Thursday, May 5, 2016

Hot Ink

Still not much for a lot of detail lately, but I kinda like this doodle - the form came together nicely enough, and the Go Gritty ink tool I used has a nice effect. Plus, surprise nudity!

Wednesday, May 4, 2016


I could barely keep my eyes open tonight, I was falling asleep at my computer again. So tonight's sketch will have to end at this rough filler piece of delineating colors and trying to stay awake MAn, I'm more tired than I thought. Even falling asleep as I type this....

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Random Sketching

Because I'm super tired from work and the shenanigans that went on today!So I grabbed the first Photoshop brush I could and just started doodling. I've been shopping for shirts with convertible collars, so that's what I drew...

Monday, May 2, 2016

Pink Gown

I had the MetBall gala on my mind but didn't want to draw much tonight. Still recovering from the creative stint of the weekend, when I presented to two of my freelance clients.

Sunday, May 1, 2016

7 MInute Zenaida

I've been working all weekend on a freelance job (two, actually) and I had very little time and energy to draw. Always the case, one or the other with me. The good news is I'm making good progress on my freelance gigs. So all you're getting is a quickie - 7 minutes to be exact - rendition of Zenaida, my Venus of the Rice.

Saturday, April 30, 2016

The First Naomi

It was Miss Simms before Miss Campbell! I don't know her face very well, so I'll have to work a bit harder for a likeness... especially underneath all that makeup!

Friday, April 29, 2016

Physique Walking Croquis 2

Another model from the same show had a great walking shot, so I downloaded it and used it as a reference. I rather like the soft feeling of the linework, even if it's very simple.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Physique Walking Croquis

I guess it's Sao Paolo Fashion Week or something? Anyhow, I saw a few poses on men walking down the runway in swimwear, so I though I'd channel one of the shots and do a croquis.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Navy Man

Playing with teh Bristle Brush and making textures. And nekkid menses over those textures.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016


I'm drunk as I type this, having had a really long  (but productive) work day that ended with a casual dinner and drinks in Flatiron with my friend Rainer. So I'm surprised I can even type! This is the sketch I came up with with the minimum amount of attention to what i was doing and drawing.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Ruin 2

Need to keep these projects in rotation otherwise I might let them lie fallow too long... image to come

Sunday, April 24, 2016

James at '16, 5

I can't believe how I majorly got his features wrong. Everything was so off when I reopened this portrait. This is why I always let things sit for a few days when I'm not sure - clarity is stronger after you've walked away from a drawing.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Spring Layer 3

Gonna keep at it, even a little at a time.

Friday, April 22, 2016

Spring Layer 2

Gotta keep at this while I have it in my sights! Refining the line drawing but also trying to keep it much looser or more immediate than my normal...

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Spring Layer

Drawing my buds' looks from last Spring Capsule show... the start of hopefully an expediently rendered series for Spring 16.

Voguing For Mugler

A friend of mine posted a video of old Thierry Mugler shows, and the models really posed and preened for the runways back then. IN some sense, what people loved about Galliano's Dior was pretty much a remnant of that era of glamazons posing and creating tableaus for the camera. So I did a quick croquis of a very 80s Mugler-ish pose.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Nene sa Barrio

I pulled up (late, as I have been designing and preoccupied) a crayon brush from my Photoshop toolbox and thought I'd draw a kid, which became a Filipino kid, which became a teenage Filipina from a small community or barrio. Although I'm not quite sure what this drawing style is - it's not quite toon, not quite realistic...

Monday, April 18, 2016

Retro Inky

These heavy inks styes always remind me of retro 60s or 70s illustrations. Must've just been what I grew up with, even if I never knew the artists' names.

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Blue Lady

I picked a Photoshop brush art random and tried to draw something without erasing anything. I later succumbed and erased here and there, because some strokes were definitely mistakes (and many mistakes still remain in this drawing). But it's always a fun exercise to limit yourself somehow - you end up with interesting choices sometimes. Although this one, not so much.

Style 'Em Up 2

Funny, I had actually worked on this drawing a bit last night, but completely forgot to post it. So, this is yesterday's post, a few hours late.

Friday, April 15, 2016

The Next Big Hair Thing 2

I was pulling up old sketches to post a Flashback Friday on Instagram, and I ended up retooling this one. I can't help it sometimes - I'll look at old drawings and see how they need to be improved.

Thursday, April 14, 2016


I was painting watercolor butterflies today. I did a few of them, but then I realized that I can't post those until after they go out at work so I did one-stroke versions: these are naive-style drawings all done with one stroke, never leaving the surface of the canvas until each butterfly was done.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Gritty Gal

I've been exploring he rougher ink brushes Kyle has collected, and picking a brush often influences/inspired the drawing. Case in point!

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Monday, April 11, 2016


A quick fashion sketch inspired by the overisized proportions of this outfit from an Oki-ni editorial story.

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Inky Hair

This face did not turn out as fun as I'd hoped, but he does look like a weirdo 70s kid (which was part of the intent, so in some ways it's successful). But I got to play some more with the Cool Drag brush for the retro-styled hair!

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Cool Drag

Kyle Webster's Cool Drag brush created some great ink effects for a work project of mine so I thought I'd try a version in my own illustration work. But in a higher rez the effects are so different... might need to experiment more.

Friday, April 8, 2016


What will I draw after cocktails...? I ended up drawing an androgynous face.

Thursday, April 7, 2016


I'm researching hipstery foliage to add to the branding exercise I'm doing for a freelance gig. Here's my attempt at naive illustrated banana leaves. It's hard to draw in a style not your own, without practice...

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Mohawk Storm

A particularly heavy new Photoshop brush made me want to do an African woman, and for contrast I wanted to add white hair, so it ended up as Storm from the X-men, in her Mohawk hairstyle.

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Sneer 3

The mess before the masterpiece (hopefully).

Monday, April 4, 2016


I'm very influenced by LeRoy Neiman's Femlin character from Playboy, and those inspirations often pop up. Case in point: where this brush sketch went with the intro of gloves and a nipple.

Sunday, April 3, 2016


Some brushes just lend themselves to soft, fluid strokes.

Saturday, April 2, 2016

James at '16, 4

Gonna try and keep up with the pieces I've started that need attention, in season. But this round with this face wasn't very fun - or fruitful, I think. Just laying down proportions and trying for a likeness...!

Friday, April 1, 2016

Raw Flight

I was watching a Superman cartoon clip on YouTube and I wanted to do a mid-landing/mid-flight pose for a flying superhero. I kinda like it just raw for now.

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Sneer 2

I think I'm going to try and paint this more like my old, semi-realistic but painterly style. And now I lay the groundwork...

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Military Jacketdress

I had an idea of one that fit with an almost trapeze shape. It could be a fun, trendy item.


This one is something I plan on doing fairly differently for me. We'll see how I finish it.

I posted this an hour or so too late but it is for yesterday/s date, March 29.

Monday, March 28, 2016


I'm keenly aware that a certain type of fashion illustration is very popular, even if I feel like it looks very plebeian. This is a rough brush attempt at one.

Sunday, March 27, 2016


I've been designing with some flourescent greens and it worked with my origna concept but as soon as the client chose a diversion, I lost my way. So I'm trying to see if the original colors I chose worked to begin with. This flouro and hunter combo isn't exactly a natural choice...

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Sirena 2

After yesterday's bout of food poisoning, all I wanted to do was... well, nothing, really. But I had to draw, so I went back into what was supposed ot be a quickie and noodled around with it ad infinitum.

Friday, March 25, 2016


Too dizzy, can't draw. :(

edit: this drawing was done the next day. I'm better, but still woozy and nauseated.

Thursday, March 24, 2016


My friend Robbie said I drew a lot of naked men, and I do. But I used to draw only naked women, once upon a time. So tonight I wanted to challenge myself to draw a female figure like I used to - with elements of bondage and sex. Don't ask me why. I'm sure there's some gay-oriented reasoning for it.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Brushy Again

This time they're Kyle's new Birch Brushes. All thick and rough-like.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016


Brush designer extraordinaire Kyle Webster updated his Megapack, so I went exploring new brushes. Actually, I think the ones I'm using are all old, but ones I've not touched before. Always nice to try new things, even if they're only new to you. I drew a hipster.  A posey one.

Monday, March 21, 2016

Dirty Strokes

I found an image I really liked because the contraposto was so nice, so I though I'd use it as a reference. But then resolution of the file was so low, and it was already dark and dirty looking to begin with, I went very rough on it as well.

Sunday, March 20, 2016


I've been asked to work on a commission that intrigues me. I'm not completely sure how I will approach the work but for now, it's quite interesting for me.

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Stylized Lines

I always like it when comic book artists take creative liberties with how to render people/faces/bodies. My experiment here was the nose - I've never defined a nose that way before.

Friday, March 18, 2016


I had visions of Phoenix and David Haller (Legion, of the X-men) as originally rendered by Bill Sienkeiwicz.

Thursday, March 17, 2016

James at '16, 3

Gonna try and get momentum on this sketch! And he's not being so difficult so far. I'm able to see progress with each iteration.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

James at '16, 2

James was one of the models I shot and planned to draw when I was backstage at the SS16 menswear shows. He's gonna be a tough one, I can feel it. He's pretty in a way that's more general, and not because of one specific feature. I had to redraw nearly the entire original sketch, and this one does NOT look like the picture reference, and yet it's logically the right set of corrections for now...