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More remote drawing, from Berlin performer livestreams!

self portrait during quarantine livestream by Suzanne Forbes March 26 2020

I was excited to draw the folx of Berlin’s legendary immersive hedonsim party, Bad Bruises!

First, there was some waiting. We are most of us new to Twitch, to streaming, to a lot of the tech involved. I made this drawing of me sitting and waiting for the stream to start, for the chat to load, for the connection to reset… My mom-in-law coined the term remote drawings for these, and it sometimes feels very remote. But sometimes very close.

And then suddenly, NANA SCHEWITZ!!!

Nana Schewitz livestreams for Bad Bruises remote drawn by Suzanne Forbes March 26 2020With the never-more-topical message, “Don’t fuck your Nana!”

I actually have no idea why that’s Nana’s tagline, but it’s a great, simple message.

Don’t fuck your Nana, or your Gramps, or your immuno-compromised roommate by bringing them germs.

To the left of Nana is her co-host, the wonderful multidisciplinary artist Anne Marina Fidler, known as Miss Poppycox!

Lovely Julietta la Doll of Bad Bruises had a ssaucy video.

Billie Rae livestreams for Bad Bruises remote drawn by Suzanne Forbes March 26 2020Billie Rae and Alex livestreamed all night with delicious interludes of videos of performers.

I had no idea balloons were a fetish thing, somehow. I can’t keep up with everything you know!

There is a thing called “Looning”, and there was also a performance of “Looning”!


Mica livestreams for Bad Bruises remote drawn by Suzanne Forbes March 26 2020I learned about it in the livestream chat. The chats during streams are sooo fun!!!

This very handsome fellow to the right is named Mica. I don’t know him but I liked his guitar and his cute doggo who totally doggobombed his stream.

I’ve been hearing from Patrons and fans that you enjoy these silly livestream drawings, so I’ll keep making them to help support Berlin performers!

You can help support the producers and performers of Bad Bruises, who like everyone in Berlin’s nightlife have lost all their income, here.

As always, I am able to document Queer, Kinky, Sex Work Berlin and release the art free to all because of the monthly financial support of my beloved Patreon Patrons.

You can help, for just a dollar/Euro a month.

The horror of the Pencil Cleanse continues! A visit to the Australian Embassy, and one to Impala Coffee.

Australian Embassy Comics Event Feb 17 2020 by Suzanne ForbesI was invited to the Australian Embassy this month.

It was for an Australian comics event, and I had never been to an embassy, so I went! Of course I ran into someone I knew, because English-speaking Berlin is small 🙂 Since I was drawing civilians rather than performers, I decided to take a chance and start my Pencil Cleanse that night. Above, the Australian Ambassador to Berlin introduces the panel.

Impala Coffee Pencil Cleanse Leap Year Drawing Feb 29 2020 by Suzanne ForbesI was at the Schöneberg branch of Impala Coffee, the excellent indie Berlin chain, today.

For a long time! Because my foggy anxious brain (I am in the high-risk group for COVID-19 vulnerability) got me there two hours early to meet my friend. So I made this Pencil Cleanse drawing.

It’s so hard, and takes so long, to go back to pencil only!

Pencil cleanse WIP second state Suzanne ForbesI also worked on the pencil unterwegs, for a whole nother bus ride, though you’d never know it!

Can you even tell the difference after another forty minutes of work? (Today is on the right, previous on the left!)

Pencil Cleanse Unterwegs WIP Suzanne Forbes Feb 2020It is more accurate, with more precisely judged perspective and scale, than anything I’ve done in ages, and I feel like I’m forced to observe so carefully, yet I can’t record with the same authority I can with ink. I know I keep correcting the angles, keep checking the perspective, and that it is good for my draftsmanship to draw this way. But dangit, it’s HARD!