Last night I attended Dr. Sketchy‘s burlesque life drawing class at the Royal Vauxhall Tavern. I rocked up with a sketchbook, coloured pens, a few friends and high expectations. We did not leave disappointed!
In case you’re wondering what burlesque life drawing involves, think of it as an upgraded life drawing class: Instead of traditional nude models, you get to draw ‘beautiful burlesque performers, bizarre circus acts, and rippling hunks of man-flesh‘! Dusty Limits, our glamdrogynous MC, prowled around the room barking orders and handing out lollipops and cheeky compliments. The approach to drawing was the same as with karaoke: Skill doesn’t matter, but enthusiasm does. It was a really fun way to get back into life drawing.
At the end of the evening, we each chose one of our drawings to be in the running for prizes. Dusty, Violet and Frankie took a while choosing their favourites, mainly because some of them were hilarious. (Our last drawing challenge was to incorporate a BFC – Big, Friendly sea Cucumber – into our drawing. Ridiculousness ensued.)The drawing of Pregnant Minnie won an award for being the most David Lynchian of the lot. There was another one by the same artist which was too obscene for this blog.
My drawing of depressed Minnie won one of the runner up prizes (yay!), and one of Tom’s drawings was awarded second place. Success! We went home feeling happy and energised, and not just ’cause of the sugar high.
If you haven’t been to Dr. Sketchy, you should definitely go! (And it’s not just for Londoners, there are events in many cities.) I loved having more to draw than just exposed flesh. There were mouse ears, jewellery, elaborate costumes and good hair dos! Dr. Sketchy’s doesn’t take itself to seriously, and apart from the drawing, it was just a good night out!