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.
Side note: look how beautiful Shangela looks. Her makeup was perfection! Cheers to you Marcelino and Pieter! I love you both.
She's my other favorite contestant on Drag Race this season. Latrice as she says is 'representin for the big girls.' She's a whole lotta queen serving up body for days and days and days. If Sharon Needles doesn't win then I hope Latrice will. I also have to say her makeup is an event on its own--- so theatrical and magical. Go Latrice.
I hit pause on my tivo remote and drew the above image in about 15 minutes and then colored it in photoshop.
Hello again. I was on the east coast for the last two and a half weeks and the majority of the time I was staying in a place that had super limited cable--- no Bravo, no Logo, no Showtime, no Starz, no E!. It was the cable-watching equivalent of camping. At first I was a little freaked out but then I treated it like a cleanse. I'm home now and ready to get all TV jacked up again. Wanted my first illustration to be in honor of my favorite--- my far and away favorite--- contestant on this season's Rupaul's Drag Race, Sharon Needles. She quirky, unexpected, and unique--- everything you'd want in a drag superstar. I certainly hope she wins. Here's my homage to Miss Needles in her future inaugural realness.
Ink, gouache, watercolor, pen, and pencil on paper with digital color.
I'm posting this as I'm watching tonight's episode of RuPaul's Drag Race. One word: Fab-u-lous! One more: Perfect! And another: the best f**king show on TV. OK that's six words, but I could easily go on and on and on.......... Hope all of you are watching. It's beyond, beyond, beyond, beyond entertaining and RuPaul has to be the funniest host/ hostess ever.
I had the thought of drawing RuPaul with all the contestants as curls in her hair. So I did. Below is the original 17.5" x 22.5" ink painting which I scanned into my laptop and enhanced with some photoshop glittery magic.
This original is available on my etsy shop. Have a look. Previous RuPaul postings can be seen here. I'll end this posting with the wise words of RuPaul: "f you can't love yourself, how in the hell are you gonna love someone else?" Preach!
Rupaul's Drag Race season two made its triumphant return last night and it was well worth the wait. It's a decadent reality TV parfait made of equal parts: Project Runway, Top Model, and Glitter. And I loved every single sparkly second. In my humble opinion, it blows all other reality TV shows out of the water. Loves it. Clearly they have a bigger budget this season and also a testimony to the shows popularity is the roster of guest celebs this season. Kathy Griffin guest-judged last night and was as funny as you'd hope.