Every Sunday at Crealde there is a sketch class from 10AM to 12:30PM. I write it in my calender every week but usually there is some other arts related event that I end up going to sketch. This week they places one of my Crealde sketches on the invitation so I made an extra effort to show some solidarity and I headed out to the class.
The class starts out with 2 minute gestures then 5e minute gestures. By the end of the class the model is taking 20 minute poses. I started the sketch by blocking in a 5 minute gesture of the model on her stand. Then for the rest of the class I focused on the artists as they concentrated on the task at hand. The model named Jenny looked familiar to me but I couldn't figure out where I had seen her before. Half way through the class when she was on a break I finally shouted out, "You were Alice!" She admitted that she had modeled for a group called "Sketchy Broads."
There is another sketching event in town called "Dr. Sketchy's." A lot of new people going to Dr. Sketchy's were really confused about the two sketching events-- they had similar names, similar themes, they were both on Wednesdays, etc. Artists started thinking Sketchy Broads and Dr. Sketchy were the same group, or would get dates confused, showing up at Tatame (where Dr. Sketchy's is usually held) on the wrong night. Because of this confusion, Molly Crabaapple who is the head of Dr. Sketchy's, sent Jenny an e-mail explaining how Dr. Sketchy's is a notable world-wide brand, and how there's been confusion between the events, so she asked if Jenny could change the name. "Sketchy Broads" is now called "The Notorious Unnamed Sketch Club." I plan to head out to their next event called "Lions Lindsays and Bears...Oh My!" on Wednesday, June 23rd at 6:30PM to 9:00PM at Stardust Video and Coffee. I like that new venues like this are popping up.
Since I kept working on this sketch even through the breaks, I never had a chance to see any other artists work. There were perhaps about 10 artists at the session. I need to go back more often to just sketch the model and experiment with different ways of working. Sketching the nude figure is always a great way to charge the creative battery.