It’s the twenty-teens, so cisnormativity in art can take a running jump. The lady in green is not the first person in this series who does not neatly fit a traditional gender binary and won’t be the last.
What I wrote about this at the time:
From The Gothamist’s photo series on a body painting event in New York, July 2015. I used this report as the source for Body Painted Phoenix Lady last year, and everything I said about it then is true now, for this image: The photo report is a fantastic source of different body types, with the added complication that their paint work tends to distort and obfuscate the normal challenge. It was fun working on this image, and I could easily have had many more hours of fun getting all the details right.
I spotted this duo in the report last year. I thought then that the lady in green was very brave to show herself nude in public, albeit largely unrecognisable under the face paint. Last year, I decided not to draw this image, but this year, I felt like honoring that bravery.
Sketchbook 8, two paint layers (I may change the background later – something about it bugs me) plus one pencil layer on top. Additional leaf brush work in Photoshop, which is actually the bit that bugs me.
The photo series at The Gothamist is still up and will stay up if that outlet doesn’t go the way of so many online media outlets. The link to my drawing of the body painted phoenix lady goes to DeviantArt. If it can no longer be found on DeviantArt, you can find it here.