Tired of life drawing? Tired of drawing the same potatoes that recline on a couch? On Saturday Anja and I sought out different schooling for our figure drawing needs. We enrolled in Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School, closeted away in a small club, hidden from street view, in the Graefekiez of Kreuzberg, Berlin.
Dr. Sketchy is both a burlesque cabaret and life drawing event originating in Williamsburg, Brooklyn at the Lucky Cat. It was founded in New York City in 2005, by illustrator and former artist’s model Molly Crabapple and illustrator A.V. Phibes.
Our headmaster for the evening was the very dazzelling Hedoluxe and his assistant Laura. Hedoluxe’s stated mission is to save you from boredom, ugly clothes, and to make your life beautiful. Our models for the evening were Clea Cutthroat, Lethal Lily, Mad Kate.
Thrown in to the mix was Tin Tin. He wasn’t there as one of the performers, but rather like the rest of us, to sketch the evenings proceedings. Yes, you did read correctly, Tin Tin. It was the living breathing Tin Tin, the only thing he was missing was the little white dog.
While the evening took on something approximating normal life drawing sessions, starting with shorter poses, and then progressing to longer ones, it was intersperced with burlesque acts by our models. There were also a number of small prizes given away in drawing competitions.
All in all it was a fun relaxing evening and a refreshing change from the normal run of the mill life drawing sessions. If you google Dr. Sketchy, you will find him in various cities through out the world.
There could be one around the corner from you.