Saturday, June 19, 2010

July session with pin-up Lisa Luxe

The July session of Las Vegas Dr. Sketchy's will take place on Tuesday the 20th from 7pm-10pm. Our location is Dino's Lounge located at 1516 Las Vegas Blvd S. Las Vegas, NV 89104


Admission is FREE! But please tip. There will be no reserve seating, so please come early to catch a good seat and a table. We will be allowing a few photographers, but you need to contact Las Vegas Dr. Sketchy's ahead of time to reserve a spot. Please no flash photography! There will be contests and prizes! Prizes provided by Dr. Sketchy's Las Vegas and Baby Tattoo Books. E-mail lasvegasdrsketchys@yahoo.com for more information.


Our July model is Lisa Luxe
Photobucket
Lisa Luxe (aka the Pocket Pinup) is a cocktail server with a passion for
modeling. Her first shoot was in December 2008 and has been going strong since. She has competed in several pin-up competitions, taking first at Hell Bound Havoc and first at Grand Nationals in Pomona. Check her out at: Model Mayhem:#1073036 and
www.myspace.com/LisaDLuxe

Sunday, June 13, 2010

June session with Candace Campbell

The June session of Las Vegas Dr. Sketchy's will take place on Tuesday the 15th from 7pm-10pm. Our location is Dino's Lounge located at 1516 Las Vegas Blvd S. Las Vegas, NV 89104

Admission is FREE! But please tip. There will be no reserve seating, so please come early to catch a good seat and a table. We will be allowing a few photographers, but you need to contact Las Vegas Dr. Sketchy's ahead of time to reserve a spot. Please no flash photography! There will be contests and prizes! Prizes provided by Dr. Sketchy's Las Vegas and Baby Tattoo Books. E-mail lasvegasdrsketchys@yahoo.com for more information.

Our June model is Candace Campbell
http://www.pinupordie.com
Photobucket
Candace works as a model and hairstylist here in Las Vegas. She got her start modeling 1940's lingerie and doing a test shoot for Playboy. She has worked with many well known photographers and been hired to model for many companies.

Your host for June is Cha Cha Velour
http://www.chachavelour.com
Photobucket
Cha Cha known as the "The Burlesque Beauty, Tattooed Cutie". She is an award winning and international Burlesque performer based out of Las Vegas. Cha Cha has been a member of Las Vegas' only vintage inspired troupe, Babes in Sin Burlesque since 2006. As of lately she has been exploring her solo career. She is the "mother hen" of the Las Vegas Burlesque scene, heading up a movement to expand the scene and encourage new performers to start, as well as hosting and welcoming visiting performers with open arms. Cha Cha is also the principal of Las Vegas Dr. Sketchy's Anti-Art School.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Article in The Las Vegas Weekly on-line

Sexy Sketching
by
April Corbin

Mon, Jun 7, 2010 (12:50 p.m.)

Dames, drawing, drinking and debauchery.

The four Ds of Dr. Sketchy's Anti-Art School are easy to spot. Drinks, especially sangria, flow naturally at Firefly inside the Plaza Hotel. The dame in question is local burlesque performer Vi Vacious, who is lying on her back on the ground, faux fur shawl around her shoulders, breasts pert and covered only by shimmering pasties. She sits, legs crossed and propped up on a chair, posing for the group, which draws the curvy model. As for debauchery — well, this all feels far too much fun to be that productive. But it is.

The Vegas chapter of this monthly life/figure drawing group debuted at the 2008 Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekend. Today, it's back, unofficially celebrating two full years of the group's unique marriage of titillating burlesque performers and art.

This outfit's creator and host, Cha Cha Velour, heard about the national Dr. Sketchy's movement and decided to create a Vegas group in order to help educate the local fine art community about burlesque. Despite the city's rich history in the art of near-nudity and tease, it's a small community, one that often has to remind people it exists.

For the rotating burlesque performers who participate, it's a chance for exposure, literally and figuratively. Each session begins with a routine. Seeing the final products, including what the artists emphasize or focus on, is also interesting, as Vi Vacious says.

Meanwhile, the artists get a mini-show and practice at their chosen medium. The theatrical nature of burlesque leads to interesting costuming and artistic challenges for budding artists. With Vi Vacious today there's the barely visible lines of her nude-colored leggings, the shimmering of her pasties and tassels, the ruffle of faux fur, the shadows forming a gulf between her exposed breasts.

"This is the perfect place for people coming into their art," says Jay Sin, a Dr. Sketchy's art monkey (as the participants are called). The amateur photographer has been here from the beginning and has missed only three dates in two years.

Today's special Burlesque Hall of Fame meeting has them at Firefly inside the Plaza Casino, where the rest of the weekend's festivities are occurring. Typically, the group meets every third Tuesday at Dino's Lounge, where drink and food specials abound. The events are free, though a tip jar for the model does make rounds.

Just over two dozen artists participate today, but some sessions have brought out 30 to 40 artists. Jay Sin remembers the group's humble beginnings, including one month where attendance was four: him, Cha Cha, the model and the model's sister.

"We wound up doing stick-figure contests," he recalls, "because everyone knew none of us could really draw."
Local burlesque dancer Vi Vacious performs during Dr. Sketchy's Anti-Art School, held at Firefly during the Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekend.

Those silly contests have lived on. In addition to the model picking her personal favorite after the 20-minute pose, Cha Cha sometimes hosts PlayDoh sculpture contests. Shitty prizes — "courtesy of me and the 99-cent store," Cha Cha proudly proclaims — are given to winners. Today's prizes include a Dr. Sketchy's button, a Slinky and something called "bitch soap."

"I try to encourage everyone to have fun," Cha Cha Velour says. "I tell them, 'Move if you need to. Talk! You can talk!'"

And you can joke. Sessions typically run three hours and within the first hour, the host already has bragged about the new mic she's purchased, had the bartenders introduce themselves and taken musical requests ("Slayer!" someone shouts). Cha Cha also asks the crowd to "give a round of applause for Vi Vacious' breasts." Not surprisingly, everyone was happy to oblige.
Nick Nocita, left, and Dave de Luna draw burlesque model “Vi Vacious” at Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School workshop during the 20th annual Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekend Saturday, June 5, 2010.
Photo: Sam Morris
Photo: April Corbin
Local burlesque dancer Vi Vacious performs during Dr. Sketchy's Anti-Art School, held at Firefly during the Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekend.
Photo: April Corbin
Dr. Sketchy's participant (called an art monkey) sketches Vi Vacious while she poses during a 20-minute session.
Photo: Sam Morris
Burlesque dancer Vi Vacious poses at Dr. Sketchy's Anti-Art School.