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Do I need to bring my own Art Supplies?

We now have basic Dr Sketchy’s kits available to purchase on the night  for $5.00 should you just want to bring yourself! The packs include a small art sketch book and a selection of 12 pencils. If you want to use a bigger pad and or other art supplies you will need to BYO.

How is Dr. Sketchy’s different from a normal life drawing class?
In normal life classes, silent students sit in a silent room and draw a bored, oft-uninteresting model. In Dr. Sketchy’s we’ve got scandelous performers as models. We’ve got ridiculous art contests (best incorporation of a woodland animal? Best imagined costume?), comedic skits good music and flashy prizes. We’ve got a selection of posh beverages- alcoholic and not- available to buy.

At Dr. Sketchy’s, we don’t care if you picked up a pad yesterday or 50 years ago. Come to drink or to draw. We’re happy to have you.

How does the night run?

Basically you arrive at Dr Sketchy’s at 6:30pm and reserved bookings come in first and are shown their seats. People who pay at the door are able to choose from the remainding seats on a first in best dressed basis.

Our MC will welcome you to the night, explain how the night runs and introduce you to our models. The 2 models come out and commencing posing on stage – using their props and costumes they interact or do solo poses.

Halfway through the night we have a competition and show from the performer.Then it’s back to the longer poses before one final competition for the night.

During the event there is great music and the opportunity to have drinks or order great food from the bar which is brought to your table.

Not all guests at Dr Sketchys draw – some people come just for the show and ambience..

Who are you? Who’s Dr. Sketchy?

The owner of Dr Sketchy’s worldwide is Molly Crabapple, and she draws saucy Victoriana for magazines. Molly used to work as a life model during art school, but thought they were boring and decided to take a stab at the medium. Thus, Dr. Sketchy’s was born. John Leavitt is her cohost, DJ, aesthetic arbitator and graphic design god. Molly has been running this in New York since 2005.

In Sydney, Dr Sketchy’s is produced by Jac Bowie PR & Events and run by Jac Bowie & Jon Wright. You can find out more about them by visiting www.jacbowie.com

Is Dr. Sketchy’s just in Sydney?
No! Dr. Sketchy’s is in 50 cities and 4 continents around the world. To find information about a particular Dr. Sketchy’s branch, check out their page on www.drsketchy.com

How often does Dr. Sketchy’s take place?

Dr. Sketchy’s takes place every 2nd Tuesday, from 6:30pm – 9:30pm at The ArtHouse Hotel in Sydney. We also do special events.We’re available for hire at all manner of parties.

Do we have to book in advance?

It is highly recommended you book online in advance as our sessions can book out.  To Book Online – simply follow the link on the right hand side of this page.

If you have any problems, please email jac@jacbowie.com and we can email you a direct payment link, arrange a Direct Deposit or in some cases still allow you to pay at the door.

What is the best way to know who / what is happening at Dr Sketchys?

The best way to know what is happening at Dr Sketchy’s is to join the mailing list. We email you every fortnight with a simple email including our flyer to let you know who is on for that week and any other special announcements. To join the mailing list, simply email jac@jacbowie.com

When is the next session?

When you head to our Online Booking Service, there is a drop down menu where you can select the appropriate dates. You can also see what the model roster is by visiting our Roster page. You can now book several weeks in advance too!

Do you have a group booking discount?

You are welcome to place a group booking if you have a group of friends you want to sit together. Please email us your request, and well in advance, so we can best accommodate you and your guests. It is STRONGLY recommended to book in advance for group bookings. Alternatively you may want to consider having your own Dr Sketchy’s Private Party. Simply head to the Private Party page for more information on this.

What mediums can I use?

All dry mediums are okay, as are dip pens and a neat watercolour sets. Oil paints, messy mediums and stinky mediums are not okay. Please don’t cause a mess. Everything you spill or stain, we have to stay after and clean up

Are there easles? Tables? Sketchpads?

The ArtHouse has some tables, which are hot commodities. If you want a table, we reccomend reserving one at least a week in advance, as they get booked up quickly. If you don’t want a table or are too late to get one, there are plenty of chairs, bar stools and ottomans to sit on. If you stumble in an hour late, all the seating will probably be taken and you may have to sit on the floor. Moral? Book a table!

Sorry, no easles.

What happens if I reserve a table and all the tables are booked? Will there be seats if I just show up? The Attic Bar in The ArtHouse is a small space, and seating is limited. While we try to never turn anyone away, if you just show up, you might have to stand or sit on the floor. If you MUST have a seat, please come 15 minutes early.

If you reserve a table, and there aren’t any available, you get a refund. The refund is a little email from Paypal that says “Your Payment Has Been Refunded.” Please don’t try to reserve a table 2 hours before the event. Jac & Jon are setting up, not waiting at the computer

Moral? Reserve a table early!

Do I need a paypal account to reserve a table?

Nope! Paypal takes all credit cards and debit cards.

My pet ferret died! Can I cancel my reservation?

Sure, if you do it seventy-two hours in advance. We hope your ferret is in rodent heaven.

My copy of Dr. Sketchy’s Official Colouring Book or Dr. Sketchy’s 2008 Pinup Calendar hasn’t arrived yet! Help me, Molly!

Molly Crabapple and John Leavitt only wrote the book. We have nothing to do with the shipping. If your order is late, email Scott Diperna, our put-upon publisher, at sepulculture@gmail.com

Hey, why isn’t the model naked? I thought this was life class!

Dr. Sketchy models show more than enough flesh to get in all the latissimus dorsi and pectoralis major you might desire.

I did a great drawing at Dr. Sketchy’s. Can I send you a copy?

Absolutely! Please send any artwork to Jac Bowie at jac@jacbowie.com

I’m only 18. Will The ArtHouse kick me out on the street?

Yes! The ArtHouse is a licensed venue and only people over the ages of 18 years are permitted.

I’m a photographer. Can I shoot pictures of your hottie models?

Maybe. Dr. Sketchy’s has an official photographer. While we love photography, we’ve found the needs of photographers can be antithetical to those of artists- and a flash is downright distracting. We also think that models should get paid more posing for photography and we don’t have the dough. However, you’re welcome to shoot us a line with your portfolio. If Jac likes what she sees, she’ll pass it along to the models (who have the final say). If you’re press, of course you can take photos.

If you take photos without permission, you will be kicked out, with no refund. Models are not zoo animals.

I bought a seat via paypal. How will you know it’s me when I get there?

We write down your name from your paypal info, put it on the PAID list, and ask everyone at the door if they have a reservation. If you use your great uncle’s account to pay, let us know. We ask that you bring a print-out of your paypal receipt to avoid any confusion.

I’m a socially maladept comic geek who lives in my parents basement. Can I come to Dr. Sketchy’s and pick up girls?

No. No you can’t.

I have entitlement issues and want to take them out on the Dr. Sketchy’s staff. Can I yell, be rude or cause a scene?

No. Rudeness to any member of the Dr. Sketchy’s crew will lead to immediate expulsion, without refund. We suggest you adopt a nicer attitude towards service people.

INFORMATION FOR MODELS, HELPERS, SPONSORS and OTHER SAINTS.

We are interested in becoming Sponsors for the agency and/or events..

We are always on the lookout for potential sponsors & investors. For more information, visit our Sponsorship Page

I would like to Advertise my product or service on your site(s).

Please head to our Advertising Page for more information and current rates.

Dr. Sketchy’s sounds cool. I wanna model? What’s the deal?

If you are a: circus performer, little person, contortionist, female body builder, drag queen, professional ballerina, aerialist, or other person with unusual physiology, insane costuming or extreme physical skills, I would still like to hear from you. We rarely book men, but if you are a handsome, muscular young guy who’s comfortable posing with women and doesn’t creep them out (professional dancers preferred) we can keep you in mind. To apply, send a bio, a low-res photo or two and a link to your website to jac@jacbowie.com . Models must be comfortable having their photos and likenesses used in Dr. Sketchy’s advertising and projects.

Dr. Sketchy’s sounds cool. I own a small business and want to sponsor you. Tell me some details.

Well, you’ve come to the right place! We’re always looking for sponsers. Donations of cash, prizes, or printing will get you a logo on our poster, prominent placement on our website, mention in our monthly newsletter, on stage shoutouts, and eternal love. Email Jac and find out more about how sponsoring us can help spread the word about your business.

I want to help out at Dr. Sketchy’s. Need any helper monkeys?

Yessiree! If you want to hang flyers, haul chairs, post on message boards, do graphic design, hand out postcards or spread the word, drop us an email. We will shower you in free swag, invites to exclusive events, and our hot, sticky love.

When’s the Dr. Sketchy’s Official Rainy Day Colouring Book coming out?

It’s out now, so go buy a copy!

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