This portrait in water miscible oils (posted with permission) is not yet finished but it needs to dry before I do anything more to it.
I have used predominantly yellow, white, purple, and black, although I cheated and separated purple to blue and red to help contrast the outside and lining of the coat, and also to show the headphones.
Yellow, white, purple, and black are colours selected in 2014 by a (then) teenager called Kye Rowan to express the non-binary gender identity. This is now widely accepted under the Pride rainbow umbrella. Yellow represents people whose gender exists outside of the binary; white, people with many or all genders; purple, people with genders considered a mix of male and female, and black for people who identify as not having a gender. A link to an explanation of the use of colours to show diverse gender identities and sexualities is shown here.
Here is the painting process, starting with some outlines drawn in my ipad then transferred to canvas that had been primed in acrylic cadmium yellow.
I contoured the nose in white paint then weirdly incorporated this into their face, creating a huge conk.
Here (below) I have shaved off a lot of the extra nose but the shape is still not right.
My 16yo daughter critiqued this and helped me reshape the nose in shading and contour. to reach this version. The nose may need shrinking when I come to the final iteration. At least this now feels recognisable.