Next Session: Sat Aug 15 – TIKI OASIS session with Marina the Fire Eating Mermaid

*IMPORTANT NOTE*: August’s session will be at a different location than usual.

Marina the Fire Eating Mermaid poses for Dr Sketchy’s San Diego August session at Tiki Oasis, Sat Aug 15, 2015

Our next session is Saturday August 15 at Tiki Oasis. We are thrilled to be returning to this spectacular 4 day Tiki festival and to welcome back the beautiful Marina the Fire Eating Mermaid as our model. Details are below or get your advance tickets here (scroll down to find Dr. Sketchy’s).

Come and draw Marina the Fire Eating Mermaid in her Space Age inspired finery

Saturday August 15
3 – 6pm

Don’t miss your chance to draw this “Finned Femme Fatale” from Florida.

Drawing! Drinks! Contests! Prizes! Music!

Only $10!

Reserve your seat here.

at The Crowne Plaza Hotel – in the Atrium (in the hotel tower)
2270 Hotel Circle North
San Diego, CA 92108

Join us for an afternoon inspired by all things Tiki and Space Age and enjoy drawing, drinks and a carefully crafted music playlist (plus sweet treats from us!) and compete in silly contests for fabulous prizes!

Reserve your spot now for the best seats!

Bring your sketchpads and drawing implements.

Atrium, oh Atrium…special considerationsTiki Oasis Atrium photo
This year at Tiki Oasis, we are once again bringing artists outside to enjoy the exotic atmosphere of the Atrium with it’s gorgeous Tiki carvings, water features and foliage! Seeing as we’ll be in this lush outdoor locale, consider bringing:
-an easel or clipboard (we will not have as many tables as usual)
-a parasol or umbrella

Hotel site plan…
Click here for a site map of the hotel to help you locate the Atrium. It’s on the ground floor and in the north section of the hotel tower. Note: You do not need a Tiki Oasis wristband to get to us ;)

And, in case you were wondering, the answer is yes, you can still enjoy cocktails in the Atrium – you’ll just need to buy them at Islands, the hotel bar/lounge, or from the patio adjacent to the Lagoon Ballroom.

Tiki Oasis is “the largest and longest running Tiki Event on planet earth.” Four scrumptious days packed with good times, fun, shopping, symposiums, music and entertainment celebrating everything Tiki. This year’s theme at Tiki Oasis is “YESTERDAY’S FUTURE, TODAY!” celebrating the Space Age. Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School San Diego is honored to be part of this incredible event. (Find out all about Tiki Oasis here.)

Please note: There is much to see at Tiki Oasis during the day (for free too!) so come early and enjoy the classic car show, Tiki vendors, the Tiki Oasis Art Show and more before the Dr. Sketchy’s session. You’d need to buy a Tiki Oasis evening pass to enjoy any of the festivities and entertainment that happen after 5pm by the pool. The evening passes sell out so get them while you can!

Tiki Oasis 2014 banner

(P.S. And, as always, mark your calendars for next month’s session: Saturday September 19. Remember: you don’t have to wait for one of our public sessions – you can always book your very own session. Find out more here.)

Updated: This just in: Special COMIC-CON POP-UP SESSION on Sat July 11, 2015

[Updated to include location info (and we have another model too)]

There will be no regular session in July but…

Regular sessions are usually on the 3rd Saturday of every month from 3 – 6pm BUT…*there will be no regular session in July.*

However, we’ll have
a special (free!) COMIC-CON POP-UP SESSION this Saturday July 11.
Deets are below.

Come and draw costumers, artists and full time geek girls Ace and Cinsangel and a bit o’ Burlesque performer Peaches at our special pop-up session:

a bit o' Burlesque boa photoCOMIC-CON POP-UP SESSION
Saturday July 11
5 – 7pm
Convention Center stairs
between the entrances to Hall C & D
(see below for more info)

Drawing! Contests! Prizes!


Join us for a special Comic-Con inspired pop-up session – almost like a flash mob Dr. Sketchy’s style – and enjoy drawing and contests hosted by us. We’ll have also have prizes for the best costumes and gifts for art monkeys who bring their friends.

Important info and considerations…Costumers, artists and full time geek girls Ace and Cinsangel pose for Dr Sketchy’s San Diego Comic-Con pop-up session, Sat July 11, 2015

  • We will NOT be inside Comic-Con so you will not need a Comic-Con badge to join us…we will be “Comic-Con adjacent”
  • Parking downtown will be heinous…consider:
    -catching the trolley in
    -getting dropped off via taxi, Uber, pedicab, friend, etc
    -catching the Coronado ferry from Coronado across to the Convention Center
  • Getting through downtown to us will be like a pilgrimage…plan to arrive by 4:30pm so you can get to us/find us by 5pm
  • This is a surprise pop-up session – almost like a flash mob Dr. Sketchy’s style – so we will not have tables or chairs set up…consider bringing: an easel or clipboard for drawing and a cushion, blanket or fold up chair for sitting
  • Since it is a pop-up session there will be no advance reservations and “seating” will be first come first served – get there early if you want a good spot
  • The session will be outside so consider bringing:
    -a parasol or umbrella
  • Let’s make this the bestest pop-up session in history…
    invite your friends, family and co-workers to join us (it’s free after all) – we’ll have gifts for art monkeys who bring their friends!
    -feel free to come in costume – we’ll have prizes for the best costumes
    -help us spread the word –  follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and share, tweet and post about the session (@DrSketchySD, hashtag #DrSketchySD and #SDCC)
  • Bring your sketchpads and drawing implements…but we’ll have basic art supplies (paper and pencils) if you don’t want to lug yours around

Location, location, location…

  • The address of the Convention Center is:
    111 W Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92101
  • We’ll be on the Convention Center stairs between the entrances to Hall C and D. Here’s a photo of our location:
    Convention Center steps - empty with sign
  • Note the “No Comic Con Access” sign – if for some reason, we need to move our pop-session from these stairs, we’ll leave a note on the back of this sign with the new location info. We don’t foresee there being any issues but we have a plan B, just in case.
  • Here’s another photo of what it’ll look like with people:
    Convention Center steps - during Comic Con
  • And to help you find us, you can find a video of the location and what’s around it here

P.S. Mark your calendars for our next regular session: Saturday August 15 from 3 – 6pm. And remember you don’t have to wait for one of our public sessions – you can always book your very own session. Find out more here.

Dr. Sketchy’s San Diego February 2015 – ENFUIR AVEC LE ‪CIRQUE‬

Art monkeys descended to draw draw acrobat, aerialist, actor and trained idiot Travis Ti in our February session, ENFUIR AVEC LE ‪CIRQUE‬ (“Escape with the Circus”)! Photos by Matt Hohlfeld.

Contest time!

Art monkeys take a moment to express their love of Sketchy!

Back to the Circus.

Circus Poster Contest

Travis, always choking that poor chicken!

Lazy tug o’ war

Adieu until next time!

Dr. Sketchy’s San Diego February 2014 – Aphrodite’s Revenge

In honor of the month of love, costumers, artists and full time geek girls Ace and Cinsangel pose in Aphrodite’s Revenge.

Aphrodite, goddess of love and sexuality.

Aphrodite’s consort, the metalsmith god Hephaestus.

Dr. Sketchy’s San Diego November 2013 – FAE

Zoe Tantrum, singer, model, actress, performer extraordinaire, poses in our mystical November 2013 session – FAE.

Zoe serenades the crowd with the Diva’s song from “The Fifth Element”.

A Dark Fae.

Dr. Sketchy’s San Diego October 2013 – Valentina in a Vampire’s Paradise

Belly dance, burlesque, hooper, aerialist and more, Valentina (Unity) of Twisted Orbit and The Hoop Unit poses for our October session in A Vampire’s Paradise!

(Photos: Matthew Hohlfeld)

Dr. Sketchy’s San Diego September 2013 – Josie Bunnie

The gorgeous and vivacious Josie Bunnie poses in 3 different looks in our September 2013 session!

(Photos by Matthew Hohlfeld)

Josie in Space


Quite a carrot.


Attack of the Killer Carrots!

Finally, a visit from Mary Magdalene.