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Drawing NYC fire performer Sage Sovereign at last!

Sage Sovereign for Distanced Drawing by Suzanne Forbes Jan 15 2021 flowersI met Sage Sovereign on the street outside a nightclub in East Berlin.

It was a couple years ago; we were both crossing Warschauerstrasse from Monster Ronson’s to the U1 station and landed on the curb simultaneously. Then I stared at her, because she is one of the most beautiful people I’ve ever seen. We looked at each other, recognizing some deep New Yorker affinity and a clear aesthetic convergence.

I babbled, as I do when I first see someone I desperately want to draw, introducing myself, asking her name, offering my card. We agreed we should certainly collaborate the next time she was in Berlin (I think she was off to do fire performance on a glacier in Iceland, right then).

Sage Sovereign for Distanced Drawing by Suzanne Forbes Jan 15 2021 gobletWe got connected on Instagram and I saw pictures of her amazing performances.

She came back to Berlin at least twice, but we couldn’t sort out the scheduling. And then the pandemic began, and I tried to draw her during a video stream of an extraordinary performance piece she did at twilight early last summer. But the video quality just didn’t give me enough visual information. So when she messaged me to let me know she was modelling for terrific woman-run NYC life drawing group Distanced Drawing, I was thrilled!

I still long to draw her in person, but this was a wonderful opportunity to begin collaborating. I am so grateful to Sage for her fantastic modelling work and to Distanced Drawing for making it viewable to me in the middle of the night in Berlin!

You can follow Sage on Instagram here and her website is here.

I am incredibly grateful to my Patreon Patrons, whose monthly financial support makes it possible for me work safely at home, documenting amazing performers.

A virtual visit to Dr. Sketchy London and Life Drawing with Berlin Strippers Collective!

Sebastian Angelique for Dr Sketchys London by Suzanne Forbes Sept 20 2020I caught the livestream of the London branch of Dr. Sketchy’s for the first time this month.

I had seen the model Sebastian Angelique perform for an online burlesque show and had been too tired to draw him that night. So I was thrilled to catch this dual online/IRL session. I very much appreciate that many events are continuing to stream as they return to IRL – it is wonderful to have access even though I am immunocompromised and can’t go out!

Plus I get to see charming venues like Toulouse Lautrec Jazz Club! Sebastian modeled in his newly created St. Sebastian act costume (the arrows are paintbrushes!) and the show was hosted by his bf Dusty Limits, who I had drawn years ago in Berlin at the Vaudeville Variete show. Dr. Sketchy London is quite different from my late and dearly beloved Dr. Sketchy’s Berlin. It’s a playful cabaret vibe, with Dusty charming everyone and encouraging relaxation and fun.

You can get your tickets here!

Chiqui Love for Berlin Strippers Collective x Sketcherei by Suzanne Forbes Sept 6 2020I also “visited” a Berlin-based dual IRL/livestream drawing session this month.

Berlin Strippers Collective had an IRL life drawing event at 800a in Wedding, and the wonderful folks Alexandra and Liana of Sketcherei handled the live-streaming. You can check out BSC life drawing events here!

Chiqui Love gestures for Berlin Strippers Collective x Sketcherei by Suzanne Forbes Sept 6 2020I always love to draw Chiqui Love!

The scheduled model was delayed by a classic Berlin transit snafu, and Chiqui stepped in to model. She is a joy to draw.

I’m so grateful to my Patrons on Patreon, whose monthly financial support makes it possible for me to keep working and practising as an artist, and to support artists’ models!