Friday, June 17, 2011

Mystery Sketch Theater

The model at this month's Mystery Sketch Theater called herself "Arsenic". She talked about a body painting convention that had happened last month and it sounded like a choice sketching opportunity. When she entered the "Geek Easy" in the back of "The Comic Shop" she was carrying a tray of home made cupcakes. The red haired wig was large and cumbersome. As it shifted around on Arsenic's head, it made her seem extremely young. The two artists next to me were comic book artists and their work had a polished look.

After finishing off a sketch of all the artists at work, I started doing isolated studies of Arsenic. Her poses were not particularly dynamic since the focus seemed to be on the costumes details rather than any one story point. I began blocking in my sketches immediately with ink. I skipped the tentative spidery pencil work I usually do and I think the sketches were stronger because of that.

There were the usual artist complaints that the drawings were not "on" or that the pose wasn't working from their viewing angle. I don't get bothered by the little details anymore. I was just happy she didn't walk away. Kristen shouted loudly giving us all a one minute warning. Several artists groaned that there wasn't enough time. I'm slowly learning to let go since sometimes an unfinished sketch has more charm and appeal than a finished piece.

The cupcakes were light and fluffy with no icing. Where else do you get to spend a relaxing evening drawing where the model offers treats? On the way out I thumbed through several graphic novels. I keep searching to see if there is an artist whose work feels like it was sketched on location. I keep toying with the idea of working with a small cast of actors who would be sketched at various locations around town to create the panels needed for a graphic novel. The huge response I got from people willing to pose for the Mennello Museum mural made me realize that my idea might not be a pipe dream.

Prints are available for each sketch for $250 and many originals can be purchased for $400. White museum grade shadow box frames are $100 more. You can e-mail Thor at

1 comment:

Peter Gander said...

Definitely a case of 'less (time) is more Thomas. Sometimes a time parameter can be a blessing in disguise. Lovely set.