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Learning portrait shading via a Drag Queen

Journal Entry: Sun Nov 13, 2011, 11:16 PM


I keep telling people that Drag Queens are incredibly inspiring, not only for their exaggerated hair but also their make up.

Now if you consider the contouring a Drag Queen will do to make their face more feminine and soft, you can learn which areas of a portrait to shade darker and lighter and this can help in your portrait work!

Also, it's Manila Luzon, possibly one of my favourite Drag Queens :D

Enjoy!


Previous video inspiration/motivation:
:bulletwhite: Concept Inspiration: Poets of the Fall
:bulletwhite: Shoes - The Process by Lanitta
:bulletwhite: Is That A Fish In Your Ear?
:bulletwhite: Concept Inspiration: Kaiser Chiefs "Angry Mob"
:bulletwhite: Stephen Fry / Kinetic Typography
:bulletwhite: The Heavy - How Do You Like Me Now (Live)


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RSMRonda Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2011  Professional General Artist
That dude is soooo funny!
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ChewedKandi Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
She's one of my favourite drag queens :D
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RSMRonda Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2011  Professional General Artist
I went on youtube video watching spree with her videos. Freakin' hilarious personality!
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DomiSM Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Brilliant...gosh I'm glad I don't wear much makeup, I don't think I'd have the patience to do that to my face! lol Amazing transformation :) And you're definitely right, it's a brilliant tutorial for how to do contours and hilights! :D
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ChewedKandi Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
I've heard stories of it taking hours to do - cos of the cooking stages etc...

But this is very inspirational and it's good to help pick up on shading :)
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DomiSM Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
It is amazing to watch :)

So when referring to drag queens...do you call them He or She? He calls himself a male/man several times...but I've wondered what the proper thing is...just curious mostly, but don't want to offend anyone either.
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ChewedKandi Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
This one is a bit of a tough one.

_He_ is showing you how to create the make up. However whenever you refer to the character/persona, she is used. It's all a mind set thing. He is getting into her character. Remember that drag queens are female impersonators, they don't want to be a woman. It's effectively a cosplay and when they are in their cosplay they refer to themselves as the character.

Although in drag circles, they rarely know each other as their male counterparts and call each other by their drag names out of drag and use her/she etc..
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DomiSM Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah I thought that was the case :) Thanks hun :) I know with transgender it's different, like with Chastity/Chaz Bono (I can't think of another famous transgender person)...she is a he now, no longer a woman, but as much a man as he can be, so I'd refer to him as a male. I just wasn't sure with drag queens, but that makes sense :)
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sha-arts Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2011  Professional General Artist
That is the most interesting thing I've ever watching in my life...:D I've done contouring before, but never that heavily.
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ChewedKandi Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
It is some serious work - love it!
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sha-arts Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2011  Professional General Artist
Indeed!
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Zhaana Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well this make up is marvellous, but not every faces can endure this kind of heavy make up. :giggle:
But it's really interesting how they do their make up...shadings and lighting.
Oh I hate make up so much...I don't know how they endure this !
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ChewedKandi Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
I'm very much the same in terms of make up - well using minimal as possible!

This is more to show people the contouring on the face... I see things like this and I think "gradients" for skin shading :D
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Zhaana Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Lol I'm the same..
Yeah I see what you mean, layers and layers of gradients in low opacity :excited:
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ChewedKandi Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Trust men to show us how to make faces more feminine!
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Zhaana Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
lol good point !
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