The 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.
However 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) modellinghere.
It’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!
They are young and strong and beautiful and do wonderful dynamic poses as well as tender, intimate ones.
You can follow them on Instagram at Rosiichbinnackt, which means “Rosi I am naked!”.
Me and Daria and Marina were all in a row in the back, with the usual giggling and super-fast talking in Russian from those two hooligans.
Funny story: I have drawn naked lovers before, but never naked lovers holding still!
I’ve drawn beautiful naked young people together many times, but it has always been at sex parties or porn shoots, where they were actively engaged in having sex!
So it was really cool to draw these two professional models, who posed for fast gestures, short poses, and twenty minute sets.
Thanks a million to Lydia, Flavia, Eli and Louise! 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 🙂
This post originally appeared on my other blog, chipinhead.com; however as censorship in the US increases I could no longer have nudity on my Patreon-funded blog. That’s right, not even life drawing nudity.
So I moved it here, to my NSFW blog, registered and hosted in Europe and not funded by Patreon. I’m working on the crowdfunding for this site; meanwhile you can hand me a Euro or pass the hat if you see me working around town.
Our artist friends Sadie Lune and Jo Pollux had a birthday party at their studio space in Neukölln on a dark cold November night.
My husband and I made our way through the dark courtyard and when we arrived in the candlelit space, “Daughters of Darkness” was screening in the main room.
We watched the end of it. I may have seen it with my horror-freak babysitters at the Chelsea repertory house The Elgin in the 70s, but never as an adult. I could not believe how painterly it is! Ravishing. Then, a sexy pomegranate strip performance by Finn Peaks.
Followed by birthday spanking, which Sadie explained is an American custom.
Sadie and Jo were very elegantly dressed in long slinky gowns, and Jo hitched hers up to receive her twenty-odd spanks.
Then Jo explained that there is a Polish custom where you can right any wrongs you have done by doing them to yourself, so we all spanked Sadie!
I gave her a spank (it landed very well) just as I gave her a bite during her birthday biting on her 30th birthday back in SF in 2008.
Sadie’s birthday parties were legend in the Bay Area art/kink/sex work community back in the Oughts.
After spanking there was lots of chocolate cake! And a Vampire playlist with “This Corrosion”.
Sadie had made a sign-up list with eleven different kinds of pain she was interested in doing, and people signed up for the pain of their choice.
There were options like “Singletail”, “Scratching”, “Biting”, and “Genital Torture” and “Piercing”.
Of course everyone wanted to watch the beautiful evil queen torment her subjects, so we all gathered in a small room lined with pillows and set up for Sadie’s acts of sensation play.
It was very cosy and peaceful, and Sadie was lovely and frightening as she toyed with her pets.
My husband and I have seen many, many scenes, and I have drawn at many, many sex parties, play parties, porn shoots and orgies.
But this evening contained a remarkable moment, the first time I ever stopped drawing and just ogled because the scene was so hot.
What you see here is mostly reconstructed after the fact, from memory! Sadie leaped onto a young woman in bra and panties, growling, her leonine mane and velvet cloak alternately draping and revealing her victim. The young woman was overcome with terror and delight as Sadie bit her all over.
Sadie’s violet eyes looked black as her teeth decorated her willing prey.
But I put the pen down during the biting scene last night.
As my hub observed, Sadie really knows her work. She judged each person precisely, and every one of them was giddy with delight. Particularly the person who received the punching- they laughed their ass off the whole time. Sadie checked in with the audience regularly too; each of us reacted most strongly to a different scene.
I had to grit my teeth for the whole scratching scene, even as the scratching subjects begged for more.
And my hub was a little edgy during the CBT, seen above!
The last scene was piercing, and I did make a drawing but it was rather sketchy.
I’m terribly squeamish about needles and blood, and I had trouble looking. Especially as the piercee was totally into it and kept being up for more intense sensation! When Sadie was saying happily, “I’m just milking blood from your holes now”, I was covering my eyes!
Above is the scene called “Purple and Blue Butt”, with Manon, which everyone enjoyed!
We had a lovely time and it was so nice to go out to a sexy event with my hub for the first time in ages. Thank you, Jo and Sadie, and many happy returns!
See posts about my largest painting in many years, a double portrait of Jo and Sadie finished in October, here and here. Sadie and Jo on Instagram.
This post originally appeared on my blog chipinhead.com, but as censorship in the US has increased I had to remove it from there in order to avoid jeopardizing my Patreon, which is my primary source of income from my art. I’m working on a new crowdfunding solution for my documentary art that depicts nudity and explicit sexuality; meanwhile you can always hand me a Euro or pass the hat for me if you see me drawing somewhere!
NEW as of Dec 5 ’19: An EXTREMELY clear and helpful post from Hoss, explaining a lot of the basics of how all this works plus a huge amount of detail on Facebook/Insta/WhatsApp “Community Standards”, i.e. what will get you banned.
Alternatives to OnlyFans, from before OnlyFans was bought by MyFreeCams. As of today, June 22 2019, you CAN put adult content on OnlyFans. You must check a box stating you intend to upload pornography. Along with your legal name, country of residence and bank account.
Adult performers picketed Instagram to protest content policy. This piece includes the story of famous fine artist Betty Tompkins being kicked off Insta.
Them magazine on how sexuality in online spaces has become whiter, straighter and thinner. Good breakdown of how corporate platforms self-censor and governments become more repressive. Includes the UK Digital Economy Act, which affects porn in a range of ways, including an age-verification system. Although that has now been delayed til 2020.
Liberapay, a payment donation platform, which doesn’t exactly allow porn, but doesn’t exactly not, and is based in France.
For the latest on censorship and the fight, I follow young sw Liara Roux. She has a SFW twitter, an XXX twitter, a Patreon (for now,until Patreon shuts down all adult accounts) and of course, her own platform.
I just joined Mastodon, the federated social media thing, on Switter – which is the sex-worker-friendly instance! Find me here: @firstname.lastname@example.org
Here’s my screed on the value of owning your own platform:
Own Your Platform, Own Your Fans.
A platform is a piece of technology (software + servers) that lets you publish content to the internet.
Platforms can be owned by corporations (they pay server costs, your content/data is their product) or by you.
In order to Own Your Platform, you must:
Own your domain name and know what nation it is registered in.
Pay for your own hosting of your website on servers, and know what nation the service you buy hosting from is headquartered in.
To Own Your Fans, you need to be able to connect with your fans outside of a platform owned by corporations. Corporations can and will always throttle your access to your fans. A mailing list is your biggest asset. But your newsletters must comply with the TOS of the mailservice you use, and the laws of the nations your fans are in.
Using a corporate platform like Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter is like renting a shop on a busy street in a busy part of town. The corporation can cover the front of your shop with a dropcloth and set up a barricade to redirect your fans away from your street whenever they want. They can even evict you with no notice whatsoever.
Owning your own domain and paying your own hosting is like owning a piece of land in outer space, light-years from your fans. Except, the mailman comes and goes ten million times a day, and mailing is free, and your fans can visit you in milliseconds. You can build whatever kind of house you want on your land.
When you own your domain, you have a permanent address where your fans can always find you.As an artist I will always link to creators’ own domains first, then add social platforms. That way anyone who wants to reach the creator from my page will click first on the site the creator has the most control over. And if the social links go dead when an account is deleted, the creator’s website is still there.
Cherish your mailing list.
If you lose your social platform, your own domain or your hosting, temporarily or longterm, an email to fans to let them know can be extremely reassuring. You can let them know where to find you again.
I’ll get those posted on here soon! You can see the safe-for-work drawings created at this event, which were produced for my crowdfunding Patreon, here. I actually redacted the word “Brothel” in the event title for that post, because of changes in US-based platforms’ posting “standards” since the passage of new bills. For the same reason all the lingerie brands on Insta are losing thousands of followers as their content is demoted, i.e. hidden from viewer’s timelines and hashtag searches.
Have you heard about the changes at Instagram, like the deprecation of “vaguely inappropriate” content? Facebook is doing the same, by “reducing the spread” of “problematic content”. It’s ostensibly only to prevent fake news. But it doesn’t do that, and what it does do is oppress LGTBQiA humans and all human bodily autonomy, awareness and celebration.
I’m working on crowdfunding for this site, so I can continue to create and release free original art documenting human sexuality, desire and gender expression. Meanwhile you can always fund my work on my safe-for-work site, for as little as a dollar/euro a month!
Above, amazing time-traveler ValentinaDemonia lights the underworld as Persephone.
Dotti Moscati brings down the house with a fabulous pro-choice parable about what personhood and bodily autonomy mean.
Spoiler: there were men dressed as sperm dancing around her but she killed them all with her spermicide!!
Hostess with the MOST VivaLamore in gauzy florals, and with a big gold dick!
In the background of the latter you can see the giant pussy flower you could put your face in.
More drawings from this lovely evening are coming along!
I have so much art to finish up from Berlin Burlesque Week it is taking some time!
Because of the censorship effect of recent US laws, these drawings could not be created for my Patreon or posted on my SFW site, chipinhead.com. So I’ll be posting everything that shows some skin here, on suzanneforbes.com, and I’m working on the crowdfunding for this site. Cause ya know, I am a disabled queer artist, and I can’t work if I can’t get paid!
As always, these drawings are licensed CC BY-NC-ND 4.0, Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International, and you are free to use and share them for non-commercial purposes if you credit me as Suzanne Forbes, artist.
Stay tuned for more info on how to help support my sex-positive, intersectional, feminist art!
I’m working on the crowd-funding setup for this site. Meanwhile you can always hand me a Euro or buy me an alcohol-free beverage if you see me around town!
With the changes happening in the US because of SESTA/FOSTA, a person like me, who makes erotic art, should not have a digital footprint Stateside.
During the initial burst of shock and horror around the implementation of SESTA and FOSTA, I learned that my longtime host, Bluehost, DOES NOT ALLOW NUDITY. What the fucking fuck, you fucking puritan assholes!
Here Bluehost, have a drawing of a lady with a penis fucking a girl while she sucks off a man with a strap-on!
It’s called “Consenting trans adults enjoy each other!”. I think it’s a beautiful moment of sexual connection in a safe space.
My new host is Leaseweb. They allow porn. In honor of that freedom, please enjoy this selection of drawings made during the years my husband and I were going to events at Femina Potens, The Center for Sex and Culture and the Upper Floor at Kink.com.
During the last ten years I was in the Bay Area I went to so many sex-positive events, parties, porn shoots and venues.
I met my husband at one of them, and after that we went together. We met and made friends with so many amazing people who are or were sex workers.
Porn performers, erotic artists, bondage artists, pro doms, escorts, rubber fetishists, directors of queer indie porn, feminist art gallery owners, activists and educators.
These wonderful people brought their passion, intelligence, authenticity and courage into our lives.
Many of them are deeply political, activists and protesters and change-makers, who work hard to reduce the shame and stigma around sexuality in the US.
Many of them live poor and risk everything to make art about sex, educate people about sexuality, and be true to their own gender identities, sexual preferences and desires.
At a lot of the events I documented, sex workers were donating their time and energy to raise funds for sex-positive art, education or sex workers resources. I have never seen a community give so much.
We saw, and I documented, people showing desire, affection and often love in public sex spaces.
There was laughter and deep intimacy and pleasure. It wasn’t perfect, the heyday of San Francisco sex-positive culture, indie porn and the Kink Castle, but it was an experiment as brave and important as the original Summer of Love. It was queer and fierce and strange, and I love the sex workers we came to know and I honor their work.
Sex is natural, sex is good, not everybody does it and not everybody should, but everybody should be allowed the sexual and gender expression and choices that are true and safe for them.
I look forward to posting lots of sexy drawings of wonderful, sexy Berlin folx playing, loving, performing and expressing their true selves. I have not been able to create these drawings for my safe-for-work site, which is crowdfunded by Patre*n, because of censorship issues.
I’m working on the crowd-funding setup for this site. Meanwhile you can always paypal me money at email@example.com
Soon you’ll be able to access all fifteen years of my documentary art of life drawing with nude models, burlesque performers in nothing but pasties and a g-string, pin-up models posing at Dr. Sketchy’s, porn shoots, bondage experts tying willing bottoms, hardcore BDSM, moments of connection at sex clubs, fisting, lovers of all genders tenderly fisting, and all the real-life FREE erotic art you could ever want.
99% of the art is free to download for your own enjoyment.
Learn more about how sharing my open-source erotic documentary art works here.