The Dr. provides models attired in intriguing costumes who assume exaggerated poses for sketchers to capture on paper. But there's a catch. The muses only hold each pose for several minutes, forcing sketchers to work quickly. There's no time for a detailed, full-blown drawing. The trick is to focus on big picture subjects like mood, character and the inner spirit of the muse rather than on trying to get all the details right.
By compressing session times into five and ten minute increments, participants gain in just a few short hours experience it would take weeks to glean in a conventional classroom setting.
"Our Muses for the evening will be Alexandra Holmes and Diego and the theme will be inspired by Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street," notes organizer Heathyr Perara. An aspiring actress and Barbizon model, Holmes has assumed past Art Walk roles as a Steam Punk time traveller, Alice from Lewis Carroll's Through the Looking Glass, Jack from Tim Burton's Nightmare Before Christmas, an Anime-style Lolita, and Robin, the Batman's Boy Wonder.
"I like making my face and body almost tell a story within the picture," remarks Alex, who's been modelling since she was eleven. "I love the crazy photos that get me in odd positions in a weird place," which is why she's the perfect fit for Dr. Sketchy and the Davis Art Center Art Walk crowd.
"This will be a free event but I will be putting out a tip jar so anything you can throw in will go toward paying the model and the extra paper/pencil supplies as well as a portion to the Art Center," says Perara. "Come make art and support the arts!"
If you can’t make it for Art Walk, don’t stress. The Dr. now makes a house call to the Red Rock Saloon on the third Wednesday of each month. “It’s not the standard life drawing night you’re used to,” promises organizer Heathyre Perara. “We encourage (responsible) drinking, socializing, snacking on tasty burgers, and we encourage wild cheers and applause to show appreciation for our models!”
Unlike Art Walk, which is free of charge except for any donation participants wish to make, there is a modest cover charge of $8 in advance and $10 at the door. You must be 18 to draw and, of course, 21 to drink.
“You will want to bring a drawing board, sketch pad or something sturdy to draw on as sometimes table space is a bit limited….and pencils, colored pencils, markers and charcoal, as well as super quick drying medium as poses are really quick," says Perara. "We will be doing a series of short poses (1, 2 and 5 minutes) and then work up to some longer 20 minute poses. Models will typically be costumed or wearing clothing to a point, as this is not a nude drawing session. Tipping of the model is encouraged.”
Open seven days a week, Red Rock Saloon is Fort Myers’ premiere gastropub destination. Featuring their Rockstar Burger and a side of Mac n’ Cheese, Red Rock’s kitchen prepares delectable selections from their all new menu from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m daily. Happy hour is Monday through Friday from 2-7 and food and drink specials are offered every night. With over 200 seats, a full menu, dance floor, big screen TVs and a friendly staff, Red Rock is the perfect venue for Dr. Sketchy’s third Wednesdays events.