do you realize drag race is incredibly transphobic lol
The flippant “lol” on this is unsettling but yes, I’m very aware and condemning of the transphobic elements of the show. I’m assuming the Carmen Carrera art I just posted is what prompted this and if so it’s not in any way a defense of the show. I’m a fan of her work so I drew a picture of her. As far as her connection to the show, I’m happy to see her influence and contributions to the recent elimination of transphobic aspects of the show. Her words on the issue are a million times more valuable than mine. Her full statement can be found on her facebook, March 31st and both she and Monica Beverly Hillz are quoted here (tw:slur, these pages do reference the slurs in question. and as always the comment section is the grease trap of the internet)
To be very clear, drawing and posting the Carmen Carrera art is me saying I’ve long been a fan of hers. I think she’s talented, super funny, and stylish in addition to being a very important and valuable advocate. I’m absolutely not saying RuPaul’s Drag Race has nothing to answer for, it has never done anything wrong, the show is fixed and free from problems, you have to accept their statement of apology and you should be watching the show.
Going back to the recent issue with the removal of slurs from the show—there has been a lot of discussion about it, a lot of it with the ugly sentiment that people are being too sensitive and “what’s the big deal” etc. let me say here and now I won’t be engaging any conversation like that. It’s unequivocally good the word is gone from the show and it’s not up for debate in this space.
I found your tumblr and now I'm stuck, I can't leave your page. I'm so hungry but your art is so delicious, I think I could survive off of it in lieu food. <3
thank you so much! that’s a lovely comment to get since I’m always interested in a confection-like aesthetic. I love candy colors and I’m happiest with drawings when I look at them and think “delicious” so that’s awesome to hear someone pick up on that.
YOURE SO COOL and your art is amazing wow is there anything you recommend to get better at drawing more diverse faces and facial features/shapes?
Thank you so much!
My blanket statement for any progress in drawing is practice, practice, practice. I know it’s said a lot but there’s a reason it’s said a lot. It really helps. Specifically for facial diversity I recommend finding a basic method for drawing faces that works for you, gather diverse references—and you’ll have to actively seek them out because a google image search for “human face” is very telling (hint it’s nearly all white people and there’s a white person in special effects makeup before search returns on poc soooo that’s the general hell world we’re dealing with when looking through media for references) I’ll show you my face drawing process and point out what I look at to make different faces
Okay so we’ve got the basic layout to start, and next I go in and add super basic shapes to specify the area the features will take up. I don’t worry about them looking a certain way at this point, I just want to designate the space.
So the next step might look like a leap has been taken, but really I’ve just played around with lines to define the features. It really helps to learn the names of individual facial features so you know what to experiment with in the first place. For example, when I look at the nose I look at what the root looks like in relation to the bridge of the nose and to the eye sockets on either side, and how the collumela is crossed by both the tip of the nose and the philtrum and the nostrils on either side.
Study how different features manifest on different people. Look at the eyelids, cheek bones, jaw line, lips, brow bones. If you’re looking at different tutorials be mindful of the language used. You’ll find a lot of education materials describe features with white features as the default and all others as compared to them (i.e. “wider nose” “fuller lips” etc.) so when you do, give it the stink eye and remember it’s bullshit. So practice, practice, practice, and seek out facial features we don’t usually get to see reflected back to us.