Two weekends ago, studiomate Vincent Kukua got myself and Jana Cook to head out to a life-drawing session in San Francisco -- at the Holiday Inn by Fisherman's Wharf to be precise. But this wasn't your run-of-the-mill life-drawing session. This was a Dr. Sketchy session.
If you're not familiar with Dr. Sketchy (and I wasn't really before I went to this session), it is an organization that spans the globe that puts on sketch events with burlesque models. The models have all types of strange, exotic, unique, and often provacative outfits. As their website states, they bring artists "a rule-breaking cocktail of dames, drinking, and drawing". If you wanna check out their website, you can click here.
There were six poses we sat in on (we missed the first cause we were a tad late enjoying the weather outside and having some great seafood for lunch at Fisherman's Wharf!) Each pose was 15 minutes. This first one was slightly less as we walked into the room and the session was already going.
Another commonality of all these sketches is that I did them all on 9x12 paper with a ballpoint pen. For whatever reason, I like the ballpoint pen when sketching. There's something about it where I feel I can move at a good pace, it'll pick up all the lines - rough or finished, and doesn't smear as easily as when I use pencil.
All-in-all, it was a fun experience. It won't be the last time I go to a Dr. Sketchy event!