Lots more Season 6 Drag Race art below! Scroll down for my commentary and illustrations!
Thanks to the generosity of BenDeLaCreme, Adore Delano, Milk, and Kelly Mantle, I’m now able to sell my first SEASON SIX prints! As more queens give me their blessing, I’ll be posting their illustrations, too!
11″ x 14″ digital prints are now available, but I hope to add some glossy postcards soon! Orders within the US can be made here, and orders that require credit card payments or international shipping can be placed on my Etsy store!
Thanks so much!
Okay, folks, SHUT YOUR PIE HOLES and listen to what I’ve got to say! Or, at least look at the art. Quietly. Momma Ru needs her rest.
So, I guess I’m okay with the whole “split premiere” for this season, though I wish they had aired both episodes in one glorious evening–the second installment was a vast improvement over the first one, and it’s super-charged my excitement for Season 6!
Of the seven queens in this second episode, there are several superstars–Courtney Act, Bianca Del Rio, Darienne Lake. And although they were all fabulous, I was pleasantly surprised to find that the less seasoned queens made for good TV, too. “Black horse” Joslyn Fox is a cheery goofball, bringing a charming levity to the competition.
Trinity K. Bonet, who had seemed so quiet and restrained in the promo videos, turns out to be a serious contender–although she’s softspoken, she’s fiercely ambitious and serves it up throughout the episode. Both her looks were on point, her photo shoot was a stunner, and her low-key commentary during the cutaway interviews provided a welcome respite to the fast-paced drama. A lot of commenters have been comparing her to Tyra Sanchez, but I think she’s far more engaged and likable.
I can’t resist drawing a dramatic look like this one. And even though the judges dismissed the flimsy collar, I love its geometric intensity. However, I’m a little disappointed that Gia wasn’t present to see Trinity’s kabuki-style makeup–given that Gia has actually performed in traditional kabuki theatre, I’d love to hear her take on it! Even if it was mostly bleeped out.
Courtney and Darienne are both incredibly congenial queens, and I’m dying to see them prevail over countless challenges this season. I wasn’t gagging over their runway looks this week, but I did love Darienne’s lip sync. I saw her perform live last week, and she brings such a passion and sense of fun to the stage! Love her.
Bianca is one to beat. She officially wins the MVP award for this episode–she provided brilliant, blistering jokes, served up the winning runway look, and even provided the most insightful commentary in Untucked during Magnolia’s hypnotic unraveling. That was especially encouraging–hearing her set up a clear distinction between her “cold bitch” character and normal self, giving some hope that we’ll see real growth and character from her over the season. And seriously, I expect her to make it ’til the end!
I like both Milk and Magnolia, but they obviously approached the show very, very differently. They’re both queens with an interest in playing an offbeat character, eager to thwart expectations and defy easy categorization.
I get Magnolia’s quirky humor, and I enjoy her absurd Youtube videos, but she obviously didn’t bring the right attitude to this show. She met every challenge and criticism with a combative sense of indignation, leading to one of the most memorable Untucked meltdowns in Drag Race herstory.
But Milk, she brings an unswerving confidence and charisma to the competition, as well as some truly divine style. There are some rough edges, sure, but Milk is the queen who’s got me most excited to draw the shit out of Season 6. The over-sized, over-the-top outrageousness is what I live to illustrate. It’s what got me started drawing the Drag Race in the first place, back in Season 3–Raja was my first muse, and I see a lot of her in Milk.
So you’ll have to forgive me, but I had to draw both Milk’s looks this week. In fact, I was so taken with Milk’s matador outfit that I started drawing it as soon as I saw it in the previews! Thirsty for another tall glass of Milk?
I’m thrilled to see what sparks will fly when all twelve queens are brought together, but I’m also dreading it–how will I pick which ones to draw??
Oh, also! I’ll be making my first Season 6 prints available for sale soon! I seek out each queen’s blessing before selling the work, but I hope to have most of the queens on board soon!
Thanks for reading! See ya next week!
Wow, so that was interesting, huh?
Opinions seem split on the decision to, well, split the premiere in two parts. In theory, it sounded great–more screen time for all these fierce queens! And what a twist! Can you imagine what will happen when the two groups finally meet?
But ultimately, I think it shrunk the scale of the episode’s drama. Or maybe it’s because I watched most of the episode on my tiny iPhone screen when the preview showed up on the Logo TV app!
Even with just seven queens, it was really Adore and Gia’s show, wasn’t it? Their constant commentary ran throughout the episode, much more than any other queen. The only cutaway to Ben I can remember is “Barf.”
I’m not complaining, though–both Gia and Adore are welcome surprises to an already stellar cast! Gia is a Chicago queen, and I’ve seen her steal the spotlight at several shows in town. But we haven’t met, and I wasn’t sure how she’d fare on the show. But I do love her style, and I think she’s bringing just the right amount of cattiness for some good drag drama, without resorting to the shrill, screaming attacks we’ve seen in previous seasons. We’ll have to wait and see whether she’ll retain the role of “top bitch” when Bianca enters the picture.
I knew Adore would be gorgeous and funny on the show, but I didn’t expect her to be so, well, adorable. In her “Meet the Queens” video, she leaned heavily on her eccentric mermaid character, which I like a lot, but seems to grate on some fans. But she came across as one of the most genuine, playful, and enthusiastic queens of the cast, a really wide-eyed ingenue. I see a lot of Shangela and Dida Ritz in her–tons of talent, not a lot of experience (or gowns), but a really strong contender. Oh, and she has fabulous shirts for sale, so go get some!
Laganja is the only queen who’s even more divisive this season. No one doubts her jaw-dropping moves, over-sized personality, or her eccentric style, but there are a lot of questions about her authenticity. I think she’ll be a central character of Season 6, and we’ll see her struggle with a number of things: her over-the-top mannerisms, her relationship to her drag mother, and her strained relationship with her real mother. She’s got an insane amount of talent, and the crucial question will be how she utilizes it, what kind of queen does she really want to be? And will she figure that out on the show?
I couldn’t decide between the closer cropped image above or the fuller one before–I can’t resist a poofy skirt!
Bendelacreme is a queen I wholeheartedly love, but she’s going to be dealing with character issues, too. I’ve watched enough of her ingenious YouTube videos to appreciate the many facets of her work: the saccharine sweetness, the burlesque teasing, and the incredible inventiveness!
Michelle voiced her concern that Ben’s character could get old fast–but the more we see of Dela, the more we’ll love her. We barely saw his boy persona onscreen this episode, so I think most fans will be pleasantly surprised by the juxtaposition between the man and the queen. And there’s so much more yet to come!
For better or worse, Vivacious had one of the most memorable entrances in Drag Race herstory. Ornacia! That zipper!
I love Vi’s personality, her energy, and her imagination! She comes up with exquisite concepts for her costumes, but I sometimes worry about their execution. I’m thrilled she’s on the show, but I don’t think her interests totally align with its emphasis on polish and glamour.
Oh, Kelly. I love this queen. Such a fierce actress, comedian, and singer. I really, really hoped she’d get a chance to show off more of her talents. This is probably the most brutal first cut of any season, but I hope Kelly bounces back and makes the most of her elevated visibility.
I drew this illustration of her, based on her first look, for her official tank tops! Though I’m kind of dying to add a strip of bacon in her hand. Still, it looks pretty good, right?
This is going to be a crazy season. I can’t even wait for the second batch of queens, and I’m especially interested to see new dynamics develop when the two groups combine!
Given the enormous wealth of talent in this cast, I’m going to try really hard not to draw the same queens week to week. Because of the preview released last week, I was able to get a head start on this first episode’s art, but I’ll usually be posting my thoughts and illustrations each Wednesday, following the episodes.
This is it, folks! The final installment of my WEEK OF RU! I hope you had fun along the way–it was incredible seeing such enthusiastic responses to my first work for Season 6. I feel like I’ve grown a lot as an artist with these new portraits, and I’m so excited to draw these queens once Season 6 starts.
…and I kind of want to have more silly voting contests every day. Speaking of, congratulations Nick V. on Facebook for winning today’s guessing game!
As pretty much everyone knows, the “mystery queen” from a past season was Yara Sofia with her epic “helicopter hair” from All Stars. Ah, Yara. All Stars was definitely a mixed bag, but one of the highlights was seeing both Yara and Alexis get another chance to shine.
Alright, let’s get on with the show! First…
TRINITY K. BONET
This Southern, softspoken beauty may not seem like competition, but we might have another Tyra up in here. Trinity is quiet, but she’s fierce.Check out some of the incredible looks she has in the new trailer! In fact, she even reminds me of Mariah with the edgy elegance of those outfits.
Trinity comes onto the show without as clearly defined a character as the other queens. But my question is if she gets a chance to define herself, what kind of queen will she be?
When I moved to Chicago last summer, all the queens I met were talking about Gia, because the rumor was that she was off filming Season 6 of the Drag Race. So when I finally saw her perform live, I had high expectations.
It’s a good thing she’s so fierce! Gia is at her best with high-energy numbers and elaborate costumes. She’s gorgeous, can dance like hell, and she’s a diva. She’s going to bring eleganza and drama this season.
And I’m already thinking about which Chicago queen I want on the show next year…
Okay, so was that 14 queens? I think I got them all during the WEEK OF RU. Thanks so much for coming along for the ride! To finish off the week, I’m having a Reddit AMA over at the phenomenal RuPaul’s Drag Race subreddit from 7:30-9:30 pm ET tonight! So come and share the T!
By the way, here’s the full cast portrait that I’ve been teasing on social media all week! I actually made last-minute changes to some of these queens after creating this image, but before posting their individual “Week of Ru” illustrations, so the eagle-eyed among you can try to spot those discrepancies!
Hey everyone! Thanks for participating in today’s little guessing game! As almost all of you guessed, the “mystery queen” was, of course, Manila in her fabulous first look from All Stars. I thought it would be one of the most easily recognizable silhouettes in Drag Race history, but I might make things a liiiittle harder tomorrow.
Oh! And the winner of today’s contest is Sergio N. on Facebook! Congratulations!
Okay! On to the Season 6 queens!
With so many comedy queens on the cast this season, I expect April to stand apart by delivering some of the most jaw-dropping runway looks of the season.
I see as a mix of Ivy Winters and Yara Sofia. Like Ivy, she’s gorgeous and sweet, though a little quiet. And they both favor theatrical outfits with flair.
I don’t think April is as eccentric as Yara, but I expect that she’ll deliver some avant garde, over-the-top extravaganza like her predecessor.
Wow, so, Vivacious. I think it’s clear that she’ll set herself apart as an unforgettable Drag Race queen, regardless of how long she stays in the competition. One of the biggest surprises when the cast was announced, Vivacious has already been embraced for her outrageous looks and for representing an important component of drag history.
Plus, I am dying to draw some of the outfits of hers I’ve seen. Seriously, they’re just screaming to me.
Vivacious definitely loves some shock value, as you can see in her “double-headed” look from the new Season 6 trailer. I have no idea how long she’ll last, but I’m sure she’ll leave quite a mark.
Tomorrow will be the final day of THE WEEK OF RU–I’m so grateful to everyone for participating! After the final Season 6 art is revealed on Wednesday, I plan to have a Reddit AMA on the Rupaul’s Drag Race subreddit, so find me there if you have any questions!