Sunday, January 19, 2020

Hermes FW2020 FInished

I decided to finish it up for an Instagram post. The second, faded version is the result of me playing with the IG filters and liking this look better, so I went and retroactively changed the colors in Photoshop to match the filter coloration.

Saturday, January 18, 2020

Hermes FW2020

It's the details that do it for me a lot of the time. A scarf isn't revolutionary, but I love it as the collar of a shirt. It's just different enough to be fun. Of course, from Hermes, it will probably cost a mint. So I'll just draw it and wait for the inevitable knockoffs.

Friday, January 17, 2020

Lemaire FW2020

SO much leather on the runways!  But I already knew that was coming—I'd been scouring the planet for the just-right pair of leather pants for months now. Or did I even start last year? Not sure how this intuition works, but it was telling me already!  Glad to know it's still there.

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Yohji FW2020

The menswear shows for FW2020 are in full swing in Paris, and I loved a look from Yohji where the model had a jacket and tie under a waist-wrapped oversized jumpsuit. Thought I'd try drawing that, and this is  a prelim sketch.

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Wall of Gabriel

I went to draw fave model Gabriel at the Leslie Lohman Print Street Project Space, and it was a good night. Anyhow as the night progresses, we're encouraged to tape up drawings on to the walls so that everyone can see what everyone else is working on. This was some of my work.

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Shirtless Palazzos 3

I think this is where they'll remain, those arms. I even posed for a reference pic to get them, which is probably why they're so skinny-wristed, lol. Actually, I wanted this guy to look like a lean model, but I might have pumped him up a bit.

Monday, January 13, 2020

Shirtless palazzos 2

I drew this guy from memory, but I needed to clean up the anatomy of his arms. Wasn't quite there so I've been reworking them.

Sunday, January 12, 2020

Fleecey 4

It might not look like it but I've been trying to figure out how to render this poly fleece better. I dunno if I'm quite capturing the weight of it, but I'm certainly trying!

Saturday, January 11, 2020

BlondieBoy 2020

I was riding home on the subway after my friend Akiko's birthday party, and because of weekend scheduling I ended up having to reroute through Brooklyn to try and get back home. While waiting a young man with beautiful long blond hair got on, and I couldn't resist staring at him, so I ended up sketching his mane, albeit not in a way that lives up to it.

Friday, January 10, 2020

Fleecey 3

I was in the line at Trader Joe's the other day and I decided to study how the pile of fleece takes light and shadow. I realized I needed to amp up the texture in the gray areas using varying levels of texture, so this was an attempt at that. Not sure it's right just yet, but certainly getting there.

Thursday, January 9, 2020

Matt in Rick, 4

I decided this year I needed to address a few unfinished drawing series concepts, so I have had these files on my mind for a while. I finally inked this drawing and am planning to finish the series, hopefully this year, haha!

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Hard Spec

An acquaintance called me in a rush, asking me to do some drawings he could present to his client as a way to get me in and possibly get my work in for this hushhush project he's working on. I never do spec but I felt both pressured into it in the rush, plus I wanted to show goodwill to the acquaintance. I talked him into my re-purposing some old drawings with a few changes so that I wasn't drawing anything new from scratch. This is a slightly altered version of the one I sent him, although the new cargo pant details and jacket shading are the same.

I'm a bit disappointed in myself for acceding to this demand, but hopefully it will pan out in the long run.

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Fleecey 2

I'm trying to figure out a way of rendering the fleece so that it looks like that heavy teddy bear pile and weight.

Monday, January 6, 2020


Had my first private session drawing a model I met on Instagram, who was finally visiting. I hadn't wanted to sketch him because he arrived sick from a vacation, and couldn't do so comfortably on Saturday like we planned. But he extended his stay by a day and I was so glad he did as he was delightful, open to anything and patient as a model. I gave him the one on the left to keep, as I do give  all my private models a sketch.

Sunday, January 5, 2020

Michael at Kung's

Kung's Sunday Drawing salons up in Sunnyside are my favorite drawing sessions lately. He has great models, there's good lighting at his space, and even if it's exactly he same guys at the LGBTQ Saturday sessions a The Center, they're much more convivial and social here.

Anyhow Alex was an interesting model for me, because he wasn't as cut as the preview photos Kung sent out, and since he shaved his head he looked too much like a friend of mine, Robert, so I had a weird time drawing him. Anyhow, images to come.

Saturday, January 4, 2020

Ink Black Coat

Honestly, if you ever saw the ink painting I saw that inspired this drawing, you'd never think it would turn into this at all. In fact, I still have a natural media illustration in my head with this pose, but I suppose this is the study for it. But it's pretty realized in and of itself, and I rather like this turned out (further explorations with the Badass Inker). The thick line work on the guy's face makes me think of Julian Opie's illustration. He has that flat lined expression.

Friday, January 3, 2020


I saw a pic online of a guy snuggling into his fleece, and I wanted to channel that without copying it. I like the attitude of the sketch but not sure the fleece is translating as fluffy and cozy,

Thursday, January 2, 2020

Coated 3

Trying to figure out how to leverage the nice face I drew into a finished piece. I'm not finding the sweet spot for where this illo should go.

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Badass Inked

I found an older version of Kyle Webster's Badass Ink Brush, just called Badass Inker, and I've been happy to experiment with it. Not the best sketch to lead the year with, but it's fine for now.

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Save The Date, Done!

Clients are happy, files are delivered, and I can only show a fraction of the full image just so they can get full first publication rights of the finished product!

Monday, December 30, 2019

Save The Date 11

I kept putting this commission off because it felt retrogressive to go back to an older version,  but that's what the client wanted. Still I had to clean it up and make it presentable, moreso than the rough draft it was meant to be. This is a detail of some of the cleanup—can't make it too clean since he wanted a more slapdash,"fashion style".

Sunday, December 29, 2019

Coated 2

Yesterday's coat drawing didn't feel fresh enough to me, like I wanted i modern. So I thought, a hoodie perhaps? More contemporary for sure...

Saturday, December 28, 2019


Decided that yesterday's chin drawing is now a coat pose. But not sure if this is the best way o show off a coat—just doing a big silhouette isn't compelling anymore. Although I do like the line quality!

Friday, December 27, 2019

Take It On The Chin 2

See, I don't actually plan a lot of what I draw. I basically start putting marks down and wait to see what emerges, and react to that. Now that I like this guy;s profil, I'm wondering how to finish him off. I reckon it will be a coat shot, but not sure how best to position the rest of him...

Thursday, December 26, 2019

LuvGal 5

We went back to this other version of the proposed drawings, but I had to adjust her hands—I didn't really pay much attention to the original version so these were a bit wonky.

Wednesday, December 25, 2019

Take It On The Chin

Merry Christmas! Had an awful morning, hung over like the dickens, but this is a quickie anyhow. I am playing with a newly discovered old brush, the Badass Inker, which might be an older version of my fave Badass Ink Brush. And this one is all about an upview of a man, and how rendering his chin fits into all that.

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Pants Off! 2

Just trying to refine the pose a bit—not too obvious from the previous version but it's part of my process to constantly redraw the pose until it both looks anatomically correct and expresses the image I had in my head.

Monday, December 23, 2019

Butt Boy, Revisited

My client commission alternate wasn't chosen, so I decided o try and retool him into an Instagram post. But I was a bit bored with the idea of just doing a male nude from behind (again!) so I threw a tank top on him. While it was better, it was still a bit rote, so I added pants, which I think helped make it a more interesting drawing for me.

Sunday, December 22, 2019

Alex at Kung's

Spend the afternoon drawing new model Alex, who is very intensely handsome yet for some reason I found myself only objectively into him. Chemistry? Anyhow, images to come.

edit: Here they are:

Saturday, December 21, 2019

Pants Off!

Lately all I seem to be focused on is men without pants! So this is the beginnings of a guy taking them off. I'm drawing without a reference so I might have to go back and look for one to get the action right.

Friday, December 20, 2019

Craned Neck 3

I seem to be all about the multiple model drawings lately. I tried to retool the  face on the guy on the left in this sketch (having hidden the original guy with the craned neck) because I wanted them to both look like older models, but I guess I still wanted to draft out and experiment with how I'd draw a more mature man's face. Not sure this is right, but it's a step. I went ahead and changed his outfit as well.

Thursday, December 19, 2019

Doodles on a Trench

I tried to update another image I found in my archives, but it wasn't working out so I just tested some new brushes over it.

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Cheekbone 2

I tried updating this old drawing but I'm not sure I like the new version. Ah well, an experiment.

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Gaze 3

I was looking for a throwback illo I could repurpose for an IG post, and found this one that I couldn't figure out how to finalize before. I guess I like it this way now.

Monday, December 16, 2019

One Suit, Two Bodies 3

I'm still not happy with that face, but I like where the expression is headed. And yes, there's a penis.

Sunday, December 15, 2019

One Suit, Two Bodies 2

Here's where I start to flesh out the face of the newcomer, but I'm having difficulty sculpting him into the type of model visage I'm thinking of. I want modern day male model, I seem to be getting Linda Evangelista. And that nose is ALL WRONG.

Saturday, December 14, 2019

One Suit, Two Bodies

My Shirtless Palazzo drawing of a couple of weeks back is the basis of a new tableau I hope to actually finish. So I needed to add another guy at least and establish how they interact. I kind like where this is going. I wonder if I should just leave hem at line work so that it's done and not waiting to be finished later??

Friday, December 13, 2019

Disembodied Face 2 (4600!)

Not too ken on his lips yet, but the face is evolving (as is my ability to conceive faces!).

Also, congrats to me, this is (at least to my numbering system) my 4600th post!

Thursday, December 12, 2019

Disembodied Face

I was walking down the street and imagined a watercolor drawing of a face without a body, and it's clear as day in my imagination, so I thought I'd put it down. This is the first attempt.

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Craned Neck 2

I was examining the stance of the neck in this drawing, as it represents a more modern pose of late since people actually have bad posture. But the man on the right ended up looking more mature, and I liked that, so I toyed with teh idea of adding some younger models for contrast. But I then decided, what if I keep them all older looking? We don't draw older men much anymore, and that might be a fun angle. Now if I can only decide on what they're wearing...

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Inktober 3, Black Queen Revisited

I got this sketch ready for printing as I pan on giving it as a gift to my comic book guys at the comics store. Not much of a change but I just cleaned up some of my brush strokes and adjusted some assymetry in her face. I cant believe how much I rendered in this drawing. It's a lot!

Monday, December 9, 2019

Inkface Conte2

Playing with my the Conte 2 brush after I rediscovered it. It played a strong part in a successful illustration I made a few months back, and I couldn't for the life of me figure out how I achieved the effects until I started playing with the brush settings on the Conte 2 brush. This drawing, however, is errible.

Sunday, December 8, 2019

My First Coat Purchase, 4

I better abandon this idea. It seems I'm getting nowhere with improving this drawing, no matter how many subtle changes I make. Maybe I should make sweeping ones?

Saturday, December 7, 2019

Queenly, 3

I decided to post this drawing as a Flashback but did some improvements on her lips and eyes, enough to warrant it being a different version. But this is a newer version still, as afer I Instagrammed her, I did even MORE changes!

Friday, December 6, 2019

My First Coat Purchase, 3

I widened the shoulders even more, but still not pleased with the finish.

Thursday, December 5, 2019

My First Coat Purchase, 2

Still trying to get that silhouette right. Ugh.

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

My First Coat Purchase

When I first moved to the US, I was obsessed with the deep gorge, long coats that teh Wall Street guys wore, because I loved the open fronts the gorges made—it showed off their suits and it was a fresh silhoette. So when I finally saved enough for a new coat, I bought one. Now, I wish I had kept it because its back in again, and it would have been cool to wear it again. Since I don't have it anymore, I thought maybe I could just draw it, but I'm not able to really get the wide shoulders right in this sketch...

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Pantsless Is Always Fun 3

I decided I preferred him looking at his balls. I got my friend Ernesto to pose and give me a bit more anatomical accuracy.