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

Another intimate life drawing session.

Eli and Louise at Lydias Oct 15 2018 by Suzanne ForbesThe two life drawing sessions I attended at Lydia’s were some of my favorite ever.

I’m not a big life drawing person, since I did so very much of it at Parsons; I mostly prefer to draw naked people having sex or people with clothes.

Eli and Louise at Lydias Oct 15 2018 by Suzanne ForbesHowever the sessions at Lydia’s with professional models E and L were very special.

You can see the previous one here; I had to move it from my SFW site. Lydia is now a professional tattoo artist! See E&L’s (now retired) modelling here.

Eli and Louise on the floor at Lydias Oct 15 2018 by Suzanne ForbesIt’s such a pleasure to draw expert models, surrounded by fellow artists.

And yet, I couldn’t publish these drawings on my “regular” site, because they show naked people touching each other. So they languished, unavailable for you to download and frame and enjoy, for a year. Now that I have suzanneforbes.com set up with European hosting and registry, site security and age-gating, I can publish all the nude drawings I want. (Thank my husband for his hard work getting all this set up!)

If you’re confused about why even life drawing has become a liability for US internet platforms, you can read here about the chilling effect of the new laws known as SESTA-FOSTA.

I’m working on crowdfunding for this site; meanwhile, if you see me around town you can always hand me a euro or buy me a non-alcoholic beverage!