We did it! We brought Molly Crabapple’s Reverse Mermaid to life during SXSW in Austin, Texas.Â Burlesque performers Crimson Skye (London) and Sassy De Lure (Seattle) modeled costume sculptures created by artist Aaron Flynn (Austin) and a pink wig by Coco Coquette. Artists at the session had the rare chance to sketch models wearing unique sculptures at the fabulous Swan Dive. Photos of the evening by Nathan Black, John Adams, and Angeliska Polacheck.
Amelia Raley (as a Bawdy Bewigged Crabapple character!) was more mobile, and posed for the warm-up sketches.
Sassy De Lure as the Reverse Mermaid
Crimson Skye as the mermaid. Crimson flew all the way from London!
Molly Crabapple, founder of Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School, was the guest of honor.
Angeliska’s mermaid eyes!
Some amazing drawings emerged from the evening:
Our Emcee, Nathan Black, and the Reverse Mermaid, Sassy De Lure.
Amelia, the ATX Branch Coordinator, with founder of Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School, Molly Crabapple.
Thanks so much! We had a fabulous time!
In February, we welcomed Apophenia Belly Dance troupe to the stage for a very special Dr. Sketchy’s session. Apophenia is an Art Nouveau inspired troupe, and their costumes and poses took cues from Ziegfield girls from the 1920s – lots of lace, pearls and exquisite head pieces! This was the most costumed sketch session we’ve held to date!
In between poses, we were treated to performances – including candle trays, sword dancing, and general loveliness!
Prizes from Baby Tattoo included paper doll books and Â fine art with rubber duckies.
The sketches from this session were so good that Model’s Choice was a very tough decision! The winner got kisses from all three ladies. Awww!!
Thank you, Apophenia! Be sure to check out their shows around Austin.
Dame Darcyâ€”the brilliant comic book artist behind Meat Cakeâ€”came to Austin with her band, Death by Doll. We hosted a very special session of Dr. Sketchyâ€™s Anti-Art School by outfitting our models as Meat Cake characters.
Agent Ribbons, Boosy Cray (featuring former members of the Blackstrap Molasses Family Travelinâ€™ Medicine Show) and Death By Doll rounded out the evening with musical performances after the drawing session.
Strega Pez speaks from a giant Pez in the slit of her throat
Wax Wolf and Richard Dirt got in a tiff on stage. She pulled a hatchet on him later.
Friend the Girl, Effluvia the mermaid, and Dame Darcy as supreme Unicorn.
Scampi the Selfish Shellfish (this costume & Wax Wolfâ€™s head created by the very talented Aaron Flynn!)
This was our biggest show yet! Over 60 people were drawing, and some very incredible drawings were made this evening.
We had so much fun! Special thanks to Dame Darcy for the incredible evening and inspiration and Angeliska for the photos.
Please see more photos at our Flickr pool: http://www.flickr.com/groups/austinsketchy
Dr. Sketchyâ€™s Anti-Art School takes place on Sunday, November 14th, 5-8pm at The Art Department, 5th and Neches downtown. Our theme is a comic book/cartoon session, and our model, Taffeta Darling, will be modeling an array of costumes, which may include Harley Quinn, Bat Girl, and Elmyra Fudd.
This drawing session is $10, payable at the door or through the official Dr. Sketchy’s site, below. Please consider bringing $ to show appreciation for the model and DJ!
18 and up. 21 to drink. Venue is BYOB. No photography in the venue.
Nathan Black, one of the original founders of ATX Dr. Sketchyâ€™s, will be joining us for a evening of libations, sexy painted ladies, and sexy painting ladies.
Weâ€™re getting you into the fall spirit a little early by ushering in Dia De Los Muertos – so watch out for skeleton xylophones, facepaint & flower head dresses!
Tickets are $10 in advance and can be purchased from the button below or at the door.
18 and up. 21 to drink. Venue is BYOB.
Easels and sawhorses are available, first come, first served.
Donâ€™t forget to bring your own art supplies!
Hey folks, the last Dr. Sketchy’s was fantastic, we had brawling Vegas showgirls, a girl and her dancing bear, a double strip tease in one minute quick sketches, extortion at bear-point, a mysterious hobo, birthday cupcakes, and all the while Tom Waits crooning in the back ground.
Pictures up on the gallery.
Flyer Contest Results: First off, we got two submissions for our flyer contest, and they were both fantastic. So both Kristin Hogan of Dead Squirrel Girl Comics and Hank St. John have won! I’ll post pictures of the posters just as soon as I get a chance. The prize is two free Austin Sketchy sessions of their choosing. We also decided to keep the ‘contest’ open, but change it to if you give us a useable flyer, you get your next session free. One prize per artist.
Next Sketchy: April 21st with the Spank Dance Company.
Thanks again to all the artists who came out this february.
Did you have fun, or what?
It was great seeing all those familiar faces and also meeting new people.
Belladonna opened the night in her incredible Barbarella costume…
The rest under the cut: