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

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!

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!

 

Intimate couple life drawing at Lydia’s.

My friend Lydia and her housemate Flavia hosted the most glorious life drawing session.

They are both working professional artists and know a lot of amazing artists. They hired an amazing modelling team. The flat is gorgeous and was full of evening light.

Life drawing 7 by Suzanne Forbes April 19 2018Here in Berlin, where some of us have generous flats, artists can have models pose right in their homes and invite other artists to join in.

(I did it in October!) This was an absolutely fabulous session, and I am so grateful to Lydia and Flavia for organizing it with such terrific models.

Life drawing 10 by Suzanne Forbes April 19 2018The modelling team, Eli and Louise, are absolutely great.

They are young and strong and beautiful and do wonderful dynamic poses as well as tender, intimate ones.

Life drawing 8 by Suzanne Forbes April 19 2018You 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!

Life drawings by Suzanne Forbes April 19 2018So 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.