Digital collage of Regina Stargazer using Repix and Sketchbook Pro
A couple of weeks ago I went to a Dr. Sketchy NNJ drawing session at the Art Garage in Montclair, New Jersey. Regina Stargazer took some wonderful poses and had two beautiful Belly Dancer costumes. I was able to take some pictures with my iPad at the session and decided to use the newly updated Repix app to modify them.
The neat thing about the Repix app is that you can “draw” on the various filters, as opposed to apps where the filter is applied to the entire image. You have more control over where and how much of the filter is on the image. There are different effects, such as Magic Dust, Daubs, Drips and Scratches. There are also a variety of frames and filters to further modify the photo.
This is the original iPad photo without filters
This is a screenshot of Repix showing the different “pens” at the bottom with Magic Dust on her fan
The Repix version before adding Picgrunger and adding collage elements in Sketchbook Pro
You can add some very interesting textures to your photos with this app. But remember, the filters are a little like adding spices to foods. A little bit goes a long way and you don’t want to overpower the image with too much of a good thing.
About a week a go I posted some of the photos from the Dr. Sketchy NJ session featuring the wonderful White Elephant Burlesque Society. These are just a few of the drawings from the session. All of the performers modeled alone or together at some point in the 3 hour session, creating some vibrant narratives that also had a sense of mystery. I am continuing to create digital collages with the photos and would like to eventually print them on canvas to create a series.
Last weekend I was really fortunate to attend the Kickstarter backer opening for Molly Crabapple’s Shell Game Exhibit in NYC. The exhibit was successfully funded through Kickstarter last year, and as one of the backers I was able to see updates of the artwork as they progressed. It was amazing to see all the completed paintings hanging in the gallery along with the watercolor studies. The paintings were very detailed and had beautifully painted surfaces. You can read more about the exhibit and its origins in this Rolling Stone article.
The opening had a performance by Kim Boekbinder (who has also successfully Kickstarted a concert tour). It also featured Stoya in a bath tub bathing in Molly’s one million dollar bills.
It is really exciting to see how Molly Crabapple is using Kickstarter to change the way artists are interacting with their audience and working outside of the gallery system. I’m really looking forward to seeing what she does next.
Last week I went to Dr. Sketchy NJ’s Super Romantic Drawing Session featuring the White Elephant Burlesque Society. Viktor Devonne, Holly Ween, Regina Stargazer and Esmerelda May took some amazing poses during the three hour session. In addition to drawing I took photos using my Hipstamatic app on my IPad mini. I used the Tinto 1884 lens and C-type plate film to give the pictures an aged, tintype feel. I will be using the photos to create some digital collages.
Last weekend I went to a special Speakeasy Dollhouse Dr. Sketchy at the beautiful Slipper Room in NYC. Speakeasy Dollhouse is an immersive play written by Cynthia Von Buhler. The models were Kat Mon Dieu and Katelan Foisy, who are both actresses in the show. Silent James, Esther Westwood and Scott Southard, also actors from the show, were in the audience drawing. I loved the jazz music that played throughout the session.
This is another example of a Dr. Sketchy where I wish I could have taken pictures because their costumes were amazing and they posed so well together. If you get a chance try to catch a performance of Speakeasy Dollhouse because it is a truly unique experience.
This is a portrait of Regina Stargazer from a Saint Patrick’s Day Dr. Sketchy at the Clash Bar in Clifton. This session featured the White Elephant Burlesque Society and had an Irish theme. Fortunately I was able to take pictures and I will be posting more of the photos and drawings as I finish working on them.
This is a portrait of Regina from the session using the Repix app and Artrage on the iPad mini:
Kat Mon Deui
I was very fortunate to see the immersive play “Speakeasy Dollhouse” by Cynthia Von Buhler twice in the last two months. My first time was in February for a Monday night performance for which I had won tickets through Facebook. The second time was on a Saturday night in March. I was really excited about seeing the show because it featured a lot of burlesque performers who I had drawn at Dr. Sketchy’s. Even though the show was basically the same both nights it was a totally different experience each time because you could follow around different performers and see different parts of some of the murder mystery from different perspectives. Here is a short description from the Speakeasy Dollhouse website:
“This is an immersive event. Each guest will be assigned a name and role. We encourage you to explore. Unlocked doors (or revolving bookshelves) should be entered. Ignore the advice your parents gave you as children, be nosy and talk to strangers. Time is warped here; it is between 1933 (prohibition-era) – 1935.”
The theatergoers are encouraged to wear clothes from that era and it was sometimes hard to distinguish the actors from the audience. The drinks were served in coffee cups and live jazz was played through out the night. Burlesque stars (and some of my favorite Dr. Sketchy models) Delysia La Chatte, Lillet St. Sunday and Kat Mon Dieu performed during the show. The bar and adjoining rooms are beautifully decorated with large paintings and comfortable couches. There is also a secret room hidden by a trick bookcase where some of the more intimate scenes are played out.
This was truly a unique event, and I am so glad that I was able to experience it. In addition to the Play, Cynthia Von Buhler has written an accompanying book and has created an actual dollhouse depicting the story. This Sunday I will be going to a special Speakyeasy dollhouse Dr. Sketchy session featuring Kat Mon Deui and Katelan Foisy.
Katelan Foisy and Kat Mon Dieu
Kat Mon Dieu