Monday, February 9, 2009

Dr. Sketchy February 2009

I had a great time at the Houston Dr. Sketchy for February at Avant Garden. Can't believe how cool it was. I am so glad that there is something like this in Houston. The art scene here constantly amazes me. Your band however doesn't. Thank goodness. To hell with what the beer swillin' punk rock/metal kids think, Drinking Mamosas on Sunday while drawing a beauty like her is the best.

The model, Katrina, was so adorable.

2 minute sketch warmups

I love the way they start loose and fast with short times. Very art school for the Anti-Art school but that is the best way to start cranking on still life. The seating however was crazy weird. More like a junior high class room than an art school setting where the model is in the middle and it goes all the way around in a circle. (But I guess they lack room? I don't know, i think it could be tried in the middle.) Worked great nonetheless.

Katrina was too cute. I thought it interesting how much freakin' shading a lot of people where putting into her drawings. I decided to go for more outlines and not a shade study... well except for the one that got me the free pass for next time.

longer sketches

This one had a theme. Naughty Cupid I didn't really care about the whole theme/contest thing and I lost out to Kendle?(forgot your name dude). However I didn't come there to draw comic books images with a mechanical pencil so I lost out on that deal.

I did notice that some people would go back to their drawings and work on them after the pose changed. I am having a hard time with this Anti-Art class thing in that respect. I would have been yelled at in art school for doing that. But I came there to look at the model vs. looking at my drawing and trying to figure out ways to trick it up.

My favorite....sigh... The heart was actually a heart object on the wall. It started to become more of a symbol of my fascination with the model at this point. But I love the way it just floats in my sketches like a halo of love.

Another contest 'dirty thoughts' At this point I didn't care. Again I was more interested in using my paper to have nice composition of the model. You can't take the art school outta me Dr. Sketchy. ;) There was a fella sitting behind me named Jeff who did the contest really well without changing the model into something unrecognizable. The lady next to me Puddles was giving him grief over it, but apparently she has earned the right to do so.

This was my last sketch. At this point the model kept fanning her exposed breast and winking at me. I wasn't the only one she was winking at (Howie...) but I definately had that feeling (and actions) of Napoleon Dynamites Brother sitting at the picnic bench with his hot African American gal. So naturally I didn't go as far with this sketch as I could have in the 20 minute time. Also had to get another mimosa or two during it to settle down.

And the winner is...

She picked the winning sketch. I won a free trip to return to Dr.Sketchy in March. And I really hope they do not book this on a Saturday during SXSW. If not then I am there. Dude model or not.

Hail Houston Art Scene


  1. Awesome!! Thanks so much for coming!! And what kind of heathens do you think we are, scheduling a Sketchy during SXSW? hee hee :)

    Except for April (b/c of the whole 'Easter Sunday' thing grin), we always meet up on the 2nd Sunday of every month. So in March it will be Sunday the 8th - a solid week before SXSW (Interactive at least) kicks off.

    Also, good feedback on the room situation - I was playing with the idea of moving the stage to the side wall... or actually maybe just giving up the stage altogether and having our models pose right on the floor.

    Keep 'em coming!! We want to make this as artist friendly as possible. Congrats on your win - look forward to seeing you for months to come :)

  2. Lava,

    we have to go to one of these together. I don't think I can muster up the courage without you! Pencil me in, uhh, I mean, fuck, you know....let's do this!

  3. Lava,

    The sketches are beautiful. You were were very engaging and helped me have fun up there. WoW @ "fanning her exposed breasts and winking at me" LOL It was all for the love of art.

    I hope you attend another Dr. Sketchy event. They're a great bunch of folks.

    Viva la Winks and EBFing