Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Bat Attack: The Dork Knight Rises

Every month on the third or fourth Thursday, Sketchy Broads host a sketch session at Austin's Coffee (929 W. Fairbanks Ave. Winter Park, Fl). This month they dressed up as Batman characters from The Dark Knight Rises. They always come up with stunning outfits.

The modeling session costs $5 to sketch long poses from 6:30 - 8:30
$7 to sketch from 6-8:30 which includes 30 min. of short gestures, and
$10 if you wish to take reference photos.

I arrived and ordered a Yak which is a tasty iced coffee. There were only four of five other artists so it was easy enough to find a seat. I ended up on the big red couch. Sitting back in the cushions, I couldn't move my elbow much, so I sat on the edge of the couch leaning forward. Two white photographer's umbrellas lit the scene. Lindsay Boswell was dressed head to toe in black leather as an edgy and hip Cat Woman. It is a shame that Anne Hathaway's outfit doesn't show this much cleavage. Jenny Coyle was dressed in lace stockings, a tight bodice and frilly skirt skirt as a sexy and deranged Arkham City Harley Quinn mental ward nurse.

All my early sketches were tiny thumbnails and then I did a larger sketch towards the end of the session. I'm getting better at choosing the intricate details that are needed while letting other areas stay unresolved. Knowing how long the pose will last was a real luxury. I should get out to these sessions more often. If you are an artist you should come out to these sketch sessions, they are a blast!

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

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