About Alexandra Ru

Alexandra Ru is Berlin-based artist, also known as barsketcher, since she draws in the bars and clubs a lot.

Hi there

My name is Alexandra and I’m a sketchbook artist. I always have my sketchbook with me, in case I want to draw something. I live in Berlin and I usually draw on location, trying to tell little stories about places, I’ve sketched.

I draw a lot in the bars and clubs, so my instagram name is barsketcher. I try to go away from academical drawing approach and bring sketching into the daily routine. I also love to sketch in the places, where taking pictures is forbidden, that makes my drawings a single visual memories of this time.

My other passion is lifedrawings, I do organize burlesque lifedrawing sessions. I like to capture the burlesque performers especcially, check out upcoming Sketcherei's sessions!

I'm also open for commissions and collaborations. I do not paint everything, but if you have an idea, I would be happy to discuss it and do the best out of it!

I truly enjoy painting, so if you want to buy some of my art and support me, please drop me a message!

Travel sketching

When I’m traveling, I try to explore every city I visit through sketching on location. Of course, it takes longer time to draw something, than to take a picture of it. From the other hand, I observe things longer and from the different perspective. Sketching also helps me to find contact with the city residents. I always check up, if the local Urban Sketchers group has a meeting during the time I visit, and join them.

Sketcherei Burlesque lifedrawings

Before hosting burlesque lifedrawing I used to host regular nude life drawing sessions. To spice it up, I added 10 minutes slowmotion in the end, but often I ended up as the only one drawing slowmotion. Therefore, I was trying to think how to combine the movement and static poses in the drawing session.

The other aspect of Burlesque lifedrawing is fun. My first experience with life drawing session was at the Art academy in Moscow and there was no music, no pictures allowed (models were naked) and nobody talked to each other. If the mobile phone was ringing, organizers threw the person out of the class. So I really enjoyed drawing part, but not the rest.

Sketcherei Burlesque lifedrawing is all about the vibe. If you take the event out of the bar, remove the stage light and cheering audience - it will lose its heart. The performers do usually tell stories with their acts, so you never know what happens in the end. It makes me enjoy drawing the burlesque performers even more.