Dr. Sketchys Anti-Art School
On a quiet block in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, I walked into the cozy, red surroundings at The Lucky Cat, sketchbook and assorted pencils ready to go. This is the home of Dr. Sketchys Anti-Art School, the bi-monthly event that started a movement.
Every other Saturday, the artsily-inclined gather for three hours to draw the beautiful burlesque girls (and boys) to a fun soundtrack, based on whatever the theme of the day is. Coffee, beer, and/or snacks can be ordered at the bar and one, five, ten and twenty minute poses are put to paper. Contests are held, such as the best left-handed drawing or incorporate a (random and often bizarre object) into the drawing, with prizes ranging from those furnished by Neighbourhoodies or assorted shots of booze from the bar.
Ive managed to fit some drawing into my hectic schedule and have been there twice. If you dont arrive before or by 3pm, you could be sitting on the floor next to me! Dr. Sketchys popularity has certainly grown, and with good reason. The crowd is a good-natured bunch, the models are fantastic and always vividly attired from glittery pasties to drapes of satiny fabrics, and the choice of tunes is always a treat. Although I enjoyed my drawing classes at Parsons, I have to admit, Dr. Sketchys rounds out the drawing session experience, while supporting local indie artists.
We New Yorkers are not the only ones to enjoy this Saturday afternoon pleasure. The denizens of Philadelphia, Los Angeles, London, Melbourne and Detroit are among the list of cities that have joined the network of Dr. Sketchy.
And now the lovely hostess, an illustrator and sometimes burlesque performer Molly Crabapple, has a book available. Ms. Crabapple, with her co-author John Leavitt, has created the Dr. Sketchys Rainy Day Colouring Book, which is chock full of bodacious babes and tidbits from the Dr. Sketchys across the globe.
Heres a little sneak peek.
Want to come check out a Saturday? Its held at The Lucky Cat Lounge
. You can reserve a spot
if youd like!
Want to start Dr. Sketchys in your own city? Check out what it takes to start an art revolution!
Want to purchase a colouring book? Available here
Want to find out more about Molly Crabapple?