Saturday, October 27, 2012

Mystery Sketch Theater

Every month at A Comic Shop on 436 near University Boulevard, there is a sketch session called Mystery Sketch Theater. The models are usually dressed as super heroes or Henai characters. Quite honestly I seldom know who the model is portraying. It is a great chance to loosen up and it is a luxury to have a model pose for 5, 10 and sometimes 20 minutes at a time.  I keep a small sketch journal for these quick academic poses, but I can’t resist drawing the artists around me. About ten to twenty artists gather each month. There always seems to be just enough artists to fill the available art desks.

Towards the end of the evening the organizers ask the artists to shout out a strange character or theme for the drawing. All the drawings from that pose are then put on the model stand and the model picks her favorite sketch. That artist then wins a prize which is usually a book about comics or movies. I seldom win this fantasy sketch round since I’m usually still working on my one overall sketch. I did win once, and I recall getting a plastic cup with blinking lights in the base.

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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