What Are You Working On?
In May, Sepulcultures DIY Publishing approached me to do a Dr. Sketchy's book. The Dr. Sketchy's Official Colouring Book will be is half-activity book for adults (those paper dolls get naked), and half scrapbook of my "decadent" figure drawing madness. And there are lots of illustrations! I'm writing it with John Leavitt, who's been my best friend since art school. On one hand, there are dirty paper dolls, mazes, and colouring book pages. On the other, it's a history of how the session started, and how to do your own. Thrown in are drawing tips, drinking games, sordid stories of working as a nude model, and the exact results of drinking 24 cups of expresso. It will express everything I like about Dr. Sketchy's itself.
Since college, I've been making my money drawing. What writing I have done has been confined to snarky journalistic pieces and art biz how-tos, so writing un-superficially has been a real challenge. I lived through the standard heartrending years of poverty and ramen, and working through university as a low-budget nude model -- think sitting in a furniture factory in the Bronx covered in yams while a married dentist clicks away. Since these parts of my life, especially my modeling, influence how I run Dr. Sketchy's, I want to write about them. But God, it's difficult not to be self-indulgent doing it.
Writing and illustrating 200 pages in three months. And making them good.
Being the caffeine junkies that we are, me and Leavitt decided to include, in the chapter "Bad Ideas', the results of drinking 24 cups of expresso in rapid succession (or, as many as possible before becoming violently ill). We haven't done the experiment yet, but we fear it.
Seeing the illustrations pile up in neat paper stacks, and feeling myself get better with each one. Rereading stories about my past, which feel like embarrassing anecdotes about a stranger.
Dr. Sketchy's Official Colouring Book is due out in December. Besides a sure-to-get-us-arrested release party, with naked dames, colouring book pages and a piñata, I'm showing all the original art from the book at Philly's Trinity Gallery in January.
After that, I don't know -- Hitching rides around the East Coast with a bundle of books on my back?
An even more extensive interview by the wonderful Rachel Kramer Bussel (who was interviewed for the What Are You Working On? series earlier this year). Rachel also published a piece about Dr. Sketchy in the Village Voice in June.
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published 1 Aug 06 on Too Beautiful. email copyright 2006 Mark Pritchard, Bernal Heights, San Francisco