Drawn of the Dead


“I’m not much of a horror fan—in fact, I once had to sleep with all the lights on in the house after watching a particularly scary film one night.  So I would just like to thank everyone involved in planning the theme for this session; I am going to have to edit these photos in a bright, sunlit room while listening to some really happy fucking music . . . followed by several hours of Disney-Channel viewing.” —Jeff Schock, official photographer of Dr. Sketchy’s Baltimore

Viola Van Wilde was bombtastic, folks—hands down, this is the most work that has ever gone into a Dr. Sketchy’s Baltimore session.  All those prosthetics took hours to apply—there’s gluing, then painting, then applying blood, then re-gluing when it falls off, then painting on latex, blending the latex, layering more blood and makeup, etc., etc..

Telling ya, we might as well been shooting a movie or something.

Viola started off looking a bit battered and bruised, but still alive.













Hmmm, things are definitely not looking good for Viola.

By the way, we played the “level start” sound for the zombie co-op levels of Call of Duty: World at War at the beginning of the one-minute poses and not a single person caught it.  [sigh] Total geek fail.  Probably should have gone with Left 4 Dead anyway.  Oh well.

The five-minute poses started with that old standby, the opposite-hand contest, where if you’re right-handed you draw with your left and if you’re left-handed you draw with your right and if you think you’re ambidextrous, you’re probably already drunk.  The two winners got a mystery shot from Holly behind the bar—don’t know what it was, but looked tasty. Viola was probably thinking the same thing, while she was eyeing the audience.

Yup, she’s definitely looking a bit . . . bitey. Hope everyone in the front row has had their shots.

Brian Dugan

Brian Dugan

Brian Dugan

Brian Dugan

With the ten-minute poses came the second contest of the evening, “random celebrity”, where members of the audience call out random celebrities until Alexis hears one amusing enough to incorporate.  The winner this time around was John Waters—appropriate, considering.  Strangely, no one called out Patrick Stewart—we’ll catch them, though; it’s only a matter of time.

The prize was a Bristol drawing pad for each of the two winners from Artist & Craftsman Supply, right across the street at the corner of Howard & North.

Brian Dugan

And then, Viola got our host. Apparently Alexis should’ve done more cardio.


Brian Dugan

Dylan Andrex

After a short bathroom/smoke/drink break, it was time for the 20-minute poses.  First up was a contest for the best incorporation of Twin Peaks and The Walking Dead—you’d THINK that was too obscure, but apparently it wasn’t for a couple folks.

Why Twin Peaks, anyway? Because Viola’s last session was a tribute to that cult TV classic, which ended with her dead, wrapped in plastic. Yes, we noticed this is becoming a trend with Viola.

The winner received from Atomic Books Volume One of The Walking Dead—which, honestly, has to be one of the better comic books ever written.  Also, If you didn’t catch the premiere Halloween night of the AMC show based on the same series, you need to get cracking.

Brian Dugan

Lois Borgenicht

John Brewer

Last pose of the evening was ye old random noun/verb contest with the crowd shouting out “big whiskey bottle/shrivel”, which, surprisingly, generated some good sketches.  Baby Tattoo Books, who also runs the LA Dr. Sketchy’s, provided the prize, Unkle Pigor’s Cryptic Art by Eric Pigors, for the lucky winner.

Brian Dugan

Mike Hasson

Lois Borgenicht

With that, our frankly disturbing evening of intestines and drawing had come to a close—fortunately with everyone’s brains and other vital organs still intact. Well, almost everyone’s.

The living room floor the next morning was covered with dismembered limbs, bones, and plastic shot gun shells.  After a brief hangover-induced panic, this was deemed a good thing.

We’d like to thank Viola Van Wilde for an astounding night—she put a crazy amount of work into this, and is probably still washing spirit gum and fake blood out of her hair.  Many thanks go to Holly, our super-duper bartender of the evening, and to Russell, who rushed over to the Windup when his band finished recording to help out with the music for that last 20-minute pose. A multitude of thanks are owed Jeff Schock, whose quote opened up this blog and whose strong stomach provided the photos you see above.  Thank you to Alexis for not only manning the beach head, but also for offering herself up for some intestinal munching. And last, but not least, thanks to all of you who joined us for this special session—you’re all awesome.

Whew!  Need a unicorn chaser after all that?  Well you’re in luck!  Next Dr. Sketchy’s is this Monday, November 8, at the Windup Space with Elle Devene of Gilded Lily Burlesque!

(Thanks again to Cheryl Fair for letting us use her gorgeous photo of Elle for the flyer!)

Doors at 6, start at 7!  Want a sneak peek at Elle’s last session?

This will be the only session in November because of that chicken holiday thing, so don’t be late!

P.S. – Anyone who came to the zombie session in costume got a dollar off their door price.  This was easily the best costume (certainly better than my handlebar mustache).

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“She’s dead . . . wrapped in plastic.”

April 12th’s special Twin Peaks themed session with Viola Van Wilde of Gilded Lily Burlesque was EASILY one of the best sessions we’ve ever had.  You probably don’t know this, but this session has been planned for over a year.  When we first moved to the WindUp Space and were discussing the ins and outs with Russell, one of the first things he said was, “Hey, uh, is there a chance you could do a Twin Peaks themed session next year when we do our Lynchfest?  Ummm, have you seen Twin Peaks?”

Oh, little did he know.  If you’ve not seen Twin Peaks, you should.  Yes, it’s obscure, but basically, Twin Peaks was the Lost, Firefly, or BSG of its era.  I’m not going to belabor the point, but if you’re looking for a good yarn, Google it, you can watch it online for free with a little digging.

Anyways…we had donuts and some “damn good cherry pie” from Fenwick Bakery!

To be honest, we came pretty close to eating all of them before any of you showed up.  We’re good, moral, upstanding folks, though, so, err, we didn’t.

Well, we ate a few.

(This Monday though is going to be even sweeter….Sweet Sin Bakery is sponsoring Miss Cherry Delight’s session with free cupcakes!  Don’t be late, they’ll go fast.)

In any case, take a gander at sexy Log Lady, Viola Van Wilde.

FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper: “Who’s the lady with the log?”

Sheriff Harry S. Truman: “We call her the log lady.”

Log Lady:  “One day my log will have something to say about this.”

Kerry Brady

Log Lady: “Dark. Laughing. The owls were flying. Many things were blocked.”

(Well, in this case, the owls were blocking two things. Otherwise, we’d all get arrested.)

The Giant: “The owls are not what they seem.”

BTW, those have to be the coolest pasties ever.  (Or, as Russell said, “Nice hooters!”)

Viola’s next outfit was the sexy Audrey Horne.  Not only was she holding an amazing pose, but while doing so, she secretly tied the stem of a maraschino cherry into knot, which is how Audrey was able to infiltrate the bordello, One Eyed Jack’s, in Twin Peaks.

Our first contest was the opposite hand contest, where if you’re left handed you draw with your right, and if you’re right right handed you draw with your left, and if you’re ambidextrous you should . . . I don’t know, email me some jokes, cause, I’m running out of clever things to say in this portion.  The two winners got some sort of mystery concoction from Russell.  Lord knows what was in it.

Pete Martell, upon finding the murdered Laura Palmer in the opening scene of Twin Peaks: “She’s dead . . . wrapped in plastic.”

Kerry Brady

Stewart White

Stewart White

Special thanks to Brian K. who was thoroughly and appropriately disturbing as Bob for a pose or two. 🙂

The next contest was, “What other things are wrapped in plastic?” with the prize being a sketchbook from Artist & Craftsman Supply which is at the corner of Howard and North, basically just across the street, which is pretty damn convenient if you need some last-minute art supplies.

Kerry Brady

Next up was the artist’s best incorporation of “Fire, walk with me”, the quintessential phrase/key to all of Twin Peaks.

Kerry Brady

John Brewer

Stewart White

The prize was a Mini-Munny from Atomic Books, on the corner of Falls Rd and the Avenue in Hampden.

BTW, this is a good time to mention that you’ve got about a week left to check out what some local artists have created from these DIY vinyl dolls in Vinylmore 3 : Vinylmore, Munnyland at Atomic Books.  You can see photos of some pieces from this and past shows here, but really, you should see them in person, so don’t miss it.

And last up was the artist’s incorporation of “What’s the next TV series we may be paying homage to 20 years from now?”  The prize was Obscene Interiors by Justin Jorgenson from Baby Tattoo Books.  We didn’t get any of those sketches in the mail this time, so you’ll just have to imagine those.

Special thanks to Viola Van Wilde and Brian K. for seriously going above and beyond for this session!  Big thanks as well to our generous sponsors Atomic Books, Artist & Craftsman Supply, and Baby Tattoo Books.  Thanks to Bill for doing door and filming for the Dr. Sketchy’s Baltimore documentary, to Jeff for taking all the amazing photos you see above, and to Russell for helping everyone get sloshed. And thanks to everyone who came out, Peaks geeks and otherwise!

Tonight, April 26th, is a super-duper special session with Miss Cherry Delight, Coney Island’s burlesque confection, who is coming down to Charm City for your drawing pleasure . . . not only that, but there will be free cupcakes from Sweet Sin Bakery!

The flyer is by Alexis, and that amazing photo is by Sherri O’Connor.  Check out the rest of her stunning work.

Oh, keep in mind the door charge is now $8 instead of $7 . . . after two years we finally had to raise it.  Free cupcakes from Sweet Sin Bakery though and Cherry Delight?  What could you possibly be doing on a Monday night that could be better than that?