(Special thanks to my girlfriend Liz for introducing me to the Dr. Sketchy phenomenon!) And please forgive me for the terrible quality of my cell-phone photos…
For the uninitiated, Dr. Sketchy’s is an “anti-art school” started in NYC in 2005 by art school drop-outs, its an alternative art school movement where creatively themed models in corsets, cellophane dreadlocks, drag makeup, prosthetics and pasties against corresponding backgrounds make a fun alternative to the Sketch Club’s academic nudes. You are surrounded by artists of all backgrounds with interesting stories themselves, half naked models, and a copious supply of booze: a perfect combination to make great artwork.
I’ve been to two Dr. Sketchy sessions, and I’ve been nothing but impressed with the quality of the experience. The venues are tasteful, and you can tell that the hosts put a lot of time and thought into atmosphere and props for the space. Since a lot of the drawing session experience rests on the models, they can make or break the session, but each time they walked up the aisle towards the stage the costuming and acting made my jaw drop. These are professionals who kick ass at their jobs! I can’t forget to mention that the gorgeous hostess Candy always has a few fun themed prizes for the drawing contests (chocolate is a real motivator). I have no problem dropping the money for admission fee and a few bucks as tips for models. There’s a lot of thought and effort that goes into these shows.
Now MAKING artwork from these set-ups, that’s another challenge! I appreciate my academic training to be able to draw the model proportionally underneath all that extreme costuming, since I’m so used to academic nudes it can be a little tricky at times to figure out how to draw an octopus tentacle extending from the model’s arm. However, these sessions are a new way to be creative and inspire more diverse artworks. I can’t wait to go to more of these!
Check out their website at http://www.drsketchy.com/branch/Philly for updates and drawing sessions.
Here’s a few drawings from the other Dr. Sketchy I attended back in September @ World Cafe Live: Cyber Revolution