A brief look back on the beginnings of the sketchblog.
The early days of sssketch!
From the earliest point, the site started as a joint blog shared between myself, and another person named “Douggie”, who hosted the site at the time. Back then, the domain name was sketch.ssseen.com, and it was intended as a small sketchblog that we’d use to dump our sketches on and feel cool about ourselves.
The blog activity dwindled as both Douggie and myself posted less often, so in an attempt to revitalize the site I invited a few of my friends to post, which, as you might expect, did little to keep the blog active and in the end all dropped out.
As the end of 2010 drew closer, I vowed to pull the sketchblog out of inactivity, even if nobody else was looking, with the intention that I would use it as a place to post WIP images, rough sketches that would never be completed, and process posts and videos.
It was around this time that the shared sketchblog between Shoji, panties and riftgarret went down, and knowing panties, I asked if he wanted to join the blog and keep me company. After the addition of panties in late 2010, rift, and shortly afterwards, kaname joined in early 2011.
[Trivia] The first time I met rift on pchat he mistook me for panties, as we both used the pencil tool.
We now had a fairly active sketchblog (largely due to panties contributions), though I’m fairly certain we were the only ones checking our own blog, which didn’t deter us from battling for the front page.
[Trivia] Only three people have ever gotten a 4 post combo chain on Medical Whiskey; panties, riftgarret, and myself (pretty sure panties has blocked every other attempt).
Expansion, addition, and the birth of Medical Whiskey
May 2011 saw the addition of Doyora and tetsu, with kek, dskN, magi34 and Nigiriushi joining in September 2011. By the end of 2011, 123stw, DeliciousOrange, Shoji, animetorr, Magister, and Doom joined the sketchblog, plans for an Artbook were in the works and we finally shifted domain to the current medicalwhiskey.com
[Trivia] The name “Medical Whiskey” was suggested by none other than Nigiriushi, after going through a random word generator. You can find some other suggested names in this post.
Under the new domain, the blog was rebranded and cleaned up, with rift implementing the livestream viewer that now sits on the sidebar.
WIth more artists, collaborations, theme weeks and sketch sessions were now possible. Good times were had by all, and it was during this point that everyone really began to talk and interact.
[Trivia] We only ever made one attempt at co-ordinating a larger collaboration between all the artists, which never did get finished.
As 2012 crept onwards, the current artist roster was finalized with Spike, Ippus, raemz, and kaho joining the blog. By this stage, Medical Whiskey had grown to a size that I’d never previously imagined possible, so I made the decision to cap the member count and Medical Whiskey became what it is today.
And so we arrive at this current point in time. Many members have come and gone over the course of the sketchblog’s short existence. After having travelled to Japan and attending Comiket 82, completing and selling VOCA-fi and Fruitsポンチand finally getting to meet panties, rift and nano in person, I feel that now’s as good a time as any for me to take my leave, along with Nigiriushi and Spikewible, and pursue our own projects.
[Trivia] The “Fruitsポンチ” doujin sold out in the first 40 minutes of Comiket day 2. Given the small quantity we printed it in, it may well be the rarest doujin in the world.
Medical Whiskey will continue onwards, with panties as admin, ruling the blog with his iron fist and quality puns.
I feel that before I leave, there is something that perhaps requires some clarification. Medical Whiskey was never a drawfag blog, in fact the only artists who were drawfags before joining the blog are kek (kekekek/ke4), Nigirushi (Nanoha), Magister, dskN (duskNOISE), magi34, and myself (Zange).
[Trivia] I actually met nano (Nigiriushi) a long time ago, back when he posted under the Nanoha trip and I Zange, where we exchanged contact details for the ‘/a/ project’.
There is a strange misconception that Medical Whiskey was formed out of the “best” drawfags, when the reality was that most of the artists are not drawfags, and the ones who were I invited because I liked their art and wanted to learn from them and get to know them.
Medical Whiskey is not an elite drawing circle reserved for only the best. It’s a group of friends who draw and talk to each other. There are many skilled drawfags who never joined, JADF, Rpin, formerly-anon, and nias husbando to name just a few.
[Trivia] panties holds the highest post count on the blog, with myself in second, riftgarret third and magister in fourth.
I’ll be broadcasting one final livestream at livestream.com/atheoi just doodling/taking small requests, and also answering questions if anyone has them.
The stream will begin at this time: tmdwn.com/3db8
Everyone who has ever been in my streams and watched or chilled and talked has been amazing. The amount of crazy ideas and encouragement I’ve recieved has been something I really enjoyed and am thankful for.
Aside from that, it’s been a good run. Peace out, and keep it classy.