Category Archives: Artwork Archives

Older original artworks by Berlin-based artist Suzanne Forbes.

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.

 

Archives post: GBACG and rest in peace, Jwlyfer.

GBACG LOTR Party Jwlyfer fall 2005 detailI didn’t know Jwlyfer de Winter personally.

She was a huge part of the Bay Area goth and costuming scene, before I arrived in ’97 and after. But I only saw her and drew her at events, where she was a marvelous, elegant presence in the most incredible clothes.

When I began drawing people live at events, I went to both costume events and kink events. There were TWO costumers’ groups in the Bay then, the Greater Bay Area Costumers’ Guild and another whose name escapes me. They had passionate rivalries and strong feelings about lots of details!

Eventually my lack of proper period wardrobe and affinity for overt freakiness led me to lean much more heavily into the Bay’s alt, kink, Burner and Goth communities (which heavily overlapped!)

Plus, I love people in fancy clothes, but I had enough making sure I got the number of pips on a uniform right when I worked on Star Trek.

GBACG LOTR Party fall 2005 by Suzanne ForbesIn the Fall of 2005, The Greater Bay Area Costumer’s Guild held a Lord of the Rings themed dinner at a lodge in an East Bay park.

I bought a ticket and went – that was long before I got into things for free! It was a beautiful and magical candlelit night of silk and velvet and bells.

GBACG LOTR Party fall 2005 tom and goldberry by Suzanne ForbesI sat next to a couple dressed as Tom Bombadil and Goldberry.

They had brought their own wooden plates and brass mugs.

GBACG LOTR Party dancers fall 2005As at all these events, there was dancing.

I lived for many years among people who could waltz, Lindy Hop and do the gavotte and farandole without missing a step, in clothes they had sewn themselves.

Jwlyfer was dressed as Arwen, in an incredible costume she won awards for at costume events.

She was a Presence, a regal queen surrounded by her own aura.

GBACG LOTR Party Jwlyfer singing fall 2005 by Suzanne ForbesThe most incredible, lyrically beautiful moment of the night was when Jwlyfer sang “May it Be.”

The theme song of the LOTR movies. She was haunting, ethereal, otherworldly – you could feel the charge in the air. Everyone had goosebumps.

Jwlyfer passed in April after years of painful chronic illness, but her legend will remain forever in California’s alt communities, and here in Berlin.

Her Youtube Gothic Bohemian Salon is still up, and you can visit her Pinterest boards to enjoy her exquisite taste. Her website is still up, for now – on 50megs! I hope someone in the community who knew her personally will be able to ensure her online presence remains.

These drawings had been scanned, but never posted; no online 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.