Sex Work Art Performances at the Schwules Museum

Marianne Chargois performs The Golden Flux at Schwules Museum by Suzanne Forbes Jan 16 2020I really loved being at the Schwules Museum  for the finissage of Objects of Desire.

The Schwules Museum is bright and welcoming, and the days’ events were a celebration of International Whore’s Day. So many wonderful sex workers were in the house, proclaiming their identity and power, demanding examination of their humanity. And the live art was amazing!

Actress, activist , filmmaker and worker Marianne Chargois performed The Golden Flux, a live experience piece about urophilia and sex work. It was an extremely beautiful and exhilarating work – the crowd absolutely cheered as the clouds of steam rolled out into the room.

You can see Ms. Chargois “standing on a self made chemical mountain of piss, dry ice and water” on the insta feed of the performer shown below, Liad Hussein Kantorowicz. Read more about The Golden Flux here.

Liad Hussein Kantorowicz performs Unidentified at Schwules Museum Jan 16 2020 by Suzanne ForbesPerformance artist and activist Liad Hussein Kantorowicz, a terrorist pussy superstar, performed Unidentified .

Liad is a spokesperson for sex workers’ rights and a founder of a Berlin peer project for migrant sex workers at Hydra.

Both these artists are doing crucial work illuminating the reality of sex workers. I am so grateful to live in a city where there is a museum that supports art like this.

Maxine poses for Berlin Stripper Collective Life Drawing!

Life drawing Maxine at Berlin Stripper Collective Life Drawing Jan 6 2020 by Suzanne Forbes 11Life drawing with strippers is the best idea!

This brilliant idea was conceived by UK group East London Strippers’ Collective. Creative sex workers in Berlin decided to do it too!

Life drawing Maxine at Berlin Stripper Collective Life Drawing Jan 6 2020 by Suzanne Forbes 11Maxine was the beautiful, athletic young model. Strippers are extremely strong and graceful, so they can take and hold wild poses!

Maxine at Berlin Stripper Collective Life Drawing Jan 6 2020 by Suzanne ForbesAbove and below, actual one-minute poses!Maxine at Berlin Stripper Collective Life Drawing Jan 6 2020 by Suzanne Forbes 8

Maxine at Berlin Stripper Collective Life Drawing Jan 6 2020 by Suzanne Forbes
Maxine at Berlin Stripper Collective Life Drawing Jan 6 2020 by Suzanne Forbes

This session was held at Angels Tabledance, a cozy and comfortable club just over the Prenzlauerberg border.

Maxine at Berlin Stripper Collective Life Drawing Jan 6 2020 by Suzanne ForbesMaxine at Berlin Stripper Collective Life Drawing Jan 6 2020 by Suzanne Forbes 8I saw fellow Berlin artists like Alexandra Ru (@barsketcher) and Sam (@midnightillustration).

Maxine at Berlin Stripper Collective Life Drawing Jan 6 2020 by Suzanne Forbes 8Maxine at Berlin Stripper Collective Life Drawing Jan 6 2020 by Suzanne Forbes 8I decided to experiment and brought my new water-filled brush pens, which was really fun.

Maxine at Berlin Stripper Collective Life Drawing Jan 6 2020 by Suzanne Forbes 8The washes of cadmium yellow are from a Dr. Martin’s ink bottle from the studio of late comics trailblazer Marie Severin.

Maxine at Berlin Stripper Collective Life Drawing Jan 6 2020 by Suzanne Forbes 8Colleen Doran sent it to me for supporting her on Patreon!

Maxine and Chloe at Berlin Stripper Collective Life Drawing Jan 6 2020 by Suzanne ForbesHere’s Maxine giving a lap dance to Chloe, another member of the collective!

Maxine at Berlin Stripper Collective Life Drawing Jan 6 2020 by Suzanne Forbes 10This drawing and the one below were drawn from memory, not poses, using my “mental snapshot” technique developed in my years as a courtroom artist.

Maxine at Berlin Stripper Collective Life Drawing Jan 6 2020 by Suzanne Forbes 10Life drawing event producer @chiquilovelovelove did a great job and I am most grateful for a lovely event!

Maxine at Berlin Stripper Collective Life Drawing Jan 6 2020 by Suzanne Forbes 12Check the Berlin Strippers Collective website for lots of upcoming Life Drawing sessions at several locations.Maxine at Berlin Stripper Collective Life Drawing Jan 6 2020 by Suzanne Forbes 12

Such a joy to live in a city with so many talented artists, where both life drawing and sex work are valued!

As usual these drawings are licensed Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) for all to share and enjoy! Feel free to print for your home.

In addition, I release the copyright on each drawing to the performer shown and they may use the drawings for their own profit and pleeeasssure in any way they choose.

More drawings of the gorgeous naked people!

L at Lydias from 2017 fin Dec 31 2019 by Suzanne ForbesI finally finished up a bunch more of these drawings of Berlin life drawing muses E & L.

E & L, aka Rosiichbinnackt, no longer do life modeling so I was damn lucky to draw them! That’s L above; I just drew her twice 😉

E and L at Lydias 2 from 2017 fin Dec 31 2019 by Suzanne ForbesYou can see the previous posts from these wonderful community drawing sessions here and here.

E and L at Lydias 2 from 2017 fin Dec 31 2019 by Suzanne ForbesThe sessions were hosted by Lydia Schuchmann and Flavia Scuderi, two immensely talented professional working artists.

E and L at Lydias 3 from 2017 fin Dec 31 2019 by Suzanne ForbesI wish you could see all the other drawings that were made there, there were some terrific draughtspeople!

Eli at Lydias from 2017 fin Dec 31 2019 by Suzanne ForbesAnd it was at one of these drawing sessions that I borrowed a chalk marker from Lydia. Using white chalk markers has opened up my drawings so much!!

L sketch at Lydias from 2017 fin Dec 31 2019 by Suzanne ForbesThanks a million to Lydia, Flavia, E and L!

Visit my flickr for free downloads of these drawings and many, many, many more. Remember you’ll need to be logged in to a flickr account with adult safeties turned off to see some of them 🙂

ReveRso reveal and more at Bushwig Berlin, uncensored!

ReveRso with a firecracker in her ass at Bushwig Berlin by Suzanne Forbes Dec 2 2019I was honored to be a guest of international NY/Berlin drag festival Bushwig this summer.

The lineup was astonishing, and I stayed in my stageside seat by the piano, supported by kind stranger Arthur, for a good six or seven hours. There was no way I was leaving before drawing Hungry and Betty Fvck!

I made a number of lovely drawings of the many wonderful drag performers for my crowdfunded “vanilla” site. I also sketched, and finally finished, some “naughtier” performers.

That’s Berlin legend ReveRso above, putting a real fucking lit firework in their asshole!

It was very exciting! You can see my drawing of a fully-clad ReveRso at the beginning of their performance here.

Tyler Ashley, the Dauphine of Bushwig, had multiple outfits. This one, in creamy orange velour, was too sexy for chipinhead.

Tyler J Ashley at Bushwig Berlin by Suzanne Forbes Dec 2 2019Too. Much. Bubble. Butt!

As usual these drawings are licensed Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) for all to share and enjoy!

In addition, I release the copyright on each drawing to the performer shown and they may use the drawings for their own profit and pleeeasssure in any way they choose.

I might have a couple more “censored” drawings from Bushwig, so check back later this month!

 

Life drawing with Liliana Velásquez at Dr. Sketchy’s x Drink and Draw Berlin!

Liliana Velasquez seated at Dr Sketchys Berlin Drink n Draw kunsthaus Nov 24 2019 by Suzanne ForbesI don’t do life drawing often, because I did so much in art school.

If I’m drawing a naked person, generally they are gonna be fucking or setting something on fire. However, I made an exception for a special intimate session of Dr. Sketchy’s Berlin at the Drink and Draw Berlin kunsthaus, starring model Liliana Velásquez.Liliana Velasquez nude at Dr Sketchys Berlin Drink and Draw kunsthaus Nov 24 2019 by Suzanne Forbes

Liliana is a friend and muse who I have drawn many times because she is one of the hardest-working entertainers in Berlin. I’ve caught her doing stand-up, producing variety shows, hosting New Year’s events, teaching the tango at her live talk show, and more.

Liliana Velasquez 1 at Dr Sketchys Berlin Drink and Draw kunsthaus Nov 24 2019 by Suzanne ForbesShe is also a professional life model, who worked for seven years at the top New York art schools, including the Art Student’s League and the School of Visual Arts, two of the places where I went to school!

Liliana Velasquez 1 at Dr Sketchys Berlin Drink and Draw kunsthaus Nov 24 2019 by Suzanne ForbesSo when I heard she was the model for the second-to-last ever session of my beloved Dr. Sketchy’s Berlin, I was there!

Liliana Velasquez 1 at Dr Sketchys Berlin Drink and Draw kunsthaus Nov 24 2019 by Suzanne ForbesThe session was held as a collab between Sketchy’s and Drink and Draw, on Drink and Draw Berlin’s gorgeous and welcoming historic boat.

Liliana Velasquez at Dr Sketchys Berlin Drink and Draw kunsthaus Nov 24 2019 by Suzanne ForbesThe boat is docked on the river Spree, and is set up as a permanent life drawing space, with model platforms, hanging drapery, props, easels, and a variety of seating including very comfy!

Liliana Velasquez garter at Dr Sketchys Berlin Drink and Draw kunsthaus Nov 24 2019 Suzanne ForbesAnd there is a bar where one can get an apfelschorle, and it is just so lovely.

Liliana Velasquez garter at Dr Sketchys Berlin Drink and Draw kunsthaus Nov 24 2019 Suzanne ForbesTowards the end of the session Liliana did a reverse strip with some marvelous undergarments, including a lovely pair of ouvert pants.

Liliana Velasquez stocking at Dr Sketchys Berlin Drink n Draw kunsthaus Nov 24 2019 Suzanne ForbesI love to draw models in stockings and lingerie, so I enjoyed this greatly!

Liliana Velasquez cabaret Dr Sketchys Berlin Drink and Draw kunsthaus Nov 24 2019 by Suzanne ForbesUnderthings are some of my favorite things! Liliana is so elegant and graceful it was like watching a master class in dressing for the boudoir.

The session started with a batch of one and two-minute gestures, and I will leave you with those. Thanks so much to Liliana Velásquez, Lala Vox and Syren Joey of Dr. Sketchy’s Berlin and to the great folks of Drink and Draw Berlin!

Liliana Velasquez 1min at Dr Sketchys Berlin Drink and Draw kunsthaus Nov 24 2019 by Suzanne ForbesLiliana Velasquez 1min at Dr Sketchys Berlin Drink and Draw kunsthaus Nov 24 2019 by Suzanne Forbes

Liliana Velasquez 1min at Dr Sketchys Berlin Drink and Draw kunsthaus Nov 24 2019 by Suzanne Forbes

Some very sexy moments at Kabarett der Namenlosen!

Mama Ulita and Lada Redstar at Kabarett der Namenlosen November 17 2019 by Suzanne ForbesI made it to Kabarett der Namenlosen!

The show is a time-travelling fever dream of Once Upon a Time Queer Berlin. Polymorphously perverse and immersive, it contains many seductive moments. Above, Mama Ulita and Lada Redstar get cozy! I’ve been ACHING to draw Lada Redstar for years, and I hope I get to do it again soon cause she is a BOMBSHELL. Wigs for this show are by Nina Butkovich-Budden and they are so amazing.

Julietta la Doll at Kabarett der Namenlosen November 17 2019 by Suzanne ForbesI’ve had plenty of sexy girls in my lap, but Julietta la Doll might be the sexiest!

I was lucky enough to get a front-row seat for Julietta‘s naughty phone operator performance, involving two glasses of water and no pants. Thanks Julietta and stage manager Lady White Rabbit for making sure my drawings didn’t get wet! Yeah, the drawings didn’t get wet, but I got soaked 🙂

ps: I’ve drawn Mama Ulita before, you can search for her extreme genderqueer hotness on my vanilla site.

Book release party for “As You wish, my Lady”, with Jo Pollux, BDSM by Sadie Lune, and more!

Sadie Lune and spankee As You Wish My Lady release party June 6 2019 by Suzanne ForbesSUCH a beautiful party for the release of “As You wish, my Lady”, the gorgeous coffee table book of photographs by Jo Pollux and text by Sadie Lune.

Sadie Lune and Jo Pollux As You Wish My Lady release party June 6 2019 by Suzanne ForbesIt was held at cherished, now-gone all-inclusive queer art gallery/bar/clubhouse Ludwig Berlin in Neukölln, and featured Jo Pollux, Sadie Lune and the muses of dark desire who appear in the book!

Sadie Lune flogs Jo Pollux As You Wish My Lady release party June 6 2019 by Suzanne ForbesThe book showcases Jo’s Film Noir aesthetic and Sadie’s dark prose.

and Manon As You Wish My Lady release party June 6 2019 by Suzanne ForbesIn attendance were many models from the book, including Sadie, Bishop Black, Manon, and Finn Peaks.

Manon at As You Wish My Lady release party June 6 2019 by Suzanne ForbesThere were performances by the models, like the scene above with Manon.

Sadie Lune and willing victim As You Wish My Lady release party June 6 2019 by Suzanne ForbesAfterwards the crowd retired to the back room to witness à la carte acts of hot kinky dominant play by Sadie, always a huge hit.

Sadie Lune and willing caning victim As You Wish My Lady release party June 20 2019 by Suzanne ForbesThis beautiful girl signed up for caning, and asked Sadie to cane her until – “Until when?” “Until I cry!”, she said bravely!

The crowd broke into cheers at the young lady’s courage.

What a special night of light and darkness, community and kinks, love and pain, on a dark summer night in Neukölln.

Too much titty, too much strap-on for ChipInHead!

Here’s some burlesque drawings that show too much nudity for my vanilla site.

Stella von Fersen at Extravagant Shambles Tits Bits and Politics May 23 2019 by Suzanne ForbesAt Extravagant Shambles at Monster Ronsons, Stella von Fersen tempted us all as a Devil!

Always a pleasure to draw Ms. von Fersen!Queenie O Hart at Extravagant Shambles Tits Bits and Politics May 23 2019 by Suzanne Forbes

Queenie o’Hart had a series of title cards.

Each one revealed something hurtful, othering, mealy-mouthed passive-aggressive or body-shaming that event producers have said to her in her career. Nevertheless, she persists with fabulousness!

Because she was covered with the title card but naked underneath, she violates Patreon’s policy on “implied nudity”. So this art goes here instead!

Rocky Ruz at Berlin Burlesque Week June 3 2019 by Suzanne ForbesFor Berlin Burlesque Week, feminist burlesque performer Rocky Ruz brought body politics.

She peeled the slut-shaming and hate speech right off her body and shook it like a boss!

Little Miss Piss at Berlin Burlesque Week reveal May 31 2019 by Suzanne ForbesAt JewsJewsJews during Berlin Burlesque Week, Little Miss Piss had a knockout reveal!

However, there was too much excitement PACKED into it for the vanilla site.

I’m trying to work out crowd-funding for this site, because I want to make my art of the community and release it for free. But I haven’t figured it out yet, so you can help by handing me a Euro if you see me out drawing!

Live drawing at Peaches’ AV show at Neuer Berliner Kunstverein.

Performance artists at Peaches event at NBK Aug 12 2018 by Suzanne ForbesI made these drawings a year ago, but I didn’t have anywhere to post them til now!

Last August Berlin fave Peaches had an experimental sound and performance installation at venerable art institution Neuer Berliner Kunstverein. I went to this show with fellow artist Suzanne Wegh and ran into other cool folx we know there (drawings here!). Lots of creative performance artists from Berlin’s burlesque and dance scenes were involved with the show, in interesting flesh-colored bodysuits and bespoke pussy hoods.

The vulva heads in multiple flesh tones were made by Anna Marina Fidler, aka Miss Poppy Cox.

Movement performers at Peaches event at NBK July 14 2019 by Suzanne ForbesChanges in US law led to changes this past year in the TOS of the crowdfunding platform for my documentary artwork, Patreon. It is no longer permitted to show (or create with Patreon funding) drawings with nudity or “implied nudity”.

That includes pasties, and the flesh-colored pasties and beautiful handmade pussy headpieces on these performers certainly imply nudity!

Noeline la Bouche at Peaches Art Performance Aug 18 2018 by Suzanne ForbesIt’s hard to imagine there was a first time I drew Noéline la Bouche, because I’ve drawn her so happily so many times now.

But this was the first time, when I didn’t yet know her. I was immediately struck by her beauty and character, and as I sketched her I was confident I could create a good likeness. Noéline has since become one of my real Berlin muses, someone I know I’ll get a great drawing from. This was the first one!

Mad Kate performs at Peaches event at NBK July 14 2019 by Suzanne ForbesHere is Mad Kate being carried through the crowd!

It was great to draw Mad Kate again. The last time I drew them performing, I made the plastic wrap around their torso reflective, so it appeared opaque. That meant I could post the drawing on chipinhead and get money for it. It made me sick to censor their performance, though.

Valentina Demonia performs at Peaches event at NBK Aug 12 2018 by Suzanne ForbesValentina Demonia is always amazing.

She is another absolute banger of a muse, someone who is tremendously exciting to draw.

Performers at Peaches Art Performance Aug 18 2018 by Suzanne ForbesIt was warm and very crowded in the galleries as we worked our way through the crowd.

I was sketching the performers as they moved, yet knowing I wasn’t going to be able to get paid for making the drawings because I couldn’t post them on my Patreon. So most of the drawings languished unfinished, and all of them were unreleased, for a year.

It was a synecdoche for all that’s wrong with censoring the naked human form.

I couldn’t post these drawings of people in flesh colored bodysuits and silicon pasties because they could appear to be nude, possibly triggering a shut down of my funding.

I decided that I needed to get my art out there, even though I haven’t resolved crowdfunding for my sexuality art yet.

I’m a fat queer chronically ill disabled artist, and I don’t believe in working for free.

More, I don’t work for free – money genuinely motivates me to make art. So I need your help to create and release this free art. Keep your eyes peeled for my crowdfunding launch, and meanwhile, you can hand me a Euro if you see me around town. My Amazon.de art supply wish list is here!

 

Portraits of Suzanne Forbes by Libby Bulloff, June 2009.

Suzanne Forbes photographed without glasses by Libby Bulloff Seattle June 2019Ten years ago I posed for photographic portraits by Libby Bulloff at Starfish Studios in Seattle.

Libby is an incredible artist who I met and drew through the Steampunk “Contraptors Lounge” at Maker Faire in 2008. Her photographs of the early days of Steampunk are exquisite; she defined the look of the movement. She has always been genderfluid and gender-affirming, and has extraordinary personal style.

Suzanne Forbes by Libby Bulloff June 2009In June of 2009 a portrait client flew me to Seattle to paint him with his mother, and I stayed with Libby for a few days too.

We did one of the many art trades that have enriched my life.

Suzanne Forbes by Libby Bulloff June 2009

She photographed me, and I painted her, and it was lovely.

It was important to me to have images made of my beautiful breasts, as I was 42 and knew they wouldn’t last forever. (They’re holding up great though!) Libby was kind enough to oblige even though like me, she prefers her subjects with clothes.

I had had my breasts cast by a Burning Man artist at 34, and I had been posing nude since I was a girl. I first posed for nude photos for my lover Q, who went to Art & Design, when I was fourteen. Those photos of me nude, dancing to the Grateful Dead with a rose in my teeth, were shown in the hallways at Art and Design in 1981. Nudity is a historic part of artmaking.

Suzanne Forbes by Libby Bulloff black and white June 2009I had such a safe and happy time posing for Libby. I knew I could trust her completely.

I absolutely believe it is 200% good to pose nude if you want to. For love, for money, for fun, for art. Nudity is beautiful when a being freely chooses to be naked. So is having sex on film, for fun, for art, (or for money, or all three!) freely chosen. I had sex on film when I was nineteen for a RISD student’s art project, but the film was destroyed in an act of censorship by the lab, sadly.

Subtexture Suzanne Forbes by Libby Bulloff June 2009Libby called this one “Subtexture”.

My batwing coutil corset was custom made by Shaerie Mead of Lovely Creatures Corsetry and SEW LA, as part of another art trade.

All Rights Are Reserved on these photos, which belong to Libby; she holds the copyright and you may not download them to print as you can my own art on this site*. Libby still lives and works in Seattle, and is still making portrait art.

You can enjoy Henrietta’s Eye, an extraordinary collaborative art project by Libby Bulloff and Stephen Robinson, here.

They make breathtaking wet plate collodion & alternative process photography images of individuals, couples, and groups. Their work is diverse, inclusive, and deeply moving. In or visiting Seattle? You can book your own portrait session. Buy prints from Libby and Stephen here! Or just give her a tip to help them keep making small-business, one-of-a-kind, bespoke art on antique equipment.

Here’s the portrait I painted of Libby in 2009!

Portrait of Libby Bulloff by Suzanne Forbes June 2009

*It’s much easier to control the print quality of a line drawing than a photograph. I’m confident you can print a nice quality print of my drawings on your home printer and I’m happy for you to do that to hang it up in your home or put on a t-shirt.

However, getting a high-quality print of a photograph is actually part of the photographer’s art, and it’s a complex process most photographers prefer to administer themselves.

That’s why buying photographic prints from a photographer is a great investment, and I don’t sell prints of my drawings. Also, I hate shipping things much more than most people because OCD.

If you want to see my tits while I’m out drawing, ask politely and give me a Euro (for the trouble of undoing my bra/corset/whatever). They’re tits! They’re nice! I live in Europe, tits are tits!