On the weekend I took part in the phenomenon known as Dr. Sketchy's Anti-Art School (Berlin branch) -the phenomenon started in 2005 by Molly Crabapple and is now providing artists in over 100 countries around the world with a new spin to life drawing.
Berlin's branch was hosted for the ninth time yesterday at the White Trash Fast Food Restaurant, Club and Tattoo Studio in Schoenhauser Allee. The premises themselves were inspiring to begin with, but as soon as we got the stamp of approval from security man "Bam Bam", we were greeted by colourful characters not quite of this era... Which was also quite tame as opposed to our models... At 2pm Mad Kate and Anita Drink (aka Juan Ofakind) turned up and kept us in constant stitches with crazy outfits and a short skit involving nylon and ketchup (and smarties... many, many smarties)
All the while the scratching of pencil/pen on paper was to be heard beneath the inspirational tunes of the 40s (mostly)
First up the (rather shoddily drawn) 1-minute poses...
Some of these poses I would have liked to have more time...
Finally onto the five minute poses...
Mad Kate made lying across two wooden chairs seem as comfortable as lying across a featherbed.
Anita Drink in her yellow leopardskin stockings doing the 'couch potato' -sans bathrobe.
After a brief break, it was on to the first contest: create a magazine cover image. Finger lickin' Good!
This was the American hero icon picture ...on a table.
-Borio, the winner of first prize, shared his bottle of Held Vodka -thanks! Well done too, Knut!
Here the moderators jumped in while the models refreshed themselves...
Juan Ofakind replaced Anita Drink for the last half of the session, and the dynamic duo performed a skit to a juiced up version of 'White Rabbit'. Juan gave birth to demon-baby Kate, who then crawled through the cheering crowd, smearing everyone with... ketchup? before showering everyone with 'poison' smarties (I was sitting in the shrapnel zone)
and eventually being killed by Momma Juan. (with a hairdryer in the bathtub)
Which brought us to our 20 minute pose:
The second contest involved drawing on a balloon -Mad Kate donned a bizarre mask and fur vest. The room was filled with studious squeaking as markers wiggled over rubber. There was one mishap, where someone poked a little too hard into their balloon...
The models made their pick of the bunch and the artists lauded two champions... One snapped up a sketchbook, the other a lovely Artbook by Femke Hiemstra -sponsored by Modern Graphics (thank you!)
The afternoon was rounded off when Johnny stepped in and posed with Kate for a nice portrait in front of the mantle.
Thank you for a great time, everyone!!!