Big, beautiful, lusty women. Gorgeous, gigantic, muscled men. Fantastic animals and larger-than-life settings. This is the wonderful world of Molly Crabapple: the woman who married art and burlesque and watched them make beautiful music together with Dr. Sketchy's Anti-Art School.
Dr. Sketchy's Anti-Art School is an amazing event. Roughly twice a month (in the NY location) artists come to sketch live models, but not just any live models, actual cabaret performers. Skits, performances, music, all kinds of festivities. So much more than just a bunch of artists sketching models.
Molly Crabapple started these events in Brooklyn back in 2005. People in other cities wanted to join in the fun, so now there are over 100 branches all over the world!
The World of Molly Crabapple contains artists and performers from all walks of life. Her vibrant images capture happy, smiling people that we'd like to get to know. Not just the most beautiful women around but also circus performers, muscle-men and lots of other interesting characters. You will notice that many of these pieces show their subjects on stage, with adoring fans surrounding them.
As you can see in this gallery, Molly likes to put lots and lots of characters into her work. And image is packed with detail. You can look at these pictures all day long and still not see all the cool touches in them.
And most of her characters are very talented. Not necessarily in the boring usual way, but with talents that amaze and astound. Just check out these women - not just beautiful, but with many arms. And the audience loves them - just look at the money flowing.
Here is another image with a woman looking into a mirror (you'll see many mirrors in Molly's work). But this woman is a bit different from the others. She still has an adoring audience, but it looks like they are actually sucking up her essence.
Molly's work moves from the paper and canvas to everyday objects, like this acrylic on wood paneling. This does not look like your typical pachyderm! This work is called 'A Cry for Help" and is in a gallery showing to benefit endangered species all around the world.
With Valentine's Day just around the corner, I thought this piece was appropriate. Imagine getting a love letter like this in the mail on February 14th.
Woman as Balloon - all aboard! Kind of a steampunky look to it, but without all the metal and gears and clockwork. Air-powered (or air-woman powered). I love the little women frolicking in the bath below as they travel.
Poster for the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art. One of these days I've got to get myself over there.
Recurring theme - woman as ballon, but this one is a bit different. It looks like her face and breasts are the balloons and her adoring audience is painting her.
This artwork is called Dark Pop II. I love this bird.
Interesting image which may or may not involve sewing...
This one says it all. You've got this gorgeous woman surrounded by all sorts of animals. In addition, there are hot air balloons floating around her (actually they're not exactly hot air ballons because the area under the balloon where you would expect a passenger basket looks more like a fish bowl. Perhaps they are underwater hot air balloons???)
Civilizations: look closely at the bottom and you will see not only Adam and Eve, but also the snake. Lots of big city landmarks behind her from all over the world. I could look at this one for hours and hours. It's just breathtaking.
Another beautiful woman, or is she an angel? She has wings. And she has a lot of admirers, too. Now in this piece we see the hot air balloons carrying wine glasses, tea cups and other assorted drinkware - way cool.