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.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Big Coat Saunter

I'm going into my Drawing References photos and using them as starting points for study and practice. I started out with an editorial I loved online, but merged it with the runway walk of another shot, using the contraposto of one and the silhouette of the other. Now I just need to know how to paint it!

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

More Back

I'm still obsessed with drawing large, flowy pants, and a view from behind offers the same sweeping drama as a woman in a gown making a big exit.

Monday, January 2, 2017

Sunny & Bright

I was wondering what my first new drawing of the New Year should be, and I started out by working with some picture references of poses I had wanted to study. I decided to work on my 3/4 view, upward-lifted facial angle. But the pics were of guys with serious model-y expressions, so I drew in a smile (I was quite proud of myself because I extrapolated the right details to draw the smiling mouth without a reference) which changed the whole drawing. Suddenly I went from doing a fashion-y drawing to more of a Bruce Weber type pin up guy. Dunno if I'll finish him beyond these rough pencils but we shall see. For now he's bright and sunny, he's smiling, he's looking up towards the future, and he's getting nekkid. Sounds like the makings of a Happy New Year to me!

Sunday, January 1, 2017

10 Years of Drawing

On January 1, 2007, I resolved to draw every day.

It began as a reaction to the realization that— almost 10 years after my mom's death— I was still depressed and had seemingly stopped drawing, something that had always given me joy, something which I felt was a really intrinsic part of myself. So I started this blog, Project 365 (subtitled Draw The Line, because I'm Filipino and love a terrible pun) with the mandate to draw something—anything, good or bad—and post it here as proof that I did. And I have.

It hasn't always been easy to do. Sometimes I would be late in posting. Or if I missed a day I would do make-up sketches to ensure I uploaded at least one drawing for each day even if it was a bit late. Some days I would draw a lot (usually when I attended drawing salons) and post multiple sketches, but those didn't count for the next day. Come the morrow, even if I didn't feel like it, I had to draw something new, be it a doodle, a terrible sketch, or even something I did just to satisfy the blog's requirement of a daily drawing (you might find entries for a "2 minute fish" or some such conceit among the thousands of sketches on this blog). But the blog was an excuse to maintain the discipline to draw everyday, and it worked.

And it's certainly been good for me. I've learned a lot more about my own abilities. Practice doesn't make perfect, but it certainly does help you improve. The daily practice has been amazing for amping up my skill set, and for letting me know that the more I draw, the more I have to learn. Lord knows I cringe at some of the things I've drawn over the years, but hopefully that means I'm improving.

I didn't require myself to post a finished drawing but just whatever I drew that day, so sketch updates counted. Which is a good thing, because there were days I found myself agonizing over a pose or face, constantly retooling  day after day, and posting those updates. For those who followed my blog though, they might have been treated to the same face updated over multiple days with a new nose each time.

And it didn't matter who saw it (and frankly, I have barely any followers here, because really, who goes to blogspot anymore?) but I was very happy when people appreciated what I put out here. But it was never about finding a huge audience anyway. The audience was me. The blog was just a way to tell myself to have some discipline and draw. every. day.

My first drawing was done on January 1, 2007 (even if I posted it on the 2nd), just a ballpoint doodle done on some random sheet. Ten years later, I have over 3450 entries here. It's quite amazing to think about. I hope to continue doing so for 10 or more years to come.

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Happy New Year (and Blonde Swan, Done)

Here's hoping there are good things in 2017, because 2016 may go down in history as a horror show of unfortunate losses! Full illustration coming after the celebrations!

Also, yesterday I posted a version of the "Blonde Swan" sketch that was an option (the eye makeup was completely redone, as were retouches to the nose, hair. etc. but almost imperceptible) but I then reverted to the original from the day before, because despite the newer version being a better drawing, the older one had more interesting character in the expression. So this is the final version that I put on Instagram, but with a color variation just to switch things up here.

Friday, December 30, 2016

Blonde Swan 5

I'm not quite sure if this is done. It's certainly the technique I'm trying for, but there are disparities with how to render the eyeshadow (do I just go whole airbrush?) versus how I want to finesse the hairstyle. So I've been working on three separate versions all with their own particular pros and cons. I'm an anal retentive Virgo, what can I say?

Blonde Swan 4

This drawing has taken a life of its own— I can barely see the original inspiration in my head anymore, as this drawing has taken over. And yet it's not quite there yet.

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Blonde Swan 3

I've definitely been feeling a Nadja Auermann/Ornelia Muti vibe in my head about this sketch, and now I'm getting Debbie Harry.  I actually went in and looked for reference for Nadja's lips, because she had that half-open mouth that I have in my head.

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Current Mood 11.13.16, part 4

I'm really holding off on finishing these, just doing a minor step at a time. It just doesn't seem to be coming together as much as I'd like, but I do feel the minor updates that I do. It feels like progress, no matter how slow. Maybe that's a metaphor in there for how to deal with our political climate!

Lip Service 2

My delayed reaction, late again by a minute. Arrgh.

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Blonde Swan 2

The face I drew the other day was a particular type that I never thought was very attractive in the past, but as an artist drawing different faces, it was an interesting set of faial features. I tried cleaning them up to how I saw it improving, but I toggle back between the original and this and I'm not sure if it's an improvement...

Hmurry Kreezuhmas

Was too busy celebrating the holiday to draw but am uploading a sketch of my gift wrap ideas after the fact: went for a Matisse cutouts theme using felt inserts and rosin paper, a paper I have never seen before.

Friday, December 23, 2016

Blonde Swan

I had this image and technique pop into my head after watching a Kylie Minogue video, and a few days later it's still vivid, so methinks I'll give it a shot. Its all about that heavy, almost winged eye shadow, hence the Black Swan reference.

Thursday, December 22, 2016

High (De)Light

This image for a piece— naughty as it is— kept popping into mind. So I'm laying it out to realize it (and eventually, fully).

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Lip Service

Working on a new drawing project for a client, involving lips.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Towel Pose 4

Should I still call it 'towel pose' if I've nixed the towel? Not that you can see although  you've a glimpse of a bit of scrotum. I wanted to focus on the feet. I love drawing hands and feet, something that I think is considerably difficult for a lot of people. Not that I'm great at it, but I feel like I find rhythms in those parts that make them fun to draw.

Towel Pose 3

Gah, I forgot to post this on time yesterday/last night, even if I've been tinkering with it all day and night! Ah well.

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Towel Pose 2

I'm thinking of taking off the towel, maybe it will still be terry cloth but a robe sliding off him. It's a very stereotypical pose but hey, I don't need to reinvent the wheel every drawing.

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Towel Pose

A work project extended a lot longer today than I thought it would, so I just threw together a quick croquis, with towel.

Friday, December 16, 2016

Current Mood 11.10.16 part 3

It gets bleaker. Although I have to check how this lighting should be rendered.

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Current Mood 11.11.16 part 5

I thought the mood was lifting but it's still there. So I might as well try and finish this series up soon...

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Long Flair 3

The thing I love about digital work is being able to change things without losing other parts of an illustration. For instance, the colors. I might tinker more later with the brushes and how I did the swashes of color...

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Long Flair 2

I reworked his face and hair.

Monday, December 12, 2016

Long Flair

I started with the Thick and Thin ink brush I'd been using all weekend, and thought it would be centered on the model's long hair (that I imagined I would be rendering). But I wasn't happy with the face and kept thinking throwaway drawing. Well, once I switched brushes and switched modes to, well, I don't care about this sketch anyway, let's play... well, then I liked the silhouette that happened. Of course, now I don't think the original head I drew lives up to the rest, haha! Ah well, WIP.

Sunday, December 11, 2016

(Not So) Bright Ideas

I have a logo design client who insists on ideas that I'm not sure I can get behind. I'm giving it a try but they're not working so well.

Saturday, December 10, 2016

That's 70s, Tho

I had a vision of a very deftly rendered pair of wide leg pants done in a textured, natural inks. I don't know if I've quite got it, but it's the idea. I dunno if the styling helps, as I was just drawing without planning. Making the rest of the details too 70s/early 80s (in the period looks when wide legs —elephant pants— ruled) makes it too retro. Well, it doesn't help tha I'm using the inky, high contrast style of the 70s illustrations either.

Friday, December 9, 2016


The face on this piece always bothered me. IN fact, most of my faces from 7-9 years ago bothered me, I just didn't have the skill the render them properly. When I paint from memory, my lack of proper anatomy shows. I pulled out an old drawing and I hope to retool the face to —hopefully—something I like. So far, not yet.

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Dancing— whut?

So, not able to draw right now! :) I was dancing the night away (a rarity these days!) at a friend's birthday party.

Edit: okay, I was, but it's days later so here's a makeup sketch of a dumbstruck gay boy.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Current Mood 11.13.16, part 3

I've been delaying on this, but I was developing the techniques I would use to finish this series. I think these layers are definitely a direction I will go on.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Claws And Effect

I just came in from another night of drinking (although not as much as last nights 5 cocktails in a row) so I was going to do a quick throwaway sketch. As such, I have no idea why his hands are claws, but it felt right to draw them that way. So there.

Monday, December 5, 2016


I can't believe I had 5 cocktails tonight and I'm lucid enough to draw and post. Well, barely. This quick sketch brought to you by inebriation.

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Soul Diva

I was fed up with drawing guys all week so I had to get my drama on. She was a complete experiment that I love because it's so raw. I'm sure I'll want to make improvements later but as a doodle I'm quite pleased with it.

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Drawing New York Meetup

Last night's menswear illustration meetup was my first attending one organized by Drawing New York, and I followed it up with a 3 hour afternoon session sketching a male nude today, actually one of the models from the menswear evening. He was quite fun to draw. The energy at these non-gay sessions intrigues me right now. I guess I'm just jaded because I've been to too many gay ones where the emphasis on sexuality is something I no longer need to get into. Anyhow, by the time I left the studio is was dark so these shots are not the best (already rough because I drew on old, yellowed newsprint) so maybe

I'll re-photograph to post tomorrow.