Dr Sketchy’s Bristol – A Diva, A Drag Queen and Some Dangerpants

Hooray!  I had an opportunity to go out into the world and draw real life burlesque models last week at Dr Sketchy’s.  Behold – my favourite scribblings from each model:

The Diva – Ramona Rose

pen and pencil sketch of burlesque performer Ramona Rose









The Drag Queen – Dis Charge.  (It made my day when Dis Charge performed an Amanda Palmer song)

pen and pencil sketch of drag queen burlesque performer Dis Charge








The Dangerpants – Daphne Dangerpants

pen and pencil sketch of burlesque performer Daphne Dangerpants

A to Z of Burlesque Deaths – A is for Audacity

Some of you may know this about me already:

1. I love burlesque

2. I have a morbid sense of humour.

So to get a better grip with creating gifs, I’ve set myself the challenge of the ‘A to Z of Burlesque Deaths’.  I’ve written the complete poem, I now need to work my way through each letter which will be released as and when.  Ladies and gents, it is my pleasure to introduce to you, Audacity.  Perhaps not the best painting I’ve ever done but I’m pleased to get back into the gif making seat.

Painting of a cabaret singer running out of breath Painting of a cabaret singer running out of breath

The Alternative Punchline

As some of you already know, I have an all dancing, crazy-genius burlesque alter ego called Machete Rose.  Her acts are quirky and love to include witty moments wherever possible – a bit like my personal drawing style…

pen ink and watercolour illutration of a scientific experimentation with glitter blowing up in a person's faceOne of the things that I like to play with when creating a Machete Rose act, is turning expectations on their head.  After performing ‘Hotbot 3000’ at the Bristol Burlesque Festival last year, the lovely ladies at Coochie Crunch asked me to write an article about my distinctive interpretation of what is considered a ‘reveal’.  You can view the article ‘The Alternative Punchline‘, complete with my own illustrations on the Coochie Crunch blog.


pencil sketch of a burlesque performer with white feather fans and a white costume

Burlesque Sketches

As a warm up for my drawing, I like to do a lot of figure sketches.  As I have a fondness for burlesque, a lot of my sketches revolve around that theme.  Behold, a feathered lady and an aerial hoop artist.

From Dusk Til Dawn Pussy Cats

Quick disclaimer: Please note that the use of tongue in cheek and rude word play is in effect in this post!


The time was right; dressed in a sparkly purple number and armed with microphone – I was ready to hit the stage.  The evening found me as a co-compere for a burlesque show in Bristol entitled  ‘A Night At The Movies’ where my partner in crime – Poppy von Tarte – and I, guided the audience through the acts of the evening.

Before the show, Poppy and I had discussed introductions for all the acts.  Not for the first time, I discovered my illustrative flair and love of burlesque colliding – this time as part of the introduction for the headlining act.  Each act had been inspired by a particular movie; and the final act was based on the Quentin Tarrantino film, From Dusk Til Dawn. Which, incidentally was being performed by Poppy herself.

In the film, the group of characters you follow in the first half arrive at a brothel called ‘Titty Twister’ where the beers are cheap and the women are cheaper.  One of the iconic moments in the film is the snake dance performed by Salma Hayek at the Titty Twister, which Poppy was echoing her act.  In order to set the scene, we thought it would be fun to sample a sound bite from the movie and play with the word ‘pussy’.  The sound bite is ‘Chet’s Speech’, where he advertises the different kinds of pussy on offer at Titty Twister.  If you haven’t seen From Dusk Til Dawn, I recommend you watch the film, but for context’s sake, this is Chet’s Speech on You Tube.

It is with great pleasure that I introduce to you, my illustrated versions of some of the pussies on offer:

I must admit, it was somewhat strange drawing cats with alluring expressions but I can certainly tell you it was fun!  My favourite is Yellow Pussy – which is yours?