Monthly Archives: August 2020

Archive post: Star Trek and Babylon 5 commissions from the ’90s!

Star Trek the Original Series art commission by Suzanne Forbes aka Rachel Forbes Fall 1995You never know when being able to draw Spock will be considered a valuable skill.

After the DC Star Trek books were cancelled in Fall 1995, I was stranded in Hartford with no job and the comic industry collapsing.

Star Trek Voyager art commission by Suzanne Forbes aka Rachel Forbes Fall 1995I took a sales job at an animation art gallery on the main street of West Hartford.

Because they offered me health insurance, free, starting right away. It was a job, and it served me well during that time. I made some friends there and across the street at the Starbucks.

Star Trek Deep Space Nine art commission by Suzanne Forbes aka Rachel Forbes Fall 1995I worked there for eight months, which for me is a long time at a job!

I brought some of my Star Trek comic pages into the gallery to sell, and made some money off it.

Babylon 5 art commission with J Michael by Suzanne Forbes aka Rachel Forbes Fall 1995Plus, I got a nice commission client.

I am not a good commission artist; deadlines make me crazy. And there is something about commissions that brings out my worst perfectionism. So my client Bobby experienced some stress getting me to finish these Star Trek the Original Series, Voyager, Deep Space Nine and Babylon 5 cast drawings.

However looking at them I am glad to say they are damn good!

I worked so damn hard! Bobby had me draw him into them and then was taking them to cons to get the actors’ signatures on the mats. He was kind enough to bring me photos of the signatures he’d gotten so far while I was in Hartford. I’m glad I drew them, and hope he is well.

None of these art records had ever been documented; until now, no record of them existed – if we had a fire or flood they would just be gone forever.

I am so grateful to my Patreon Patrons, whose monthly financial support makes it possible for me to take time to document my art archives.

 

An evening with the BSC and the ELSC! Life drawing with strippers!

Sasha Diamond for East London Strippers Collective by Suzanne Forbes August 24 2020I was so excited about the first IRL/streaming hybrid session of the Berlin Strippers’ Collective life drawing!

The model was Akynos, an incredible Berlin talent who I love to draw. And then, The East London Strippers’ Collective Life Drawing group announced that Sasha Diamond was their model, for the same night!

And I have been wanting to draw Sasha, an amazing teacher and performer, for ages! That’s Sasha above, in rainbow wig and outfit. She has the best moves! Life drawing with strippers is wonderful because pole dancers are incredible, graceful athletes.

Akynos for Berlin Strippers Collective x Sketcherei 2 by Suzanne Forbes August 24 2020Luckily, the time difference meant I could almost be in two places at once.

I “went” to the Berlin Strippers’ Collective/Sketcherei session first, arriving virtually via Zoom to see artists gathering in the really cool new venue. Even virtually, it was wonderful to see Alexandra and Chiqui!

Akynos for Berlin Strippers Collective x Sketcherei 1 by Suzanne Forbes August 24 2020Akynos danced in a halterneck jumpsuit and I made a series of loose sketches.

It was wonderful to be able to draw dancing in an actual club again!

Akynos for Berlin Strippers Collective x Sketcherei 3 by Suzanne Forbes August 24 2020The music was excellent too.

Thanks so much to Akynos, The Berlin Strippers Collective, Sasha Diamond Pole (she has a website coming soon here) and the East London Strippers Collective!

Here is how you can follow and support Akynos: her Instagram, performer website, Patreon, Youtube and SW mutual aid organization.

And as always,

I am so grateful to my Patreon Patrons, whose monthly financial support lets me keep documenting international performers while I work safely at home.