Friday, January 15, 2021

Joseph, Part Next 6

 Even if this was not meant to be a 3/4 view, the requests by the client to show more of the shirt resulted in this experiment.

Thursday, January 14, 2021


 I was washing dishes and looking outside my window, and observing how one nurse/medical practitioner's loose pants draped as they walked on the sidewalk below me. It was a great exercise in understanding the draping I have been referencing from still fashion shots, so that I could just drape in my head instead of just copying from photos.

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Joseph, Part Next 5

 I presented this to the client, who was very pleased, until he asked for changes, lol

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Making Faces 2

 I pulled out this old sketch from Oct.22nd to post on Instagram, just retooling it a bit to make it more finished. Always good to revisit old work that might not have been impressive enough the first time around...and I certainly have a ton of them that could be rescued from the archives!

Monday, January 11, 2021

Hudson Headboard 2

 I did several versions for the client but here's one rough I don't think will be chosen, so I'll post that as my entry for today.

Sunday, January 10, 2021

Blackwalk, Done

 I was way late in posting on Instagram, so I finalized this image to post, which seemed apt for striding into a new year.

Saturday, January 9, 2021

Model Friends, Done (5001st Post!)

 I finally adjusted some details I was procrastinating on, especially after the exercise in trying to change Max's hair. But now it's done, and sent off to the printers to finally get printed for deliver. And it's a lovely image to be my 5001st blog post!

Friday, January 8, 2021

Joseph, Part Next 4 (5000th Post!)

 This is my 5000th post! I can't believe I've been posting that many, but there should be at least one post (even if it wasn't done on the day of its post) for each day of the year I've been blogging since 2007! It's been a wonderful practice and evolution of my own work, as I can say I've improved leaps and bounds from how I was when I started, and I can only go further I believe.

It's also been a harrowing past few days in the US with all the political strife and terrible coup-like terrorism from the far right. So whiole I might have wanted to post a beautiful completed piece, I can only post a work in progress. But it's a fave that I hope will turn out beautifully. The likeness isn't done, but getting there!

Thursday, January 7, 2021



Another fave face from the croquises.

Wednesday, January 6, 2021


 I have it in my contracts that I can't publish the finished pieces and tag/name the client until they themselves reveal the final things, but my roughs I own, so I'm being good by only showing portions of them.

Tuesday, January 5, 2021


 I think I'm just going to be consumed with drawing these croquises, but that's fine—I love these jobs, they're actually fun.

Monday, January 4, 2021


 I was watching the Headspace Guide To Meditation on Netflix, and aside from it being an amazing help with me learning to finally mediated (I'd apparently gotten it somewhat before, but no one confirmed if I had or hadn't, and I had no idea), but the animations had a nice loose quality about them that I'd always admired, and wanted to sse if I can simulate that but with my own style.

Sunday, January 3, 2021


 Plugging away making croquises!

Saturday, January 2, 2021

Model Friends 10.5

 My client asked me to try drawing her bf with his current long hair, but I wasn't feeling it and neither was she. So this job is essentially complete, although I still want to re-render the black of Max's shirt.

Friday, January 1, 2021


 My first drawing of the new year is fug as hell! Thankfully, I've got others up my sleeve for other days.

Thursday, December 31, 2020


 I can't believe I'm working on illustrations for Spring Summer 2022 already. I mean, I can, but I feel like I'm stuck in time with this pandemic! Also a catch-up drawing.

Wednesday, December 30, 2020


 Doing a new project and loving the flow of the pants here. Of course, knowing me, I'll draw the spontanaity right out of it before I'm done! This is a catch-up drawing done later, because I'd been preoccupied with my OCD and dealing with that.

Tuesday, December 29, 2020

Joseph, Part Next 3

I like this client's eyes as they have a great set of arched eyebrows to highlight his eyes' lidless hoods.

Monday, December 28, 2020

Joseph, Part Next 2

 I've been excited to tackle this portrait as I still have a clear vision in my head of what it should look like. Getting the eyes done...

Sunday, December 27, 2020

Redhead Redux

 I had a conversation with a friend about iPad sketching, and changed some of the coloring on this drawing from its original, to demonstrate/

Saturday, December 26, 2020

Joseph, Part Next


Starting the next part of my commission...

Friday, December 25, 2020

Merry Christmas—Put A Bow On It

My gift wrap this year is gonna be virtual, and while this isn't much drawing, it's apropos for today, as it's a Christmas bow (well, okay, a silhouette).

Thursday, December 24, 2020

Brush Test Play 2

 Rediscovered the Nupastel Brush, but not really finding a groove with it.

Wednesday, December 23, 2020

Brush Test Play

 Rediscovered a few brushes in Photoshop, but not feeling them just yet.

Tuesday, December 22, 2020

Like Berenson

 I was playing around with my Deliciously Dry Brush, and I thought this gal I drew reminded me of 70s model Marisa Berenson.

Monday, December 21, 2020

Santa Baby

 Someone posted a red and white Rene Gruau illustration of a woman in a Santa stylegetup, and I commented I might need to do a naked male one.

Sunday, December 20, 2020

Model Friends 10

 Well I made it. The client seems happy with it, especially after I tinkered with his eyes after she saw an earlier draft. So next is to go into it for details but for now she can present this to him as a preview of his coming portrait.

Saturday, December 19, 2020

Model Friends 9

 The struggle is real, and I can't seem to figure out what's wrong, and my deadline is tomorrow.

Friday, December 18, 2020

Model Friends 7

 Now it's the boy's turn. You know, I was all sorts of confident that I could draw my friend Max easily enough, because I know him well. BOY WAS I WRONG. Here's me struggling.

Thursday, December 17, 2020

Model Friends 6

 What artists know but maybe non artists don't, is that portraits are seldom just about one part—sometimes another part of the face will throw the rest of it off, but they need to be adjusted together. It's really hard trying to do right by a client so that they're happy, but that you're also happy as an artist. But thankfully it seems to be going in the right direction.

Wednesday, December 16, 2020

Model Friends 5

 After showing Daphne the progress, she offered feedback that the chin was too long. Thank goodness, as I had become blind to a lot of the issues, which is why rushed drawings are always a pain—especially for likenesses—because you can't spend enough time away from them. So am adjusting...

Tuesday, December 15, 2020

Crouch and Reach, Done?

 I finalized it to put it on on Instagram. I might still add more elements to it, it feels like it has a story.

Monday, December 14, 2020

Model Friends 4

 Getting more of a likeness for the lady D, now I need to start on my buddy Max!

Sunday, December 13, 2020

Model Friends 3

 Starting to work the likeness in earnest...

Saturday, December 12, 2020

Hudson Headboard

 Yay, new commission!  And it's a fun one too. My former boss is having a headboard hand embroidered, and wanted me to come up with a drawing with a whale and mermaid theme. I immediately thought, what kind of fun things can we do, and what would seem quirky and enjoyable as a headboard? So, a game of cards on top of a whale?

Friday, December 11, 2020

Teoh 6.5

 This was a request and not really part of the commission, but my client wanted me to put flowers in the background of one of my drawings, which was sort of puzzling. I did a quick mock-up of what that might look like and he seemed satisfied with the rough.

Thursday, December 10, 2020

Model Friends 2

 It's always hard to start a new sketch, but I decided I was just going to lay down marks in order to have something to correct. It's always easier to edit than to start off, so start off with anything if you don't have the wherewithal to really start.

Wednesday, December 9, 2020


 I was thinking of doing a sorta easy/naive illustration of different kinds of whales, for the Hudson series.

Tuesday, December 8, 2020

Zara Gender Swap 3

 I fixed his legs and feet a bit, as they were Hobbit huge! And with that I uploaded it to Instagram...

Monday, December 7, 2020

Model Friends

 I was commissioned to do a portrait of a couple I know well, one of whom is a fashion model while the other is a model actress. This should be interesting...

Sunday, December 6, 2020

Teoh 6

 Since I got enough done on the other pose, I went back to the original, and had a benchmark to work against. I tinkered a bit more with the eyes and jawline and hair, and I think I'm happier with this version. And the client was too! So that's good.

Saturday, December 5, 2020

Teoh 5

 Profiles are always easier to do since you only have to do one side and one of each feature. Plus it helped that I found a shot of my client on his IG feed, which helped fill in the blanks that my own reference shot of him didn't have enough clarity on (i.e. his lips and chin line). I felt confident enough in this version to go ahead and give him a body.

Friday, December 4, 2020

Teoh 4

 I decided I was too frustrated with the front facing portrait that I decided to switch gears abd work on a profile. These are some starting points.

Thursday, December 3, 2020

Rocker Type 4a

 I did a variation of yesterday's drawing that I ultimately decided against, but versions are always good. I did some minor adjustments to the temple and added additional shading, but it wasn't as clean as I had before, which I went with on IG.

Wednesday, December 2, 2020

Rocker Type 4

 I basically needed to get him ready for Instagram publication, which is my main publication destination of late.

Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Teoh 3

 I'm at the stage in the commissions drawing where I basically just keep drawing and check to see what sticks, at the very least establishing something I can use to edit. It's a frustrating stage because it's the part of the process where you are unhappy with what's on the page and you work from a point of trying to correct it out of dissatisfaction, hoping to get to a stage where you're adding to perfection.

Monday, November 30, 2020

Ruffles A Go Go

Found out SO LATE how to organize my brushes according to Favorites in Photoshop, and rediscovered the Gouache A GoGo brush, which I started playing with and this was a sample doodle.

Sunday, November 29, 2020

Pants Folds

 Whenever I shop online (which I've been doing a lot of lately, since it was Black Friday weekend, a typical time for lots of sales), I shop both for stuff to buy, but also for images to draw. I can't get enough references for how various items of clothing drape and fold.

Saturday, November 28, 2020

Teoh 2

 My process is to create a portrait based on the original photos, then to stylize it a bit and simplify the lines once I'm satisfied I've gotten a likenesss, which I haven't yet...

Friday, November 27, 2020


 Been working on and off on my new client's commission, and finally got a sense of how I want to render it based on his requests. This is the base sketch of perhaps the most pivotal of the 4 I'm doing.