Razor-tongued.

photo by Alexis de la Rosa
photo by Alexis de la Rosa

Sophia Sunday’s April session was, yet again, another of my favorites.

I know, I know—I say that a lot.  I just said it about the previous session with Sucre à la Crème.  I mean it, though.  Watch the video.

That’s how you do it folks.  The only way that could get any better is if she handed everyone a thousand bucks at the end.  Or maybe some dinosaurs riding some robots.  I dunno.

It’s also one of my favorite videos.  To have a good video several things need to go right.  One, the performer, obviously, has to be amazing.  That is about 25%.  Two, my dumb ass needs to have remembered to make sure the lights on the stage are bright enough so the hi-res works.  Sadly, this doesn’t always happen.  That’s about 40%.  The performer can be stunning and it just plain doesn’t matter if you can’t see them.  Three, we have to find a good song that we can use without getting sued—this can turn into a nightmare pretty quick.  That’s about 25%.  Four, Russell needs to have eaten a bunch of sugar that day.  That’s 5%.  Five, lots of neat, weird things need to happen to make for interesting shots.  That’s 25%.  Six, folks need to send in their drawings.  That’s 128%.

And before you ask, yes, I was a math major.

In any case, the performer being amazing and the video being amazing are not directly connected.  When they both happen at the same time, though . . . watch the fuck out.

As a side note, I’m a sucker for anything magic and sideshow related.  If we ever decided to put on a Dr. Sketchy’s Showcase show, you better believe Sophia’s razor-swallowing act would be in it.

And look at all those good drawings!  Alexis and I started doing all this so we could sit down and draw too—unfortunately, that doesn’t really work.  This session is definitely one where we wish we’d been in the audience.

Of course, we had a couple drawing contests for questionable concoctions from Russell at the bar and some fancy books from our generous sponsor Baby Tattoo Books, who runs the LA branch of Dr. Sketchy’s, in case you’re ever out that way.

Special thanks to Sophia Sunday who did a stunning job; thanks to our generous sponsor for this session, Baby Tattoo Books; thanks to Russell for slinging booze and tunes; thanks to Jeff Schock for taking some of the lovely photos below; thanks to Maeve and also to Fred, who was in town visiting, for help with the door and all the various setup stuff; and of course thanks to Alexis for doing all those microphone things she does.

Thanks as well to all the folks who sent in the wonderful drawings you can see in the video above too.  Y’all rock.

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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