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Like I wrote yesterday, I decided to devote a separate post to my attendance at the latest installment of Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School in the Dupont Circle area of Washington, DC because it would have made my last post extremely long otherwise.

This event was held during DC Pride Weekend and it was also held on the same day as a big demonstration on the Mall for LGBTQ rights. I wasn’t able to make it because I attended Sunday service at my church that morning, Dr. Sketchy’s was supposed to begin at 3 p.m., and there’s the issue of Metro’s unreliable weekend service where you typically have to wait between 15 minutes to a half-an-hour for the next train. I wasn’t too bitter about missing the march because it was very hot outside. (The temperature went as high as 95 degrees with high humidity.)

I saw rainbow flags everywhere in Dupont Circle as I was walking to the Bier Baron, where the event was held. Even the Bier Baron itself was decked out in rainbow colors.

Once I was inside I even got in on the act by laying out my pencils in a rainbow pattern.

Once again Reverend Valentine hosted the event. I gave her this toy dinosaur that I found outside Makerspace 125 in Greenbelt, which was among the items that the STEM center invited the general public to take for free. (Makerspace 125 is currently undergoing some major spring cleaning and reorganization of the space.) I knew she was into dinosaurs so I figured what the hell since it was free and everything. (Besides, it gives me the excuse to post this picture right here.)

She loved it when I gave it to her. She said that it will live with the other toy dinosaurs that she has on display in her kitchen.

The event was pretty well-attended despite the fact that it was scheduled during DC Pride Weekend and that big march was still going on at the Mall just a few miles away. The model for this event was a burlesque performer named Amira Jade and some of these drawings are definitely NSFW.

There was only one contest at that event. This one was a beach theme. She said that she would also give extra points for including a dinosaur. So I had Amira Jade with Dino the Dinosaur.

I also decided to ad Batman surfing on a surfboard in the ocean as my personal tribute to Adam West, the actor who played Batman in the 1960’s TV series who had died the day before. It was based on this incredibly campy clip from the TV show.

My drawing made it among the finalists but I didn’t win. Oh well. You win some and you lose some.

I did a couple of more drawings of Amira Jade before the event ended.

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Ramadan

For all the times I’ve been to Dupont Circle, I’ve never went there during DC Pride Weekend, even though I’ve lived in the Washington, DC area for years. The only reason why I went this year was because Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School was held at the Bier Baron that day. I originally planned on writing one post until I looked through the pictures and realized that I had taken so many that it really warranted writing two separate blog posts about my one day in Dupont Circle during DC Pride Weekend. This post will focus on the photographs I took that day while the Dr. Sketchy’s post will have to wait until the next one.

DC Pride Weekend had a big parade and party that took place in Dupont Circle the previous day. I wasn’t able to make it because of tight finances (the Metro system is not only getting more expensive but yet another fare increase is set to take place by the end of this month) and this heatwave has settled in the area so the temperature reached a high of around 95 degrees F.

The following day it was still very hot and humid with highs reaching 95 once again. At least the Metro trains are air conditioned and I spent as much time in the various air conditioned stores as possible. While Saturday was the big party and parade in Dupont Circle, Sunday was slated as a day of protest on the Mall. I wasn’t able to make it to that protest mainly because I attended church in the morning and Dr. Sketchy’s started at 3 p.m. so there was literally no way I could squeeze going to the National Mall in between (especially given Metro’s flaky weekend schedule where you could wait anywhere from 15 minutes to a half-an-hour or even longer depending on which stop you’re at and if Metro is doing any kind of maintenance work on a certain line at a certain station). I saw this couple who were clearly on their way to the Mall march.

I arrived at the Dupont Circle Metro station, which was definitely decorative for the occasion by having its list of scheduled trains arranged like the rainbow flag.

It was also fitting that the same station had this banner ad for Cher’s upcoming concert at the MGM casino in nearby National Harbor.

I didn’t mind missing the big march on the Mall, especially when I stepped outside and felt the high heat and high humidity smack me in the face. There were people milling around in Dupont Circle but I suspect that there were far more people protesting at the Mall. The first thing I did was head over to Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe where I saw these LGBTQ-friendly signs.

There was also this excellent sign that made fun of Donald Trump’s notorious “covfefe” tweet by announcing a new Covfefe cocktail featuring White Russian while providing quotes from former FBI director James Comey’s recent testimony that introduced the phrase “honest loyalty” into the English language.

I browsed among the books at Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe while noticing this prominent shelf towards the front of the store featuring LGBTQ books.

I also saw rainbow flags and store patrons who were all decked out in rainbow and/or LGBTQ-themed attire .

After Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe I walked along the streets of Dupont Circle where I noticed rainbow flags everywhere and people dressed in rainbows. I took the bulk of these pictures before and after Dr. Sketchy’s. (Hooray for longer daylight hours!)

I eventually made my way to the Bier Baron, where Dr. Sketchy’s took place. Even that place was decked out in rainbows.

I even got into the rainbow festivities by taking pictures of my colored pencils all lined up in a loose Roy G Biv rainbow pattern (which also included colors one usually don’t see in a rainbow like brown and white) before Dr. Sketchy’s began.

Like I wrote earlier, I’ll devote my next post to what I drew at Dr. Sketchy’s.

While there were rainbow colored palettes everywhere in Dupont Circle, I found this one interesting non-rainbow thing that I photographed. This is a tiny statue (which reaches no higher than my calf) of a baby sleeping on top of a baby elephant. How cute!

I ended my time at the fountain that’s located right in the middle of Dupont Circle. There were a few people chilling out even though it was dinnertime and the temperature was very hot and humid. Strangely the fountain was turned off that day plus the basin had no water in it. (I honestly don’t know what is going on with that fountain.)

That’s it for now. Stay tuned for my next post on attending Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School at the Bier Baron during DC Pride Weekend. 🙂

I headed to Dupont Circle to check out Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School at the Bier Baron in Washington, DC. Usually I would get to Dupont Circle by taking the Green Line Metro from the Greenbelt station, transfer to the Red Line at the Fort Totten station then taking that train the rest of the way to the Dupont Circle station. This particular Sunday the Greenbelt station was closed because Metro was doing this month-long Safe Track work and it was offering shuttle buses as a substitute.

Rather than dealing with shuttle buses, I decided to go from Sunday service at my church and drive to the Silver Spring Metro station because it’s on the Red Line (plus I wouldn’t have to do any transfers). It also gave me an opportunity to take a few photographs of this charming penguin mural that was recently erected outside the station.

A homeless person’s belongings sit across from the penguins wall mural.

Once I arrived in downtown Washington, DC I saw this dog sticking its head outside the window of a car that was driving through Dupont Circle.

Here’s a welcoming sign that was posted in the window of Second Story Books.

The next few photos show the window display at 1 West Dupont Circle Wines & Liquors, including Absolute Vodka in a rainbow bottle and a few skull-shaped decanters.

I found this interesting relief outside one of the buildings in Dupont Circle.

I eventually made my way to the Bier Baron where Dr. Sketchy’s was held. The model for this event was a burlesque performer named Candy del Rio. Some of the drawings in this post are definitely NSFW.

There was only one contest during this event, which I took part in. The theme was science (in a nod to the March For Science, which was held in Washington, DC the day before.) I decided to go for science fiction and incorporate the movie Jurassic Park and dinosaurs.

I won that contest and my prize was a drink of my choice from the bar. I chose a hard cider that made me a bit loopy. (Fortunately I had taken the Metro so I was pretty much sober by the time I reached my car at the Silver Spring Metro station.)

I did a couple more drawings of Candy del Rio before the event ended.

I took a few more photographs after I left Dr. Sketchy’s and the Bier Baron starting with this window display.

I really love this building with the red brick. This one houses the Portuguese Embassy.

I’ll end this post with yet another dog sticking its head outside the window of a car.

I went to my second Dr. Sketchy’s event in 2017 but it was my first one in DC for this year. It was raining that day so I didn’t do much walking around in DC other than walking from the Dupont Circle Metro station to the Bier Baron.

This is the rare Dr. Sketchy’s event in that all of my drawings are perfectly safe to view at work or school. That’s because the model for this event, Alyssum, is a belly dancer not a burlesque performer. Alyssum is also a contortionist so I have some drawings where she’s posed in some pretty unusual looking positions.

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Alyssum made a costume change where she posed in this pretty colorful outfit.

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Alyssum made one more costume change where she was dressed in a mermaid-themed outfit.

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Unlike all of the other Dr. Sketchy’s I’ve attended in the past, there were no contests at this one. It was pure drawing the entire time. Alyssum is also a jewelry designer and artist and she had some of her work on sale at that event. (I didn’t buy anything because of tight finances.) You can view and buy some of her work here and here.

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I went to the last Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School event in Washington, DC for 2016. Once again it was held at the Bier Baron located in Dupont Circle. When I was on my way to taking the Metro at the Greenbelt station I found this Christmas Panda display hyping the annual ZooLights event that’s currently going on at the National Zoo through January 1, 2017.

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I last went to ZooLights back in 2012. Come to think of it, it also happened to be the last time I actually visited the National Zoo. I made a mental note that I should go and see it again at some point (especially since the admission is free).

As I was walking towards the Bier Baron I noticed that the Church of the Pilgrims had these large banners hanging outside and they were both visible from a distance.

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The larger of the two was a #BlackLivesMatter banner, which streamed down the belfry.

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Outside the front entrance is a rainbow banner with the words “ALL ARE WELCOME” written underneath. Dupont Circle is DC’s LGBTQ area so it makes sense for a Presbyterian church to reach out to people in that community.

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I eventually made it to the Bier Baron, where I shot this promo poster for the latest Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School to be held there.

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A burlesque performer known as Cherie Sweetbottom was the model for that event. Some of the drawings in this entry are definitely NSFW.

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This event only had one contest that day. We had to draw Cherie Sweetbottom as the Virgin Mary (which was a nod to the upcoming Christmas season). I had an idea of somehow having her give birth to the notorious Christmas demon Krampus. Here is what I drew.

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I won that contest. My prize was a drink of my choice from the bar. (I picked one of the fruity beers whose name now escapes me.) That drawing even led me to create Trumpus, which I now have on sale in my RedBubble store.

I did a few more drawings of Cherie Sweetbottom before the event ended.

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On the way out I took one photo of flyer announcing a Grampus-themed burlesque show that was taking place at the Bier Baron a few days later. I wasn’t able to make it but I only took the photo because I liked the design of the flyer.

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After going to Dr. Sketchy’s I headed towards the White House to check out the National Christmas Tree, which I’ll write about in a future post.

I had a pretty busy weekend. On June 11 I went to Hon Fest in Baltimore. At noon on June 12 I went to the grand opening of the new SCETA Japan Center, which I wrote about in my last post. After going to that event I went on the Metro to Dupont Circle where I attended yet another session of Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School at the Bier Baron.

The model for this session was Reggie Bügmüncher, who’s known as Philadelphia’s Queen of the Sideshow. She’s not your typical burlesque performer. I previously drew her at the Baltimore Dr. Sketchy’s event last year and she began the evening with eating live worms on stage. She didn’t bring worms this time but she did a brief performance where she laid on barbed wire and she invited a member of the audience to kneel on a board that was placed on top of Reggie. If all that wasn’t enough, she was even briefly in the news last year regarding that British Airways plane that caught fire at a Las Vegas airport. (She wasn’t on that plane. She happened to be in the airport terminal waiting for another flight when she looked out the window, saw the plane on fire, took a photo of it, and uploaded it to social media. The mainstream media—especially in the UK—noticed her name and things took off from there.)

Here are my drawings from that event, some of which are definitely NSFW.

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There was only one contest at that event and I took part in it. Reggie had changed into this sexy cowgirl outfit and we were supposed to incorporate a rodeo clown. I decided on Donald Trump because he’s a total buffoon and his increasingly ridiculous campaign contains rhetoric that a circus clown could easily spout for laughs. Plus his orange skin helps with the clown makeup. Of course I drew him with a gag over his mouth, which would be a definite improvement in real life. (LOL!) My drawing didn’t make it among the finalists.

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I did a few more drawings of Reggie Bügmüncher, including ones where she’s wearing an outfit that actually exposes one of her nipples. (She didn’t wear a pastie that day.)

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On the way back to the Metro I took a couple shots of these colorful rainbow bottles that were sitting in the window of this liquor store.

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I went to another session of Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School, this time at the Bier Baron in Washington, DC. It rained off and on that day so I didn’t do as much walking in the Dupont Circle area as I did on previous Dr. Sketchy’s DC trips. On my way to the Bier Baron I managed to take a photo of these three skull decanters that were displayed in the window of a liquor store.

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The model for this Dr. Sketchy’s session was a burlesque performer known as Gigi Holliday of Gilded Lily Burlesque. Some of the drawings in this entry are definitely not safe for work (NSFW).

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There was one contest that was held during this event and I took part in it. The challenge was to incorporate either a mushroom, a unicorn, or both. I decided to have Gigi Holliday ride on the back of the main character from the Robot Unicorn Attack video game. My drawing didn’t make it to the finals.

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I did this last drawing of Gigi Holliday before the event ended.

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I spent the first Sunday in December attending another session of Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School at the Bier Baron in Washington, DC.

When I got off the Metro at Dupont Circle I encountered this protest.

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Yes, it was a group of Muslims who were protesting ISIS and terrorism in general. I hear so many right wing people in the media saying that all Muslims are terrorists but this march I saw directly contradicted that belief. Not only are all Muslims not terrorists but only a very tiny majority of them are actually waging violent jihad.

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These right wingers will denounce all Muslims for being terrorists yet they are strangely silent on white Christians who also commit terrorism, such as Robert Lewis Dear and Dylann Storm Roof.

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Having seen first-hand the outpouring of Muslims denouncing the terrorist extremists like ISIS makes Donald Trump’s call for a total ban on Muslims from entering the United States and refusal to rule out warrantless searches and ID cards for Muslims even more odious and more Hitler-like.

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The next two photographs show some of the flyers and postcards that the protesters were handing out to bystanders.

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I took one last shot as the protesters were walking south of Dupont Circle.

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I ate a quick lunch as Cosi then I walked over to the Bier Baron. On my way there I took a couple of photos of this wall mural that’s located on the side on this building on P Street, N.W.

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Not only does this mural depict a scene from The Wizard of Oz but it is also an example of a trompe l’oeil with a depiction of a realistic window that looks like it faces a view of the yellow brick road and the Emerald City in the distance.

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I arrived at the Bier Baron just in time for the start of Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School. A bellydancer named Naimah was the model so she was more clothed than the burlesque performers who usually serve as models. But she definitely had a way with a sword, as some of these drawings show.

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There was only one contest at that event and I took part in it. Since the latest Star Wars movie was opening soon, the challenge was to put Naimah in a scene from any of the films. I had Naimah laying triumphantly on the body of Jabba the Hutt, whose throat she slashed with one of her long swords. That drawing didn’t make it to the finals.

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After the contest I did a few more drawings of Naimah before the event ended.

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Even though the event ended at 6 p.m. it felt like it was much later at night since it has been getting dark earlier and earlier. I noticed a bar and restaurant located around the corner from the Bier Baron called The Fireplace, which has a fireplace facing the street outside.

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The fireplace at The Fireplace is covered with plexiglass, which felt warm when I put my hand on it.

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I also made a brief stop at Fantom Comics since it was on the way back to the Metro station.

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As you can guess from the name, Fantom Comics is a comic book store that’s located on the second floor of a building. The stairwell leading to the store is decorated with posters, drawings, and paintings, which makes it very colorful and interesting.

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Commuting to Dupont Circle on a Sunday afternoon was way more pleasant than it was at the last DC Dr. Sktechy’s event back in July (where it was very hot and very humid). For this time around, I was able to walk around more outside because it was a very pleasant day. Even though it was a bit on the cloudy side, it was still one of those perfect weather days where it wasn’t too hot or too cold. As a result, I was able to do some leisurely walking around outside while I took a few photos.

While I was waiting for the subway train at the Greenbelt Metro Station, I saw a woman wear this outfit. I took a photo of her and I posted it on Facebook. One of my Facebook friends told me that she was probably either going to or from Baltimore Comic-Con, which was being held that weekend. (I’ve been to Baltimore Comic-Con other years but the last time I went was two years ago. I skipped last year because of tight finances. I skipped this year because, well, I basically forgot about it until it was too late because I had already made other plans that weekend. Well, there’s always next year. LOL!)

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Here is the fountain in the middle of Dupont Circle.

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Here’s a wheat pasted sign announcing Pope Francis’ visit to Washington, DC just a few days earlier. I didn’t take the opportunity to see the Pope during his time in DC because I knew that it was going to be crowded as all hell and I just didn’t want to deal with it. (One of my friends from my church happened to be in DC during the time when the Pope was traveling on the streets and he got a clear shot of Pope Francis, which he then uploaded on to Facebook. He was lucky that day. LOL!)

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I arrived to Dupont Circle a little early because I wanted to check out yet another nearby landmark that’s mentioned on Roadside America.com’s website. It’s located outside a restaurant known as the Russia House.

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The main reason why this place is mentioned on Roadside America is because of this interesting bust of Andrei Sakharov, a nuclear physicist who was known as the father of the Soviet nuclear program but he later became a Soviet dissident who was a human rights activist against nuclear proliferation. He won the Nobel Peace Prize for his activities.

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He looks like he is either under a lot of stress or he has a major migraine coming on and he’s rubbing his temples with his fingers for relief.

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The bust stands on top of this tall pole that’s planted in the ground that’s below street-level.

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Here’s a shot of Sakharov looking out over Connecticut Avenue, N.W. (or if he would be looking at that street if his eyes weren’t sculpted shut).

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Located a few doors down from the Russia House is something that’s not even listed on Roadside America but I think it’s worth noting anyway since it involves another bust of a famous figure that’s roughly the same dimensions as the Sakharov bust. Near the Russia House is the Argentinian Embassy.

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Near the entrance to that embassy is a gold bust of General Manuel Belgrano, who was one of the heroes of the Argentine Wars of Independence from Spain and who also created the Argentine flag.

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I took a few general photos of the Dupont Circle area going to and from the Russia House.

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I took a slightly different route to the Bier Baron, where I came upon another memorial statue that wasn’t mentioned on the Roadside America site. This one was dedicated to Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk, who was the first President of Czechoslovakia from 1918-1935.

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I’ll admit that this memorial resonated personally with me because one of my ancestors, Anton Znamonascek, immigrated to the United States from Prague, which was located in the Czech state of Bohemia and was part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. After that empire was dissolved following World War I, Bohemia was merged with another Czech state, Moravia, and the Slavic state of Slovakia to form the nation of Czechoslovakia. After Masaryk’s death, Czechoslovakia would subsequently become invaded by the Nazis followed by being part of the Iron Curtain under the domination of the Soviet Union. When the Cold War ended, Czechoslovakia became independent once again only to fragment further into two separate countries—the Czech Republic and Slovakia. Masaryk is still revered in both nations as a symbol of democracy.

I eventually made it to the Bier Baron, where the first thing I did was take a photo of the stage before the event began.

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After that photograph, I switched to pencil and paper since Dr. Sketchy’s is supposed to be a life-drawing session. The model for this session was burlesque performer Maria Bella of Gilded Lily Burlesque so most of the drawings in this post are definitely not safe for work or school.

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After a short break, Maria Bella changed into this costume where she resembled legendary Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash.

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The one contest I participated in was one where we had to somehow incorporate the 1980’s. The prize was something that was a tie-in with the upcoming latest movie in the Star Wars franchise that’s scheduled to be released at the end of the year. Here’s my entry.

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I decided to include Nancy Reagan wearing her signature red dress with her catchphrase “Just Say No” written on it. I was inspired by that illustration of Nancy Reagan I saw on this vintage Cyclone pinball machine the last time I visited Crabtowne USA.

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Since the prize involved Star Wars, I decided to add Darth Vader (especially since the last two movies in the original trilogy were released in the 1980’s). I ended up winning that Star Wars prize. Here’s what I won from that contest.

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It’s a Hot Wheels version of the Millennial Falcon from the Star Wars movies.

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I have to admit that the tiny details are pretty amazing.

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According to the packaging, the Millennial Falcon comes with a stand that one can either use to display on a flat surface or wear on a finger like a ring. (Or an oversized ring since the Millennial Falcon weighs pretty heavy on the hand compared to a regular ring.)

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The only finger I can fit the stand on is my pinky. I think it’s because Hot Wheels are made for children and children’s fingers tend to be smaller than an adult’s. In any case, it’s still a pretty neat prize to have won.

After winning that contest, I did two more drawings of Maria Bella (wearing a different outfit) before the event ended.

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It was a pretty fun event. In addition, the couple who runs the Baltimore Dr. Sketchy’s events arrived at the Bier Baron with their baby daughter, who’s totally adorable. (I didn’t get any pictures of the child so you’ll just have to take my word for it.) It was a pretty good day for me. 🙂

Even though that weekend featured the much-hyped hottest days of the year, it was still action-packed for me starting with that special double feature movie showing of Heavy Metal Parking Lot and Led Zeppelin Played Here late on Friday night. Then there was the brief visit with my mother and the special Bingo event on Saturday. And there was also that tye-dye event I went to at my church before I arrived in DC for another session of Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School.

Between the very hot weather and the fact that I had done a bunch of other activities throughout the weekend, I wasn’t up for doing much exploring of the Dupont Circle area. Instead I ate a leisurely lunch at the Cosi that’s located near the Dupont Circle Metro station while basking in the air conditioning. After lunch I walked over to Kramerbooks & Afterwords where I browsed some books while basking in air conditioning. After a while I decided that I was in the mood for some ice cream so I walked over to the nearest locally-owned ice cream parlor known as Larry’s Homemade Ice Cream. I ordered the Decadent Chocolate ice cream cone and consumed it while basking in the air conditioning. (Boy, was it good!)

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I arrived at the Bier Baron a little bit early so I decided to check out this monument that’s located on a median strip directly across the street. It’s dedicated to someone named Taras Shevchenko, who’s known as the Bard of Ukraine. Based on what I read on his Wikipedia page, it looks like Shevchenko is the Ukrainian equivalent of William Shakespeare. It’s a pretty nice looking memorial.

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I entered the Bier Baron and went to the women’s restroom where I saw Toilet Trivia posted everywhere in the bathroom like this one.

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I took a picture of this voodoo doll that was on display before Dr. Sketchy’s began. I later learned that it belonged to the model for this event.

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After I took that last photo, my smartphone abruptly shut itself down because it had ran very low on battery power and I had forgotten to bring a recharger with me. But that was alright because I had to change to colored pencils and paper any way since it’s a life drawing event.

The model for this session was Alex Doll, who’s a consulting event producer for Ripley’s Believe It or Not and she’s currently in the process of putting on sideshows at the various Ripley’s Odditorium throughout the U.S., including its Baltimore and Ocean City location. (Which brought back memories of the last time I went to the Baltimore Odditorium a few hours after I spent the morning in divorce court.) She’s also the Creator/Producer/Director of Atomic Doll Productions, which specializes in sideshows. Some of the drawings in this post are sort of NSFW-ish depending on your personal point of view.

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At one point Alex Doll lived up to her name when she posed with this interesting looking ringmaster doll. I focused more on the doll in her lap, which is why she appears headless in this drawing.

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I took part in the contest where you had to add a tiki feature to the drawing mainly because Alex Doll had changed costumes to something that looks vaguely Polynesian. I drew this one of a tiki god or idol setting her grass skirt on fire with a tiki torch. That one didn’t make it to the finals.

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After that contest I drew a few more pictures of Alex Doll.

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I took part in the final contest of the day. Alex Doll had changed into a costume she called “Swamp Thing” so we had to incorporate a Swamp Thing. Two winners would be selected because there were two books to give away. I really went for it with gusto. I envisioned a movie called Godzilla Meets Swamp Thing with a child resulting from that encounter nine months later. (I’ll admit that I was inspired by the early 1980’s miniseries V where a teenage girl actually became pregnant by an alien visitor who was later revealed to be a lizard-like creature disguised as a human male. I remember she gave birth to twins—one was a human baby girl with a long forked tongue and the other was a lizard-like boy.)

For added measure I included a few critic review quotes. One was from Beavis & Butt-head. The second was from Bill Cosby because that morning The Guardian app on my smartphone sent a push notification about a new article further detailing his deposition from 10 years ago where he essentially admitted drugging women so he could do whatever he wanted with them. (As if I didn’t need new evidence convincing me that Cosby is little more than a total creep who only avoided prison because he was rich and famous.) For the third quote I mentioned Phyllis Schlafly because that woman has recently been making obnoxious public pronouncements like this one and that one.

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My picture was among three finalists and I was one of the two winners. Here is a photo of the book that I won. It’s called Ragnar’s Kings of the Road and it was published by Baby Tattoo Books. It’s an interesting sketchbook based on real people that the artist Ragnar met while traveling across the United States.

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Between what I won at both Dr. Sketchy’s and at Bingo the day before, I had one of the most winning weekends in a very long time. 🙂

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