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Vintage beauties from the UK: Marianne Cheesecake and Odelia Opium!

Marianne Cheesecake for Corona Cabaret 6 bySuzanne Forbes Sept 4 2020I love Marianne Cheesecake!

She is hilarious and charming, and one of the most beautiful humans I have ever seen in person. When I saw she was in the lineup for UK-based Corona Cabaret #6, I immediately grabbed a ticket. As always, she was delightful to watch! My previous drawing of her is here, and her website is here. Follow her on insta here!

Odelia Opium for Corona Cabaret 6 by Suzanne Forbes Sept 4 2020The Corona Cabaret hostess Odeila Opium has the most wonderful period look.

And that beautiful Moon seat/prop was in her house, right in the hallway! Miss Opium has a collection of incredible costumes, sells costumes and accessories for burlesque performers and performs in and produces events, like the Corona Cabaret.

As always, I am so grateful to my Patrons on Patreon, whose monthly financial support makes it possible for me to work safely at home as I document the creative adaptations of performers in year one of COVID-19.

MisSa’s Birthday Extravaganza!

MisSa Blue performing in red room for her Birthday Extravaganza by Suzanne Forbes May 18 2020What a joy to draw MisSa again!

MisSa is such a charismatic performer. And she brought in some wonderful folks for her birthday livestream!

Kiki Deville for MisSa Blue Birthday Extravaganza by Suzanne Forbes May 10 2020A marvelous touch from hostess Kiki DeVille was that after each performance, she would check in with the performer about how they were doing.

It was so cool to see the performer shake off their stage persona, catch their breath, and tell us how things are for them.

MisSa Blue for her Birthday Extravaganza by Suzanne Forbes May 10 2020MisSa did go-go dancing during the intermission. Good heavens, she can dance!

Ruby Tuesday NeoBurlesque for MisSa Blue Birthday Extravaganza by Suzanne Forbes May 10 2020Ruby Tuesday is a fabulous drag creature, and gave a sizzling show.

You would not believe how resourceful she was in utilizing living room furniture!

Jo Boobs Weldon for MisSa Blue Birthday Extravaganza by Suzanne Forbes May 10 2020I have been drawing burlesque performers for fifteen years, but this was the first time I drew Jo “Boobs” Weldon, the Headmistress!

I had such fun drawing this legendary pillar of modern burly-q, Mistress of the New York School of Burlesque.

MisSa Blue for her Birthday Extravaganza 2 by Suzanne Forbes May 10 2020Thanks so much to MisSa and Kiki DeVille for an incredible joyful show!

I am so grateful to my Patrons on Patreon, whose monthly financial support lets me keep documenting performers and releasing the art free to all, while I work safely at home. 

You can see previous drawings of MisSa performing at Berlin Burlesque Week here, and co-hosting the Berlin Burlesque Week Performer’s Panel on Cultural Appropriation here. Her linktree for all info is here!

Cleopantha by Suzanne Forbes Feb 17 2021Updated Feb 18, 2021: Finally finished this drawing of Cleopantha!

It took so long to finish this drawing of Cleopantha ! Sometimes my finishing a drawing stalls because of a silly thing – in this case, I couldn’t figure out how to draw the hallway Cleopantha was dancing in. Then I suddenly realized yesterday, it’s a good likeness of a very beautiful performer, no one will care about the hallway!