Live-drawing the Zoom wedding reception of a Beloved Friend-Muse-Patron!

Shakrah and Leander zoom wedding reception by Suzanne Forbes April 24 2021My friend Shakrah got married at the courthouse here in Berlin, with immediate family only.

And her band, who showed up to play a surprise socially distanced number to the newlyweds! Of course the courthouse was a huge beautiful stone castle! It was a freezing cold day but Shakrah and L. looked incredibly chic and elegant as they danced outside.

Shakrah during her wedding reception by Suzanne Forbes March 20 2021Shakrah’s style is 1920s and she was an absolute Deco Belle!

Of course I wish I could have been with her.  But we do what we can to honor our loved ones as things are. I am so glad I got to see her in her wedding dress and watch her and her husband L. cut their cake.

You can see more portraits of Shakrah here, here, here and here!

You can hear Shakrah singing vintage jazz here!

Berliner Kinder: zoom-drawing the cutest Skeleton Zombie family in town!

Zombie Skeleton family of Berlin by Suzanne Forbes April 22 2021This was the first time I drew my friend Sadie Lune’s whole brood!

Her second child joined the family two years ago, and is seen here with a cherished Elmo. We had been planning a family portrait painting to begin last winter… but.

Instead, Sadie and Vampirina, the older sib, did a zoom modeling session for me at Halloween.

Zombie Skeleton family of Berlin on couch by Suzanne Forbes April 22 2021Then we organized this zoom posing session for the kids’ winter break in March.

Of course, whether kids can even go to kita, or go back to kita, is constantly in flux. Sadie has been able to take the kids to the country village home of a friend much of this last year, so they have had incredible experiences with nature and animals and wildlife. Her photos and videos of the lilacs blooming, the kids with ponies, and the German countryside have been incredibly sustaining to me as I have spent this year-and-change indoors.

Zombie Skeleton family of Berlin in graveyard by Suzanne Forbes April 22 2021Vampirina requested a graveyard background for one of the drawings.

I did my best! I am so grateful to know and love Sadie Lune and her brood, and her older child’s co-parents. You can see Sadie’s work and social here: website, insta, twitter. Drawing Sadie when she was pregnant with the younger here!

As always, I am so grateful to my Patreon Patrons, whose monthly financial support lets me keep documenting Queer Berlin while I work safely at home.