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.

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!