“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.)

Au revoir, Little Luna.

Last session was probably Little Luna’s last session ever at Dr. Sketchy’s Baltimore. In a few short weeks she’ll be on her way to New Orleans to become some sort of vigilante crimefighter-slash-shrimp boat captain. Why is she leaving us? Do we not have enough criminal shrimping operations for her to go all Batman on?

I don’t know.

She *will* make one last appearance at the Gilded Lily Presents: Bye Bye Luna  show at the Windup Space on March 21st. Make a note.

By the way, the Baltimore Sun covered this session too—their piece should be in Monday’s edition. When it comes out, I’ll add a short blog with a link.

Anyways, Little Luna finished in style. We’ve got a lot of ground to cover, so let’s get started.

Here are the 1- and 2-minute poses.

 

 

David Wright

Tim Kelly

Fred Zeleny

Cecilia Strakna

David Wright

Tim Kelly

Tim Kelly

David Wright

Cecilia Strakna

Tim Kelly

Tim Kelly

Jennifer A. Stark

 

Craig Hankin

Cecilia Strakna

Jennifer A. Stark

Hannah LeVasseur

After the 1- and 2-minte poses, we took a quick break, and then it was time for the 5-minute poses, the first of which was the non-dominate hand contest. 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 we feed one hand to the shark.

The two winners received mystery concoctions from Russell. What were they? Capri-Suns? Gasoline infused vodka shots? I have no idea. We maintain plausible deniability for a reason.

Craig Hankin

Fred Zeleny

Cecilia Strakna

David Wright

Tim Kelly

Varvara LaVoom

Cecilia Strakna

Tim Kelly

Kerry Brady

After that, it was time for a recess so folks could sneak a smoke, refill a Harvey Wallbanger, push someone off the jungle gym—whatever.  Then it was time for the 10-minute poses . . . . . . and FISH CHAOS.

I managed to turn off my fancy video camera when I thought I was turning it on at EXACTLY the worst moment—which triggered a truly epic cursing fit several hours later.  Luckily, Alexis and I don’t take SHIT from technology; she was filming backup with her phone.  It’s not the greatest video, but it gives you an idea.

I’ll leave the rest to the video.

Why was there a shark attack?

Really folks, there are no thought processes going on. It’s all white noise up top. I can tell you, you better run for your lives if I ever get a hold of a giant robotic Tyrannosaurus Rex.

They’re expensive (I’ve checked), so you’re probably safe…

…unless someone reading this has one I could borrow/have. Call me. [thumb up, pinky extended, hand to ear]

What were talking about? Dinosaurs?

The 10-minute poses. –Alexis

Oh. Right.

The second 10-minute pose was our second contest of the evening, ye’ old random noun contest.  The crowd picked “oil spill” this time around.  The winner received a pair of back seamed stockings from What Katie Did.

Tim Kelly

Fred Zeleny

Cecilia Strakna

Tim Kelly

Another break for folks to top off drinks and fend off fish and it was time for the 20-minute poses. The first was a another contest, the goal being the best homage to Edward Gorey, since it was his birthday the week before.  The winner received The Strange Case of Edward Gorey by Alexander Theroux from Atomic Books, which is in Hampden on the corner of Falls Rd and the Avenue.  It’s easily the best bookstore in Baltimore.

Craig Hankin

Hannah LeVasseur

Jennifer A. Stark

Tim Kelly

Fred Zeleny

David Wright

Kerry Brady

The last pose of the evening was also the last contest, the goal being the best incorporation of polar bears since it was International Polar Bear Day.  The winner received Oompa!, Sabrina Chap’s CD.  If you missed her session in January, check out her stuff, and if you’re feeling patrony, support the making of her next CD.

Jennifer A. Stark

Fred Zeleny

Tim Kelly

Hannah LeVasseur

A quick aside about the fish . . . a lot of folks did some pretty amazing things so that all worked out.

First, lots of thanks to Brian and Missy for letting us buy a helium tank off of them, they ROCK.  Second, it turns out the tank was only enough to fill one and a half fish. Two hours before the session I ended up having to make an emergency run to Flowers By Chris, who I’m sure thought I was crazy over the phone. They finished filling up the shark for me, though, no charge. The night wouldn’t have happened without them. Next time you’re in Mt. Vernon and need flowers, maybe shoot them some business.

Third, I don’t know if you remembered, but that Monday was a FUCKING WINDSTORM. If I’d tried to walk those two fish to the Windup from Mt. Vernon, I would have been screwed. Luckily, Missy was a superhero AGAIN and gave me a ride to Windup.

Unfortunately, at that point we couldn’t get into Windup because Russell was held up in traffic, so then we owe thanks to Victor who runs the check-cashing shop next door, who gave us shelter till Russell arrived.

So, next time you need, umm, a check cashed or payday loan, go to Victor.

Oh Baltimore, I love you.

Then, THEN, the light-rail delayed Luna, luckily, Valeria Voxx, a past model, happened to be on hand and volunteered to go get her.

THANK GOD. Otherwise y’all would have spent the night drawing fish.

ANYWAY, super thanks to Little Luna who did an amazing job (while having a cold!)—we’ll miss you—if you get murdered in New Orleans, we’ll make fun of you since you’re from Baltimore and better fucking represent; thanks to our sponsors Atomic Books, Flying Dog Brewery, What Katie Did, and Baby Tattoo Books for the great beer specials and amazing prizes; thanks to Russell for slinging drinks and booze; thanks to Jeff for the nifty photos above; thanks to Alexis for holding the ship on course, sharks-be-damned; and thank you to all of you for making Little Luna’s last night at Sketchy’s such a great night.

Who’s posing next?

Photo by Sarah Kimble, flyer by Aaron Bush

GiGi Holliday – “The chocolate that melts your heart!” – of Sticky Buns Burlesque is posing for Dr. Sketchy’s Baltimore, Monday, March 12th!

If you’ve been spending nights out on the town wisely, you’ve seen GiGi perform with Sticky Buns or other folks over the last year or so, either at the Windup Space, Illusions, or other assorted high-class entertainment venues.

Since Dr. Sketchy’s patrons are known for their hard partying, I understand those boozy nights might be a little hazy, so I’ll help you out – GiGi was the awesome part of your night. You know, the part before the bartender cut up your credit card, your significant other left with the fire marshal, Paco Fish drop-kicked you with a pair of stilts because you rushed the stage, and the BPD forced a rabies shot on you as a condition of your release.

GiGi was that beautiful siren on stage, that luminous beauty who made you feel so special, so lucky to be alive, that you were SURE no one would mind if you did three more pickle shots and set fire to Russell’s beard.

It’s okay, it happens.

Well, guess what? You’ll get to draw the entrancing GiGi, and if you feel inspired to set fire to Russell, NO ONE WILL JUDGE YOU. GiGi Holliday makes people do crazy things. We understand. GiGi understands. Russell doesn’t, but, well, who cares?

GiGi describes herself as “the nerdy girl in the corner playing dress up.” Lord knows Dr. Sketchy’s has gotten lost on more than one geek tangent . . . you’ll love her. Trust us.

There’ll be drink specials from Flying Dog Brewery, bitchin’ prizes from Atomic Books and Baby Tattoo Books, and we can guarantee you we have resolved the whole inflatable shark infestation issue.

Doors at 6, start at 7. Come early to get a good seat, and like our page for the latest updates: http://www.facebook.com/DrSketchysBaltimore

18+ to draw, 21+ to drink.

Cherchez la Femme

As I write this, we sit in the midst of the great Dr. Sketchy’s drought of 2011.  Our last session, which seems a lifetime ago on July 25th, with Femme 6, was our last hurrah before we entered these dark times, and unfortunately it’s still over a week before Dahlia Derriere brings back the rain on September 12th.  I don’t know what you’re doing to pass the time—keying paddle boats in the Inner Harbor?  Attacking vicars with long-tailed cats?  Watching Weeds on Netflix?

I don’t know.  (I’m hoping it’s better than what we’re up to—we’re somewhere off the coast of Newfoundland, the wireless is spotty at best, and Alexis just killed a narwhal with a 12-gauge and it’s a MESS.)

Whatever nightmare is going on with you, block it out, pop a Quaalude, stick a chair under the door handle and let’s reminisce on that last day before screeching cats and before Alexis went all fucking Ahab.

Oh Femme 6, we miss you.

Shawn Adomanis

Shawn Adomanis

Now, if you were in Baltimore and had a lick of sense, you attended Femme 6’s Poetry and Pasties at Mobtown Theater on August 14th.  Apparently the thirsty horde who showed up drank ’em out of beer before the intermission started, forcing a late-Sunday-night beer run—which to me sounds like the definition of a rousing success if there ever was one.

If you want to know a little bit more about the multi-talented Femme 6, especially why she’s called that, check out her art manifesto here.

Anyway, after a quick break that night we rolled into the 5-minute poses, the first of which was the illustrious 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 . . . uh . . . ummm . . . damnit.

The two winners received a mystery shot from Russell at the bar—FYI, he no longer empties the beer mats into them.  We put our foot down.  Don’t worry, we got your back.

@annmariebrok

Fred Zeleny

Jason Haza

Shawn Adomanis

@annmariebrok

We took a quick break, and hot diggity damn, it was time for Femme 6’s performance, which you can see an itty-bitty bit of here.  If you want to see more, you’ll have to go to one of her shows.

Here’re a few stills . . .

Ten-minute pose time, the first of which was a “best incorporation of an ’80’s cartoon.” The winner’s reward for remembering obscure kids’ shows from twenty years ago? A copy of Mark Schultz: Various Drawings Vol. 5 from Atomic Books in Hampden. BTW, seriously, click the link and check out this book; it’s full of some really fantastic pulp-style sketches. It hurt so bad to give that book away, we ended up going back to Atomic and picking up a copy for ourselves.

Shawn Adomanis

Fred Zeleny

@annmariebrok

Seeks Corey

Another break for folks to fill up on Flying Dog beer specials, smoke, call someone on the phone and argue—whatever it is they needed to do—and then it was time for the 20-minute poses.

For this pose, we asked the crowd to incorporate a Stanley Kubrick film into their drawings, since the next day would have been the director’s birthday.

Shawn Adomanis

Fred Zeleny

Craig Hankin

Seeks Corey

The winner took home a copy of Miss Mindy’s Sassy Paper Doll Bonanza, courtesy of Baby Tattoo Books, who also runs the L.A. Dr. Sketchy’s, so if there’s a trip out there in your future, definitely check them out. The second 20-minute pose was simply stunning, and simply a contest-free pose.

Fred Zeleny

Craig Hankin

Charlotte Bunting Floyd

And that was a wrap, and unfortunately the start of the horrible dark period we are in now.

Thanks to Femme 6 for a jaw-dropping session and performance; thanks to our generous sponsors Atomic Books, Flying Dog Brewery, and Baby Tattoo Books; thanks to Russell for slinging drinks and songs; thanks to Jeff for the eye-popping photos above; thanks to Stiger for helping set up and man the door so I don’t go whole-hog crazy; and thanks to Alexis for hosting the whole shebang.

We’ll be back on September 12th, when lovely pin-up model/belly dancer Dahlia Derriere returns to Dr. Sketchy’s to pose for your drawing pleasure in a desert-themed evening. Doors open at 6, and drawing starts at 7, but really, show up early for a good seat. A drink or three before we get started will make those first post-break drawings not look too bad, too.

“Oh, Aaron, I don’t know how I’ll survive until the next Dr. Sketchy’s!  What do I do now??”

I’m glad you asked, for there are a few oases before Dahlia Derriere rescues us.  First off, there’s the Gilded Lily School of Burlesque Showcase at The Windup Space this Saturday (which, sppppptttt, we’ll be celebrating Alexis’s birthday at as well). Then, on Friday the 9th, Sticky Buns Burlesque presents an Evening of Variety at Illusions, a gorgeous magic bar that is itself well worth a trip to [gasp] Federal Hill.

That should help ya.  What else?  Well, somewhere in there, there’s, umm, some sort of race car thing, and then, uh…

Oh, you’re screwed, you’re never going to make it to the 12th.

(Photo of Dahlia Derriere courtesy of Viva Van Story)