Now that client work is done, I finally have time to make more covers! I’ve had this idea for a while, so it was great to finally realize it! This was really fun to draw 😊
Unused art of Henny from AS4.
I was nervous to share my original character, but seeing folks draw her in your style made me so happy! I am blown away by all the talented people following me! Sharing just a few of my favorites here. Thank you for taking the time to draw her ❤️💜❤️💜 please go follow the artists tagged in each image! I’ll share more later if you want to contribute!
🏳️🌈Opening night of the @hrfilmfest was fab! It was great to be showing alongside the Dungeons & Drag Queens film, it was well done! Thanks for having us @hglcf! Big thank you to @spoilerfilm for creating the film about me and my art! Film coming to YouTube soon! — Photo credit: Johnny Ng
I’ve been slowly developing my own original comic and here’s one of the queens in it - Hart Breaker! I’ve got a lot of creative followers and I’d love to see you #DrawThisInYourStyle tag me in your art with #artbycheyne and I’ll share my favorite ones on IG! Have fun ❤️💕❤️
My cover for Dragula season 3! I can’t wait to see all these new monsters in action! Swipe to see my original thumbnail sketch. The TVs were my solution to fit a bunch of queens on one image and also my clever homage to Poltergeist 👻
I’ll be at @comicconhnl this weekend along with the awesome 2020 Toyota Corolla wrapped in my art! I’ll also be selling some prints of my drag art, Stranger Things art and more! See you there! ⚡️
I never got to draw this @miz_cracker cracker look during her season, so it was nice to revisit it. I picked this look because I could imagine an entire scene around it. Can you believe this is my first time drawing Cherubs? Also I'm quite proud of these fluffy clouds and how I rendered her blue velvet gown.
I think it’s very appropriate that I was asked to illustrate this book cover for the NYU press. The drag race fandom can get pretty toxic and the more popular my art gets, the bigger the target on my back gets. For every supportive message, I get hundreds of hateful ones. It’s as if they forget I am human, not a drawing robot. It’s fine cause I don’t let any of those haters dull my shine! ✨
Swipe to read a little comic about me and what it’s like to be a content creator in this era. Here’s to all the hardworking artists who spend all day working on something, muster up the courage to share it online and don’t get the praise they deserve. EDIT: comments have been disabled because of disrespectful people.
One of the looks from All Stars 3 that I never got to draw. When I saw this @trixiemattel look on the runway, I immediately thought of a poodle, so I just paired her with a little poodle. I thought about making it a black poodle, but I love the snootiness of a white poodle 😏 Her little suburb is modeled after the neighborhood in Edward Scissorshands, which is the reason I fell in love with Burbank 💕
I'm busy prepping for Honolulu Comic Con, so I thought I'd share my first of many @poseonfx covers. Episode 1 of Pose was a challenge to create a cover for. It doesn't even have a title (it's just called "pilot") and it has a lot of storylines because it's the introductory episode. For this, I decided to focus on the evolution of Damon ( @ryanjamaalswain ) from being thrown out of his home to become a flourishing dancer by the end of the episode. Hoping to make more POSE covers when I have time!
Hi, I’m proud of all the cornerbox art I did during Season 11 😊 for the longest time I resisted doing cornerbox art because it’s just more work on top of the already complex covers. But hey I’m glad I started doing them because it gave me a chance to showcase looks or moments I enjoyed but couldn’t turn into an actual cover.
People always ask me “how did you find your art style?” and my response is always the same: by trying everything at least once. Just like fashion or food, how do you know what you like until you try it? As you see with my @manilaluzon art here, I’ve experimented with drawing the queens in so many different ways - from Disney Art to Little Goldenbooks and eventually my comic book style. Even ‘till this day I still experiment and am always evolving. In an era where everything from music to YouTube videos are curated for us, I believe it’s more enriching to discover things on your own. So if you want to find your own art style, try a few different ones for a while. Sooner or later, you’ll find what makes you happy and feels right.
Yes I do draw other things besides drag queens! Pop culture has always been a favorite subject of mine and I’ve loved Stranger Things since the series first premiered. I was raised in the 80s so everything in it is nostalgic for me. I started doing the covers as a personal challenge to convey an entire episode with a single image. In honor of #strangerthings Season 3 premiering today, here are a few covers I did for Season 1. Happy 4th, Hawkins! 💥
I drew this @itsshangela look as part of a triptych during AS3, but here's one proper with a solo draw! Felt great to revisit this look! Oh and the text is Shangela's quote from the runway commentary 😏
I’ve drawn a lot of amazing LGBTQ people this month, but there are dozens more out there, fighting for all our rights so please seek them out. I’m not out there fighting the good fight, but I hope my art contributed in a small way to the movement by educating and celebrating. Hope you all had a wonderful pride season! 🏳️🌈
To end Pride month, here’s my art of @pabllovittar ! Pabllo Vittar is a Brazilian drag queen, singer and songwriter. Pabllo is widely considered a voice for Brazil’s LGBTQ community. Because dangers to the community have increased, Vittar’s openness about being queer has made him an icon to others. By being openly gay, he serves as a positive representation of queerness and gender fluidity to thousands.⠀ — ⠀ About my art: Pabllo has so many amazing outfits, it was difficult to choose just one. I chose the outfit he wore to LA Pride this year. The colors of this cover are also an abstract version of the Brazil flag 🇧🇷
@chellaman is a YouTuber, model, artist and activist. He is transgender, deaf and of Jewish & Chinese heritage. In 2017, he started to document his transition, inspiring thousands of queer youth along the way. He was recently cast to play the deaf superhero Jericho on the new @dccomics show “Titans”. This #pride season, please show support for inspiring artists like Chella Man.
EDIT: I’m not sharing this to get praise. I’m at peace with it being as is and have no intention to “fix” it because it’s done. So please save your comment and instead learn from this! ... Here’s a @trixiemattel cover I worked on during AS3, but never shared. I was frustrated and upset because the pose wasn’t good, my colors weren’t turning out how I wanted and the background was uninspired and lame. I saw it thru to the end, even adding text, because I believed in it. But ultimately trashed it. I’m embarrassed to share this hot mess, but it’s important you see it because for every polished piece I share, realize there are a hundred pieces that are failures. For every unwanted critique I get online, I’ve already critiqued myself harder. But here’s the thing: failure is important because it helps us to grow, improve and evolve! So fail, but keep going! Every master was once a novice💪🏼
@orvillepeck is a queer country crooner whose debut album “Pony” was recently released this year. In addition to his iconic look, his voice is hauntingly beautiful and laced with vintage velvety goodness. His music features queer themes and he incorporates other drag/queer artists in his live shows. Please go and show support for Orville this #pride season!
@alokvmenon is a gender non-conforming writer, poet and artist. Their colorful and eclectic style challenge the gender binary and is internationally renowned. In addition to being a style icon, they recently released their poetry book “FEMME IN PUBLIC” and have presented their powerful work at more than 500 venues in more than 40 countries. Do yourself a favor a watch one of their live performances on YouTube or their website. Please show support for artists like Alok this pride season.
Everyone always wonders what it would look like if I actually did interior art for the covers I make. Well, guess. What. Mimi. Here is a never-before-seen look at the sequential pencil art for Yvie’s entrance into the workroom. Note that this was drawn the week of the premiere so I had not learned to draw their faces accurately yet, but the semblance is there. I guess this serves as proof that I was Team @oddlyyvie from the beginning. This original art will be framed and part of my next gallery exhibit.
In addition to historical queer heroes, I want to spotlight some modern day LGBTQ icons helping to pave the way for the youth. Starting with @martigcummings. Marti Gould Cummings is an actor, activist and politician who recently won the Glam Award for Entertainer of the year in 2019. In addition to hosting and performing 6 nights a week in NYC, Marti is also a member of the Board of Directors for the Ali Forney Center for Homeless LGBTQ Youth. Please give Marti a follow and support them this #pride season!
One of the unsung heroes of the Stonewall rebellion, Stormé was rumored to have started the scuffle that turned into the uprising we know today. After the riots, Stormé worked as a bouncer at lesbian bars in NYC and patrolled the sidewalks and lesbian bars like a lesbian superhero, making sure everyone was safe. This #pride season, remember people like Stormé 🏳️🌈💜
🏳️🌈Opening Night of my solo art show at Strut was amazing! Thank you all for attending! I was overwhelmed to see members of the community who traveled from afar to support me! I got to meet so many fans, other artists, some drag kings and even some Sisters of @sfsisters showed up! It was also wonderful to see my good friends and get some overdue hugs from them! Big thanks to the lovely folks at @strut_sf and the San Francisco AIDS Foundation for hosting me and the awesome staff of volunteers who helped make the event run smooth! ⠀ My art will be on display all Pride Month long, so check it out! While you’re there, please stop by and get tested! 🏳️🌈
Keith Haring is the iconic queer artist who used his bold, energetic art to bring attention to social issues, most notably the AIDS epidemic of the 80s. In 1989 the Keith Haring Foundation was founded and provides funding and imagery for AIDS organizations and children’s programs. The Foundation expands his legacy by providing grants for non profits that educate and inform the public about HIV & AIDS. This #pridemonth remember artists like @keith_haring 🏳️🌈❤️
I was Team @oddlyyvie from the start and I’m so thrilled she won! Her creativity inspired me a lot this season, so she was on almost every cover. Yvie is such a creative genius that I wanted to pay homage to her amazing crowning outfit with the style of another creative genius, Steve Ditko. I combined the crazy world of Dr Strange with her crazy style! Together, it’s a fun fusion that’s as unique as Yvie and would be such a joy to get lost in! Congratulations again, Yvie! I can’t wait to see what you do next! BTW the amazing headpiece was created by @thornedarrell and the gown by @ksiedowthompson
🏳️🌈Kicking off pride month with a painting I made specifically for my art exhibit in the Castro. @sister_roma and the @sfsisters are iconic and do so much for the community. Using drag and religious imagery to call attention to important social issues, the Sisters raise almost $40,000 annually for charity. Although there are over 13 houses across the US and globally, the original house started in SF in 1979, so that’s why I painted this to honor them. My picture doesn’t do this justice so come see it in person at my art exhibit in the Castro at @strut_sf! #pridemonth
Aloha, new followers! My name is Cheyne (pronounced “Shane”) and I’m the gaysian behind all the comic art found here. I’m a full-time artist, born and raised in Hawaii where I currently live with my partner and our dog. I’m 38 and have been drawing since I was a little gay boy. I’m Filipino/Chinese/Spanish. I’ve been a costume & set designer, fashion photographer, TED Speaker, children’s book illustrator, radio narrator, theatre & film actor and I’ve won four Advertising Awards for my art. I have an art exhibit in SF this June and have a documentary about my drag art coming out in August. I’m not an attractive artist, but I think representation matters so I hope I can inspire other queer, minority artists to achieve their dreams! 📸: @redefined.media
#teamyvie 👑 She’s crazy creative and inspiring, she’s also supportive of her fans and shares fan art, plus she’s been just a very cool person to me and I will never forget how she hugged me at DragCon and told me my art makes the 9-year-old comic book geek in her so happy! 😭I hope she brings home the crown tonight!
Instantly knew I wanted to draw @oddlyyvie’s runway look because it was the perfect mix of her oddball creativity and glamour! My approach to it was inspired by the black light posters that my comic idol Jack Kirby created in the 70s. This was super fun to do and a neat nod to the history of comics, so I hope you love it!
Ok day two was even more epic! Got to meet some famous people, gorgeous queens, some international fans, finally met some online friends in person and then attended an invite-only cocktail party for the “Stonewall Out Loud” documentary coming out! It’s the last day of #dragcon so come out to the Artist Alley and say hieeeee!
Day 1 of #DragCon was amazing! Thank you to all my followers and Patreon supporters who stopped by! I’m running on two hours sleep, but I’ll be back tomorrow morning ready to see you all! 💖
The musical number was actually really great - some really great moments, so I tried to capture them. Included a subtle nod to pride season coming up! This will be my last cover before I fly out to LA for DragCon, hope to see everyone there!
I asked @scarletenvy who her favorite comic book character is and she did not disappoint! Made this sketch cover to give to her at DragCon! And hey, stop by my booth and get your own custom sketch cover drawn! DragCon is only 3 days away and I’m so excited!
Yes I’ll have a booth at DragCon LA next week! I’ll have limited copies of some prints, postcards, stickers and magnets. Shown are just a small selection of what I’ll bring. I also have two exclusive things you can only get at the con — my coloring book and some glow in the dark stickers! Can’t wait to meet everyone soon!
Still thinking about this lewk...
With such a heartbreaking episode, it can be very easy to get negative about it, but I think @ninawest would love a positive cover, so this one is a celebration of her.⠀ ⠀ I support the queens who support me, and Nina has been very supportive of me and my art. She's shared my art -- even ones she was not the main element on -- and she's thanked me for all the art I've done. She's shown kindness and gratitude and that’s why I wanted to honor her with this one. She's soaring over all the covers she was on this season. ⠀ Also, last time I checked there aren't a lot of covers with the rainbow pride flag on it, so here's one :) Thank you, Nina, for being a great example for us all!
If you're in San Francisco in June, please stop by @strut_sf and check out my art exhibit! It will be my first solo art installation and it will be during Pride Month in the heart of the Castro! Opening night is Friday June 7 and you're invited. I would love to meet you and answer questions or just kiki about drag! If you can't make it to opening night, don't worry, my art will be on the walls until the end of June. So please stop by, it's a great chance to see my art large (and in charge) in person!
As a lonely child during my preteen years, I spent many days studying magic. Magic makes me happy -- and I still do card tricks occasionally -- so it has a soft spot in my heart. As a magic fan, I really enjoyed this episode! I had to feature @ninawest because her talent and direction really shined in that episode. I decided to include Shuga as well, so here's a classic magic trick -- pulling a nana out of a hat! :p
I couldn't resist drawing my girl @oddlyyvie , so I created a variant cover for last week’s episode! Also, the Silky bug outfit was begging to be caught in a web and devoured by the mutant subhuman creature Yvie haha! I'm very happy with my composition and colors in this one!
It’s Asian American / Pacific Islander Heritage Month, so I wanted to celebrate some queer AAPI icons. First one is the WONDERful @margaret_cho! She’s been a tremendous advocate for equal rights and was awarded by GLAAD a Golden Gate Award for her advocacy. #aapiheritagemonth
When I saw the facekini fashion, I immediately thought of luchadors, so this week's poster is inspired by vintage Santo Wrestling posters. This one took a while because it had to be oil painted, not solid colors like I usually do. Great care was taken to get the type treatment accurate. Also, I hope my spanish is somewhat accurate - if not you can blame Google Translate haha :p
Participating in the #faceyourart challenge cause I thought it’d be good to see the diverse faces I draw. Sometimes artists struggle with “same face syndrome” where all the faces they draw end up looking like the same person. The best way to grow from that is find random faces on Pinterest or in a fashion magazine to draw and practice, practice, practice! Also, pro tip on drawing queens: always draw them from the front or 3/4 view. The contour makeup is important so sometimes they’re unrecognizable from the side.