What's Dr. Sketchy's
Music, drinking, drawing, games and dames!
Locally run by artist/designer Bill Lynn, Dr. Sketchy's Akron is an official branch of Dr. Sketchy's Anti Art School.
Created in New York City by artist Molly Crabapple, and expanded to over 110 branches worldwide including London, Rome, Tokyo, Paris, Sao Paulo and Melbourne. Dr. Sketchy's Anti-Art school is the world's premier alt.drawing movement where artists draw glamorous underground performers in an atmosphere of boozy conviviality, compete in contests, and win booze and prizes
Frequently asked questions about Dr. Sketchy's
• Who started Dr. Sketchy's?
Dr. Sketchy's was founded in 2005 by artists Molly Crabapple and A.V. Phibes. It's been run solely by Molly Crabapple (and her cadre of awesome helpers) since early '06. You can see more of Molly's art at www.mollycrabapple.com
• Who goes to Dr. Sketchy's?
Lots of people. Fancy pants gallery artists, art students, dog walkers, jewelry designers, tattoo artists, illustrators and cubicle slaves. We have about 40% non-professional artists. Slightly more girls attend than boys.
• Do I have to be an artist to attend Dr. Sketchy's?
No. Lots of people who have never drawn before attend Dr. Sketchy's. We're a fun, non-judgmental environment to try your hand at drawing.
• What's an Art Monkey?
That would be you. You come to Sketchy's, you draw, your an Art Monkey (a true honor!)
• Do serious artists go to Dr. Sketchy's?
Yes, including world famous ones like Ron English, Alasdair Grey and Audrey Kawasaki. While we are accepting of non-artists, there's no reason you can't go to Dr. Sketchy's to seriously get your draw on.
• What to expect
A Dr. Sketchy's drawing session will typically run about three hours, starting from short warm-up sketches and working up to full 15 or 20 minute poses. And, or course, there will be fun prize filled contests sprinkled throughout where your award winning art can earn you boobie prizes to booze, to seriously cool shwag.
What to bring
A Dr. Sketchy's drawing session will typically run about three hours, starting from short warm-up sketches and working up to full 15 or 20 minute poses. Your invited to bring with you just about anything and everything from a #2 pencil to a full easel. If you desire to work in a wet medium such as oil, acrylic or watercolor, we ask that you bring with you a drop cloth and the necessary solvents and supplies needed to clean up any spills...our hosts are generous with their space and we don't want to damage anything.
• Applaud the model.
A Sketchy’s model is a cross between a muse for your artistic inspiration and an athlete. Imagine posing perfectly still for three hours in front of a crowd of silent, staring strangers. Now, imagine doing that in a G-string!
• Tip the model.
Again, their job is waaay harder than it looks, and if we don’t show our appreciation, they may not return!
• No photography.
Our models are here for a modeling session not a free photo shoot, so please refrain from collecting cell phone images to add to your private voyeuristic photo collection. An exception may be provided to members of the press, but we must first be notified and get permission from the model before photos may be taken.
• Respect our Host.
Our generous host has done plenty to provide us a place to play, so please, no doodles on the walls or furniture. But more importantly tip the bartenders and surrender any smuggled flasks.