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Yolanda Shoshana Talks to Molly Crabapple

Molly Crabapple is the founder of the cool and quirky anti-art school, Dr. Sketchy’s (http://www.drsketchy.com), a school where budding artists can hone their artistic skills by drawing nude models while sipping a little bubbly. Dr. Sketchy’s is quickly expanding to cities outside of New York. Crabapple’s first book, “Dr. Sketchy’s Official Rainy Day Colouring Book,” hits bookstores this December.

I recently caught with the up with the award-winning illustrator to get the scoop on all that is Dr. Sketchy.

Molly Crabapple
Molly Crabapple

Yolanda Shoshana: Why did you start Dr. Sketchy's, the anti-art school?

Molly Crabapple: During art school, I worked as a model for life-drawing classes.
Going into it, I had all sorts of Parisian/absinthe/debauched fantasies about what it would be like- fantasies soon dashed by the actual experience.  Most art classes are grey and sterile.  Plus, the models make fifteen bucks an hour.   I wanted to create a drawing class
that jived with my desires.

Yolanda Shoshana: Dr. Sketchy's is now in ten cities and counting. Were you surprised at how quickly the concept gained popularity?

Molly Crabapple: Thirteen cities, actually. We just added Raleigh, Auckland and Glasgow. I'd credit Dr. Sketchy's spread in part to the popularity of the
burlesque scene, and in part to the fact that it's damn fun to drink and draw pretty girls.

Yolanda Shoshana: Your first book “Dr. Sketchy's Official Rainy Day Colouring Book” is coming out in December. What are some of the goodies in the book?

Molly Crabapple: Burlesque paper dolls; drinking games;  tragic tales of my ramen
years; nearly one hundred illustrations; witty commentary by my coauthor
Leavitt; luscious photos of Dr. Sketchy's around the globe; a snarky
board game telling you how to be an art star; the full lowdown on
starting your own Dr. Sketchy's.

Yolanda Shoshana: The New York Post gave you a hot title. How does it feel to be declared one of the sexiest New Yorkers?

Molly Crabapple: It's funny. When they were interviewing me, they asked me the same question.  I think those lists are a bit silly.  I mean, if I was going to pick "Hottest New Yorkers", I'd have probably mentioned Scarlett Johansson.  That said, Joanna Angel and Baron Vaughn are pretty hot.

Yolanda Shoshana: You have glowing success with Dr. Sketchy's, a new book coming out, and a sexy title. What is next for you in your artistic endeavors?

Molly Crabapple: I'm having a solo art show at Trinity Art Gallery in Philly.
(www.trinityartgallery.com). Besides that, selling “Dr. Sketchy's
Official Rainy Day Colouring Book”, and trying to take it on tour.
Speaking of which, if you [are in Philadelphia and] have a floor to crash on, call me.

To find out more about Molly Crabapple and “Dr. Sketchy Official Rainy Day Colouring Book”: www.drsketchy.com/book.php. The launch party for the book is December 6 th, 2006 @ The Slipper Room (free cake for all!)


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