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The Streaming Drag Show Central Top-Off Post!

Noeline la Bouche for Pansys House of Presents by Suzanne Forbes Sept 10 2020Gieza’s Poke House and Pansy’s House of Presents returned to their home stage of Monster Ronsons this week.

So I am working on wrapping the drawings made from the livestreamed shows. I have lost track, despite my best efforts, of which night some of these drawings are from. There were five months of online shows, with a Poke House and House of Presents every single Tuesday!

I know the drawing above of eternal muse Noéline La Bouche was begun during late July or early August, and I just finished it today.

Cadbury Parfait for House of Presents by Suzanne Forbes Oct 25 2020Fabulous Patron and Muse Cadbury Parfait!

Drawn sometime this summer! Follow Cadbury here, and also her wonderful show Extravagant Shambles here.

Aubrey Wodonga for Giezas Pokehouse Pansys House of Presents October 27 2020 Suzanne ForbesLovely Aubrey Wodonga was so patient!

Finally getting their drawing up months later… check this professional circus queen out here!

Yvonne Nightstand for Pansys House of Presents July 14 2020 by Suzanne ForbesThis one, of hilarious Yvonne Nightstand, was done early in quarantine.

Possibly April?

I’ll be rounding other drawings from the livestreams here as I finish them.

I am so grateful to my Patreon Patrons, whose monthly financial support lets me keep documenting Berlin’s international, intersectional drag and burlesque performers while I work safely at home.

Found, finished and scanned: the lost drawings of Dr. Sketchys Berlin “Broken Baroque”!

Marijn van der Waa at Dr Sketchys Berlin Jan 28 2018 by Suzanne ForbesI actually produce so many drawings that I sometimes lose track of some of them.

Having a Patreon has reduced the orphan drawings rate enormously, but some still slip through the cracks! During the Dr. Sketchy’s Berlin Broken Baroque sessions, I did some large pastel drawings on Canson Mi Tientes paper. I tried to work on them at home, then abandoned them, as it was early days in my re-embracing of pastels.

Luckily, I just bought an A3 scanner and searched through my large drawings. I am so glad I found this drawing of beautiful artist Marijn van der Waa!

Evilyn Frantic at Dr Sketchys Berlin Broken Baroque Jan 28 2018 by Suzanne ForbesThese three portraits of sexy, spooky Evilyn Frantic merely needed to be finished.

I found it surprisingly easy, two and a half years later.

Evilyn Frantic and gent at Dr Sketchys Berlin Broken Baroque Jan 28 2018 by Suzanne ForbesHere we see Evilyn and a lad whose name I will have to get.

I was very nervous, two years ago, about how to handle the pale pastel shades.

Evilyn Frantic at Dr Sketchys Berlin Burlesque Week June 23 2020 by Suzanne ForbesNow I am confident!

Adding the watercolor brush pens has made a huge difference to my mixed-media drawing technique. They are physically pleasurable to use, as pastels are not for me. And they allow me to apply fine control to detail areas.

Mixed media art is all about finding what works for you – no rules, except consideration of issues of archival problems. I honestly do not know how my drawings of the last couple years will hold up over time. But since they are created to be shared online, I am kinda not fussed.

Yes, my lonnnnng art education instilled the value of archival materials. But it was pre-internet. And because in school I meant to be a fashion illustrator, then a comic artist, my intention was always to make work for mass distribution. Ephemeral, yet joyful 🙂

I am so blessed by my Patreon Patrons, whose monthly financial support makes it possible for me to grow and develop as an artist.

As usual these drawings are licensed Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) for all to share and enjoy!

In addition, I release the copyright on each drawing to the performer shown and they may use the drawings for their own profit and pleeeasssure in any way they choose.