Wednesday, May 25, 2016

James at '16, 6

I really need to get a move on on these Spring drawings, but work has me sooo tired.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016


I used to sketch a lot during meetings, sometimes the people in the meetings. This is form my meeting today at the Ann offices, of my co worker Lauren. The subject matter of the meeting wasn't making anyone happy.

Monday, May 23, 2016

I'm Tired

I've been working long hours at my freelance gig, and while I'm not as fatigued as I was when I first started, I'm pretty wiped. I came home late and ate dinner past 10 pm, and I didn't get to the gym, I need to fix that.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Brush Portrait

Playing with the Color Magic brush and just painting however way I feel.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

For The Good of X

My friend Ben posed for me after 13 years!


I saw a pic with a model whose stance and attitude I wanted to capture, but in doing so the sketch turned into an exercise in fashion illustration abstraction. Well, stylize-ation, as I exaggerated everything to flo-o-ow.

Friday, May 20, 2016

Like Modesty 2

I tweaked it to my liking. The smallest strokes make all the difference sometimes.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Like Modesty

For whatever reason, doodling with the Brutus brush yielded a bit of new technique today, or at least new perspectives. This sketch reminded me of the illustrations for the Modesty Blaise comic strip.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Leotard 2

I did some detail line work over yesterday's OMG-I'm_falling-asleep-brush-work.

Monday, May 16, 2016


I was falling asleep while sketching (again!) and opened my eyes to see I had drawn a woman in a leotard. Image to come.

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Watery Storm

I pulled up an old sketch I did years ago of Storm in a modified, fashion-y (well, back then) version of her classic costume. The inks were definitely not fashion illustration style, but I thought maybe adding some watercolor to flesh it out would make it appear more like a fashion illo. I don't think it does, but it looks like a hand done piece.

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Rowboat Dreamboat

I love happy accidents. I chose a relatively loose brush but tried for a tighter sketch, and the face and neck turned out great, I think.

Friday, May 13, 2016

Another Lavender Wash

I thought I was doing a black man, then he kinda looked a bit Asian, but I'm not quite sure what his race is. Maybe he's just lavender, hehe.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Lavender Wash

Playing some more with my Webster brushes... it's funny hpw the strokes affect the kind of sketches I do.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Lemony Blush 2

I forgot that I had left the file open on my desktop for the last two days!  Guess I've been so busy wiht work I haven't opened up Photoshop at home! 

Meeting Doodles

It's been a while since I doodled during a work meeting. These were done at Ann during a UI meeting, at our offices which seem to be filled with allergens that are making me miserable enough that I forgot to post this in time. 

Monday, May 9, 2016

Lemony Blush

The color magic brush plus soft pastels equals a naive style that is possibly hipster-y.

Sunday, May 8, 2016

The Ab-olution

Once upon a time, overly pronounced obliques didn't look good to me - it looked like people had bellies. But we've evolved in our aesthetics, and large pelvic – well, what are they? pelvic girdles? – muscles look especially desirable. I love how Benjamin Godfre's protrude in this pic, so I sketched it.

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Spring Layer 4

It's been Spring in New York (although it often felt more like Fall Winter) so I need to hustle on these Spring images... except I spend so much time designing I go home each day with nary a drop of creative energy left! Argh. Make it work...! image to come.

Friday, May 6, 2016

Hot (P)Ink

I went pink and red. It's kinda painful in a good way.

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Hot Ink

Still not much for a lot of detail lately, but I kinda like this doodle - the form came together nicely enough, and the Go Gritty ink tool I used has a nice effect. Plus, surprise nudity!

Wednesday, May 4, 2016


I could barely keep my eyes open tonight, I was falling asleep at my computer again. So tonight's sketch will have to end at this rough filler piece of delineating colors and trying to stay awake MAn, I'm more tired than I thought. Even falling asleep as I type this....

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Random Sketching

Because I'm super tired from work and the shenanigans that went on today!So I grabbed the first Photoshop brush I could and just started doodling. I've been shopping for shirts with convertible collars, so that's what I drew...

Monday, May 2, 2016

Pink Gown

I had the MetBall gala on my mind but didn't want to draw much tonight. Still recovering from the creative stint of the weekend, when I presented to two of my freelance clients.

Sunday, May 1, 2016

7 MInute Zenaida

I've been working all weekend on a freelance job (two, actually) and I had very little time and energy to draw. Always the case, one or the other with me. The good news is I'm making good progress on my freelance gigs. So all you're getting is a quickie - 7 minutes to be exact - rendition of Zenaida, my Venus of the Rice.

Saturday, April 30, 2016

The First Naomi

It was Miss Simms before Miss Campbell! I don't know her face very well, so I'll have to work a bit harder for a likeness... especially underneath all that makeup!

Friday, April 29, 2016

Physique Walking Croquis 2

Another model from the same show had a great walking shot, so I downloaded it and used it as a reference. I rather like the soft feeling of the linework, even if it's very simple.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Physique Walking Croquis

I guess it's Sao Paolo Fashion Week or something? Anyhow, I saw a few poses on men walking down the runway in swimwear, so I though I'd channel one of the shots and do a croquis.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Navy Man

Playing with teh Bristle Brush and making textures. And nekkid menses over those textures.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016


I'm drunk as I type this, having had a really long  (but productive) work day that ended with a casual dinner and drinks in Flatiron with my friend Rainer. So I'm surprised I can even type! This is the sketch I came up with with the minimum amount of attention to what i was doing and drawing.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Ruin 2

Need to keep these projects in rotation otherwise I might let them lie fallow too long... image to come

Sunday, April 24, 2016

James at '16, 5

I can't believe how I majorly got his features wrong. Everything was so off when I reopened this portrait. This is why I always let things sit for a few days when I'm not sure - clarity is stronger after you've walked away from a drawing.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Spring Layer 3

Gonna keep at it, even a little at a time.

Friday, April 22, 2016

Spring Layer 2

Gotta keep at this while I have it in my sights! Refining the line drawing but also trying to keep it much looser or more immediate than my normal...

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Spring Layer

Drawing my buds' looks from last Spring Capsule show... the start of hopefully an expediently rendered series for Spring 16.

Voguing For Mugler

A friend of mine posted a video of old Thierry Mugler shows, and the models really posed and preened for the runways back then. IN some sense, what people loved about Galliano's Dior was pretty much a remnant of that era of glamazons posing and creating tableaus for the camera. So I did a quick croquis of a very 80s Mugler-ish pose.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Nene sa Barrio

I pulled up (late, as I have been designing and preoccupied) a crayon brush from my Photoshop toolbox and thought I'd draw a kid, which became a Filipino kid, which became a teenage Filipina from a small community or barrio. Although I'm not quite sure what this drawing style is - it's not quite toon, not quite realistic...

Monday, April 18, 2016

Retro Inky

These heavy inks styes always remind me of retro 60s or 70s illustrations. Must've just been what I grew up with, even if I never knew the artists' names.

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Blue Lady

I picked a Photoshop brush art random and tried to draw something without erasing anything. I later succumbed and erased here and there, because some strokes were definitely mistakes (and many mistakes still remain in this drawing). But it's always a fun exercise to limit yourself somehow - you end up with interesting choices sometimes. Although this one, not so much.

Style 'Em Up 2

Funny, I had actually worked on this drawing a bit last night, but completely forgot to post it. So, this is yesterday's post, a few hours late.

Friday, April 15, 2016

The Next Big Hair Thing 2

I was pulling up old sketches to post a Flashback Friday on Instagram, and I ended up retooling this one. I can't help it sometimes - I'll look at old drawings and see how they need to be improved.

Thursday, April 14, 2016


I was painting watercolor butterflies today. I did a few of them, but then I realized that I can't post those until after they go out at work so I did one-stroke versions: these are naive-style drawings all done with one stroke, never leaving the surface of the canvas until each butterfly was done.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Gritty Gal

I've been exploring he rougher ink brushes Kyle has collected, and picking a brush often influences/inspired the drawing. Case in point!

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Monday, April 11, 2016


A quick fashion sketch inspired by the overisized proportions of this outfit from an Oki-ni editorial story.

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Inky Hair

This face did not turn out as fun as I'd hoped, but he does look like a weirdo 70s kid (which was part of the intent, so in some ways it's successful). But I got to play some more with the Cool Drag brush for the retro-styled hair!

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Cool Drag

Kyle Webster's Cool Drag brush created some great ink effects for a work project of mine so I thought I'd try a version in my own illustration work. But in a higher rez the effects are so different... might need to experiment more.

Friday, April 8, 2016


What will I draw after cocktails...? I ended up drawing an androgynous face.

Thursday, April 7, 2016


I'm researching hipstery foliage to add to the branding exercise I'm doing for a freelance gig. Here's my attempt at naive illustrated banana leaves. It's hard to draw in a style not your own, without practice...

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Mohawk Storm

A particularly heavy new Photoshop brush made me want to do an African woman, and for contrast I wanted to add white hair, so it ended up as Storm from the X-men, in her Mohawk hairstyle.

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Sneer 3

The mess before the masterpiece (hopefully).