fit of rage, he seizes the animal, pulls a pen-knife from his pocket, and deliberately gouges out the cat’s eye.  From that moment onward, the cat flees in terror at his master’s approach….”

I don’t want to ruin anything, so I’ll stop there, but it quickly turns into a horror story from there.  (I know, it doesn’t seem like it, cause, well, cats are monsters, but trust me, it quickly goes bad.  What initially seems like a perfectly understandable pest-control story becomes an “innocent cat turns out to be some sort of disguised demon hell-beast from beyond the veil” sort of tale.  This sort of thing happens a lot more often than you’d expect.)

In any case, Dalia Derriere’s  tribute to the Master of the Macabre was a lot easier on the eye than a pen-knife.




As always, we start our sessions out with the 1- and 2-minute poses, so here are a few sketches from that set.  First up, from Michael Bull:

quick sketches

Next, from Brian Dugan:


And, back to the photos…










Our first contest of the evening was (as it is every Dr. Sketchy’s evening) the non-dominant hand drawing contest, in which we attempt to even the playing field by awarding the two artists with the steadiest hands in the room with a shot from the bar. (At Dr. Sketchy’s, we’re not afraid of “the Fiend Intemperance”.) I don’t think we got any drawings from this contest, so here are some sketches from the other 5-minute poses from anonymous artists who was kind enough to give his/her drawing to Dahlia:


For the second contest, we asked the artists to illustrate the last moments of Poe’s life—which, for those of you who don’t know, were spent right here in Baltimore.  The cause of Poe’s death is still a mystery, but check out our artists’ guesses. First up, from Brian Dugan:


And from Stewart White, the 1st place winner of this contest:


For his efforts, Stewart took home a snazzy and wide (or long, depending on how you hold it) pad of hemp paper. Next up, the model’s pick (and maybe the 2nd place winner? we can’t remember anymore), Poe in a cask of amontillado, by Michael Bull:

killiing poe

The 2nd-place winner (whether it was Michael or not) took home a 100% Windpower paper sketchbook. Both sketch pads, by the way, were generously donated to us by Artist & Craftsman Supply on the corner of North Ave and Howard.

For the second half of the evening, Dahlia was the Tell-Tale Heart, and had made for her exquisitely gothic costume a large cameo of an anatomical heart.


Next up was the random noun contest, in which we ask the audience to volunteer a random person, place, or thing—and this time, we threw in a random verb for good measure. So, for this contest, artists competed for  a volume of Poe’s short stories in graphic novel form (generously donated by from Atomic Books of Hampden) by incorporating “ghostbusters” and “shooting” into their drawings.

From Michael Bull:

ghostbustersAnd from the winner, Brian Dugan:

More sketches! First, again from Brian:


And two from Lois Borgenicht:

Dahlia Derriere

Dahlia with a lamp

And from Stewart White:



And another anonymous gift to Dahlia:


And, for the last pose of the evening, we asked each of our artists to write a Poe-esque or otherwise eerie sentence, and then instructed them to pass on their sentence to the person sitting next to them. The artists then incorporated the sentence that was given to them. This contest resulted in some very awesome drawings and and, in one group, a quick game of Mad Libs. Whoever passed on his card to Michael Bull drew a blank, it looks like, but Michael did pretty well with what he was given:


And from Brian Dugan:

briandahliasentenceAnd from another generous (and, yes, anonymous) artist:


It’s possible the talented lady who drew this last sketch won, but if she didn’t, she was definitely one of the runners-up.  The winner of this last and most bizarre contest of the evening took home Gris Grimly’s Little Jordan Ray’s Muddy Spud from Baby Tattoo Books which is run, along with Dr. Sketchy’s L.A., by the awe-inspiring Bob Self. If, for whatever reason, you’re reading this blog from all the way out in California, definitely check to see if  Bob is bringing his Dr. Sketchy’s Roadshow—on tour right now—to a city near you.

Special thanks to Russell at the Windup Space for the awesome space, drinks, and tunes; and to Bill for manning the door with his manliness; and to Jeff for the photos. And, of course, to the lovely Dahlia Derriere, without whom this tribute to Poe wouldn’t have been possible, and, last but not least, to all of you wonderful artists who joined us that evening—especially all of you who shared your drawings with us (or with Dahlia, who then scanned them in and posted them for us).

Hope to see you all at our next session—tomorrow night! (If you’re reading this on Monday, that’s tonight…) We’re thrilled to have back the luscious Lena Grove of Gilded Lily Burlesque—see you then!

Sword swinging and sketching with Deviana Fox!


Goodness gracious, Deviana Fox had swords.

Maybe it’s my geek stamp showing, but good gravy, there are few things more fun to draw than a sexy lady with dual scimitars.

Yeah, she had TWO scimitars.


We were hoping for trouble, maybe the crazy pillow lady who tried to steal my beer a few sessions ago would make a second run at the front door, but alas, it was not to be and the session was blissfully peaceful.  I can’t help but wonder though if the REASON it was blissfully peaceful was the presence of a scimitar wielding lady with a bullet belt overlooking the crowd at all times.

Bill certainly seemed better behaved.

These awesome photos are by Jeff by the way, which we are eternally grateful for, and while we’re at it, many thanks go to Bill holding down the door, Russell holding down the bar, our gracious sponsors Atomic Books, Artist & Craftsman Supply, and Baby Tattoo Books for the awesome prizes to give away, and the Windup Space for hosting us even though it’s kinda like thanking Russell twice, but he deserves it.

Well, everyone deserves to get thanked twice, so, to avoid just copying and pasting that paragraph again right here so everyone gets thanked twice, lets say everyone gets THREE thanks and move on to some more pictures of the amazing Deviana.





Yep, that’s right, not only did Deviana have two swords, she was balancing them all over the place WHILE posing.  I had to keep tapping Bill on the shoulder while ran the door to say, “Oh my God, Bill, look what she’s doing now!”



Anyway, let’s get to some drawings and contests.


This next one was sent to us by Mike May.  Check out his website, some amazing stuff there.  I think there’s another drawing by him further on in the blog as well.


Next is a sketch by Paul Moscatt who’s got some great work on his site too.


Mike Hasson did these next two, sending us the second one later when he got home.  I love that top left one.



The first contest was 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 you buy the house a round.  Two winners were picked, and awarded evil-looking shots for their trouble if they were of age, and if they weren’t, they were able to designate someone of age to take their place on the chopping block.

One of the contests was the best incorporation of Highlander into your sketch.  Here’s one of the entries by Brian Dugan (who didn’t win this contest, but did win another one later on).  The prize was a stunning steel art portfolio case donated by Don of Artist & Craftsman Supply, which if you didn’t know already, is on the corner of North & Howard, pretty much across the street from Windup, give or take a block. 🙂

Another sketch from Brian Dugan, this one for the “random noun” contest where folks in the audience shout out random nouns and we pick the one that sounds the most bizarre or amusing.  The noun this time around was “Disney World.”  The prize was Ragnar’s Izzy’s Very Important Job from Baby Tattoo Books, which is so cool they run their own Dr. Sketchy’s out in L.A., if you’re ever out that way.


Here’s some more photos of Deviana…



Ahh, here’s the sketch Brian Dugan for the final contest incorporating Debbie Gibson and Caligula, who, apparently share August 31st as their birthday.  Who knew?

The prize was a copy of Scarlett Takes Manhattan by Dr. Sketchy’s founder Molly Crabapple and John Leavitt, who both signed it for the lucky winner when Alexis and I were in NYC last.  Here’s the cover page, graciously scanned by Brian and mailed to us.

Yes, you read that correctly, apparently Molly is accusing Brian Dugan of giving John Leavitt syphillis.  And no, Molly and John were completely sober when they signed this, why do you ask? 🙂

Our next session is September 14th with Elle Devene!