I had a great time drawing at Dr. Sketchy’s featuring Burlesque performer and Pin Up model Go Go Amy. This was a real “old school” Dr. Sketchy’s session without any elaborate theme, but I always feel that I get better drawings at these types of sessions. I had not been able to go to Dr. Sketchy’s for the last couple of months and I really missed it.
This was one session where I wish I was able to take photos because Go Go Amy had beautifully colored costumes. Some of the short poses at the beginning featured her flaming pasties. Go Go Amy is part of a traveling Burlesque troupe called “Pretty Things Peep Show” that travels and performs around the country. They have a KickStarter going on until April 11th to raise money for a new tour bus. If you are interested in Burlesque you should definitely check it out because they have some pretty neat incentives.
Last weekend I attended Dr. Sketchy’s Tribute to Cynthia Von Buhler at the Bowery Poetry Club in New York City. I have to say that this was one of my favorite sessions so far. Both models were beautiful, but the model with the white powdered wig, Sucre d’Orge looked as if she stepped out of a Fragonard painting. In my picture above the models were recreating one of Cynthia Von Buhler’s paintings. After writing this I found Cynthia Von Buhler’s blog post about the event that includes a wonderful video of the event here.
Cynthia Von Buhler gave away her Cynth-o-matic capsules to all who attended and performed a magic trick with a live dove at the end of the session. The talented Howard Fishman (guitar) and Russell Farhang (violin) performed onstage with the models and added an extra special magical feeling to the event.
This is a painting on the iPad using a combination of Brushes and ArtRage. I did the original drawing of Raquel Reed at Dr. Sketchy’s Does Valentine’s Day at the Bowery Poetry Club in New York. I took my original pencil drawing and first created a digital collage using Brushes and some Hipstamatic photos. Next I imported the collage into ArtRage and used the paintbrush function to give it a more painterly look than with just Brushes. I used the rough canvas surface and finally used the pencil function for the writing at the bottom. The one thing that I wish ArtRage could do is paint drips. You can see the original drawing here, as well as one other drawing that I did at the session.
I had lots of pre-Valentine’s Day fun at Dr. Sketchy’s Does Valentine’s Day featuring Raquel Reed. Dressed all in red, Reed reminded me of a vintage pin up girl. Her make up was amazing, and upon reading her bio found out she is a MAC make up artist.
As I was drawing I could hear champaign corks popping throughout the session (but I just stuck with my coffee). I did manage to catch a piece of chocolate that John was throwing into the audience during the breaks. Lots of good music on the play list, including lots of retro girl group sings and a Hedwig song.
Last weekend was an epic Dr. Sketchy’s weekend for me. On Saturday I brought several pictures to the Center City Galleries in Paterson for a Dr. Sketchy North Jersey group show that will be up for the month of February. On Sunday I attended Dr. Sketchy’s tribute to Neil Gaiman’s Sandman which was one of the more amazing sessions i’ve been to. It was jam packed with “art monkeys” sitting on the stage. Stoya was Death, Johnny Blazes was Desire and Tess Aquarium was Delirium. The costumes were fantastic, especially Delirium’s butterflies “flying” around her head.
Last weekend I went to a David Lynch themed Dr. Sketchy at the Bowery Poetry Club in NYC. The model was Velocity Chyaldd from the group Vulgaras. This was from a 20 minute pose where she sported a long black wig.
During the session I sat next to a guy using Sketchbook on his iPad. I’ve never brought my iPad to a Dr. Sketchy, but enjoyed watching the way he worked. I think it’s always interesting to see how other people use the apps because everyone has little shortcuts or techniques that aren’t always obvious until you see someone demonstrate it.
I’ve decided I want to blog more. Rather than just thinking about doing it, I’m starting right now. I will be posting on this blog once a week for all of 2011 (and hopefully a little more than that). It seems a lot more doable than a 365 project. Last year I posted about 102 times, which is almost twice a week, so this will be a good experiment. So wish me luck!
And by the way, the above is a Hipstamatic photo taken on New Year’s Day using the Hipstamatic Dali Dream Canvas.
Through the Lava Lamp features the artwork of Rita Flores created using cutting edge technology such as the iPad and iPhone, as well as more traditional work such as drawing and acrylic painting. Thank you for stopping by and please feel free to add comments or ask questions about my techniques.