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Live-drawing Hungry’s first ever live twitch stream!

Hungry first twitchstream by Suzanne Forbes March 6 2021I am of course a huge fan of Berlin superstar Hungry.

I have drawn her from life, at Bushwig Berlin in 2019, and from her Insta Live.

So when she teased to her Patreon Patrons (I’ve been a Patron from the first day!) that she was gonna do a twitch stream for the first time, I had to draw it.

It is absolutely fascinating to watch Hungry do a face.

Hungry first twitchstream by Suzanne Forbes March 6 2021 detailThe way she uses organic forms and color to transform the planes and features of her beautiful, symmetrical face is mesmerizing.

I love the way she moves her eyes visually, with effects like this white eye-liner false waterline and lashes. She lays on areas of color or shadow and they become something totally unexpected!

Since twitch streams stay up for two weeks, you can watch the magic yourself- I highly recommend the experience!

However, I struggled with her likeness this time. I did an initial take on the structure of her face and felt I’d gotten it wrong. Of course, as I was drawing, Hungry’s features moved in and out of prominence, eyebrows glued down, lips being covered with foundation, and so on, but that wasn’t a problem last time.

This is the rough I discarded; looking at it now I think it was better than the structure from my second try!Hungry first twitchstream rough draft by Suzanne Forbes March 6 2021

But that’s portraiture; you do it and do it to get better, and you draw the same people over and over to learn how to draw them, and that’s the process.

As Sargent said, “A portrait is a picture with a little something wrong with the mouth.”

I was able to spend two hours on the twitch stream drawing and documenting this unique Queer Berlin artist because of my Patreon Patrons. Thank you, so much!

Martini Cherry Furter models for BSC Life Drawing, with two suitcases of looks!

Martini for Berlin Strippers Collective by Suzanne Forbes Feb 26 2021 flashdanceI am such a fan of Berlin performer Martini Cherry Furter.

I was exhausted from a month of working like a fiend when Martini announced she would be modeling for one of my favorite Berlin life drawing groups.

Martini for Berlin Strippers Collective with pole bySuzanne Forbes Feb 26 2021 2minsBut I could not possibly pass up drawing Martini posing for Berlin Strippers Collective Life Drawing!

Martini for Berlin Strippers Collective by Suzanne Forbes Feb 26 2021 blue dressMartini brought TWO SUITCASES of looks and wigs!

She had a fabulous playlist, and as always, SO MUCH CHARISMA!!! Everyone in the session went wild with happiness, so moved by Martini’s presence and style.

Martini for Berlin Strippers Collective by Suzanne Forbes Feb 26 2021 last poseEach costume change was lightning fast!

Martini for Berlin Strippers Collective by Suzanne Forbes Feb 26 2021 shrugWonderful BSC cat-herder Chiqui Love was on hand to facilitate the session.

Always a joy to join a session run by Chiqui!Martini for Berlin Strippers Collective by Suzanne Forbes Feb 26 2021 2mins

Martini for Berlin Strippers Collective by Suzanne Forbes Feb 26 2021 decoThis beautiful flapper-at-the-end-of-night pose really deserved a serious photographer.

Martini has inspired me so many times; I would buy a coffee table book of photos and drawings of her in a heartbeat. In very exciting news, Martini is in an upcoming short film and video installation by Zara Zandieh, inspired by two works of Octavia Butler. It’s called Octavia’s Visions and has several Berlin performers in it.

You can learn about the organizing and empowering work of the Berlin Strippers Collective on the BSC site here. BSC also has a Patreon for financial support of this crucial work.

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