Friday, May 22, 2015

Sketchy Dude

I'm wondering if I lost the brush I developed that I've used for my hair series. If so, I'll have to try and recreate it, or if I can't make a match, I may have to end the series drawn with it. I'm hoping I can recover that preset file in Photoshop. If not, well... I've started tinkering with other pencil brushes. This is one such trial and I'm not loving how it renders too much. Back to the drawing board.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

And then there's Zenaida

I'm in the thick of design work so have her for a night. I'm still not used to my new iMac and the default settings for brushes in Photoshop are really grating on me, I can barely draw!  Ugh, so out of my confort zone...

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Brushing Up

I lost all my presets with the mac meltdown, so I'm looking for backups of all my old brush sets. I'm hopeful, but planning for the worst as well. In the meantime, I'm opening up old brush presets and seeing if the originals I worked with are there. The two I used in this sketch, for example, are terrible. Ugh, I'm hating the idea of starting from scratch and recreating my old brushes...

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Very Mike Grell

This swimsuit from an independent designer out in the Czech Republic looks very much like a 70s/early 80s super heroine outfit, possibly by Mike Grell. All it needed was a pair of boots and gloves. But y'know, as a costume in comics, it's not actually that creative looking.

Monday, May 18, 2015

There's a Stranger in my Apartment...

... and it's my new computer, with a lot of my files and settings trapped in the old one. Meh.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Bewitched Zone

While I still don't have my replacements can,  watching a lot of TV. There's a Twilight  Zone marathon on (they're calling it a binge now - which is s more au courant way to call it) and there was a episode starring Elizabeth Montgomery who looked amazingly modern as a futuristic soldier trapped in a ruin with an  in recognizable young Charles Bronson. 

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Sad Mac

My iMac of 8 years up and died today so I'll be spending a lot of time trying to rebuild my desktop. Sigh. 

Friday, May 15, 2015


I always loved the forms made by bondage imagery. I'm not into bondage myself, but for some reason I love devising the outfits in drawings. I'm not quite sure why.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Bits and Bobs

I went into a few different drawings today, fixing things that I didn't like from the first iteration, possibly to post on Instagram...

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Coy 4

This isn't going to be an easy one, but we're gonna try...

Tuesday, May 12, 2015


Drawing some croquis for some friends' startup clothing line but still waiting for the actual ideas and clothing I have to draw, so he's generic for now.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Hard Gestures

I dunno, I don't have any drawing energy lately. I just did some hard gesture drawings with a rather chunky brush, but I can't find any inspiration in anything right now, maybe because I recently finished the 'Instanudity' drawing, and I'm possibly having a creative letdown.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

The Duck Doesn't Know...

... what it's doing here. But I do: I had one frozen margarita and I am such a lightweight lately that I hadn't the wherewithal to actually draw something more considered. So, quack.

Walkie Croquis

I was doing laundry last night and forgot to post a sketch, so this is a makeup sketch. I thought that having more time this morning I would do something more detailed, but I was inspired by a random croquis on Instagram, and they did a pose that I thought could be improved on...and so I did it here, and kinda stopped at the actual quick croquis. I don't think I necessarily improved on the original, but I did manage to put her in a hideous 'casual mom' get up. Oh, Happy Mother's day, haha...

Friday, May 8, 2015


This is a sketch from a short session I had with my hairstylist Kevin Woon, whom I'm drawing for what I hope to be a small show come September.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Coy 3

Can't believe it's been over a year since I touched this, but after all the work I've been doing recently, I feel better equipped to deal with this piece for some reason.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Instanudity 17

Well I'm finally happy with the face but after I adjusted the arm I think that it needs to be completely redone now (the arm, I mean).

Monday, May 4, 2015

Instanudity 16

I had to completely redo his nose. I redid his eyes, and brow, and something was still off. Well no wonder, the nose was off, and nothing could work together until I fixed it. So hopefully I fixed it. Hopefully tomorrow I don't look at it and go, ugh, something is off.

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Scarlet Venus of the Rice

Zenaida cosplay! I'm obviously still obsessed with all things Avengers because of the movie. Which is weird, since I'm not the hugest Avengers fan.

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Scarlet 2

A much as I loved the Scarlet Witch in Avengers, drawing her I flash back to hte character in the books, and I can barely muster enough enthusiasm. You'd think it would be easy to redesign her outfit because it's so boring, but I think they already did a good thing with the latest version, but I still think something is off about it.  I'd offer mine but I'm nowhere with any improvements...

Zenaida Smash!

This is what Zenaida would look like if she was the Hulk (moreso than the She Hulk, because of her size, hehe)( Maybe we call her The Bulk).  Anyhow, this is late because I saw the new Avengers movie yesterday and I was SO worked up about it (in a good way) that I went and read all the spoiler-y online articles and videos that I avoided until I could see the film. It was worth it!

Thursday, April 30, 2015


Tomorrow is the day I get to watch Avengers" Age of Ultron, so in preparation for that, I thought I'd try a few attempts at redesigning the Scarlet Witch's costume, which I kinda hate. Her new one is much nicer, but it's still... lacking somehow.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Lanky Laddie Longneck 2

I love the idea that I can just draw a composition and it works as well as I imagined. But I didn't imagine much beyond this guy's neck and hands, and now filling in the rest of his outfit (I thought I could do wide pants) is proving problematic. That's what happens when you expect a doodle to become a piece.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Lanky Laddie Longneck

My association with male models, as well as actually being around them a lot, has totally influenced my aesthetic. This sketch was the result of hanging out with my friend, fashion illustrator Lamont Oneal, and discussing men's fashion illustration today, and aspiring to (aping, really) Egon Schiele proportions.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Quirk of the Medium

When I try a new tool or brush, I tend to work very differently, or even get inspired to do things I normally don't, which I suppose is a reason I should play with more media. This was the Mr.Natural ink-type brush from Kyle Webster again, so the comic book-like ink line made me go with a caricature.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

The New Angle

... is kind of an old angle, but one that seems to be getting more and more attention in Fashion. I'm trying to compose something and draw it without a reference.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Fishing For Fashion 3

I needed a change after being so ineffectual at drawing a reasonable likeness of my nude, so I'm back in Fashion, where I was previously being so ineffectual at drawing a reasonable likeness of my fashion model. Although today I got a bit happier with the likeness than what I had last time, so that helps. IS it a good drawing yet? Not by a longshot. But it's a start!

Friday, April 24, 2015

Instanudity 15

Gad, I suck. I'm still reworking this piece. I can't seem to get the likeness to my liking! Argh. Maybe my standards have gotten higher while my skills have leveled off! Will continue reworking and post the results later, hopefully with better ones than I have at this point in time...

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Dry Hair

I was listening to Penguin Prison's eponymous first album, and there was a drawing of a tree with a fun shape in its album cover art. I wanted to see it as a hairdo, so I redrew it with a face using the Webster watercolor brushes.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

A Funny Thing

Went to see the New Yorker magazine documentary, "Very Semi Serious" at the Tribeca Grand Hotel today, and it was a swanky event (and even swankier after party). But the movie itself was a joy because it revealed many of the artists behind the New Yorker cartoon, and definitely featured some hilarioous people and work I had never known about. I've dabbled some in cartoons and strips, but not to the level of the New Yorker. So I was inspired to sketch something in that vein, and surprised to do so so effortlessly. Of course, it's about the humor too, almost more than the drawing. So this is one of those, "Caption This" sketches, for lack of an actual punchline.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Yellow Raincoat on Blue Africa

This was a previous sketch from 5 days ago just made a bit more complete. It's funny, these strokes are so quick for me that I don't know if it should qualify as today's sketch, but it actually does. There was a bit of retooling to make these lines look appropriately nonchalant as well, a bit of blending to make the lines look more accidental and naturally blendy and bleed-y, so I think it's a valid entry. And frankly, it's getting a lot of likes on Instagram too.

Monday, April 20, 2015

She's Rough

While I have not yet gotten the hang of this iPhone app, I did start to get used to the interface. Which is great today because I spent all day on a design project and did not want to sit at my desk any further!

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Built A Character 2

I thought the highlighting I did in the monochrome version yesterday made him look a bit feminine. I definitely thought he should look like some guy with a quirky face who once appeared in a Prada ad but now it's a decade later. Haha, so much backstory. In any case, the painted version looks much more realized.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Built A Character

I wanted someone who looked like he was drawn by a Russian man, and I wanted it to be in a toothy pencil (I used a digital pastel brush in Painter) and kept thinking about two artists I know, Robert Fontanelli (whose eyes and expression this face remind me of) and Jeff (whose last name escapes me) who does very angular shapes. I rather like it, because it doesn't look like it's necessarily mine.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Blue Africa

I was watching The Amazing Race today and they were racing in Africa, so I suppose that's what inspired this quick sketch for the day.

Thursday, April 16, 2015


Whenever I don't want to draw, I still try and churn out something quickly for the blog, but sometimes because I don't care at all but am drawing out of obligation, I get pleasant surprises. I picked a brush I never use, and started drawing lines, and as each line filled in the sketch, it started outlining a classic American Sportswear-looking woman. I rather like it... well, except for that left arm. Wish I had fixed that...

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Post Taxes Ennui

I can't really muster up any creative energy after dealing with my tax return, because UGH, SO NOT FUN. So have some brushstroke-y croquis.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Feeling Undefined

Still in the throes of tax receipts for tomorrow, and not really feeling creative with this looming.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Sketch In General

I got trapped in an art event and am gonna have to post later. 

Edit: What I didn't realize was I had retooled an old sketch for Instagram posting, but it actually works as today's sketch because I spent a bit of time fixing this guys face. He kept coming up on my screensaver and I thought he could be good to post, with some corrections. I do like his face but I had to fix his mouth from the former version...

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Blunt Cut

Another iffy finger painting using Procreate Pocket. Not horrible but it's hard using your index finger. But I just couldn't commit to doing anything more involved since I'm wrestling with tax receipts. 

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Brushes Against His Face

I tried out some new watercolor brushes from both Kyle Webster and a new 'challenger,' GrutBrushes. Kyle's new ones are pretty great, and while I didn't bother really concentrating on how to lay out this face since it was such a quickie, I think it came together nicely.

Friday, April 10, 2015


Kinda consumed with prepping my taxes and as such, after delaying on my sketch for today, went with Zenaida to channel my particular focus at the moment.

Thursday, April 9, 2015


Still testing out the Procreation Pocket app and it is not easy to get any fine detail on it. This is as good as I could get it with my stubby index finger on the small iPhone screen. 

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Off Hues

I was testing colors for my website but thought of doing a sketch with them instead.  I was trying very hard to achieve an of-shade of gray, which would have an undertone of both brown and lilac. Since this is being shown online, it's color will definitely vary from monitor to monitor. Even the inspiration for the color - a printed field of color in a magazine -  was actually a lighter shade of gray that took on the lilac/brown/light puce color that I felt I was seeing, only when seen under yellow lighting!  So random. Anyhow, I thought pairing it with navy would bring out the undertones more.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015


I finally got to play with the Procreate Pocket app today. It's not easy to paint with your fingers so I might have to look into a stylus. That said, the brush textures are rather natural looking. 

Monday, April 6, 2015

Instanudity 15

I've had to nearly completely retool the face. Again. But majorly this time, as I had to erase an hour's work and scrap all the effort in favor of a near complete reboot of the model's cranium. Dunno why I'm having such a hard time. All I liked of this evening's efforts? His ear.

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Another Buneh!

But not quite of the Easter variety. And definitely influenced by LeRoy Neiman's Femlin (who was a big influence, whether I knew it or not!)

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Friday, April 3, 2015

When Art Materials Attack

I thought that yesterday's Leatherduck was so much fun that perhaps I should try something more serious. Nope!  This drawing is all kinds of wrong, But hey, I blog about my daily drawings, whether or not I like them.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Leatherduck going undercover, just like Pacino in Cruising.

Because some days you just want to draw something fowl.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Instanudity 14

I had a bit of an epiphany late, late at night last night and into the next day so I think I'm definitely making headway with this piece.

One thing I've learned is walking away from a piece allows you fresh eyes, and every time I think I've nailed it, I come back the next day and feel like I failed it (huh, that just rhymed). But I think I retooled the face enough that a few more tweaks would work, so I decided to busy myself with teh models rather distinctive chest hair, which is why I asked him to pose. His hair is actually getting pretty popular on Instagram...