Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Slapstagram 4

Aand one more to start, but I'm not feeling it tonight. Don't actually wanna draw...

Monday, March 2, 2015

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Saturday, February 28, 2015


I'm asking some models to send me selfies of themselves looking like they were slapped, for a new project of mine. I'm hoping this turns out to be fun.

Friday, February 27, 2015


After trying hard to work on my newest hair series entry, I'm so frustrated that I feel very meh. Ironically, the 'meh' drawing I did for this entry is much more inspiring, with the fun loose ink strokes.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Yeah, that's terrible

I really wasn't in the mood. I tried to draw a 'normal' guy but I'm not sure what that sketch wants to be. But I was cooking chili all evening so I didn't have the most creative energy although the chili seems to be really yummy).

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Primary Urges

Not the cutest sketch but it's more to experiment with colors.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Instanudity 7

Because even if I don't ant to, I must finish it. If it ever comes together.

Oh, it will, but right now I'm in that stage where I find EVERYTHING is wrong, and have to retool the entire structure of the face... everything was skewing right. Its like I had to perform a jaw reset, I had things jutting out so bad! Ugh, I'm a bad artist...

Monday, February 23, 2015

Instanudity 6

Let's do the body a bit now, shall we?

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Oscar Delay

Just a holding post while I'm trapped watching the meh Oscars. Although I really did like Marion Cotillard's Dior by Raf Simons design, so that's what I'm drawing for this entry.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Bleach Pose

A panel in the Bleach manga just looked so cool, so I decided to sketch the pose and see how I could emulate it while trying to make my own variation of it. Ora t least to get the attitude of it.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Instanudity 5

It's always starting work that's a problem. Once there's laid down,  where you can see the promise of a finished piece, then it becomes easier to edit. And that's what I keep doing now. Edit, because all I see is stuff isn't right. I don't know how anyone else's process is, but I always struggle through a likeness. First it seems I have them down, then I notice had my work is, and I keep retooling and finding more flaws to fix. It's a process. :)

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Wednesday, February 18, 2015


I drew this sketch a few months back, I think, and I finally bought the Lemaire coat I drew. I do sometimes sketch things I want to own, in hopes sometimes that sketching them will make me not want them anymore! IN any case, I drew it a bit wrong, so I retooled the coat details, the coloring and some of the hair as well, so it's a revamped piece form the previous.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Some Ducks Don't Fly South for the Winter

Especially if they own cashmere.

Egad, I didn't want to draw anything serious today. I have no creative energy just yet.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Layered Sketch

I thought I'd add on a ink line vignette over a previous sketch. Just because I liked the original sketch but thought the square format needed an extra element.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Instanudity 4

Might was well keep at it, and early.

I realized belatedly that I had sketched using the wrong tool, and as such it wouldn't match the rest of the series, so I spent a good amount of time basically redrawing the entire face.

Friday, February 13, 2015

FIshing for Fashion

One of the menswear shows that I plan on doing a series of drawings for had a take on their collection that looked to me like high fashion Gorton's Fisherman.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Instanudity 3

My model has been appearing in the IG pics of other artists, so I felt compelled to work on my drawing of him.But my cold was getting the better of me and I started falling asleep while sketching!  Not good. Anyhow, this is what I accomplished. I know it will be a while...

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

NYMD Day 1

Dressing up for Fashion Week is an exercise in both restraint and savvy. You need to know what pieces would be interesting enough to make a statement, but you dont want to look like you tried to hard, lest you be mistaken for some wannabee dressing up just to be photographed at the studios (or wherever it's held this year). Well, the night before I tried in so many possible outfits I knew I had to make a reference to remember them all. In the end, I went with something completely different!

Tuesday, February 10, 2015


Dr.Strange is poised to be a movie with Benedict Cumberbatch as the titular doctor, but I had in mind someone who looked like model Richard Beidul. As I drew sketches of the Doctor yesterday, I thought, what would an updated Dr.Strange look like today? Because that outfit of his hasn't really changed in decades. So this is the start of an attempt at redesigning him.

Monday, February 9, 2015

Comic Book Inks

One of my favorite X-men artists of all time is Paul Smith. He had a short run on teh X-men, only 10 issues, but what started as a cautious dislike for this simplistic newcomer later became an obsessive fanaticism for his animation-born fluidity. To this day I still strive to create poses that look as natural as Paul Smith's figures, and he still inspires me.

Sunday, February 8, 2015


Just a quick doodle about shape.

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Retro Inks

I've been using a new Webster Photoshop Brush to do impromptu calligraphy on a project, and I thought I should try doing a sketch with the brush. It lends itself to a retro style... or at least a modern impression of a retro style.

Friday, February 6, 2015


Starting a new portrait for a series I'm working on. No style planned yet, guess I'll see where this takes me.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Instanudity 2

I am SO unable to get a likeness!  I blame my second glass of wine.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015


I photographed my first model contacted via Instagram, and it was a good session, and quick. With my established series, I realize I'm deadset on finding the right guy with the right look, and not looking to perv or anything, just want to get the shot. And this guy was super intelligent and insightful too!

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Rainer 17

I'm not 100% sure, but I think this might be done! I'll look again tomorrow, but it feels like I might be satisfied with it now! I hope.

Monday, February 2, 2015

Rainer 16

Ohh, I've delayed this long enough. I really need to find a way to finish this. Upon reopening this after so many months (over 6 to be exact) I have the benefit of not being attached to previous work to be able to look at it and say, this needs fixing.

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Dirty Ideas

There's a group show called Dirty Little Drawings that I participated in years ago. For the next follow up, I want to do a series that, because the substrate is digital, the curators have a bit of difficulty with, so I did a quick silo sketch to illustrate my technique.

Also, I haven't had the energy for any serious drawing since my sciatica acted up on Friday. Damn pinched nerves.

Saturday, January 31, 2015

From The Ashes

I used to LOVE drawing super heroines. LOVE. Phoenix and Storm, I would draw them constantly. But the X-men no longer hold sway over my imagination, but I don't have the same zeal for any character or motif, and I feel sad about that. On the plus side, I draw for the sake of drawing. Tonight I was sifting through the 'ashes' of my former obsessions to see if I could draw them again (something I've tried with varying degrees of success here on this blog many, many times in the past few years). But I couldn't get the hang of the body type, nor of even getting to finish the character that I know how to draw so well. It just... isn't anymore.

Friday, January 30, 2015


I'm in the thick of a last minute Valentine's Day job so I just quickly sketched this out for today.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Switched 3


I had to adjust her profile. When a drawing relies on graphic simplicity, each part needed to be honed just right. So her expression got adjusted, her eyes enlarged, her nose made more pert, her brows groomed. A lot really, and yet probably not immediately visible.

edit: I couldn't leave well enough alone, so here's a version that I feel better about the next day: the angle of the ring and the ponytail just didn't jibe with the angle of the model's face.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Switched 2

I was going to post my original sketch form this morning as yesterday's makeup sketch, but after I changed everything, when I went back to the original sketch, I played around with it so much that I thought it was its own new thing. So here it is, Switching the switch from yesterday.

For those unfamiliar with the term switch, it's a ponytail hairpiece.


I got caught up in designing last night, and as I've probably said often enough on this blog, I have a tendency to either design or draw,seldom do I have enough creative energy for both. So I forgot to draw last night. Today I wanted to try and draw Guido Palau's amazing ring-dangled switches from the recent Dior Couture show. I started with a completely different angle and level of realism, but I realized once I drew the angle of the ring on her switch that I had to make it more of a direct profile and make it more stylized.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Neue Croquis

I was intrigued by yesterday's croquis and thought I'd make another pose, but this one feels less successful.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

70s Stance Croquis

There's something very old school Fashion with a capital F about the male croquis on he left: the contraposto, the stance, the cock of the head. It has so much more movement than the figure on right, which is a redrawing of the McQ image I did the other day, based on the rough white color field I laid in as the background, and based off a photo reference.Poses nowadays don't have that level of flair, and I don't know if kids are learning it in fashion design school... or if they even want to, if it's considered dated. But hey, I just said it was a very 70s pose, so maybe it is dated...

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Rick's Shapes

Much has been made about the flouncy penises on display at Rick Owens' recent FW15 runway show, but to focus on those antics is to take away from some of the beautiful clothing that he crafted for this new collection. Perhaps the most accessible yet surprisingly fresh, classic-with-a-twist look is his peacoat with a flared oversized shape. This is just a section of the sketch I'm working on, because the face is the part I've done the most work on, natch.

Friday, January 23, 2015

60s / 70s Rocker Mullet, Again

The haircut popped up again in more shows in Paris, so I felt the need to render it seriously.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Damir Does Yellow

Surprising, but strangely apropos for his brand. And I love a sunny yellow anyhow. Anyhow, I was feeling an Egon Schiele kinda awkward vibe for this sketch. I rather like it's unfinished , sketchy quality. Plus the pencil line seems better for capturing the fluidity of that Astaire-like pant Damir showed.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Look of the Day

SO many new faves form the initial wave of menswear runway shows from Paris, and I was kind of focusing on the cropped trouser over slim pants of McQ, until I realized I had already drawn it before when I sketched Antonio Azzuolo's FW14 collection last year!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Chunk Hair

I'm too tired from helping my friend Rainer reorganize his stuff in his storage room (and then I went and did cardio! Go figure) hat all I wanted to do was veg out at home, although my fave shows were mostly preempted by the State of the Union address. So when I discovered I left an unnamed chunky brush as my last used tool in Photoshop, I just went with the line.

Monday, January 19, 2015

60s / 70s Rocker Mullet

This bi-level hairdo was always rock and roll hip, and musicians like Paul Weller have kept it in the public eye. Bu now more than a few of the kidlings modeling in the menswear shows have been spotted wearing versions of it, and I'm wondering if I dare do my own version of it...

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Puff Piece

I just needed to do a quick sketch of the measurements for a designer puffer jacket I'm selling on ebay. Not the most exciting thing to feature on my blog, but it counts as today's drawing, haha!

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Rock 'n' Roll Bangs

Costume National had their AW2015 show today in Milan, and I took to this model's look with the way they styled his hair. part 60s/70s rocker, part anime character, with the guy's long face the style looked fresher without any hint of a Beiberism, which I would not be into at all. Did it in one of the KTW (I'm using that shorthand from now on) pencil brushes which is very similar to the ones I favor for my digital graphite hair series...

Friday, January 16, 2015

Brush with Hipsterism

It was the 'stache. Once that was in place, it had to become a hipster.
Testing out some new Kyle Webster freebie brushes.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Sexy Twist 2

I really should be doing my show portraits but I really like just following the muse and sketching whatever I feel like at the moment for the blog. There's work enough aplenty when it comes down to it... but I'm definitely allowing artistic distractions. I can't seem to get a handle on his hair - there's something terribly 80s/90s about my drawing style so I need to adjust it to make it more current.