“Dr. Sketchy’s will cure you of every boring art class you’ve ever been to.”

– The Sunday Age, Melbourne

Dr Sketchy worldwide

Part art, part cabaret, all fun.

The world’s premier alternative drawing movement. Whether you’re an artstar or a scribbling newbie,
Dr. Sketchy’s is the perfect place to get your fill of drawing fun.

Harxest Mag describes the event as  “a room full of friendly people, an appreciation for art, beautiful models, unreal costumes and a truck load of fun times.” 

Melbourne is now the longest running session in the world, celebrating 9 years in 2015.

Dr. Sketchy is what happens when cabaret meets art school. Since 2006 we’ve been throwing events that let artists draw glamorous underground performers in an atmosphere of joyful mayhem. Founded in Brooklyn by art activist Molly Crabapple, making plans with local artist Mel Knight from her apartment in New York to bring the event to Melbourne.

Dr. Sketchy has now spread to over 150 cities in the world and changed the way life drawing is done for over 9 years in Melbourne.

Theatre and the visual arts have been separated for too long. We seek to combine them, providing a space for people of all abilities to draw the flourishing alternative performance scene that might otherwise be inaccessible to the lone artist.

Art brings people together, regardless of age, colour, gender or sexual orientation. We believe in using Dr. Sketchy to bring together the different subcultures of a city to create a community. Artists and art hobbyists of all stripes can attend, performers of all types can pose, local businesses can contribute as sponsors and venues. This bringing together of scenes and crossing of boundaries is essential to what we do.

Recent years has seen a formidable array of performers hit the Dr. Sketchy stage.  In keeping with our ethos  of providing an eclectic and exiting display of the country’s most unique and inspiring performers we greeted Tim Rogers of You am I, dancers of The Australian Ballet, a now traditional run of summer sessions in The Famous Spiegeltent hosting the talents of Opera star Ali McGregor with globetrotting burlesque star Gypsy Wood, cabaret chantuese Simoncee Page Jones and star of BRIEFS – all male vaudeville, The King of Boylesque Mark “Captain Kidd’ Winmill.


In 2010 a successful KickStarter campaign raised funds within hours to secure Melanie Knight a trip to speak on the success of the Melbourne branch at the 2nd International Sketchy-Con event.  Since that time we have appeared in numerous festivals around the country including Falls, Woodford, Boogie, Midsumma and Rites of Passage tattoo convention. and featured on Getaway, Farmer Wants a Wife, Time Out Magazine & The Lonely Planet Guide.  With an extra special pop-up session inside of Australia’s foremost Low-Brow gallery, Outre to launch US painter Sylvia Ji’s first international exhibition.

A boon to the art scene since its inception, promoting creativity and community in every city that runs one.   Providing a space for artists to draw the flourishing alternative scenes that include phenomenal performers and other unique muses that might otherwise be inaccessible to the lone artist.  It brings together students, amateurs and professionals into one space to socialize and create together with the aid of tunes and booze!

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Dr Sketchy Melbourne is run by Melanie Knight, find out more at www.hellomelanieknight.com