Trixie Tassels, above and below, is a former professional life model.
This show had more than fantastic showgirls- it had live singing by some of the best cabaret singers I’ve ever heard.
Among the many performances was an unbelievable version of “Fever” by Rachel Von Hindman, absolutely stunning. She sang classics from Cabaret too, with house-on-fire power!
I was crazy for both her costumes, a steampunk princess and a hardcore full-on peacock look.
And Betty Fvck had three different looks!
Sadly, I was only able to draw two of them.
Mad kudoes to LalaVox and co-producer Syren Joey for this wonderful, wonderful time.
And I am so profoundly grateful to my Patrons on Patreon. Thank you so very much for making this sweet life possible by funding my art.
Anyone can help, for as little as a dollar/euro per month!
Another amazing edition, the sixty-somethingth, of Berlin’s superb Dr. Sketchy’s.
Once again at beautiful Ballhaus Berlin, with the theme of Victorian Spiritualists, two days before Halloween. Fantastic models, fabulous theme, gorgeous venue. Does it get any better?
Yes, cause lots of my very talented badass-drawing colleagues from ESDIP Berlin were on hand and we set up at a table and just blew the roof off the place with our drawing powers.
Not gonna lie, my goal when I go to an event like this is to draw better, faster and more confidently than any man there, including my valued colleagues.
Here in Berlin, where many people who attend drawing events can draw like hell, it’s the kind of challenge I can set my teeth into.
In San Francisco I was always the best draftsman in the room; here I gotta fight hard for that, and it is food for my soul. I locked into pure flow state very early on and spent the whole session riding the armature of my training and abilities. When this happens I watch myself work effortlessly, the only challenge being to trust what’s happening. I really hit the mainline at the end.
Look at this straight up Leyendecker shit. I drew it in ten minutes.
And thanks to my Patrons on Patreon whose financial support makes it possible for me to go to events like this and draw like hell!
During Berlin Burlesque Week I did a live painting session with my friend and colleague from ESDIPBerlin, illustrator Rafa Alvarez.
Rafa had been approached by Laura, who runs Dr. Sketchy’s Berlin, and asked to do a painting during the Dr. Sketchy’s session. He suggested I join in, and so I did!
It was a nice day and we had a lovely time!
The theme was Garden of Desire, so of course I had to dress up in some leafy flowery business. I brought a leaf crown for Rafa too. His partner came (her parents were watching their little lad, who you can see in this drawing) and took these great pictures.
Isn’t it amazing how two artists can create such different works, on the same theme in the same amount of time?
I love Rafa’s style so much. He used these acrylic paint markers, which he got at the graffiti store (we have two in Berlin!) and which I had never seen before.
I also snuck inside the (gorgeous, historic, old school cabaret) venue and did drawings of the last two poses.
The tables have these telephones you can use to call the bar and order a drink, and apparently they still work though a bit crackly. The globes light up, of course! Ballhaus Berlin is simply a mad spectacular place to hold a drawing session.
The models, lighting, props, set and music were amazing.
Dr. Sketchy’s Berlin is a seriously nice event, going strong for over seven years, and I absolutely plan to make the next one. Hopefully next year I’ll actually make some of the performances at Berlin Burlesque Week. I know I missed some fantastic ones. Darn lack of spoons. More spoons next year!