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!

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Frenzy Lohan sighting at the Windup Space

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After taking a month off to get settled in at the Windup Space—and to see and do (or not, if we didn’t spend half a day waiting in a line, which was often the case) some really awesome and geeky shit at the San Diego Comic Con—Dr. Sketchy’s Baltimore returned to have our first model from the Charm City Roller Girls: the lovely Frenzy Lohan of the Night Terrors and Charm City All-Stars.

First off, the short poses:

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Don’t be deceived by her delicate beauty, folks. Frenzy is seriously fierce. In her last bout before this session, she took out an opponent twice her size—but ended up taking a spill herself and screwed up her knee in the process. In fact, she probably shouldn’t have taken on the following pose—and yet she did, for our contest in which we asked our talented art monkeys to illustrate the very moment that resulted in her injury.  That’s dedication, people. And remember, for this kind of hard work, we show our models our appreciation with wild applause. And with fives and tens deposited in the little red tip box. Seriously.

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So here are some of the entries for the “best illustration of Frenzy taking out her opponent” contest. First up, from Paul Moscatt:

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And Kurt Aspland:

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Brian Dugan:

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Here’s our muse showing off Mike Hasson‘s entry:

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The winner of this contest took home a copy of Where Madness Reigns: The Art of Gris Grimly, which was generously given to us by Baby Tattoo Books. I think I sadistically mentioned this at the session, but just in case I didn’t, I bought a copy of this awesome book from Gris Grimly himself, who then signed it for me, at SDCC. (BTW, while I was totally selfish in my quest to get some autographed Grimly goodness, we will be giving away some other signed items in the next couple of sessions, so keep reading.)

Here’s another piece by Kurt Aspland:

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And from Brian Dugan (see more of his sketches from this session here):

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For her next look, Frenzy surprised us with a Davy Crockett-inspired costume—and it happened to be Davy Crockett’s birthday.

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Frenzy said she didn’t realize this; whether that was true or not, it was awesome. We were going to announce some contest that I can’t remember now—something about paparazzi and that other Lohan—but naturally, under the circumstances, we couldn’t resist asking our audience of artists to show how Davy Crockett would celebrate his birthday. So here’s Frenzy Crockett surveying the lovely crowd’s drawings:

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And here’s Brian Dugan’s entry:

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(Davy Crockett, a Charm City Roller Girl, and a Beastie Boys reference all in one drawing—pretty awesome.)

By the way, the winner of this contest took home a copy of Sparrow #3: Kent Williams, generously donated by the awesome folks at Atomic Books in Hampden. And yes, I did some more gloating, since I got Kent Williams to sign his giant book of paintings for me at SDCC, too. If it’s any consolation, my bank account is still seriously hurting as a result of my geekily indulgent week in San Diego.

Anyway, back to Frenzy. Oh wait, we’re at the last photo.

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But hey, there’s a bunch more sketches. First, some short sketches:

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Next, a short sketch by Felipe Goncalves:

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Mike took his drawing from the last 20-minute pose and created this nice finished piece:

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And last but not least, a collection of sketches from the evening by Annie Wu, with the last 20-minute drawing on the left, and ones and twos on the right:

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Aside from being the only female artist in the audience who has sent us a sketch since April (seriously, ladies, why is that, when you make up more than half of the audience?), Annie also created the illustration for this kick-ass CCRG poster. (I think I may have freaked her out a little bit at a session in the spring when she entered a contest and I recognized her style and started squealing like a fangirl about how awesome that poster is.) So you could say it’s fitting that I’m concluding this endless post with her drawings.

Thanks to Jeff Schock for the fabulous photos, Don at Artist & Craftsman Supply on North Ave. for giving out free sheets of high-quality rag drawing paper, Bill and Scott for drinking beer while manning the door, Russell at Windup for the awesome space and bartending and tune-selecting. And, last but certainly not least, a huge thanks to the dangerous beauty herself, Frenzy Lohan, for being our wonderful model in spite of the bum knee.

So, join us this Monday, when we’ll have the simply stunning model and dancer Deviana Fox as our muse for the evening. Among the various awesome prizes we’ll be giving away that night will be a copy of Scarlett Takes Manhattan–signed, with special messages to a lucky Charm City art monkey, by artist and illustrious Dr. Sketchy’s founder, Molly Crabapple, and her partner-in-crime, writer John Leavitt. See you then!

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Little Luna Sketches!

After a fantastic night of drinking and drawing with Little Luna, we’ve got a bunch of sketches to show! While I’d prefer to post the sketches with the photos in one big recap post, it seems kinda wrong to just leave these awesome drawings sitting unseen in our inbox any longer.

Here’s a page full of quick (1-2 minute) sketches from David Newbold:

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Here’s a few of Brian Dugan‘s quick sketches:

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Brian captured Little Luna’s pixie-like beauty in his 10-minute drawings:

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And, for his entry in the two-panel contest, Kurt Aspland was obviously also inspired by it:041409-kurta2

David Newbold was inspired to create a two-panel story of another sort…

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He and the other talented winner may have also gotten a small canvas each, actually. I honestly don’t remember now, because Don, our very generous sponsor at A&C, was giving away a shit-ton of free stuff –free (22″ x 30″, maybe?) sheets of Fabriano paper, some smaller sheets of tinted paper… Seriously, folks must have gotten the cover fee back in free art supplies. If you were one of those lucky artists to get in on this, be sure to stop by the store on North Ave. and Howard St. to thank him.

Our next contest was to incorporate mini-Munny into your drawing of Little Luna. The prize, of course, was a mini-Munny from Atomic Books in Hampden (reminder: you have less than two weeks to see their Vinylmore 2: Tiny Town show, right in the store.)

David’s entry for this contest:

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And here’s Kurt’s:

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And Brian’s (like David’s, imagining mini-Munny and Luna in a King Kong situation):

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Leah Bloomfield took home the Munny with her Gulliver’s Travels-inspired drawing:

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Our last contest was a bit of an experiment for us. Before the last break, I first showed off our very awesome prize from our newest sponsor, Baby Tattoo Books, which was a copy of Ragnar’s Symptomatica. We then passed out blank cards to the audience and asked them to write a single, random sentence on their card during the break. At the end of the break, we asked everyone to pass their card to the person on their left, then announced the contest: incorporate the sentence given to you into your drawing.

As if we needed any confirmation that our audience is made up of seriously twisted (but talented!) individuals…some of the things people came up with were pretty awesomely bizarre or just straight up wrong. Hopefully, we’ll get more of those to share here, but in the meantime, here’s Brian’s entry:

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And here’s a photo (one of the few we have at the moment) of the winner with his entry and his prize:img_3165-1

I think the sentence was something like, “The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy ketchup.”

And that’s all for now!

Well, almost. Here’s one more–Leah Bloomfield created this lovely finished illustration after the session, using her winning Munny sketch as a reference:

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Special thanks to David, Brian, Kurt, and Leah for sharing their fantastic sketches with us! If you have sketches from any of our sessions that you’d like us to include in our blog, send them here.

And, of course, a huuuge thanks to our lovely muse, Little Luna!

Check back in a few days for the photos from this session and details on our next session on April 27.