Wednesday, 18 July 2012

The second pass

I have recreated an old picture, the imaginatively titled ‘Teenage boy’, originally published in March 2012. The new version was painted in Photoshop using a graphics tablet. It’s my first digital painting and I’m very pleased with it, to the extent that I expect it will become my number one medium. Here it is:

[03/14: since then I’ve replaced nearly all my old pictures with digital paintings!]

My search for an acceptable quality of realism means I am in a constant process of improving my art skills, so I will gradually replace my crap old pictures with new and better renderings, while adding new ones as well. Don’t mourn if these old things disappear. The new ones will always be better.

This will all take a stupendous amount of time and work. But of course, it’s necessary because the alternative is to have nothing. On the internet, you can find thousands of photos of men dressed as women (almost all with fake breasts – so it goes). You can also find thousands of photos of women in shirts and ties, trouser suits, etc. But never both together, except played for laughs. Gender role reversal photos of men dressed ‘as women’ alongside women dressed ‘as men’ and looking like both take this reversal of power for granted? Forget it.

I know, I’ve moaned about this before.

I don’t have the skills or models or circumstances or means to set up photoshoots myself. So thank heavens for art!

Friday, 13 July 2012

The Chevalier d’Eon

Every so often someone does my work for me. This oil portrait by Thomas Stewart depicts the Chevalier d’Eon, one of history’s most famous crossdressers.

It was acquired by the National Portrait Gallery in London last month. You can read more about the painting and about d’Eon on the Guardian website.