Saturday, March 16, 2019


This guy was my first serious sketch in my iPad in a while, and probably the one that looks most like my current work, as opposed to me futzing around and trying to find something that works on he Procreate or Adobe Sketch apps. I did bring it into Photoshop and my trusty Wacom tablet to adjust details here an there afterward, but its still mostly iPad.

He's also my first process vid!

Friday, March 15, 2019


The whole point of this drawing for me was to show his balls. I wanted to draw the backside of a man whom you wanted to see more of, specifically his genitals, lol. It' still a rough sketch, mind you. I need to refine the lines and anatomy, if it gets developed further...

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Jaime, Done

I got this pic from Jaime, an I have to say, I really don't see him in it. He says he does, but I really can't. No wonder I let him have it immediately.

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

The Harpo Marxist

Rich was the model for Wednesday night at Drawing New York, and I wasn't expecting his look. Kinda a better looking Rick Moranis with silver hair, he was actually fun to draw. These were two excerpts from his session. I'll have to get better shots of his sketches—these look distorted. Anyhow, the title of this post derives form his clever Instagram handle.

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Color Study 5

I've been drawing a lot with natural media, and I was jonesing for something strong and rich instead of my usual light touch with color (when I do detail, that is. When I do contour, my fashion illustration instincts kick in, and my lines are strong and confident). So I opened up this digital gouache color study I had done in October, as I see the unfinished face a lot in my Instagram and I tell myself I should really get to it. I tooled around with painting a bit more in this style.

Monday, March 11, 2019

Blue Man

Well, he isn't actually blue, but the outline is. I think I had originally tried to do him as a line work peice, but I liked some of the experiments with color that I came up with. These thing line drawings always feel vintage to me, harking of Gruau and vintage poster ads.

Sunday, March 10, 2019

Private Drawing Session: Ethan

I'd long spoken with artist Chuck N. about drawing with him when he schedules private sessions with a model, and I finally got to do so this Sunday evening at the Leslie Lohman Project Space. It was a great session with just 1 model, 4 artists (myself included) with a diverse range of styles and backgrounds—and a whole lot of space. I loved it, and I think it inspired me to draw better. I even got to go back to larger format drawings, like these first three, working in an 18 x 24 canvas which I admit I was a bit hesitant about but thankfully my proportions are still okay. More images to come when I can photograph them properly..

Saturday, March 9, 2019

Tony, Tony, Tony!

I was chatting with a male model named Tony online via DM, and he asked me what kinds of poses I wanted him to shoot for me, for a collab. He was eager to suggest x-rated ones so I sent him x-rated pose possibilities (really rough quick sketches, mind).

Friday, March 8, 2019

View From The Sixth Floor 2

I wanted more visual variety and depth, so I thought a closeup of a dramatic puffer silhouette would help, but I'm not sure it's a good addition on its own. I think this will need to be ruminated on.

Thursday, March 7, 2019

View From The Sixth Floor

I was looking down on the avenue watching people walk by, huddled in their parkas and coats to stave off the freezing cold we had today and for the past several. And one man's graphic parka in particular made me want to document all the different coats that passed by. I'm imagining a series. But I always imagine a series...

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Robert The Drumm

This handsome profile belongs to model Robert, who posed at the Drawing New York session I attended tonight. I'm very keen to practice more with my live sketching—I seem to have slowed down my rendering times but I also know I'm taking more care with my sketches. You see, I found a lot of drawings I did back in the day at the Leslie Lohman Queer Drawing Salon, and I was appalled by my level of skill. I need to fix that.

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Lean In

These tableau ideas keep coming but I wonder if I'll ever actually do them? Well, if anything, I'll have lots of poses to choose form if/when I compose one. He's not quite, but I definitely had Rick Owens in mind when I drew this guy. Maybe this is Rick's doppelganger cousin who's not as fashionably chic, lol

Monday, March 4, 2019

Mode Smile

Smiling just isn't in fashion, and so it isn't right for fashion illustration. But I'm still trying to find a way to render a big smile in a fashion illustration style without it looking cheesy... and I clearly have not succeeded yet. This looks like it would be better as a comic book character (but with better coloring).

Sunday, March 3, 2019


Wanted to try a gouache technique again after discovering the NAtural Feel CR, Natural Feel Dilute and Natural Feel Dry brushes from Kyle Webster.

Saturday, March 2, 2019

Jason at Gay Art NYC

I decided to try out a new drawing technique or two, as my recent contour style feels a bit undone and I also am working to really render better. I'd thought I'd use a technique I saw in an instructional video, tracing out the volumes before outlining the form, and it kinda worked!  Now I want to learn this technique more...

Friday, March 1, 2019


I always thought my ex neighbor was a very good looking guy, and it's proving to be the reason it's so difficult to capture him. He insists it looks like him, but I'm not convinced yet. This was an hour worth of portraiture, and it makes me feel I'm not that good, when I can usually get a likeness better ina session where I'm in a room full of other people. What is it about drawing a friend along that makes it so harded for me than in a class situation?

Thursday, February 28, 2019


I was pleased with how these people look like they could be real, but they're just imagined. I can theoretically still draw that city scene—with people in the background!—in that comic book I imagine I will still draw someday!

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Tableau des Raconteurs

I did this as a preliminary sketch of a tableau of men the other day, but last night I watched Harris Dickinson's new movie on Netflix, Postcards from London. It was a strange film that reminded me of 90s photography by David LaChapelle, but it had a cast of beautiful young men who inspired me to revisit this sketch in their image. Not that I did much, but, well: young men.

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Memories of Danilo Franco

Danilo Franco was to Manila what Antonio or Gruau were to the rest of the world: the foremost fashion illustrator of his day in Manila in the 70s and 80s. He drew mostly in pen because of the reproduction methods in Philippine printing back in the day, but I loved his work. It had so much flow and life, and he often drew his women walking and smiling. An online artist friend of mine asked me how I would draw people smiling in a fashion illustration, and this was an attempt at recreating that image of Franco in my head. I hear he passed away already, RIP.

btw, tis is terrible. I tried to sketch the new MaxMara coats straight off the runway, but with the smile and the short hairstyle, it just looks dated and ugly. Blech. Danny Franco would have cringed.

Monday, February 25, 2019


I was at my fave magazine store, Casa News in West Village, and I got this image in my head after scouring the magazines for inspiration. I couldn't get it out of my head until I drew it. So here's part of it for preview.

Sunday, February 24, 2019

Oscars Fashion Sketch

The sketch has nothing to do with The Oscars, just the fact that I decided to doodle it during the show, and on an old sketchpad with actual pencils no less! I felt inclined to do something glamorous but I nticed I was holding back, for fear of making it look bad. I didn't doodle like I didn't care...

Saturday, February 23, 2019


Went to a morning session of GayArtNYC in the West Village again and got to draw a model I was chatting with over a year ago, someone I was scheduled to draw but who ghosted on me at the last minute. He was good to sketch here finally so now I cna check him off my list...

Friday, February 22, 2019

Fashion Sketch 2019 3

I started another sketch in the same file as the previous one and it just didn't even get off the ground.

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Fashion Sketch 2019 2

I wanted to develop this and see if I can actually forge a new style of my own, but it doesn't help that I haven't really been interested in women's fashion for a long time.

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Fashion Sketch 2019

I no longer have an innate style for women's fashion, if I ever did. I once wanted to only be an Antonio acolyte, but as I've spent over the last decade actively practicing and pursuing my artwork (no matter how lazily), I've actually wondered what my own style really is, versus emulating the work of the illustration heroes I aspired to all my life. I've come to a point where I think I've gone past what I originally wanted to do, and now I don't know what the goal or direction is. And I thought about what my fashion illustration would look like if I drew women still, and this sketch immediately reminds me of a current fashion hero, David Downton. And while I want to rise his level of style and skill, I want to do it in my own way. Yet, I'm not sure what that way is...

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Ego Man, Done

I had to fix his eyes and nose, and how I rendered the mouth. But he's been posted on Instagram already, so he done.

Monday, February 18, 2019

Ego Man 2

I got into that frame of mind where it was now a piece and needed to be perfect. Plus the face that emerged was nothing I had planned, and I was trying to deal with his unexpected Hemsworth chin and jawline...So, tweaking is the name of the game.

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Ego Man

I decided o participate in an Instagram challenge my online friend Ego put forth, to do a drawing based on his drawing, but in your own style. This was a first draft. I thought I'd do one of my more abstract inks:

But then as I tried to fill in the form more, he ended up becoming more comic-book style:

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Mike's Jumpsuit

My friend Mike remarked on Facebook how he wanted a leather jumpsuit, so instead of replying with photos, I just sketched one for him. After one revision, he posted that this was his vision for his jumpsuit, lol

Friday, February 15, 2019

Bonnet 2

I decided I didn't like the retro-modern bonnet on this already retro face style. Her features are very 60s to me, and the bonnet was an odd mix, so I went full 60s, inspired by Sweet Charity and a bit of Guido Palau in mind (he's probably my favorite hairstylist in the world right now, look him up in Instagram if you're unfamiliar).

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Happy Valentine's Day 2019

I decided to do a sketchy love-themed Valentine's Day sketch for Instagram today.