Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School

by LeighKaren Labay 

“So a funny thing happened to me on my way to World Café Live…”

I wandered into quite an interesting scene – fully clothed figure models dressed as naughty schoolgirls while being earnestly sketched by artists of every conceivable shape, size, profession, and age. It was amazing to look at. I even felt like drawing something, and I can barely draw a straight line!

It was Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School, one of many across the world. This one happens to be kept alive by the very talented artist in his own right, Steve Cleff, who was kind enough to sit down with me and discuss what exactly Dr. Sketchy’s is about. For him it’s a labor of love.

Dr. Sketchy’s was conceived in Brooklyn by Molly Crabapple, a talented artist and designer, as an egalitarian place for artists and non-artists to come and draw. The models are live and fully clothed, although the outfits change often. It’s open to everyone, and is one answer to the sometimes serious and stuffy atmosphere of more traditional drawing sessions.  

The ladies are lovely and BOY can they hold a pose! Little Darling, Tanya F., and Candy Mayhem (the MC) were all wonderful ladies, and just being around them made me feel more empowered, so much so that I will be modeling for Dr. Sketchy’s as well! (Stay tuned!)

world cafe live


quiet time

sketch of little darling



legs collage

ipad little darling