From what I gathered from both the official site and their Wikipedia page, Dr Sketchy’s Anti-Art School is a collective which stages live events combining burlesque cabaret with life drawing, under the name ‘alternative drawing’.
Now, if that doesn’t already sound like a genius combination, might we interest you with the addition of some latex into this mad cocktail?
Dr. Sketchy’s is a big success, with local branches in over a hundred cities worldwide. This was “Dr. Sketchy’s Anatomy Edition” run by the Belgium branch at the end of September, and advertised as “Anatomical Theater […] guided by an adorable nurse with pin-up curves.” It was not only said nurse but also her assistants and even the male cadaver who were outfitted in latex for the occasion:
Besides being a risque fetish-fantasy favourite, the latex nurse garb fits the subject matter in a perversely practical way. Actually, I’m reminded of the latex overalls worn by the very hands-on scientists in Westworld when carrying out their similarly messy work. In that scenario, the latex, besides its blood-splatter-proof utility, was also an image of the future. Here, it joins up the theatrical with the titillating.
This being a life drawing class (albeit with a difference) nudity can only be expected. Yet opting for transparent latex is an especially inspired choice, allowing as it does for both nudity and at the same time provide for the kind of theatrical stage costume befitting of the characters and performance.
You’ve got to admire the diversity of the audience and maturity with which they approach the event. They take their sketching seriously…
Latex as a texture presents a number of difficulties when rendering it to the page, trying to capture how it falls and reflects light. I’m not even an amateur artist, but I guess transparent latex brings with it a whole set of its own challenges. It’s interesting seeing how the participants approach drawing and painting latex in their own individual ways.
You can find a lot more photos and artwork from the event on the facebook page for Dr. Sketchy’s Belgium.
Costumes used during the event were made by Cadavre Exquis Couture, and the transparent nurse uniform – the very one worn during the event by model Laura Borremans – is for sale at a reduced sample price via their Etsy store.
Just what the doctor ordered.