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The complete “Glam Gods” series. (Click on a photo to view larger)

This series was a joy to do, not only because it pays homage to artists I grew up with, but because the various makeup styles were fun to do. Each album cover was inspired by a specific artist spanning 1967 - 2013.

These will be in the Volume II book.

Here’s a closer look of me as Vincent Van Gogh. If you recall, I actually painted my face, trying to use similar brush strokes as Van Gogh. I used a paper bag for my clothing because I knew I wanted texture but by that point (this portrait took almost 3 hours) I was too exhausted to paint anymore. In addition, the acrylic paint on my face was starting to harden, which made it uncomfortable.

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Two of my favorite unused photos from my Tumblr interview. It took me an hour to do the makeup and get David’s scruff just right, so I changed into a couple outfits. David said he mostly wears J. Crew, so that’s what I used. I also noted that he loves hoodies as much as Steve Jobs loves black turtlenecks.

I love these photos not only because they look nothing like me, but because they’re more playful and seem casual, which is totally Tumblr.

Tonight, I step out from behind the makeup and get to meet fans and uninitiated art lovers for the first time. This is followed by a presentation next week at the Academy of Arts where I will talk about the value of gender, identity and ethnicity. The media has been promoting me up the wazoo, but this is my first opportunity of many to show I am not a novelty, but a competent and comprehensive artist.