Cre­ative Space

Dr. Sketchy’s: Chicago.

ImagineFX - - Contents - For more de­tails on Dr. Sketchy’s and to find your near­est event go to www.drs­ketchy.com, and visit www.drs­ketchy.com/branch/Chicago to see more from the Chicago event.

Dr. Sketchy’s be­gan life in a Brook­lyn dive bar in 2005. Founded by Amer­i­can artists Molly Crabap­ple and AV Phibes, the anti-art school was con­ceived as place for sketchers of any stand­ing to meet up and draw “glam­orous un­der­ground per­form­ers in an at­mos­phere of boozy con­vivi­al­ity.” Its mix of art, bur­lesque and theatre has since spawned events in over 100 cities around the world.

Ethan Coal, or­gan­iser of the Chicago branch, says we’re liv­ing in in­creas­ingly pu­ri­tan­i­cal times. Not only is Dr. Sketchy’s a re­ac­tion to this, it also gives artists the op­por­tu­nity to get out of the stu­dio and away from the com­puter.

“The hu­man fig­ure is not just bones and mus­cles,” Ethan ex­plains, “but in­cred­i­bly sexy and al­lur­ing. And Chicago’s bur­lesque com­mu­nity cel­e­brates women (and men, oc­ca­sion­ally) of all shapes and sizes, which is an im­por­tant re­minder to artists who may have been us­ing air­brushed pho­to­graphs of women as ref­er­ence.

“I find it in­cred­i­bly re­ward­ing to meet both new and ex­pe­ri­enced artists who are thrilled by the new chal­lenge of draw­ing bur­lesque mod­els.”

Dr. Sketchy’s Chicago takes place at the Ever­leigh So­cial Club, where the city’s art and bur­lesque com­mu­ni­ties work side by side. As with sim­i­lar events around the world, it fea­tures life mod­els in unique cos­tumes, of­ten cen­tred on a spe­cific theme and of­ten nude – at least, in those cities that al­low nu­dity. But more than that, it en­ables pros and non-pros alike to sharpen their skills and gain con­fi­dence in draw­ing, and have fun while do­ing it.

“Tra­di­tional fig­ure draw­ing can of­ten be a solemn af­fair, Ethan says, “with very lit­tle so­cial in­ter­ac­tion. Dr. Sketchy’s gives artists of all skill lev­els an op­por­tu­nity to draw in an ir­rev­er­ent but ded­i­cated man­ner, and en­cour­ages them to in­ter­act with each other. It also brings a lit­tle dan­ger and ex­cite­ment to art.”

Dr. Sketchy’s en­cour­ages artists to stop us­ing air­brushed pho­to­graphs of women as ref­er­ence and draw what they see.

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