Saturday, June 23, 2012

Second Birthday Burlesque Bash

June marked the second anniversary of Dr. Sketchy's Anti-Art School in Christchurch. It's been a stupendous couple of years filled with breathtaking burlesque, scintillating sketching and large quantities of bawdy jokes, booze and boobs. Our birthday session was one big Party Party Party!

To get the party started and celebrate in style, crowd favourite and sketchy siren Gracie Hart paid us a special visit from the windy shores of Wellington.

 Our stage set as well as the model looked good enough to eat!

You can have our cake and sketch it too! (But don't touch the shoes)

Best. Present. Ever.

 The crowd was a festive one - donning glad rags, party hats and sketching up a storm!

For her first performance, Gracie sang a sultry number that got all our hearts thumping.

Gracie Hart: sugar and spice and all kinds of nice!

One of our embellishment challenges was to draw a portrait of your dream date on a balloon. Our prize winner got a bit more than he bargained for...

To prevent any peckish art monkeys from getting their nibble on, the wonderful Princess Pi baked us a giant batch of cupcakes. They went down a treat at half-time!

Gracie spoilt our crowd further when the time came for her second performance. Glow sticks for everyone! Glitter! And glowing body paint! After the second party-licious performance, we had our first ever pose in the dark! We encouraged the audience to take pause and try to capture the essence of the glowing hand prints Gracie had left, er, behind...

The sketchy girls and our rugged up art monkeys partied on at Smash Palace - where our old friends and hosts from Goodbye Blue Monday now ply beer and mulled wine from inside a bus! It was a great reunion of burlesque, bikes and a very ubiquitous can of whipped cream....


It's been a crazy, fabulous and rewarding couple of years. We owe many thanks to our loyal art monkeys, who have continued to give Tawdry an excuse to parade about in various states of undress, Rosie an outlet for her amazing drinking and design skills, and a multitude of performers a gig to showcase their talents and er, assets on a regular basis.

We'd also like to thank our brilliant sponsors for their ongoing support - they keep us inspired, excited and supplied with awesome prizes for every session. Show them some love and if you happen to pop on into their shops, let them know the Sketchy Girls sent you (with love) - Absolution Tattoo and Body Piercing, Madame Butterfly's Vintage Style Boutique, Gordon Harris Art Supplies and international sponsor Baby Tattoo Books.

Our sketchy shenanigans couldn't run like they do without the aid of minions, photographers, friends and cohorts - we'd like to acknowledge the many people who help Rosie and Tawdry each and every session!

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Gordon Harris Art Supply Adventure

The Christchurch Sketchy Girls, Tawdry and Rosie, paid a visit to our sketchiest sponsor - Gordon Harris. Purveyors of supplies for fine art, design and all kinds of creative pursuits. Their shiny new premises are nestled on Southwark St - which runs between Madras and Manchester Streets in our (battered but beloved) CBD. The bright, spacious shop is a haven for creative inspiration and a supply mecca for professionals, the general public and - today in particular - a chic designer and a scantily clad artiste!

Skipping merrily down Southwark St to pick up supplies!

We stumbled across a stack of sketch books made to suit expansive gestural strokes, spidery scrawls or delicate doodlings. They are also available in watercolour grade, to soak up any beer spills from our Sketchy shenanigans!

Tawdry nibbles on a nib and draws inspiration from above.

A brightly lit book nook filled with publications ensared resident design nerd, Rosie, to paw at their glossy pages and plot accordingly.

A rainbow hued ladder of papery perfection in different grades, weights, shapes and sizes.

Tawdry plays palette tamer for an audience of colourful characters from Faber-Castell.

Canvases to on which to create masterpieces of any scale!

What's your medium? Oils and acrylics aplenty! There are specials both instore and at their online shop

 Tawdry on the turps... Can't take her anywhere!

Despite current appearances; the staff are friendly, helpful and knowlegable.

The crew at Southwark St maintain Gordon's original vision for the business: to deliver quality products, value for money and professional, knowledgeable and friendly service. 

Come on down to grab supplies for your next sketchy escapade! There are numerous deals and special suprises instore at any given time, as well as the ever present (and great for finding presents) online shop.

Many thanks to the two Pete's and Nigel for their ongoing support and for letting the Sketchy girls come and play in the store!

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Party Party Party!

It's been two stupendous years since Dr. Sketchy's Anti-Art School launched in Christchurch. So we're going to celebrate with a birthday party like no other! With fun, frivolity and fine ass females.

The legendary Gracie Hart is gonna get the party started. She'll take to the sketchy stage to pose and perform with such sass we'll be breathless.

We'll spoil our art monkeys with presents and prizes. So get your tickets quick, and we'll see you at the Canterbury Bowling club in your glad rags.

At the end of the drawing antics the sketchy girls invite you to join them at Smash Palace. It's the Party Party Party After Party!

Our sponsors have gifted us with their support for two years. So show some love to Absolution Pierce and Tattoo, Madam Butterfly's Vintage Style Boutique, Gordon Harris Art Supplies and international sketchy sponsor Baby Tattoo Books.

R18. Strictly no entry prior to 6.30pm, First pose at 7.30pm. Be early for the best seats.
Canterbury Bowling Club - 109 Salisbury Street, with entry via Gracefield Ave.
BYO drawing materials and sketchpads.
Tickets $13 plus booking fee. Available online via Cosmic Ticketing and in-store at Cosmic in Cashel Mall.

We would like to advise there is no photography at this event.
Document our models with drawing only.