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Sketchy Performance

The sketchy performance of the title is mine, as I’ve not posted about Dr Sketchy’s Birmingham in over a year now.  Well, as I was packing up my kit to head off to another class on Saturday, I thought this would be the ideal time to post a selection of drawings from Sketchy’s past. Due to circumstances beyond my control, I unfortunately missed about half of events, and as ever, my notes from the ones I was at were, er, sketchy as well. As such, this post will be a bit short on the usual waffle, but full of many, many sketches of Sketchy’s.
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Get the doodle bug with Dr Sketchy’s

And it’s bombs away for July’s Dr Sketchy’s Birmingham with a bevy of Beauties of the Blitz. With a World War II theme, our Field Marshall for the evening, Liberty Pink lead us into battle with a rousing rendition of Bless ’em All. The Americans joined the fight early on with the return appearance of Mysti Vine dancing to You’re Never Fully Dressed Without A Smile from the musical Annie (with the aid of a set of Billy-bob false gnashers, in case you’re wondering about my sketch below). Official USO burlesque star Kitten von Mew, in RAF uniform, then entertained the troops with a round of songs including Vera Lynn‘s If I Only Had Wings and We’ll Meet Again, Why Don’t You Do Right (famously recorded by Peggy Lee, but you may remember a version by Jessica Rabbit in Who Framed Roger Rabbit) and Glenn Miller‘s Peggy the Pin-up Girl. (more…)

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Lions and Tigers and Dr Sketchy, oh my!

Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School has returned once more to Birmingham when, back in May (oops, another slightly late post) the Carnival of Animals arrived at the Victoria. Opened by new comperé Liberty Pink with the song Les Poissons (from Disney’s The Little Mermaid), proceedings continued apace with Dr Sketchy’s Birmingham regular Cherryfox performing Puttin’ on the Ritz as Alice in Wonderland‘s March Hare. (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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