Next Dr. Sketchy’s Baltimore is Monday, June 25th, with Deviana Fox!

Swords.  Let’s just put that up front, right now.  There will be swords.  Scimitars, even.

Next session of Dr. Sketchy’s Baltimore is Monday, June 25th with belly dancer Deviana Fox!

I’m pretty sure most of you haven’t drawn Deviana before, but she posed for us once before right after we moved to the Windup Space.  Want to see?

Folks flipped out.  People talked about that session for at least a year.  If you don’t get some good drawing done, I’ll give you one of my slightly battered, right kidney.  Did you go look at that link above?  You should.

Not to put too fine a point on it, but there are very, very, very few things sexier than a woman dual-wielding scimitars.  At least for me.  Maybe you like morning stars.  I dunno.

Think about it for a second.  If a bar-clearing brawl breaks out, someone could get slice IN TWAIN.  Granted, bar brawls are rare at life drawing sessions, but it could happen.  By their very nature, they’re unexpected.  It’d be all, “Hey, did you hear there was a bar brawl at the Windup Space last week?  Someone lopped off Russell’s head!”

“I *know*!  I got this badass drawing of Deviana Fox right before she did it.”  [holds up sketch]

“Dude, that’s wicked!”

“Look, she even signed it for me right before she sliced that SWAT team van in two, jumped up to the roof, and swung away like Spider-Man!”

“Spider-Man doesn’t dual-wield scimitars, asshole.”

“But wouldn’t it be cool if he DID?”


Everything is cooler with scimitars.  She doesn’t even need them.  The lady knows how to pose.  I still tell stories to this day of one of the poses she held the last time she modeled.  It usually gets trotted out late at night when Alexis and I are drinking with various performers who’ve posed for us and, like ghost stories around a campfire, folks start whispering about the most painful poses they’ve ever held.  You try pointing a ten pound scimitar at a room full of artists for ten minutes.  I’m a wussy, I can’t even think about it without getting sympathy cramps.

Oh, I should point out, we now sell advance tickets online.  If you buy your ticket more than 24 hours in advance, it’s still 8 bucks (no refunds if you don’t show though).  If purchase at the door, it’s 10 bucks.   Buy your tickets online here :

Doors at 6, start at seven.  Get there early if you want to sit close enough to the stage get a nick on the nose.  18+ to draw, 21+ to drink. There’ll be great prizes from Atomic Books and Baby Tattoo Books!

No photography or messy paints, please (watercolors are fine).

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Photo of Deviana Fox by Stereo Vision Photography,

The unbearable cuteness of Marla Meringue

Sometimes, everything just goes right.  Marla Meringue is hands down one of the best models that poses for Dr. Sketchy’s Baltimore.  Yes, she’s pretty.  We all know that.  If you didn’t, you’re either blind or you’ve been the victim of some horrible reverse-aesthetic electroshock conditioning or some such nonsense.  That’s not what I’m talking about though.

She knows how to pose for artists.  That, in of itself, is a rare skill.  But she goes beyond that, purposefully seeking out unusual, PAINFUL poses that make my muscles quake in abject fear.  Look at some of those poses.  You know that hurt.  Not only did she go that far, but she even repeated poses for the camera when my dumb-ass happened to have it pointed the wrong direction because I tripped over something or accidentally turned the fool thing off.

Watch the video.  Not only were Marla’s poses amazing, but her performance was amazing.  Usually when that happens, something else goes wrong.  The lighting is off.  I forget to charge the camera.  I run out of memory.  The cops raid.  Something always fouls up.

Not this time.  Marla was dead on.  You artists got some great sketches.  The lighting was great. Jeff got stunning photos.  The video camera didn’t have gremlins in it.  I don’t think I even misplaced my beer ONCE that night.  It was snake-eyes all night.


See what I’m talking about?

On a side note, I probably just jinxed everything.  We are mere days from our anniversary session and I’ve probably guaranteed a Tyrannosaurus Rex attack, a machine revolt led by Cybermen, or Nicolette Le Faye (our next model) getting waylaid on her way to the Windup by Omar or some shit.

We gave away some great prizes – Soft Candy: The Girls of Danni Shinya Luo from Atomic Books and a pair of stockings from What Katie Did, not to mention specials on Flying Dog beer.

Humongous thanks to Marla Meringue of Sticky Buns Burlesque; thanks to sponsors Atomic Books, Flying Dog Brewery, and Baby Tattoo Books; thanks to Russell for slinging tunes and booze; thanks to Jeff for some of the best photos he’s ever done; thanks to Styger for help running the door, shoving around all that damn furniture, and beating the stage into shape; thanks to Alexis for wrassling the mic; thanks to anyone who helped shove a chair around or clean up at the end; and thanks to all of you who came out and twirled a pencil.

Thanks to Christian Tribastone, Fred Oakes, Jennifer Stark, John Schloman, Tim Kelly, and Matt Craft for sending in the sketches below.

“Your décolletage is distracting.”

If you’re a Mad Men fan and missed last session with Lauren Marleaux of Gilded Lily Burlesque, your life pretty much sucks at this point.  Take a gander.

I wanted so badly to either use the Mad Men theme song or “Zou Bisou Bisou” for that video, but we probably would’ve been sued out of existence if I had.  [sigh]

In any case—wow. Eat your heart out, Joan Holloway.

We had a bunch of contests: the ye’ old opposite hand contest, a “Put a bird on it!” challenge, and best incorporations of John Waters  and Betty Page (who both had birthdays on or around that date), and gave away a giant bottle of Disobedience Abbey Dubbel from Flying Dog Brewery, Sparrow Vol. 0: Ashley Wood Sketches and Ideas from Atomic Books, and Symptomatica from Baby Tattoo Books.

Thanks to Brian Dugan, Cecilia Strakna, Christian Tribastone, Craig Hankin, David Wright, Fred Oakes, Jeff Lance, Jennifer Stark, Kimberly Keyes Stark, Tony Stark, John Schloman, Kat Parker, Lois Borgenicht, Mike Hasson, Stewart White, and Tim Kelly for sending in the sketches below.

Most of the photos you see are by the talented Jeff Schock, except when they’re labeled as taken by Alexis.

Thanks to the amazing Lauren Marleaux for a rocking Mad Men themed session; thanks to our sponsors for this session, Atomic Books, Flying Dog Brewery, and Baby Tattoo Books; thanks to Jeff for the snazzy photos; thanks to Styger for helping with the door, set-up, and break-down; thanks to Russell and Liz for slinging booze & tunes; thanks to Alexis for manning the mic; and thanks to anyone who helped put up a chair at the end.

Next session is Monday, May 14th with Marla Meringue of Sticky Buns Burlesque!  (It’s our last event before our 4th Anniversary session in June, btw, since we’re taking off for Memorial Day.) If you’re coming, go to the event page and let us know.  Marla’s pretty popular, so show up late at your own risk.

(Photo of Marla Meringue courtesy of Sarah Faison of Sweet Trade Photography.)