In April I was honored to speak at Pecha Kucha night, on the subject of Dr Sketchy's.
PechaKucha Night was devised in Tokyo in February 2003 as an event for young designers to meet, network, and show their work in public.
It has turned into a massive celebration, with events happening in hundreds of cities around the world, inspiring creatives worldwide. Drawing its name from the Japanese term for the sound of "chit chat", it rests on a presentation format that is based on a simple idea: 20 images x 20 seconds. It's a format that makes presentations concise, and keeps things moving at a rapid pace.
After a flattering and thoughtful introduction by the organizer, Cause & Affect, and some heckling from my helper monkeys in the audience, I got on stage, knees knocking.
Although I'm comfortable on stage most times, I wasn't sure if the audience of 2000 was going to be ready for my opening sequence... featuring Burgundy Brixx's sequins!
From the sound of the audience's nervous laughter, I think they liked it. Each talk is 6 minutes long, which actually goes by very fast when you have alot to say.
I explained, Dr Sketchy's treats out models like STARS! We put them on display, their bodies, their costumes, and what you get to draw is not a faceless form, but a bursting personality.
Add some music, some fabulous prizes, and a loose lipped host with a penchant for wine (that's me!), and what you get is the lifedrawing class you never knew you always wanted.
Why can't lifedrawing be SEXY!
Have you ever been to a lifedrawing class where the model blew a fireball into the crowd? We stopped doing that though after we learned the hard way that artists are flammable...
All in all, Pecha Kucha is an amazing event and I leave feeling inspired every time, but this time I felt the exhilaration of a moment on stage and so lucky to be able to show off all the fabulous models I've been priveliged to work with for the past 3 years.