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.)

Femme 6’s Poetry in Pasties tonight!

Okay, so we’ve slacked off a little (hey, we’re technically on break, so that’s okay, right?) and haven’t finished the recap of last month’s session with Femme 6. But you can catch her—along with other Dr. Sketchy’s models, specifically Maria Bella, Paco Fish, Marla Meringue, and Roma Mafia—tonight at Mobtown Theater, in Poetry in Pasties. Here’s a bit about the show:

There will be gravity-defying feats of breathtaking beauty, original writings by the performers themselves, retro beat poetry with a twist, classical poems re-imagined in acts of striptease, comedy and drama, a special tribute to Charm City, and many, many more surprises to stimulate you– intellectually! 😉 All of this for only $10?? WOWEEEE!

Write this down where you won’t forget it:

THIS SUNDAY, August 14th
only $10 at the door, and there’s booze!
Mobtown Theater at Meadow Mill
3600 Clipper Mill Rd
Hampden, Maryland

Do yourself a favor and come satisfy your craving for a mind-body experience like no other. Poetry in Pasties!

We’re sure your weekend could use a little more culture and hotness, so end it right with some literary striptease.

So, since we’re been taking our sweet time to put up the recap of Femme 6’s session with us, consider this the last call for sketches of our lovely model from that session, folks. Scan (or shoot with your camera phone) your drawings and send them to us at drsketchysbaltimore(at), or post them on our Facebook page’s wall. If you haven’t liked our page yet, do yourself a favor and go do that now: we update that page more often than the blog, so if you’d liked us already, you would have gotten a reminder about Poetry in Pasties before now, and you would have seen photos from our last session. (You could have also seen photos earlier if you followed us on Twitter.) But, since you’re reading this blog and we like you, here’s a photo from that night.

Other awesome stuff happening this week: Maria Bella will be a guest performer at Trixie & Monkey’s Summer Camp show at the Creative Alliance, and Baltimore Comic Con is next weekend. If you’re going to be geeking it out at the con, be sure to stop by Paigey’s table in the artists alley to say hi and check out her work. And we’ll update the Calendar O’Fun with more stuff as we learn about them, just so you aren’t starved of burlesque goodness while we’re taking a breather.

Speaking of our summer break, you might be wondering when it’ll be over. We’ll be back in little less than a month, on September 12, with Dahlia Derriere as your muse for an evening we’re calling “Dahlia Derriere Does Desert Dames”. In case you missed it, here’s a photo from her last session a little over a year ago:

See the rest of the photos plus artwork from that session here. We’ll post a flyer here soon—but it’ll probably be on our Facebook page quicker (hint, hint). Check back this week for that and our Femme 6 session recap, but while you wait for the photos, remember to see Femme in the flesh at Poetry in Pasties tonight.