Saturday, February 18, 2017

Current Mood 11.10.16 part 8

I'm still retooling this! I was never satisfied with the hand, and up close the technique is really raw and unrefined. But for web purposes, it looks okay.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Tub Time, Done

So the Tub Time series of drawings was for a commission for Pitbull's single, Options, which was released today. I wish I had done a better job with some aspects of the piece, but given the time constraints, I think I did okay. It's not perfect, but done is better than perfect. :)

Breasts That Kill

And judging by the telltale wisps of smoke, they just did.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Stick Figure

Because my thumb hurts from drawing too much over the past couple of weeks!

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Line Works

Too tired to draw, so I doodled.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Valentine's Day 2017

I finished my music single cover after a frenetic week of working on it, and now will go through the process of unwinding from that intense experience. I drew a face last night but kept falling asleep in the process. So this morning, I thought to finish it but also realized I owed a model in Australia some sketches of pose suggestions for an upcoming collab. So voila.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Tub Time 13

Ugh, so many details I wish I had done differently, and so much wrong with this piece, I hope after some time I can see what's right about it.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Tub Time 12

Well, it seems Ive been working on this for almost two weeks— fancy that! And here I thought it was only a week. Well, tomorrow is the deadline, so it should be the last (or penultimate) post about it for now. I hope.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Tub Time 11

And I gave he other one a Raquel Welch makeover. Well, in my mind that's who I'm aiming for— vintage, dusky late 60s , early 70s Raquel.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Tub Time 10

Adjustments to the drawing at the last minute, so while I thought I had time with my extension, now I have to cram in a new pose!  Ugh, Murphy's Law... Anyhow, this is the new gal.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Tub Time 9

I am laying down underpaintings to get the tones down, but needing good references to render these properly. I can fake it, but not next to a portrait I'm doing in as much detail and as close a likeness as possible. So it feels like I'm googling as much as I'm painting!

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Tub Time 7

I'm awash in bikinis. But I really did like the way I painted these breasts.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Tub Time 6

I spent so much time before going into work, fixing this face as she was pretty enough last night. Well, today I get told I might have to change her completely. Arrrgghh.

Monday, February 6, 2017

Tub Time 5

I'm happily finding out that I can do the job I believed I could do, but I'm happy to see it coming together nevertheless. A sneak preview.

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Tub Time 4

And now we begin in earnest. Here's hoping my technique matches the reference!

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Still Swagger 2

More poses to send to faraway models to be photographers by unknown photographers, who will then send me the pics to draw new illustrations from.

Friday, February 3, 2017

Still Swagger

I like a pose to be simple, but to have a lot of attitude and expression. "Still Swagger" indeed. But I wonder if that's evident to the viewer or just to me, because it suggests it to me as I draw it.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Tub Time 3

Sure enough, not only was I up late last night (unti 3:30 am) drawing variations of the layout for this job, but I also woke up and went to work some more on it since 7:30 am, up to the point of my going to work. This is one of the girls who will not be making it to the layout. It's just as well, since I got her pose from a popular apparel line's photo.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Tub Time 2

This series/new commission is likely to take over my blog posts for the next week at least.This was a pretty face I did for my rough layout. Too bad they don't plan on using her.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Tub Time

Got a new commission that is as exciting as it is daunting. I hope I can pull it off!

Monday, January 30, 2017

Bear Claw 9

I can't seem to stop reworking this...! Made a significant change to his nose as well as toying with the original background idea I had planned (and can't seem to get to work). And I've reduced the rendering on the hair again...

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Current Mood 11.10.16 part 7

I'm trying to get this series out, but I'm still not certain what techniques I'm using to finish it. So in the meantime, I redrew the hand near-completely.

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Bear Claw 8

Sorry, I keep doing little drips and dribbles of this thing... and I keep rendering more and more, but now am wondering if I should reduce and make it feel more spontaneous. The irony of my work is, I take a LOT of time and effort to make it look more effortless, haha

Friday, January 27, 2017


I didn't want to work on any of my current illustration projects tonight, so I decided to put (digital) ink down on pixels and see what came up. It started with what turned into the profile of a man with a large nose looking down, then he got a long, vintage "Thomas Jefferson" hairdo, before he was holding a book while standing. Mind you, this was all done in one stroke (the silhouette, that is) without lifting my stylus once. It was quite fun! I added teh backgrounds later for some visual context.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Bear Claw 7

I confess: I haven't had much time or energy to draw again once I started with another permalance gig last week. I can barely muster the apropos adjustments to my ongoing drawings. That said, I drew for nearly 3 hours the other day and could NOT for the life of me get the cable knit glove right! But I'm hoping to ace the face. He's looking like a pretty boy (which is not my style) so I'm gonna try and quirk him up a bit, I hope.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Bear Claw 6

I think this is a better direction but maybe in the white context it does look less like knitwork and more like gnarled wood.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Bear Claw 5

I do not know how to render cable knit mittens in watercolor. I really don't. They look like Giger alien appendages.

Monday, January 23, 2017

Bear Claw 4

I'm focusing less on the actual 'claw' and more on the guy supposedly wearing it!

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Bear Claw 3

I'm having a hard time (as usual) with constructing the jawline from this pose/point of view, but it's the whole point of the pose: it's what models do all the time, currently. But even as a kid I've tried to draw this pose and it was never easy. Too many things to do: foreshorten, how to draw the nostrils right, how to render the chin and jawline. how to render the bridge of the nose... and all while not copying from a photo (I'm using references, but not the exact position).

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Current Mood 11.10.16 part 6

This series is as much a work in progress as my mood about politics. This time I'm cleaning up my 'ink' lines.

Friday, January 20, 2017


Fearful of things that may come to pass, and feeling powerless to do anything.

Thursday, January 19, 2017


The wide 80s shoulders have made a comeback at more than just Balenciaga, and now his eminence Dries van Noten has included them in his FW17 collection. I'm not sure how I feel about it. I was there for that shoulder the first go around in the late 80s, and I don't know if I want to go back to that well.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Bear Claw 2

Subtitled: Bearly There

Hehe. I'm putting this as a placeholder as I have had a busy day and evening.But I did manage to structure the pose of the face, which is one of the harder things for me to do: these upshots are so fashionable right now, but I was always rubbish with rendering them. Hopefully I'm improving.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Bear Claw

This will be anoher fashion sketch I hope to have done fairly soon. Pre-sketch of the idea for now.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Current Mood 11.10.16 part 5

I started it but I'm too in my cups to upload it just now.

edit: uploaded a day later, I basically did tweaks and fixes that wouldn't be as obvious to anyone but me, I don't think. Well, except for this water slick effect.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Strapping 2 (Done, I think)

I'm not quite sure of the shape of the blouson at this point, but I'm putting it out there.

edit: I fixed it, and I did a colored background version, which doesn't looks as fashion-y to me, but I like it for the piece.

Saturday, January 14, 2017


The overlong belts I first saw styled a few years ago (Fingers Crossed Fall 2015 collection, actually) are reaching the saturation point, but just almost. Milan Vukmirovic's sporty new collection for FW17 featured a utilitarian take on the overlong straps. But while his reference might have been more mundane military or even extreme sports, I saw anime superheroes!

Friday, January 13, 2017

View To A Thrill 4

This was an old homoerotic piece I started in 2014 and never touched again since November that year. I decided to open it up again while I was looking for #FlashbackFriday images I could post to Instagram. Just a little tweaking on the face, but  what I see as a major change in how I draw now, as things that seemed okay then arent now. It's a wonder how we keep learning. Years from now, these selfsame changes might not be improvements and would need to be improved themselves...

Thursday, January 12, 2017

CH Poncho Done

I needed to get this out while LCM was just recently finished.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

CH Poncho 4

I got so caught up in the face I wondered if I would even bother with the clothing. But I started cleaning it up a bit and might leave it this simple to contract the heavily rendered face.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

CH poncho 3


Too much alcohol delays the posting process. But while I was having drinks with my friend Ray, we discussed our drawing skills and I brought up the fact that I didn't know how to draw some facial features properly, and how I thought that maybe some of the features on this black man's face were not as authentic. So I tried retooling it a bit.

Monday, January 9, 2017

CH Poncho 2

I love how this turned out. This cross hatch brush—that I have no idea from whence it came, but it's the perfect Stavrinos-y shading brush— made all teh difference in how I rendered this. Now I want to go back and change stuff over using this brush!

Sunday, January 8, 2017

CH Poncho

Today was the second day of the London Men's Fashion Week, and I wasn't impressed much with the offerings. I did like the idea of the jacket/poncho put forth by Casely Hayford.

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Big Coat Saunter 2

Trying out a style/technique idea Ive been developing/envisioning. Wondering if this can be a signature look for me. It's been something I've been doing over the years but never had a large enough body of work in it to call (or maybe prove) it a personal style yet. Although I have done it as recently as the Blonde Swan pieces of a few days ago.

Friday, January 6, 2017

Yellow Ear 2

It's been almost a year since I first drew this, so I kinda need to finish before the new shows happen again.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

More Back 2

Been juggling a few drawings at the same time, going back and forth with things I;d like to finish. I'm still on the fence how to finish these pants.