Well, it’s been more than a year since my last Dr Sketchy’s update (part 2 – part 3), and you may be forgiven for thinking that I’d not been in the last twelve months. Well, with another Anti-Art School class happening this very Saturday, I thought it was time I dusted off the sketchbooks and showed you what I’ve been drawing.
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And hot on the heels of Part 2, here’s Part 3 (you can still catch up with Part 1 though). This update should bring us bang up to date, ahead of Saturday’s event (of which, more below), and covers the period from July to November 2014. Here’s my pick of my favourites from Tikitastic!, Death Becomes You, Drawn of the Dead and Deco Darlings. (more…)
Following on from Part 1 of this long-overdue update, here’s the inevitable Part 2. This update covers the next four Dr Sketchy’s, between November 2013 and May 2014, and includes a selection of my favourite sketches from Let It Snow, Puppets and Muppets and Henson, Stars In Their Eyes, and The Natural World.
Dr Sketchy’s Birmingham returns once more to the Victoria this Saturday (at the slightly earlier starting time of 2:30) for a subject that regular readers of this blog will know is a subject close to my heart, Steampunk!
Yes, as you may have guessed, I’m a bit behind showing you my Dr Sketchy’s Birmingham drawings. As there’s over two years worth of unseen artwork in my sketchbooks (and tablet, of which more later), I’ve split this update into three posts (Part 2 – Part 3), so here are a selection of my favourites. Apologies if I’ve missed anyone out!
This update covers four Dr Sketchy’s between November 2012 to September 2013, namely Tim Burton, Art and Icons, Carry On Sketching and Showgirls. Unfortunately I couldn’t make a couple of the summer events in 2013 (Gothica and Menagerie) due to prior engagements, hence there was a bit of a gap between the last two.
However, Dr Sketchy’s Birmingham returns once more to the Victoria this Saturday (at the slightly earlier starting time of 2:30) for a subject that regular readers of this blog will know is a subject close to my heart, Steampunk!
As promised, here’s the first of my Dr Sketchy’s updates with the event from September of last year. Billed as Gender Bender September, this was to be a rather different Dr Sketchy’s at the Victoria – or should that be the Victor Victoria. Ambiguity abounded – men were dressed as women, women were dressed as men… or was it the other way around? Luckily, not all the roles were reversed – the performers still performed, and the artists still drew. (more…)
It was High Noon (well, actually, it was after 3pm, but who’s counting) when I swaggered back to the Saloon Bar of the Victoria (well, the upstairs function room) in July for the latest Dr. Sketchy’s Birmingham. The theme this time was Wild Wild West, and they didn’t disappoint, with a whole posse ready to perform and pose for our doodling delight. (more…)
It was an warm and sunny day back in May at the Victoria for another Dr Sketchy’s, which was appropriate for the theme was ‘Spring Has Sprung’. The smaller-than-usual crowd (undoubtedly due to the unseasonably – for this year at least – good weather) were treated to a blooming good show of vernal delights, starting with a song and a pose from our host Liberty Pink in a emerald dress adorned with flowers. She was followed by Shirley Windmill (no, not that Shirley Windmill) and her massive marrow, the subject her first song, the old music hall classic ‘The Marrow Song (Oh, What a Beauty)’. She followed this with ‘Land of Hope and Glory’ prior to posing in rosettes along with the aforementioned large squash.
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.
It was all powdered wigs and crinoline at the Victoria in Birmingham for Dr Sketchy’s back in January. The theme was Rococo Rocks, so with Sophia Copolla’s Marie Antionette playing in the background we were in for an evening of baroque burlesque life drawing. (more…)
Aloha! and welcome to Paradise Island (no, not that one), the setting for the most recent outing for Dr Sketchy’s in Birmingham. As the name implies, this instance of the burlesque anti-art life drawing class had a distinctly tropical theme, so we donned our leis and sharpened our pencils in readiness. (more…)
Having been unable to attend the last Dr Sketchy’s, it was a nice to have the opportunity to attend a special ‘bonus’ Anti-Art School last month as part of the British International Comic Show. Eschewing our usual venue at the Victoria events were relocated to the more scholarly surroundings of the Think Tank Theatre at Millennium Point in Digbeth. As befits a comic convention, the theme was Heroines and Villains, with the girls dressing (and undressing) as their favourite comic characters. (more…)
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…)