My friends Marcelino R. and Pieter du Plessis got married this past weekend. Their ceremony was officiated by Shangela who you may know from RuPaul's Drag Race. I was a big admirer before but after watching her beautifully, humorously, and thoughtfully perform the service and then meeting and talking with her afterwards, I have a whole new level of respect. As a thank gift for Shangela, the couple commissioned me to do a portrait of her. It's 18" x 24" on a wooden panel. The background is acrylic paint, the hair, earrings, dress and body are ink and then the face is 100% makeup-- including the eyes and teeth. I wanted only the face to be in color and the rest black and white.
For the makeup I used MAC and Makeup Forever and then it's sealed for 8 coats of polyurethane. Watching Shangela unwrap the painting and then her great reaction was itself a gift to me.