SheIS Hungry! I drew Hungry last summer when I was a guest of Bushwig Berlin, and I got to meet her and see her incredible beauty up close. A total thrill! Working on the drawing afterward, trying to get her face right underneath the makeup and appliance, I really studied her facial structure; I had a lot of mental information stored.
So when she went on livestream to do a makeup tutorial last night, I felt confident I could do a meaningful drawing.
I finished the drawing at the top, from the stream, when her makeup was only half done, to focus on her features. The one above is the first one I did, like a warm-up. Hungry has a mullet now! A wonderful spiky feathery mullet, it’s an absolutely terrific cut. She said who cut it but I missed it. An unfortunate artifact of drawing from the screen is that her face came out slightly assymmetrical, when in life she is perfectly symmetrical. I haven’t learned yet how to hold my sketchbook and position my body when drawing from the screen. But I still like the drawings!
The livestream was so fun to watch, to see such complex makeup come to life. Hungry has a Patreon now, since she hasn’t been able to work and won’t be able to for who knows how long, and this kind of mesmerizing watching will be part of it.
And for me, I was able to spend two hours on the livestream drawing and documenting this unique Queer Berlin artist because of my Patreon Patrons. Thank you, so much!
I was so excited to be a guest of international NY/Berlin drag festivalBushwig this summer. I knew superstar drag performer and makeup artist Hungry would be performing; I’ve been dreaming of drawing her for years. And I knew I’d get to see and draw a whole armada of international drag talents for the first time.
I got to speak to her briefly and show her my drawing after, and I have to admit I was a gibbering fangirl.
You just can’t imagine how beautiful, how ethereal, how meta-human and naiad-like and perfumed with colors she is.
Her makeup is painterly perfection, her skin glows, her brocade corset by MistyCouture has an extraordinary pipestem waist, her smooth bone-tattooed chest is flecked with gold leaf and petals. Her nail gloves were made by Vie of Unicorns Poop Glitter and they waved like undersea fronds in the air!
Hungry is simply a living orchid, a baroque marvel, and the kind of talent you meet only a few times in a lifetime. And she was so sweet and kind!
Read about the development of her style and her collaboration with Björk here.
I got to draw Europe’s Cheekbone Queen, the beautiful Betty Fvck, twice in one week!
Always a thrill to see this beauty work it. Drawing her at both Bushwig and Extravagant Shambles “Pride, Not Prejudice” was a total drawing Lotto win! Betty is so elegant!!
I was seated right up against the stage, and had such a great view of everyone. The venue, Festsaal Kreuzberg, is really lovely, a kind of industrial/tiki forbidden island on the river.
The variety and diversity of talent was marvelous.
This angel bby drag goblin is Dirt from the Ground. You can see them perform here!
I was very charmed by Frida Pussy, who was assigned acts of contrition for unsafe acts: “Repeat, ‘I’m on PREP it’s fine’ fifteen times”.
Nun to devil transformation is a classic for a reason, baby!
I loved Donna Trump, a sass queen from Manchester’s thriving drag scene.
I was pretty damn wobbly near the end of this show, as I have been sick on and off all summer and it was very, very hot in the venue.
I was lucky enough to have a kind stranger be my support team – basically as my health has deteriorated this past couple years the type of embedded, in-the-splash-zone, eight-hours-nonstop drawing I do has become much harder.
A stranger (or friend!) showing appreciation for the value of my work, offering to get me a non-alcoholic drink, helping to buffer my drawing hand against surging crowds, fanning me with a flyer, holding my seat while I hit the loo, giving me a Euro or two to help my crowd-funding – all matter so much. Thank you, Arthur!