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Vampire Lesbians of Neukölln: The Scorpio Bloody HeX birthday party!

twentysomething spanking by Sadie drawn by Suzanne Forbes Nov 17 2017Our artist friends Sadie and Jo had a birthday party at their studio space in Neukölln on a dark cold November night.

punching by Sadie drawn by Suzanne Forbes Nov 17 2017My husband has been feeling slowly better all the time after becoming a cyborg this past summer, and I was very happy he was up to going.

We used to go to things like this together constantly, until his pain became so severe his mobility was limited.

When we made our way through the dark courtyard and 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 there was a sexy pomegranate strip performance. Followed by birthday spanking, which Sadie explained is an American custom.

singletail by Sadie drawn by Suzanne Forbes Nov 17 2017Sadie 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”.

Genital torture by Sadie drawn by Suzanne Forbes Nov 17 2017Sadie 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.

scratching by Sadie drawn by Suzanne Forbes Nov 17 2017There 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.biting by Sadie drawn by Suzanne Forbes Nov 17 2017

Seriously, I once drew during an intimate fisting shoot with Jiz Lee and Papi Coxxx, and I kept drawing the whole time. As a courtroom artist I have drawn Russian mobsters on the witness stand testifying that they had blood hosed from their trunk at the same car wash I used, and not stopped drawing.

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 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!
Purple and blue butt by Sadie drawn by Suzanne Forbes Nov 17 2017

The last scene was piercing, and I did make a drawing but it was very 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!

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.

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November 2017 Unterwegs: the Leopard Print Backpack.

leopard backpack by Suzanne Forbes Nov 16 2017I made this entire drawing to showcase this fellow’s on-trend leopard print backpack.

black and white unterwegs seated november 2017 Suzanne ForbesOf course, it is also a technical exercise on multiple levels. First of all, it is the drawing without any black ink line I said I might ultimately challenge myself with last month.

Second, it is an exercise in defying the classic light and dark value principle that lights come forward and darks recede.

black and white unterwegs seated november 2017 Suzanne ForbesAnd third, it is a chance to try and get some of the value rather than line based effects I’ve been working on with the pastel drawings in an ink drawing. I am very pleased with it.

It looks a bit like a sepia ink wash drawing. It was definitely influenced by seeing the ink wash drawings of comics artist Nicola Scott on Instagram.

black and white unterwegs arm november 2017 Suzanne ForbesI’ve also been making little white pencil drawings on black paper.

Just for fun, as a way to see what happens with my brain when drawing in reverse. When I get home I add a bit of white conte crayon to punch up the contrast.

black and white unterwegs ladies november 2017 Suzanne ForbesAnd here’s another sepia tone marker drawing, from the top deck of the M29.

I did most of this one a week before the one at the top, and you can see I had a quantum leap of understanding of about using tonal marker values between the two.

M29 upper deck by Suzanne Forbes Nov 16 2017black and white unterwegs hat november 2017 Suzanne ForbesBut they have the same date of signature, because they were both finished at home this week.

I am trying to stick to ink mostly for a bit, both to see how the insights I got from the pastels transfer over and because the pastel drawings take so much finishing work at home.

I’d rather get the drawings mostly or totally done on site and on the u-bahn home. I don’t like having work to finish lying around the house.

I’d rather be working on all my mixed media multidisciplinary crazy insect stuff at home if I don’t have a model to paint!

I’ve never been interested in the process of drawing itself, for its own sake. That is purely work to me.

I’m interested in how drawing allows me to capture real people and tell their stories.

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Leathermen and cigars in Schöneberg, at the Pussycat Bar.

Berlin Cigar Men smokers by Suzanne Forbes Nov 4 2017My friend Miss Natasha Enquist invited me to join her at Berlin Cigar Men, a cigar lounge night at a wonderfully cosy bar called The Pussycat.

The Pussycat is a warm, snug lesbian bar that once a month welcomes a celebration of classic leatherman culture. This evening included head shaving, with a proper razor, and bootblacking.

I could smell the cigar smoke all the way down the block from the Ku’Damm.

Berlin Cigar Men bar scene by Suzanne Forbes Nov 4 2017I knocked on the door and Miss Natasha peered through the speakeasy peephole and let me in out of the cold.

Wow, what an amazing group of great-looking old-school (and young) leathermen and wow so much smoke! I love the smell of cigarette and cigar smoke. I smoked two packs of Marlboro Reds a day from age 13 to age 24, and people smoking freely is one of the things I love about Europe.

And yet even for me it was a lot of smoke! I actually got a tiny bit nauseous from it, like when Tom and Joe and Huck smoke corn-cob pipes on the island.

Bootblack at Berlin Cigar Men by Suzanne Forbes Nov 12 2017I had a fabulous time, and everyone was super friendly and nice.

The crowd was international and relaxed. It was like travelling back in time to the Chelsea of my childhood, the Chelsea and Christopher St of the ’70s and ’80s, and I felt very much at home.

I didn’t know much about bootblack fetish and culture until I worked at Wicked Grounds kink coffee shop in San Francisco in the Oughts. We had a young woman bootblack there who came in to do boot nights, and I saw the passion that people have for boot care and wear. So I was delighted to get a chance to draw Andrew the Bootshiner, above. Sadly, I missed the headshaving this time!

Check out the bottle of Tom of Finland Organic Vodka in the top pic- it has a Tom drawing on the bottle and a percentage of the profit from sales is donated to the wonderful Tom of Finland Foundation!

The Berlin Cigar Men event is produced by Olaf Hartmannsgruber. He is the same gentleman who puts on the MaleSpace main stage at Folsom Europe, which was wonderfully diverse and inclusive despite the name. I am looking forward to the next event!

Drawings from Folsom Europe here and hereIt’s the monthly financial support of my Patrons on Patreon that makes it possible for me to document gay life in Berlin and publicly share it. You can help, for a dollar or less than a euro a month!

ESDIP Life Drawing happytimes!

10 minute life drawings by Suzanne Forbes at ESDIP Berlin Nov 10 2017Me and Daria and Marina went to ESDIP Life Drawing yesterday. Know who else was there??

Lee Dotson who I know from the Bay Area, who is living at Rah Hell’s place and co-working at ESDIP, both occurring totally unrelated to me. The world is small, and rich in co-incidence.

5 minute life drawings by Suzanne Forbes at ESDIP Berlin Nov 10 2017We did five minute poses to start.

We were blessed by Luciano, a wonderful life model. For a former comic book artist like me, there are certain body types it’s terrifically easy to draw.

10 minute life drawings by Suzanne Forbes at ESDIP Berlin Nov 10 2017Then ten minute poses.

I am having a really interesting time switching back to markers and inkline after six months of experimenting with pastels.

5 and 1 minute life drawings by Suzanne Forbes at ESDIP Berlin Nov 10 2017Towards the end we did one-minute gestures.

I did two, and worked on the left-hand one for an additional four minutes, because Spiderman!

ESDIP Berlin life drawing artists by Suzanne Forbes Nov 10 2017For the last two poses, I drew the artists instead.

Several of my students and former students were in the group, which was lovely, and I wanted to capture the moment. Also, unlike most figurative artists, I’m not that interested in naked people. Even beautiful, fit, young naked people.

Daria tackled the last pose and made a terrific drawing despite the difficult angle from where we were seated. Check it out!

Life Drawing at ESDIP Berlin by Daria Rhein Nov 10 2017

Life Drawing at ESDIP Berlin by Daria Rhein Nov 10 2017

You can see my previous drawings from ESDIP Berlin life drawing sessions here, and here. Naked people warning, of course!

You can come to life drawing at ESDIP once a month. And you can sign up for our Illustration Intensive Program starting again in January if you want me to teach you to draw hands like a boss!

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Ladies and Gentlemen, the Beau Belle Brothers!

The Beau Belle Brothers at Vaudeville Variety Revue by Suzanne Forbes Nov 4 2017I got to meet and draw the Beau Belle Brothers in October at Vaudeville Variety Revue!

What a thrill! They are the most gorgeous, creative boylesque pin-up models. I have been a fan of these multitalented muses since I discovered them through the work of master gay erotic artist Ali Franco. He has made a whole series of amazing paintings of them, collected in this beautiful calendar which I got myself earlier this year.

Beau Belle Brothers usherettes Wintergarten Berlin by Suzanne Forbes Nov 4 2017The Beau Belle Brothers started three years ago as an art project for a photo shoot. Now they are muses to artists all over the world!

Deathbirds makes incredible costumes and loves comics, like me! Mybeautyspace is the genius hair and makeup artist behind their superb vintage aesthetic, and also loves comics.

The Beau Belle Brothers by Suzanne Forbes Nov 5 2017I had never drawn twins before, and it is a perfect challenge for a portraitist!

The Brothers are the kind of inspiration that make artists gleeful with happiness. And they are super nice!! It took me forever to finish these drawings, because I was wanted them to be perfect and to do justice to their beauty. I’m still not sure if the colored versions are better than the black and white.Beau Belle Brothers by Suzanne Forbes Oct 15 2017 wip

So I am just very much hoping to get a chance to draw them again sometime soon, perhaps at Dr. Sketchy’s Berlin 🙂Beau Belle Brothers and Suzanne Forbes at Wintergarten Berlin Oct 2017

More drawings from Vaudeville Variety Revue here, here and here; thank you Sheila Wolf for having me as your guest!

BTW, If you like hot, tender, superbly rendered man-on-man love, check out Ali Franco’s Patreon!

First Women’s Halloween Art Salon!

women sketching Oct 30 2017 photo by Suzanne Wegh

I hosted an art salon for female-identifying people in our flat the night before Halloween.

It was wonderful! It was incredibly special to have a group of women artists gathered in our home, feasting on veggie and vegan treats before settling into a life drawing session with a professional artist’s model. It was like Eat and Draw instead of Drink and Draw!

Miss Natasha Enquist with crow friend by Suzanne Forbes Nov 5 2017I made vegan pumpkin pie, which is weirdly way better and easier than the dairy version. Way pumpkinier too!

Many people had not previously had pumpkin pie, which isn’t a thing in Germany or really most of Europe, and are now very seriously into it. Suzanne Wegh helped organize and brought hardcore salty Dutch licorice, which I thought I would not be into but really enjoyed.

Thanks to my Patrons on Patreon and their financial support, I was able to hire my favorite artist’s model, electro-accordion chanteuse Miss Natasha Enquist.

I met her teaching at ESDIP Berlin, and we became friends and now I hire her when I need a terrific life modeldraw at all her superb music performances and also we go to sex clubs and leather daddy cigar lounges!

Miss Natasha Enquist with skull by Suzanne Forbes Oct 30 2017Although I do love two-minute gesture poses, for the salon we went right into short poses, ten to fifteen minutes, then twenty minutes. Everyone wanted time to capture MNE’s whole lewk!

We used lots of props! Our house is so full of weird stuff and dead stuff and creepy stuff, we were spoilt for choice.

Miss Natasha Enquist And Giulia Caruso by Yvonne Prott Oct 30 2017

Miss Natasha Enquist And Giulia Caruso photographed by Yvonne Prott, Oct 30 2017

Almost everyone came prepared to draw or paint, except for Yvonne Prott of Yves_Art, who takes amazing photos and shot a collection of beautiful spooky images.

Yvonne Prott self portrait Oct 30 2017

Yvonne Prott self portrait, Oct 30 2017

Clockwise below, Giulia Caruso, Ksenia Shaw, a redheaded visitor from Australia, Suzanne Wegh, Daria Rhein and Marina Belikova. Sorry about my terrible photography “skills”!

womens art salon oct 30 2017 photo by Suzanne Forbes

 

Marina and Daria at womens art salon oct 30 2017

Everyone made such beautiful drawings. It was incredible, such a gleeful creative energy in our safe space!

I loved all the different styles. Lydia is a crackerjack draughtsman with terrific style. Her character selfie drawings on her Insta give me life.

Miss Natasha Enquist drawn by Lydia photo by Yvonne Prott Oct 30 2017

Miss Natasha Enquist drawn by Lydia, photo by Yvonne Prott, Oct 30 2017

Miss Natasha Enquist with Crow by Natascha Artworx Oct 30 2017

Miss Natasha Enquist with Crow by Natascha Artworx Oct 30 2017

Here are two of the many drawings made by Natascha Artworx. 

She came down from Hamburg for the salon despite the storm, and she has a lovely post about it on her Patreon!

She and Suzanne Wegh and I previously collaborated, and worked with Miss Natasha, for our A(RT)ffair at Ludwig this summer.

It was pretty funny having only two names to go around that time; we’ve gotten better at it now!

 

Miss Natasha Enquist by Natasha Artworx Womens Art Salon Oct 30 2017

Miss Natasha Enquist by Natasha Artworx at the first Womens Art Salon, Oct 30 2017

 

Miss Natasha Enquist with Natascha Artworx and Kelsey Bass Oct 30 2017, photo by Suzanne Wegh

I adore this digital version Kelsey Bass made of one of her drawings!

Miss Natasha Enquist by Kelsey Bass Oct 30 2017

Miss Natasha Enquist by Kelsey Bass Oct 30 2017

Each artist brought their unique style and approach to the poses.

Daria, who has been doing a lot of digital work lately when she isn’t tattooing, used watercolors. Keep an eye on her art Instagram and you might see ’em!

Crucial event support and photography provided by Suzanne Wegh; check out her Patreon!

Top photo by Suzanne Wegh, left to right: Daria Rhein, Marina BelikovaNatascha Artworx and Kelsey Bass.

Artwork made at the First Womans Art Salon Oct 30 2017 photo by Suzanne Wegh

Artwork made at the First West Berlin Womens Art Salon, Oct 30 2017, photo by Suzanne Wegh

 

Sheila and the Shark, Vaudeville Variety Revue

Sheila Wolf and the Shark Vaudeville Variety Revue Oct 15 2017 by Suzanne ForbesThis time at Vaudeville Variety Revue, I got to come to the Wintergarten early for dress rehearsal.

I mostly drew the performers practising, as seen with the aerial duo LIttle Finch at the bottom of this page. But I did also capture a couple of special moments in the empty venue.

Drone shark Wintergarten Oct 15 2017 by Suzanne ForbesI don’t know why Sheila Wolf, the event’s producer, has a floating robot shark.

It looked really cool though! As did everyone who wrangled it.

Little Finch aerials Vaudeville Variety Revue by Suzanne Forbes Oct 15 2017Previous drawings from this event here and here, and more to come as soon as I get a second to finish them! Having the extra hours of dress rehearsal really gave me time to get into each performer’s style.

Thank you so much  Sheila Wolf, producer of Berlin’s fabulous Vaudeville Variety Revue, for having me as your guest again!

Boylesque, white tie and more at Vaudeville Variety Revue!

Sarah Goody at Vaudeville Variety Oct 15 2017 by Suzanne ForbesSarah Goody was an amazing aerial performer!

Look, I lived in the Bay Area for eighteen years. I’ve seen some aerial performers. Sarah Goody brought so much lusty power to her rope performance, and I hope I captured some of it.

Yvonne at Vaudeville Variety Revue October 15 2017 by Suzanne ForbesI drew Yvonne in the lobby during the interval.

This is one of those incredibly rare drawings that is so perfect I actually knew not to mess with it.

performers at Vaudeville Variety Oct 15 2017 by Suzanne ForbesThese two performed to the Dresden Dolls song “Missed Me.”

It’s a long song, and their performance was extremely complex and precise; they never missed a beat. I had no idea you could do put a ping-pong ball there!

Previous drawings from this event here, and more to come as soon as I get a second to finish them! Having the extra hours of dress rehearsal really gave me time to get into each performer’s style.

Thank you so much  Sheila Wolf, producer of Berlin’s fabulous Vaudeville Variety Revue, for having me as your guest again!

Dr Sketchy’s Berlin, Victorian Spiritualist Edition!

Dr sketchys berlin victorian spiritualism edition tattooed lady by suzanne forbes oct 29 2017Another amazing edition, the sixty-somethingth, of Berlin’s superb Dr. Sketchy’s.

Once again at beautiful Ballhaus Berlin, with the theme of Victorian Spiritualists, two days before Halloween. Fantastic models, fabulous theme, gorgeous venue. Does it get any better?

Yes, cause lots of my very talented badass-drawing colleagues from ESDIP Berlin were on hand and we set up at a table and just blew the roof off the place with our drawing powers.

Not gonna lie, my goal when I go to an event like this is to draw better, faster and more confidently than any man there, including my valued colleagues.

dr sketchys berlin victorian spiritualism edition by suzanne forbes Oct 29 2017Here in Berlin, where many people who attend drawing events can draw like hell, it’s the kind of challenge I can set my teeth into.

In San Francisco I was always the best draftsman in the room; here I gotta fight hard for that, and it is food for my soul. I locked into pure flow state very early on and spent the whole session riding the armature of my training and abilities. When this happens I watch myself work effortlessly, the only challenge being to trust what’s happening. I really hit the mainline at the end.

Look at this straight up Leyendecker shit. I drew it in ten minutes.

dr sketchys berlin victorian spiritualism edition last pose by Suzanne Forbes Oct 29 2017Lots more drawings coming soon. Check my insta for previews and the Dr. Sketchys Berlin insta for lotsa cool art!

Thank you LaLaVox and Le Pustra for another incredible night! What a gift you give us!

And thanks to my Patrons on Patreon whose financial support makes it possible for me to go to events like this and draw like hell!

Previous Dr. Sketchy’s Berlin posts here, here, here and here.

Miss Mosh performing at Vaudeville Variety Revue, Wintergarten Berlin.

Miss Mosh performing at Vaudeville Variete at Wintergarten Berlin by Suzanne Forbes Oct 27 2017I got to draw Mosh!!!!!

As a longtime fan of beautiful alternative model and burlesque performer Miss Mosh, I had always wanted to draw her. Sheila Wolf, the producer of Berlin’s fabulous Vaudeville Variety Revue, was kind enough to have me as her guest again.

This time I got to come five hours early and draw the dress rehearsal! It was wonderful to be in the beautiful Wintergarten Berlin when it was mostly empty; I got to take a really good look at all the gorgeous details. And I was able to make preliminary sketches of the performers and get a sense of their movements.

Here is Mosh using a screwdriver to adjust the struts of her enormous feather fans.

Miss Mosh preshow at Vaudeville Variety Wintergarten Berlin by Suzanne Forbes Oct 27 2017Like most beautiful famous people I have met in person, Mosh is tiny!

She is like a little absinthe fairy you can imagine perching on a wrought iron balustrade. And yet also, like most performers I’ve met, plainly and obviously strong as hell. She appeared onstage in an oyster silk playsuit and ballet flats, with her hair in rollers, and lit up the stage. I always want to draw dress rehearsal now, it is the best! You can see my drawings from the previous Vaudeville Variety Revue here! More from this one coming soon.

Thank you Sheila Wolf for your hospitality, Miss Mosh for your kindness, and my beautiful Patrons on Patreon for providing the financial support that makes it possible for me to make this work!