Photos from Sept. 14th with Elle Devene!

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Saying Elle Devene was stunning is an understatement.  During the break I must have heard three different folk comment that they were positively, undeniably in love.  Lord knows, whatever secret pull Elle had (and I don’t think it was that much of a secret), it certainly came through in the sketches and photos.

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As always, we’d like to thank our generous sponsors, Atomic Books, Artist & Craftsman Supply, and Baby Tattoo Books went above and beyond with the contest prizes.  If you haven’t figured it out by now, everyone involved with Dr. Sketchy’s Baltimore, from the sponsors, to the Windup Space, to Bill and Jeff, are doing this so we can bring this unique life drawing experience to you all twice a month, so if you’re looking to buy a pencil or book or a beer, please consider hitting them up.  Anyways, special thanks to the sponsors, to Russell of the Windup for preventing us from getting thirsty and letting us use his absolutely amazing venue for all this, Jeff for the amazing photographic work, Bill for policing the door against drunk sailors and bear attacks, and to Elle Devene of Gilded Lily Burlesque for being her drop-dead gorgeous self.

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Here’s some great sketches Pierrette Montone sent in…

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I love the face on that last one.

The first contest, as always, was the “opposite hand” contest.  If you’re left handed, draw with your right, if you’re right handed, draw with your left, and if you’re ambidexterous draw with your mouth, foot, ear . . . usually that last bit is just meant as a joke, but this fellow actually did it.  I’m not sure, but I think he ended up being one of the two winners too (the prize being a free mystery shot).

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More photos…

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Mike May sent in these sketches . . . the first drawing in the first sketch (and also the photo above) is from the “someone in the crowd yell out a random noun” contest, which turned out to be “plumber”.  And yes, we’re just going to let that one go without comment.  The prize was a life-drawing book The Natural Way to Draw: A Working Plan for Art Study by Kimon Nicolaides donated to us by one of our awesome and regular art monkeys, Kurt Aspland.

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The prizes for the third contest, donated by Atomic Books, were Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austin and Seth Grahame-Smith and Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters by Jane Austin and Ben H. Winters.  The contest was “What do you think the cover will look like for the next classic with monsters added?” which is why Elle has a rattlesnake tale in the second sketch.

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Here’s a few of Brian Dugan’s sketches—be sure to check out his gallery to see more.

He took home Pride and Prejudice and Zombies with that “Canterbury Tales from the Crypt” sketch, too. 🙂

The sketch above was from an earlier contest, in which we asked our artists, “What’s the most inappropriate setting for a burlesque performer?”, the prize of which was a signed copy or Ragnar’s Symptomatica from Baby Tattoo Books.

Here’s a couple more photos of lovely Elle before we wrap everything up…

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Don’t forget, Elle Devene and the rest of Gilded Lily Burlesque will be performing at Load of Fun Halloween night.  Don’t worry, we’ll remind you as it gets closer. 🙂

Our next session is Sept. 28th, 7 o’clock (doors at 6) at the Windup Space,  with Viola Vixen—all the way from Brisbane, Australia . . . she’s in the States for the NYC Burlesque Festival and is coming all the way down here for the evening just to pose for you.

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And, just between you and us, you should know how cool our own Viola is—that is, Viola Van Wilde of Gilded Lily Burlesque—she’s graciously putting up Viola Vixen for the night, because, well, she’s just cool like that.  Don’t tell her we said that though, we don’t want her to know we think she’s that awesome because we have, you know, our own cool image and whatnot to maintain… ;-p

See you on Monday!

Girls against boys.

So, something that’s been frustrating me lately: even though the attendance at our sessions is more or less evenly split between men and women—sometimes the girls actually outnumber the guys, which surprises some of our friends who assume that it’s only guys who want to draw our models—since late spring, the artists who’ve been sending us sketches have been men. Annie Wu ended that trend last month, but still, she was the lone female artist who shared her drawings with us.  What gives, ladies?

This time around, the lovely Lily Stark White has been the one woman to send us her drawings:

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We also had some people find us through two blogs, both by women, so we’re going to return the favor—even if they didn’t send us their sketches themselves. 😉 (To be fair, this past session I relied too much on the reminder cards I handed out to solicit sketches from folks and forgot to actually remind everyone while on stage.) Check out Bridget (Vaughn)’s Art Blog and Kristin Nohe’s Suburbs blog for their awesome drawings of Deviana.

And, lastly, here’s a sketch of Deviana from our door guy, Bill:

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Obviously, Bill’s a guy, though he whines like a 4-year-old girl about how we never post his sketches, even though we link to his blog on our front page. So there you go, Bill—I ended this post about how we don’t get enough sketches from women with your unmistakeably male drawing.

Anyway—sketches. We love getting them—from everyone.

Don’t forget, we’ll have the lovely Elle Devene of Gilded Lily Burlesque posing for us this Monday night at the Windup Space—and check out Gilded Lily’s show with the Baltimore Improv Group tonight at the Creative Alliance. Hope you have your tickets already, since they’re probably selling out as I type this. Couldn’t get tickets? Then check out the Xotic fashion show at the Windup Space tonight instead.

And then there’s Hampden Fest tomorrow. Stop by Atomic Books and say hi to Benn, who’s given us a copy of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies *and*  Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters to give away on Monday.

Oh, and 2nd Saturdays in Station North is tomorrow, too! Lots of fun—and free—performances!

Whatever you do this weekend, have fun, and see you on Monday!

—Alexis

Sword swinging and sketching with Deviana Fox!

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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.

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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.

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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!”

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

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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.

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

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

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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.

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Here’s some more photos of Deviana…

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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!

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