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.
I am very late to the party that is Rupaul's Drag Race. Not late in the watching and enjoyment part, but I am behind in doing drawings from the show. If you've already seen this program, then you know it's probably the best thing ever on television. If you aren't familiar, well, it's a reality show hosted by Rupaul (duh) and her search for America's Next Top Drag Performer. The show is a strong cocktail made up of equal parts: Project Runway, Top Model, and a sloppy- drunken night at a lively drag bar. Rupaulout of drag plays a Tim Gunn-ish mentor giving the drag performers guidance on whatever the week's challenge may be. Rupaul always leaves the gals with the sage advice: And remember ladies, don't f*ck it up! The last third of the show is shot with the most blurry soft camera focus imaginable. It must be the same camera they use for Barbara Walters Prime Time interviews and anything Michael Jackson related. That final portion of the program takes place on a catwalk with a judging panel. Hello Project Runway. Hello Top Model. During this part, Rupaul channels Heidi Klum as hostess done up in glam to the hilt. Extravaganza Eleganza! I can't underscore just how out of focus the filming is during this portion. I'm constantly rubbing my eyes in case the usually two glasses of wine I'd had by that point has made my vision go. Rupaul also gives the same Don't F*ck It Up pep talk to the gals before they take the catwalk. After the judging, there's two contestants remaining who must lip sync for their lives. Seriously. The gals are given a song to prepare just in case it comes to that point and it's usually a fairly awful choice. Sorry, but that's my opinion. I'd prefer a "Poker Face" by Lady GaGa or "Pull Up To My Bumper" by Grace Jones, but that's just me. What's crazy is the show seems like it just started and after last night, there's only three queens remaining. Not sure if that means one more show or two? :( The show definitely has a budget of $200 per episode feel so maybe this first season was meant to be brisk? I just hope it goes on forever. I mean if the mess American Idol can be in its 9th season, then certainly, hopefully Rupaul's Drag Race will come back for a couple more years. Please LOGO, please. Oh I must mention too that each week there are two huge, built, hunky chocolate adonises that bring the ladies drinks, give them fabric, pose in photos, sweep up.......... whatever's needed. I wonder how much LOGO pays those two as I'm willing to match that salary. They make me weak in the knees and other parts. :) There are a number of contestants I've especially enjoyed, but for this first posting I'm focusing on my favorite, Nina Flowers.