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Suzan Lovett is best known in fandom as a prolific fan artist. She has also written slash and gen fanfiction.
She started drawing for Star Trek in the early 80s. She has done hundreds of illustrations in many fandoms; het, gen and slash. Suzan is known for selling most of her originals, along with prints, being extremely friendly to newbies, and being a generally amazingly awesome person. Her artwork has won dozens of awards, including Fan Q Awards, Huggy Awards, Stiffies, Surak Awards, SlaSHies and Screwz awards, in addition to art show awards at various conventions. In 1997, she was the Fan Guest of Honor at the Farpoint convention, and has been a GOH at other conventions.
Suzan's fanfiction is available at her new Partnersrmore site. In the mid 1990s, she was one of the first group of Starsky & Hutch slash fan writers who agreed to allow their fan fiction to be publicly posted online.
Because Suzan began drawing in the 1980s and 1990s for fanzines and for sale at conventions, much of her work is not available on the internet. In the early 2000s, however, she sold prints of her art via the web, as seen in the Wayback archived sites squidge.org and kixxster.org (an incarnation of her old website). Some of her fantasy-based Blake's 7 art is currently archived at the Blake's 7 Guide and in a Blake's 7 Fan Art Gallery.
Reality? Or Suzan? In 1994, a fan commented: "And that threadbare area visible on the back of Avon's head in several episodes ("Star One," for example)? Mind you, I'm perfectly content to imagine that all of the characters really look like Suzie Lovett drawings (but with clothes on) and blame video technology for making it seem otherwise. 8-)" 
In 2018, Suzan gave the following blanket permission: "Blanket permission for non-commercial remix, podfic, translation, art or fanvid creations or secondary fanwork creations of any of my fanworks EXCEPT my Star Trek fic. Please credit Suzan Lovett."
- Legacy Interview with Suzan Lovett (2007)
- Meet your Starsky and Hutch fic writers/artists: Suzan Lovett (2016)
Her Fannish Firsts
Lovett's first con was Star TreKon in 1980.
Her art was printed for the first time in R&R #14 in February 1981.
1980, my very first con, Kansas City TreKon, where I saw my first fan Art Show and thought: Hmmm, I used to draw. I wonder...? I must admit that the real reason wasn’t so much for “art’s sake” as it was for sheer money, or rather, the lack thereof. The paycheck coming into the house at the time simply couldn’t cover too many indulgences, I’d just discovered zines, hankered for more and I thought contributors copies were a great idea. I put together a small portfolio, Xeroxed them and sent them to the editors of the zines I’d bought. I had all of three. Galactic Discourse, Contact—the editors of which both bounced back my drawings, Bev Volker & Nancy Kippax telling me they weren’t good enough to be in Contact, Laurie H. saying essentially the same thing about Galactic Discourse, but very gently... The third zine was R&R, and — well, Johanna Cantor kept it cheap mostly to give the new writers and artists a place where they had a chance of getting printed. She sent me two stories to illustrate, mentioning she’d prefer ink, but if I preferred otherwise, she was fine with that, as long as I understood she’d be simply Xeroxing them and I shouldn’t expect perfect quality. She’s the only reason I kept on drawing. She kept sending me stories and printing my drawings until I got better and the other zine editors started noticing and asking for work, accepting pencil work, until I had more and more reasons to improve. 
Some of the art and fiction awards Suzan Lovett has won:
- Fan Qs in 1988, 1990, 1992, 1993, 1995, 2002, 2003, 2010
- Huggy Awards: 1986, 1989, 1992, 1993, 1995, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007
- Stiffies: 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000
- Surak Awards: 1986, 1987, 1988, 1999
- SlaSHies: 2006
- Screwz: 203, 2004, 2005
Suzan's favorite medium is graphite pencil on cold-press pen&ink boards because of the way the pencil flows on smooth paper and the different results one can get just by simply layering and/or varying the pressure on the same tool, but work as a fanartist in the past was often limited by what editors could reproduce. For Suzan it meant that "getting pencil work reproduced was expensive, so I was told to draw in ink if I wanted to be in a zine, and for a while I did. It's an unforgiving medium, and my work needs a lot of forgiving, then and now, so I was really happy when I was finally able to get pencil drawings accepted."
Her early work in 1980 was pretty erotic. When asked to explain her limits, she said that she had no qualms about drawing erotic art, but there were some subjects (S&M, etc.) she refused to do and that she tried to capture love. "[I]n any case, though, I mostly want a drawing to give form to an idea and/or distill a story into an image." When she was asked what inspired her to draw K/S, she said that drawing K/S wasn't about expressing her own vision, but about giving life to someone else's alternate universe. Making a distinction between an artist and an illustrator, she explained: "I'm not an artist; I'm an illustrator, and illustrators are mainly story-tellers, in shapes and forms rather than words."
Suzan has commented that she is always flattered to be asked to illustrate people's zines, but she can never promise to deliver exactly what someone is envisioning, and writers must always allow an artist the option of saying no.
Many of the male figures that Suzan drew were based on professional photos and advertisements. The back cover of Master of the Revels came from an ad for home pregnancy test kits in the 1990s. In Chalk and Cheese there is a drawing of Bodie in a tux with his tie undone and Doyle, wearing blue jeans and a cut off top as he shoves Bodie up against the wall. In the original advertising book, the Doyle character was a woman and Bodie was the man in the tux. The body of Bodie in handcuffs on the cover of Leather and Blue Jeans 2 was lifted completely from a photo ad for " The Dungeon" in The Advocate, a gay magazine. Fans would often play "guess the ad" and would approach Suzan at conventions who would cheerfully confirm her sources.
Suzan Lovett’s answer to “what inspired you to draw K/S” is a real contrast. Although she too says, “I’ve drawn most of my life, long before I knew fandom existed,” when Suzan found fandom, drawing K/S was not about expressing her own vision but about giving life to someone else’s alternate universe. She explains, “as ridiculous as it’s going to sound, I never quite bought the K/S notion in my own personal ST universe.” You know what, Suzan, neither did I. For me, K/S is a fairy tale of love requited, my own ST universe is darker, but in all honesty I think I prefer the K/S version! Suzan continues, “I loved reading K/S, loved the visuals of it; two beautiful men, naked and together, what’s not to love?” We don’t know Suzan, answers on a postcard please. “But in ST, I never did any slash drawing that came solely from me. On the other hand, I was perfectly happy giving form to someone else’s words or ideas.” Thank goodness there were plenty of writers out there giving Suzan something to draw! Suzan makes a very interesting distinction between an artist and an illustrator. She explains “I’m not an artist; I’m an illustrator, and illustrators are mainly story-tellers, in shapes and forms rather than words.”
Had you seen other K/S art when you drew your first K/S picture?: Suzan Lovett had seen other K/S art but says that she “found most of them pretty tame, mainly because, just like the majority of illos early on, they were head and shoulders drawings.” Suzan mentions that there were “some wonderful, gorgeous exceptions, like Pat’s work, and Gayle F.’s lovely, stylized pieces. A few others were certainly erotic, but a bit too much of ‘rough trade’ for my taste. I like ‘em erotic AND romantic.”
Do you feel comfortable drawing erotic art?: Suzan Lovett, whose early work in 1980 was pretty erotic, says, “I must’ve been a Dirty Old Broad even before I was old, so no, no qualms whatsoever. I was and still am, restricted by not so much as the level of eroticism, but by 1) some subjects I refuse to do (S&M, etc. never appealed to me) and 2) the limits of a given zine’s editor. (I was once asked to put a “diaper” on a piece for R&R.)”
What kind of things do you try to express in your art? Beauty? Sexiness? A good likeness?: Suzan Lovett says that firstly she tries to capture “love,” and continues, “in any case, though, I mostly want a drawing to give form to an idea and/or distil a story into an image. I’m not an artist; I’m an illustrator and illustrators are mainly story-tellers, in shapes and forms rather than words.”
Do you draw from your mind’s eye or do you use some kind of source material?: Suzan, too, is a little coy about the whole artistic process and when asked “Did you draw from your mind’s eye or use source material of some kind?” replied mysteriously, “A combination of both.” Well, an artist has to have some secrets!
Were you conscious of the difficulties of reproduction which choosing a medium?: Suzan Lovett was also concerned and struggled to limit herself to the media that would suit editors. She writes “getting pencil work reproduced was expensive, so I was told to draw in ink if I wanted to be in a zine, and for a while I did. It’s an unforgiving medium, and my work needs a lot of forgiving, then and now, so I was really happy when I was finally able to get pencil drawings accepted.”
What is your favourite medium?: “I like graphite pencil on cold-press pen&ink boards. I don’t really know why, I just happen to love the way the pencil flows on smooth paper (I realize it’s not ‘the thing’ to use pencil on texture-less paper, but hey, I like that combination best.”) Suzan, it’s not the “thing” to draw Kirk and Spock in a clinch either, K/S is about breaking the rules, so keep on breaking ‘em! Suzan continues, “I truly love the different results you get just by simply layering and/or varying the pressure on the same tool, having a piece come alive in just shades. Sadly, nowadays, color seems to be almost mandatory.”
A lot of people feel there is a tension in artwork, between drawing the characters versus drawing the actors—how do you feel about that?: “Unless I’m doing a portrait of an actor for a fan-club publication or something, I don’t ever so much as think I’m drawing the actor, period. It’s the character. The problem comes from the other side of the equation, if the viewer can’t get past the likeness and separate the actor from the character even when they see a piece that clearly uses as its concept all the specificity of the character. Fans usually can separate, outside world usually can’t. Which is one of my reasons for preferring my fandoms to try and stay away from the public eye.”
Her Evolving Art Style and Fandom Reactions To Her Art
As noted above, Suzan's early style was often limited by what fanzine publishers could easily reproduce. Her initial Star Trek ink illustrations are often spare and simple. In fact, as Suzan herself wryly points out, her first few art pieces were rejected by zine publishers:
Bev Volker & Nancy Kippax, the editors of ….Contact...both bounced back my drawings...telling me they weren’t good enough to be in Contact. Laurie H. saying essentially the same thing about Galactic Discourse, but very gently, and also suggesting that if I want to be printed in zines I might want to draw in ink rather than charcoal as I had done, since ink was cheap to print unlike charcoal/pencil work that required negatives & plates. The third zine was R&R, and—well, Johanna Cantor kept it cheap mostly to give the new writers and artists a place where they had a chance of getting printed. She sent me two stories to illustrate, mentioning she’d prefer ink, but if I preferred otherwise, she was fine with that, as long as I understood she’d be simply Xeroxing them and I shouldn’t expect perfect quality. She’s the only reason I kept on drawing. She kept sending me stories and printing my drawings until I got better and the other zine editors started noticing and asking for work, accepting pencil work, until I had more and more reasons to improve."
Like many budding artists, it took a few years before her artwork began to appear on fanzine covers (samples of some of Suzan's interior art across the years have been labeled in the gallery below and can also be found on the individual zine pages). Once there, however, Suzan dominated zine covers for many decades. She even inspired a tongue in cheek cartoon in which one of the characters from Blake's 7 (Vila) can be seen with a coloring book for sale while another character (Avon) comments sarcastically "One pack of crayolas and he thinks he's Suzi Lovett--"
When fanzines began incorporating more pencil art, Suzan's characteristic style began to emerge. Her use of male models (and female models as stand ins for men) in their prime from magazine ads often elevated the physique of the actors to mirror the imaginations of readers and viewers. Many fans also preferred Suzan’s realistic style over the more surrealistic drawings of Gayle F or the strong line art of Gee Moaven. Among these, some expressed a preference for her black and white pencils, feeling that they captured more detail and nuanced emotions.
As more and more color appeared on fanzine covers, Suzan’s style became more detailed and intricate. She would bury multiple images and faces in backgrounds, add ornate borders and build layers into each art piece. Fans would spend hours studying the zine covers trying to absorb and take in all the facets of her work. Viewing a Lovett drawing was, in many ways, like reading a story, with twists and turns and a narrative path. The interior artwork from Harlequin Airs is most often cited as an example of this multi-layered approach; however most, if not all of her zine covers eventually contained similar tableau elements.
Not all fans responded to Suzan's new lush art style. Some didn’t like the fact they could recognize the magazine ads and sources that the poses were taken from; others felt that the female model proportioning should have been changed to fit the fact that the characters were male. Others didn’t like borders or cluttered, multi-imaged backgrounds. During a 2006 discussion about Harlequin Airs, one fan remarked: "I don't think the art was particularly them either, I just like Suzann's work on its own (except for the prominent penis thing ;) ) I can enjoy semi-lads art much the same as many readers can enjoy semi-lads stories. It's not so much a tendency to feminise Doyle as it is to morph him into Starsky... But that's a Suzann thing." 
The popularity of Lovett's art led some fans to feel that the art shows of the 1990s were blurring together, filled with Lovett-like art and lacking the raw sexuality and diversity of earlier art shows. In addition to complaints about her overshadowing art shows, some fans felt uncomfortable with a perceived disconnect between the pricing and the quality of her art: "The art of Suzie Lovett, not counting the few prints on my walls, is overrated, overpriced, and overdue for some serious competition." The majority of fans felt differently, seeing in Lovett's work a tenderness and emotional intimacy that mirrored their feelings for and love of the characters (and of the characters for one another).
Still other fans enthusiastically embraced what they saw as the lusty sensuality of her drawings:"Suzan Lovett's artwork," commented one fan, "should come with free vibrators."
Several artists have pointed to Suzan's work as being influential on their fannish art development. For example, Suzan's artwork for "Timeless" (included in the gallery below) was one of the inspirations that led enednoviel to create her Starsky & Hutch Roman AU drawing The General and the Slave. In her 2007 interview, Caren Parnes stated that "Suzan Lovett and I were roughly contemporary, and our styles were very different, but she had an influence on me (as she did on so many artists), with her intricate Celtic bordering and elaborate framing compositions—bringing decorative art and illustration together.” 
Suzan sells art mostly at gen and slash cons; usually these are art prints, but she has also auctioned off some of the originals. Being able to afford a Lovett print or a Lovett original was considered by many fans to be the pinnacle of fannish collecting. While the originals would often sell for over $500 (one piece sold for $3,000), in later years unframed prints could be purchased for $20 a piece. Because her art was popular and commanded such a high price, Suzan's work is sometimes mentioned as an example of fandom's inconsistent approach to profit: selling fanart and fanfic are often received quite differently. Fanzine publishers were not unaware of the draw of Lovett's artwork, knowing that a Lovett cover could boost their zine sales.  In 2002, one zine publisher briefly considered the idea of releasing some of Suzan's art (with her permission) in the form of an art book. While the art book was never published, the idea remained a popular one for many years. Over the years, several of Suzan's Professionals, Lord of the Rings, Sentinel, Buffy and Smallville art prints have been turned into cross stitch patterns by admiring fans. Fans can also buy her artwork printed on coffee mugs and t-shirts.
Suzan sold her own fanworks at Partners R More, last updated in May 2007.
Parodies and Works Inspired by Lovett's Art
cover of Dark Fantasies #2. Title: "Liaisons Dangereux" -- "Part of what placed this zine in my hot little hand was the cover. In this striking, black and white piece entitled "Liaisons Dangereux," by Suzan Lovett, Bodie and Doyle are dressed (or perhaps it is more proper to say, semi-un dressed) in eighteenth century garb. Doyle holds a riding crop and Bodie a candle." 
In the '90s, Suzan did an entire series of 25 images featuring Bodie and Doyle from The Professionals in circus garb to illustrate Ellis Ward's AU novel Harlequin Airs. Scanned images of the art have been archived on the Pros Circuit Archive, and are also embedded in the story itself. At Anglicon in 1993, Suzan Lovett sent a set of original Harlequin Airs color drawings for the art show that the con organizers didn't hang "because they were art for a slash zine", even though they were not at all explicit, and they did choose to display a print of a completely naked Tasha Yar draped over a clothed Data.
- "The cover [of Primal Instincts #3] is actually my favorite Suzan Lovett Sentinel piece--and probably my favorite Sentinel piece of artwork, period. A nice, simple look at Jim and Blair, laughing in bed. Aside from the fact I think it's her best depiction of their faces, especially Jim's, I love the pose (Blair on top of Jim in bed, both wearing white shirts, heads thrown back in laughter). There's also just a *joy* in the picture."
- "Yes, nudity can be sensual without being sexual; let me refer you specifically to three Lovett pieces: "Haven" (SH). It's beautiful, it's soft and gentle and I swear I stared at the piece a dozen times before I realized that Hutch's head was resting in Starsky's lap for a *reason*. "Needing Someone, for Just a Little While", from Majickal (or Master? whichever one Suzie illo'd); Bodie & Doyle are naked, shown from the waist up, holding each other with such emotional strength and pain it makes me want to die. Love it love it love it. And lastly, the B7 piece... mentioned last week, I think (I forget its title). Avon & Blake wrapped around each other, emotional stuff everywhere, complete and total nudity with no penises displayed." 
- Goliath, a gen h/c Starsky & Hutch novel, with great art by her and an even better story: an excellent exploration of Starsky and Hutch's relationship post-Sweet Revenge.
- A Fine Storm, a Starsky & Hutch slash novella that appeared in Code 7 #4, built around a painfully believable misunderstanding plot.
- The Road to Hell, a Blake's 7 story that was originally published in Powerplay #1 (1987) and later was reprinted together with Suzan's other four Blake's 7 stories (online versions available here) in the British edited The Road to Hell and Other Stories. The Road to Hell is a second season AU. Summary from the online version: "Blake is in desperate trouble, and it's up to Avon to rescue him. The rescue turns out to be far harder and takes much longer than Avon expected because Blake is not exactly himself." Many consider The Road to Hell, Lovett's first and longest story, one of the best Blake and Avon stories ever written.
"People think of her art when they think of [Suzan], which I think is almost too bad. She wrote one of my all time favorite B7 stories (A Road to Hell, .... and by far one of my fav Starsky and Hutch stories (A Fine Storm, Code 7, #4). I'm not a very visual person--if there is a line of text below an entire beautiful picture, I often read the line and turn the page hardly noticing the art--I would love to see her write more and draw less. She is definitely in the first rank of fan writers to me."
Below is a list of zines Suzan contributed artwork to:
5th Season #5 | The Adult Kirk | All the Queen's Men | Angel in the Dark | Antinomy | Avon Calling #1, #3 | Awakenings #1, #2 | Back to Back | Before the Glory | Brothers of Shadows... and Son of the Light | The Boys Are Back #2 | Catch a Fallen Star | Chalk & Cheese | Classified Affairs | Commitment | Continental B&D | Cross the Line | Crystal Blue Persuasion | Dangerous Lives, Dangerous Visions #1 | Dark Fantasies #2 | Distant Shores | Dyad #24 | Essential Sentinel #1, #2 | Favorite Things | 5th Season | Final Frontier, inside art | First Principles #2, 3 | Harlequin Airs | Heatwave | Heroes | A Hunting We Will Go | If Love is Real: Addiction | Indigo Boys #4 | Iron and Silk | Kaiidth | Leather and Blue Jeans #1 | Legend's End | Liaisons #2 | Master of the Revels | Mind Meld #1, 2, 3, 6 | Motet | Murder on San Carmelitas | Never Far Apart #1, #2 | Nightlight #1 | No Easy Answers | No Holds Barred #11, 12 | Odyssey #5, 6, 6.5, 7, 8 | The Pandora's Box Affair | Panning for Pyrites | Perestroika | A Place in the Sun | Powerplay #1, #6, #7 | Primal Instincts | Progressions | Race with Destiny | Raising Hell covers #1-4 | Reflections in a Shattered Glass | Return of the 7 #3 | Revolution | Sanctuary | Sardonac | Saurian Brandy Digest | The Sensual World | The Sleeping Beauty Affair | Sodality | Songs of Experience | Songs of Innocence | Summer's End | Taemon's Cuckoos | Thank You Kindly | There Are Three | Those Who Favor Fire | The Thousandth Man | Timeless | Total Eclipse of the Heart | Trilogy | Tunnels of Love #6 | Turned to Fire | Vault of Tomorrow #7, #9, #11, #4, #10 | Warriors | What If | Whisper of a Kill
interior art from R & R #14, 1981. An example of Suzan's early work.
1996. cover of the Pros zine Angel in the Dark. This interior frontspiece was used as the basis of the zine flyer to help boost sales and draw attention to the zine. Because of the popularity of Suzan's art at the time, the inclusion of this image on the flyer made the flyers collector's items. Even non-Pros fans would scoop them off convention flyer tables in spite of the fact that the image was largely obscured by the flyer text.
Castaways 2: The Castaways art series for Stargate: SG-1 was one of the many pieces of Suzan Lovett turned into a cross-stitch pattern that fans could buy. The seller wrote about Castaways 1 which was somewhat explicit, a rarity with Suzan: “Once again, Suzan's use of framing and the bright flashes of colour made this picture an immediate hit with me. Then there's the lovely, sensual pose of the two figures. This is one of my favourite Stargate fan art pieces." Castaways 1 is more like Lovett's other nudes: sensual without being explicit.
1997. The cover of the Starsky & Hutch zine Crystal Blue Persuasion was the inspiration for the story of the same name. According to the author's note in the zine, this was Flamingo's first Starsky & Hutch story and was inspired by the illo "Crystal Blue Persuasion" by Suzan Lovett. "I saw it at a friend's house and asked Suzan where the story was that inspired it. She told me there was no story...yet. The illo became the cover of the zine by the same name." 
2008. cover of the Supernatural zine A Hunting We Will Go -- As typical with Lovett's art, the background details contain a hidden narrative - each image square references a key scene from episodes during the first season. The t-shirt Sam is wearing reads: “Sometimes he *is* heavy” referring to lyrics from a 1960s song "He ain't heavy, he's my brother." In the case of Supernatural the sibling obligation between Sam and Dean results in much angst. To see the details click for a larger version.
1993. cover the Professionals zine Continental B and D: Have Partner, Will Travel: “…one such purchase [a slash zine] led to a bit of excitement the other day. The postwoman knocked on my door with a second-hand zine I'd ordered from the States. "Continental B/D” had left the USA discreetly concealed in one of those UPS Priority Mail envelopes, but when the postwoman handed it to me, it was in a Post Office transparent wrapper. ‘It came open in the Post,’ she said. ‘I'm sorry. But it doesn't look damaged.’ And she gave me a very nice smile, so I can only assume she liked the Suzanne [sic] Lovett cover..." 
Another fan said: “Susan [sic] is a wonderful artist, but sometimes, to me, the figures seem a bit cold and stilted. This cover conveyed a passion that was very evocative.”  The awkward pose of the male characters may be the result of Lovett modeling her art based on advertisements (see discussion above).
1981. Illustration for the Star Trek fanzine Kaiidth. Much of Lovett's early art was printed in fanzines before color illustrations became affordable to publishers. As a result, she would often experiment with more abstract black and white styles that could be easily reproduced. The vast majority of fans today would not recognize this as a Lovett work.
2010. cover of an issue of Dangerous Lives, Dangerous Visions #5, a Starsky & Hutch zine: An example of her work in recent years, this one from 2010, illustrating a continuation of Decorated for Death. The drawing shows an edgier style and a blending of drawn and photo-manips, which suits the stories subject matter. In more recent years, Lovett has moved away from drawings into pure photo-manips.
The front cover of the Pros zine Motet #1: This artwork, titled "In A Different Reality" (later retitled "Brother's Keeper" when it was offered for general sale) inspired the writing of the story "The Promise." It portrays Bodie and Doyle as children. This image is notable because although Pros fanfic and fanart embraced a wide range of tropes and themes, stories featuring Bodie and Doyle as children were rare. The vast majority of the fiction, and thus the art, focused on them as adults, possibly due to the gritty nature of the original series. One reviewer wrote that the story "is a shorty at two pages long but sweet nonetheless. It's inspired by a gorgeous Suzan Lovett picture featuring Bodie and Doyle as two beautiful, serious-eyed children." See Motet #1 for more. 
Perestroika, a Man from U.N.C.L.E. zine contains much Lovett art and is reported to be one of the most beautiful of Man from UNCLE zines. The zine won a 1992 Fan Q. It was one of three stories discussed in Paula Smith's essay, Satisfied?. A fan writes: “Suzan Lovett's drawings are the tapestries on the castle walls. The cover alone - heck, any one of the interior plates with which Perestroika is so generously sprinkled - is worth double the price of the zine. Her work is somewhere in the twilight zone between illustration and portraiture, a combination that goes beautifully with the writer's braiding of Real and Better-than-Real." More about the art in Perestroika: “Here again, tasteful inclines its patrician head. The most explicit thing Suzan shows us is Illya's jeans-clad backside. Even in the illos that accompany the sex scenes, the most you'll see is a glimpse of chest, or the light glancing off the side of a bare hip".  Another fan is more specific: “Suzan Lovett's virtuoso pencil performance, particularly Ilya's butt."
1992. cover of the Pros zine Whisper of a Kill: One fan wrote: "I *definitely* consider good artwork an excellent reason to pay more for a zine. I've had more than one experience where people have purchased two copies of "Whisper of a Kill," Lois Welling's novel, so they could cut off the wraparound cover from one and frame it, whilst still keeping an intact copy for reading."  Here, Lovett uses reflections to hint at the characters' hidden motives, a twist in her typical style that often buries multiple storylines into a single drawing.
back cover of Avon Calling #3. Title: Sleeping Beauty,  -- This cover portraying Roj Blake and Kerr Avon won a 1994 Stiffie Award for best Blake's 7 art. One fan commented this is a perfect example of "...how nudity can be sensual without being sexual....Avon & Blake wrapped around each other, emotional stuff everywhere, complete and total nudity with no penises displayed." Another fan said: "..."Sleeping Beauty", an absolutely gorgeous, nude study of Blake and Avon, with Blake sleeping with his head in Avon's lap, and Avon bending down to kiss him. It's not really erotic, but unbelievably sweet (I don't usually like sweet, but I'll make an exception here). It's more than that though. This drawing is more than what you'll usually find in zines, which is normerly portrait art. This drawing manages to convey real emotion." -- 
From a fan in 1995 who sees nothing erotic about it: "Have you seen that "Sleeping Beauty" illo by Suzan Lovett? Isn't it gorgeous though? Funny to see it gracing a slash zine though. Well, okay, they're both nude, but it doesn't hit me as erotic — innocence, more like. Like that one where she has Blake curled up with a unicorn."  
- need to find these examples
- Morgan Dawn's personal notes from approximately July 2000, accessed May 27, 2012.
- WayBack link for th B7 fan art page.
- Abiding Spirits WebCite;Torchwood Artwork from Suzan Lovett, 04 June 2008. (Accessed 29 December 2009); WebCite
- Lysator, Sue C., dated September 13, 1994.
- Feb 4, 2018 email to Morgan Dawn.
- Meet your Starsky and Hutch fic writers/artists: Suzan Lovett (2016)
- An excerpt from an interview with Suzan in Legacy #1
- Liz Woledge. The Legacy of K/S in Art. Dribbling Scribbling Women: The History of Our Art, in: Legacy Vol. 3, 2007, pp. 22-42 (p. 39).
- In the 1980s, ink drawings were cheap to print unlike charcoal/pencil work that required negatives & plates. For more about zine production see Zine Production.
- Liz. The Legacy of K/S in Art. Dribbling Scribbling Women: The History of Our Art, in: Legacy Vol. 3, 2007, pp. 22-42 (p. 38).
- Liz Woledge. The Legacy of K/S in Art. Dribbling Scribbling Women: The History of Our Art, in: Legacy Vol. 3, 2007, pp. 22-42 (p. 31).
- Liz Woledge. The Legacy of K/S in Art. Dribbling Scribbling Women: The History of Our Art, in: Legacy Vol. 3, 2007, pp. 22-42 (p. 33).
- Liz. The Legacy of K/S in Art. Dribbling Scribbling Women: The History of Our Art, in: Legacy Vol. 3, 2007, pp. 22-42 (p. 26).
- The use of live or photo reference models is a common technique among illustrators. Photos, advertisements, poses from gay porn zines, even drawings of gay artists like Tom of Finland have all been utilized by slash fan artists.
- Source: Morgan Dawn's personal notes, accessed May 25, 2012.
- Excerpts from Suzan’s interview in the zine Legacy.
- The Bizarro Coloring Book
- By the mid-1990s, Lovett's zine covers had a perceived track record of boosting zine sales. Zine publishers would often use her art to demand pre-orders (a practice that had fallen out of favor as zine publishing costs came down), ostensibly to determine the number of illos that the zine would support. For instance, 5 or 10 more pre-orders might persuade the publisher that the zine sales could cover the printing of one more B&W illo. More pre-orders would support a color cover. Source: Megan Kent's Virgule-L discussion of why Manacles Press did not accept pre-orders or include little fanart in their zine publishing. Date: November 1992, quoted with permission.
- from a July 2006 discussion at CI5hq
- Morgan Dawn's personal notes drawn from online discussions in the mid-1990s about fan art styles and whether fans preferred explicit vs. non-explicit art and whether they wanted spare or detailed art. These discussions were hampered at the time by the fact that few fans had access to the art being discussed and therefore lacked a common reference point. Without the ability to see and access art online, most conversations in letterzines and over email took place in a vacuum.
- Art review posted to the Virgule-L mailing list in May 1994, quoted anonymously with permission.
- 1997 ZCon report posted to the Virgule-L mailing list.
- Influences and inspiration listed in the artist's email dated May 29, 2012 when granting Fanlore permission to upload a larger version of her artwork. See enednoviel's page for a complete list of her fan art influences. Additional artists will be listed above as they are confirmed. Confirmations are in progress.
- Liz Woledge. The Legacy of K/S in Art. Dribbling Scribbling Women: The History of Our Art, in: Legacy Vol. 3, 2007, pp. 22-42 (p. 33).
- A Lovett MUNCLE art piece sold for over $400 at the 1994 Zebracon art auction. In 2003, Suzan's art used on the cover of Timeless sold for $3,000. Not all the pieces that sold for a high price were originals, however. Even art prints could command high prices. At the 1997 MediaWest art auction Suzan sold multiple Professionals art prints for $300-$500 each. A print that sold for $95 at the same convention was considered to be a bargain. Morgan Dawn's personal notes, accessed May 25, 2012.
- See Discussions of selling fan art.
- From a comment one zine publisher posted to the Virgule-L mailing list September 1994, quoted with permission: "Do Lovett's covers sell zines? One of the reasons I'm curious about this is that Lovett is doing a drawing for me (a result of the Z-con charity auction), and I was thinking of using it for the cover of the next... zine. Now, are fans going to think, "It's got a Lovett cover--I'll buy it no matter what's inside", or are fans going to think "It's got a Lovett cover--wonder if they used it 'cause they knew it would sell zines, and the fiction isn't any good? I'm staying away from it." Or are they going to buy it for what's inside, and ignore the cover? Should I just put my own art on the cover instead?"
- Two formats were considered: a half color, half B&W, about 50 multifandom illos, one sided print at 8x10 suitable for framing, on heavy 100 lb laser, perfect bound book. The cost was estimated at $40. The other format would have used the same basic idea and layout, but as a digest size, for about $32. The art portfolios would be part of a limited release. Source: Morgan Dawn's notes, accessed May 25, 2012.
- FanStitch sells these Lovett patterns for $10 plus shipping (Accessed 30 May 2012); WebCite. It also sells adult themed Lovett patterns (Accessed 30 May 2012); WebCite. The seller notes that: "Suzan's art prints are so full of detail that they're both a challenge and a delight to translate into cross stitch...For the courageous stitcher, I have made a second pattern on a larger scale. The detail is much better on this pattern, but the size is correspondingly greater. In fact, I would recommend stitching this pattern on 10 count double thread needlepoint canvas, using 9 strands of DMC floss for a truly impressive result."
- Mugs: Martha's Mugs; WebCite. T-shirt Transfers: T-Shirt Transfers; WebCite. The popularity of Suzan's art and the number of art prints, mugs and t-shirts in circulation means that her art routinely shows up on eBay and, in one case, even in a Goodwill online auction (Suzan Lovett Vampire Print for sale at Goodwill on 11/24/2011;WebCite).
- from Psst... Hey Kid, Wanna Buy a Fanzine? #6.
- from Psst... Hey Kid, Wanna Buy a Fanzine? #6.
- Michelle Christian's zine review posted to the Virgule-L mailing list in July 1997, reposted with permission.
- In 1997 Michelle Christian posted this review to the Virgule-L mailing list. It is reposted here with permission.
- Charlotte Hill's post to the Virgule-L mailing list in May 1994, quoted with permission.
- The Blake's 7 art she referred to is "One Safe Harbor," seen here; WebCite
- Sandy Herrold's post to the Virgule-L mailing list dated September 1995, quoted with permission.
- In 1995, Michelle Christian posted the this review to the Virgule-L mailing list. It is reposted here with permission
- Flamingo. Crystal Blue Persuasion: Author's note (Accessed 04 October 2009)
- A fan describes a near miss regarding the Postal Service in from DIAL #10
- A review posted to the Virgule-L mailing list in November 1994, quoted anonymously with permission.
- from DIAL #3
- from Psst... Hey Kid, Wanna Buy a Fanzine? #3
- from Psst... Hey Kid, Wanna Buy a Fanzine? #3
- from a fan's top five favorite zine list in Psst... Hey Kid, Wanna Buy a Fanzine? #4
- Posted to the Virgule-L mailing list March 23, 1996.
- original art was for sale here
- Charlotte Hill's discussion of Explicit Slash Art on the Virgule-L mailing list in May 1994, quoted with permission.
- from a review by Sonja at Judith Proctor's Blake's 7 site, Archived version.
- Roj Blake and unicorn is on the cover of Songs of Innocence.
- Rallying Call #13