If you’re seeing this for the first time: My name’s Noel’le, and I’m a transfemme/nonbinary artist that lives in Western Massachusetts and I put out an invitation for trans* folks to send me pictures of them to draw. Here’s the original post.
Hey trans* friends: If you’re interested in a drawing of you being done, I want to draw you if you want me to!
I realized that I hadn’t attempted to draw myself at all since I came out (which was actually kind of a while ago at this point), and always felt hella strange about the ways in which I was drawn before that–and honestly, never really did any self-portraiture at all, and shied away from images of my face the same way I shied away from mirrors and photographs of myself. If I wasn’t shying away from those things, I was neurotically diving into their scrutinies, trying to pick apart how my structures worked, and split myself into enough pieces that I could start to sew some kind of cohesive narrative of my body together. It’s been a long time coming since I let myself think about my face and my body slowly enough to draw it: so, if you’re in a similar boat, please send me any reference pictures that you have and I’ll draw you. Please specify in your contacting me if you don’t want any images I make posted online; otherwise I’ll post it on my facebook art page (http://facebook.com/noellelonghaulart) and to my tumblr (http://laughingloone.tumblr.com). I can’t promise I’ll get to every request, but I’ll try my hardest! xo N
Jess and I just spent 12 hours compiling, formatting and editing the debut issue of L O O M, to be sent out to the printers at noon tomorrow. The release date is still set for the 31st of January at the Benson Hall Printmaking gallery in Providence, RI. Incredibly, monumentally, stoked.