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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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 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…)
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…)
“Life is a cabaret ol’ chum so come to the Cabaret”. So sang Liza Minelli in the movie Caberet, but she could easily be referring to the recent Dr Sketchy’s Anti-Art School in Birmingham (previously) back in March. Titled Berlin, this time around the burlesque life-drawing class took it’s lead from the Weimar Republic-set musical and movie – a movie incidentally that I’ve never seen, although I have read Christopher Isherwood’s semi-autobiographical novel, Goodbye to Berlin upon on which it is based. (more…)
Back in January (ahem, better late than never) we stepped back in time to the nineteenth century for a taste of Victoriana at Dr Sketchy’s latest outing in Birmingham. Held, appropriately enough, at the Victoria pub, we were treated to an evening of music hall burlesque. My notes for this one were a bit patchy, unfortunately, so if I’ve missed anything out, I do apologise. Cherryfox opened the show with a performance of Wouldn’t It Be Loverly from My Fair Lady (duetting with, in what I believe will be his last appearance as compère, the Decadent Gent), and was followed by Amelie de Soleil performing a ballet-inspired routine (to the tune of a classical piece that I’m afraid I don’t know the name of). In the spirit of the music-hall tradition, our next act was Fanny Divine, sporting a rather impressive handlebar moustache and goatee and appearing as the Bearded Lady (complete with a meerschaum pipe). (more…)