the portable city

by definition, not static

status: archives being slowly restored, comics being relocated, new artwork and writing in the queue

G.L.O.S.S. Band Portrait Painting Commission

This winter I was approached to work on a commission based on the heavy metal portraits I did as studies last year, which, friends, that’s the dream, hey? Do a personal project, hear from someone who connected with it so much they want a private commission that seamlessly extends that body of work? Incredible!


Lowell reached out with a request for a commission of the trans-feminist hardcore punk band G.L.O.S.S., and sent along a few reference photos and a link to this youtube video of a live set, which certainly set the stage for what an earnest, and intense, and also loud! band they were!

So, without further ado, here’s the final painting:

I don’t think this scan quite covers it though, because this piece is also luminescent, and iridescent, and also quite sparkly:


It’s also quite large – 12 x 16″, it’s gonna be a great statement piece and I wanted the colours to not worry about realism but to focus on pulling viewers in – while also being as queer as the core politics of this band.

Finally, here are close-ups on the faces, and some other favourite moments of mine:


Also, would you like to see a couple in-progress shots from the drawing table? I really treasure these little reminders of how my paintings came into being: