I am always looking to maintain my life drawing skills. I am fortunate that New York has several events to choose from. I’ve been to the figure drawing sessions at the 3rd Ward several times http://www.3rdward.com/drink-n-draw-upcoming/ and wanted to check out a different one. On Sunday I went to a figure drawing event called “Dr. Sketchy’s” at The Bowery Poetry club.
Below is the Wikipedia synopsis for Dr. Sketchy’s:
Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School is both a burlesque cabaret and life drawing event originating in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Dr. Sketchy’s was founded in New York City in 2005, by illustrator and former artist’s model Molly Crabapple and illustrator A.V. Phibes.
A Dr. Sketchy’s class may consist of a burlesque dancer or some type of performer as the featured model, with drawing contests during breaks. Sketchers are known as “art monkeys”, a term borrowed from the Madagaskar Institute. Dr. Sketchy’s features drinking games, comedic skits and onstage go-go dancing.
In spring 2006, Dr. Sketchy’s expanded into an international franchise. As of September 2007, Dr. Sketchy’s branches exist in 100 cities around the world.
Sunday evening’s theme was Peking Opera. The drawing session was similar to other ones that I’ve been to in that it began with very short poses and ended in longer 20 minute poses.
However, there were several things that made Dr. Sketchy’s unique. The models wore elaborate costumes and face paint to fit the evening’s theme. Their poses were very dynamic and they changed costume during breaks. Even the stage was decorated! There was a contest before each intermission which included prizes such as a giant stuffed animal. The unconventional location also added to the cabaret-like atmosphere.
I give Dr. Sketchy’s an A for creativity. I worked on my drawing skills and had a lot of fun in the process. I look forward to their next meetup.
Below are some images of the event from The Dr. Sketchy’s blog: