You must be familiar with the concept of life drawing – it’s drawing naked people, right? How about the Dr Sketchy version, where you get to draw not-quite-naked, but fabulously costumed people? I’m pleased to say that this is how I spent my last Sunday afternoon. The drawing that is, not being almost naked.
We worked with 3 burlesque performer models, Ally Katte, Poppy Raine and Didi Curv’e; 2 of whom treated us to a performance as well. It was up to the audience whether they wanted to simply enjoy the act or get some movement drawings into their sketchbook too. I was pleased to bear witness to Didi Curv’e playing the bongos with her boobs – I’ve never seen anything like it!
It was a lovely atmosphere as we were welcomed in (upstairs at the Stag and Hounds) and the class was started off with a few quick warm up poses of a few minutes. As we worked further into the session, we managed to get our teeth into slightly longer poses of 10 and 15 minutes.
I really enjoyed drawing the models – I only wish I was able to capture more of the beautiful costumes, they were so intricate in places. Note for next time, need to work on Go-Go-Gadget Speedy Drawing Skills.
As a personal bonus, I thought I recognised a Lenore (the cute little dead girl) tattoo on Poppy Raine. It’s been ages since I’ve read the graphic novel by Roman Dirge so felt a little like glimpsing an old friend!
I’ve posted my favourite sketches and can’t wait for more Dr. Sketchy action in September!