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Happy Birthday, Dr Sketchy

Cherry FoxIt’s time to don party hats, as Dr Sketchy’s Birmingham is celebrating it’s 1st birthday! As regular readers of this blog will know by now, Dr Sketchy’s Anti-Art School is a movement that combines burlesque cabaret and life-drawing that started in New York by comic artist Molly Crabapple in 2005. (more…)

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Dr Sketchy’s V: The Final Frontier

Meg La Mania

A long time ago, in a galaxy far far away, or last Saturday to be precise, the anti-art burlesque life-drawing class known as Dr Sketchy’s beamed back down to Birmingham. And boldly going where no life-drawing class has gone before, the theme this time was X-Files. Hosted, as ever, by the Decadent Gent, this time regenerated into the form of the Fourth Doctor, we were treated to a selection of broadly Sci-Fi related routines, starting with Rouge Rum the Murderous Mare, featuring Crazy Horses by the Osmonds, a persuing policeman and, er, a horse’s head. (more…)

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Out and About (part 2)

Phew! It’s been a busy time for me recently. Over the course of the last month or so I’ve been out and about doing ‘live drawing’ at various events in the Birmingham area, so this post is an attempt to do a brief, illustrated summary of what I’ve been up to. (more…)

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10 Years of Learning to Draw

It occured to me the other day that this year marks the 10th anniversary of the publication of my book Learn to Draw Caricatures (which is still available and was recently reissued with a new cover). Around the time it came out, I did a couple of interviews in the local media. In January of 1999, shortly after the book was published I appeared on the Central TV arts programme called Premieré, which was a nerve-racking experience. Looking back now, it’s clear I’ve the perfect face for radio (but sadly, not the voice), although that sunset was lovely. (more…)

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The ‘toon of the Baskervilles…

…or, A Very Special K.

Today, I’ve been contributing some work to a little project being produced here in Birmingham – Baskerville, a short animated film celebrating the life and work of local eccentric, printer, jappaner, gravestone engraver and atheist John Baskerville. Baskerville is probably best remembered today as the creator of the Baskerville font, although there is a rather extraordinary tale surrounding what happened to his body post-burial [scroll down]. (more…)

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Live Cartooning! (or Scribing, or Graphic Facilitating…. or something)

Tuesday night was an interesting experience for me… I was asked to contribute to the debate at Creative Republic‘s Creative Masterclass event at Fazeley Studios, just round the corner from my studio here in Digbeth. Unfortunately, due to illness the host, Michael Wolff, was unable to attend, so Creative Republic’s Stef Lewandowski stepped in at the last minute with his Ambient Creativity Audit of Birmingham (you might even hear me mumbling in the background in that clip), culminating in a call for a Creative Director for Birmingham. This was followed by an opportunity for the assembled audience to split off into groups, discuss what had been said and present their findings to the room.

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