I have a little side project (besides the weekly digital illustrations and some writing and the other other project) that’s called The Doppelgänger. It’s a webcomic about knowing that you’re a bad person under any possible scenario. You’ll see parallel worlds, sci-fi, self-hate, violence, Noir stylings with drawings by yours truly, words and story by Thibault Kervarech.
On other matters, I have to confess that I’ve been slacking on my life drawings. I did this little bit in the Gladstone last week. I promise I’ll get serious about it again now that I’m back in the city.
It’s been said that all good thing must come to an end, but this one actually caught me by surprise. TKS ended their Life Drawing sessions. But…
THEY ENDED WITH A BLAST!
The theme was Fight Club. Lots of models, bigger venue (Mod Club), amazing makeup for the wounds. It was fantastic. The Madame was cool as usual and the audience was great. There was drawing going on every corner and simultaneous models posing in both floors. It was fantastic.
Toons On Tap is a life drawing session that happens to be all about the costumes. It’s pretty cool. It happens every Monday night from 7pm to 10pm. It used to be in Rhino Bar, but it’s moving to Cameron House, which I like much more, as it was Dr. Sketchy’s home in Toronto, has a better scene to draw and much better service than Rhino Bar.
As you can see the model had the coolest Zatanna outfit, but I sucked at drawing that day (yes, I’m claiming I’m not this bad ALL the time). Then she took a pause and came back with a supercool Wonder Girl outfit.
I liked it, they have lots of short poses at the beginning, the outfits are great and the music is fine. Nowhere near as risqué as either Dr. Sketchy or Keyhole Sessions, but pretty sweet nonetheless. They have contests too. And my friend Michelle, who I hadn’t seen in a long time won the contest last Monday (her blog is full of great art!)
Gladstone Hotel has this nice sessions going on in downtown TO once a week, where you listen to jazz while you draw and can bring a nice coffee from their cafe over to the “Art Bar”, which is a small, cozy room. It’s a rather quieter crowd than what I’m used to, but it’s a very nice Life Drawing session to attend.
As you can see, I’m still using ink when I’m not in Werner’s class, which I do out of fear of using those Conté bars. I promise I’ll at least try to do some pastels next week. Pinky promise.
Time to show the dark side of my sketchbooks: I go to Life Drawing that’s not academic. Not because I’m weird, which might not be debatable, but because there’s more crazy things to draw, there’s costumes and the audience is more relaxed without a teacher judging your horribly distorted sketches. It started for me a few years ago, while living in Montreal, where I went to Dr. Sketchy. The conversation with the host, who was advertising the show in a zine convention went like this:
“-You mean there’s no one teaching? -No teachers. -And I can drink? -Yes, it helps to pay for the costs of the session, pasties aren’t free. -You mean I can drink and draw at the same time?”
I was sold. I went there every month, brought friends over, and went to a session in every city I visited.
A few years ago I hosted Dr. Sketchy in Bogotá with Silvia, with permission from Molly Crabapple, and it was cool, even if we didn’t get much of an audience.
But last year, Dr. Sketchy Toronto was saying goodbye. So, I went for the first time to The Great Hall and did this doodles in TKS:
Here’s the ones I’ve done in the two sessions I’ve gone to this year:
This semester we get even more serious at Life Drawing. It was more productive, but I’m sad to admit that I still suck at it. I need practice, lots of practice. I had to learn lots of muscles and what they do, which will be useful to remember every time they hurt.