Twisted Art: Upcoming Events at Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School

by Erina Davidson

In need of an out-of-this-world drawing  inspiration? Are your friends too impatient to pose for your vision of a sexy American Gothic? Come to Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School and get ready to do some saucy sketches. Featured in BUST’s October/November ’08 issue, Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School was founded in 2005 by artists Molly Crabapple and A.V. Phibes. It’s currently run solely by Crabapple, a New York City-based illustrator whose inspirations include buxom babes and sassy Marie-Antoinette-haired ladies. 

At Dr. Sketchy’s, you’ll find people of all artistic backgrounds – from students and first-timers to big time professionals like Ron English and Audrey Kawasaki – sketching from theatrical, themed set ups. Past sessions have included a burlesque Valentine’s Day with alt model Raquel Reed (above), and a recreation of cyberpunk comic Transmetropolitan featuring genderqueer porn star Jiz Lee

Above: A Warholian setup featuring members of the Factory at a NYC event


Dr. Sketchy’s branches are all over the world – click here to find one near you
Here are a few events going on in the US in the next week: 

NYC Dr. Sketchy’s Presents Zorro!
Sunday, July 24, 4:00pm – 6:45pm

Drinks, drawing contests, and that untranslatable Dr. Sketchy’s “ambiente”!
Featuring Shahriar Shadab as Zorro and Mandy Bisesti as Elena De’La Vega

The Bowery Poetry Club
308 Bowery
New York, NY 10012
Tickets are $12 advance/$15 at the door. Pre-Orders close at 12pm the day of event

Philly Dr. Sketchy’s and ZUZU Gallery Present “Blast from the Past!”
Thursday, July 21, 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Drinks, vintage cars, live rockabilly music by April May & The June Bugs!
Featuring the charming, stylish D’Arcy D’Lux

ZUZU Studio Gallery
577 Haddon Ave. 
Collingswood, NJ
Tickets available at

San Francisco Dr. Sketchy’s Presents Eva Von Slut!
Tuesday, July 19, 7:00pm – 10:00pm

Eva is wild! Pack your pencils, pens and watercolors so that you can render her tattooed skin in glorious color.
111 Minna Gallery
111 Minna St
San Francisco, CA
$12 general admission, $10 students/teachers (21+)

Baltimore Dr. Sketchy’s Presents Burlesque Life Drawing Featuring Femme 6!
Monday, July 25, 7:00pm – 10:00pm (Doors at 6)

18+ to Draw, 21+ to Drink
 The Windup Space
12 W North Ave
Baltimore, MD


There are plenty more Dr. Sketchy’s events going on this summer; check your branch’s page for upcoming sessions.

Photos From the Dr. Sketchy’s NY Blog



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