A word to explain just what Dr. Sketchy is, from their own website:
"Dr. Sketchy's is the little Brooklyn event that became a movement. Founded in 2005 by artist Molly Crabapple, Dr. Sketchy's asked a simple question. Why can't drawing naked people be sexy?
Here's our attempt at an answer
We combed New York to find the most beautiful burlesque dancers, the most bizarre circus freaks, and the most rippling hunks of man. Then, every other Saturday, we let you draw them for three hours. Interspersed with posing are comedy skits and ridiculous drawing contests (best left handed drawing? Best incorporation of a woodland animal?) where you can win booze or prizes."
The model last night, who goes by the stage name of Boo Boo Darlin', was really good. She had Bettie's look nailed, right down to the signature bangs. Having pored over so many of Dave Stevens' fantastic and inspiring Bettie Page drawings recently made it difficult to remember to draw what I was actually seeing and not simply re-interpret the poses through my own cartoonier style...it's a problem I often have when drawing from a live model, in fact, and I don't think I was particularly successful last night. Also, she was standing kind of above those of us drawing, on a table about four feet high, which made the perspective a little tricky.
All I could think of the entire time was how much fun it would've been if my friend Bill, another Rocketeer and Bettie fan, had been able to come along. Still, I had a lot of fun, and had a great time drawing for two-and-a-half hours. I'll definitely be back next month!
Here are a few of my attempts: