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. 

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Sexy Twist

A sketch I posted on Instagram got an unexpected bit of attention, so I wondered if I could curry favor by making another similar sketch that may allow lightning to strike twice. Which now that I'm writing this, makes me think, am I pandering for Likes? Ugh, I hate myself now. But I kinda like this sexy stripping, twisty man, trite as the image is. But I have to figure out those arms and hands. Oy, I sense an extended period posing in front of the mirror again...

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Skinny with Acne 2

I wanted to pose the sketch I did a few months ago (Was it months? Maybe a few weeks ago?) on Instagram but when I brought it up I couldn't resist tinkering. I used the Photoshop blending brush to deepen the blacks and tones, so it feels like a bit of work was done...

Monday, January 12, 2015

Shady origins

Trying to go with the flow, I used the blocky square pastel brush in Painter and rather enjoyed blocking in the shadows in such a general manner. 

Image coming when my internet is fixed. I seem unable to upload files. 

Edit: found a temp fix by syncing a folder of images with my iPhone 

Sunday, January 11, 2015

As Above

For some reason I started sketching this pose as an overhead shot and I have to figure out teh perspective AND the foreshortening, which I am not necessarily good at.


Parnell, I think his last name is. Anyhow, this was an outfit from yesterday's London menswear week's opening salvo of shows. And I was late getting it up (even if I drew it early!) because I was having cocktails at my neighbors and I couldn't leave before midnight to post this because they were busy talking about female orgasms.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Beardly Enough

I started out drawing a bearded model from one of my digital 'tears' but I realized I didn't want to do the trendy haircut the model had. But then when I tried to draw a longer 'do, it looked more Jesus than Fashion. I'm not sure the plunging neckline is helping either. Oh well.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Bundled Up More

I was trying to post this on Instagram yesterday then realized I didn't like it as was. In fact, I can't guarantee I wont dislike this tomorrow, but I do like the progress on it today. Always fun trying new techniques, although I think the outline overlay might have to go in future iterations.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Bundled Up

It's bitter cold in NYC right now as we batten down for the first real winter weather we've had all... er, winter. As I walked to the subway I saw a guy in a cafe all chicly bundled up so I made a mental note to draw the look. I'm also experimenting with the very blendy oil brushes from Mr.Webster. Interesting.


Argh, I seem to be forgetting the time and not posting new sketches before the day is done. So, this was supposed to be for yesterday, the 4th of January. And kinda in theme, it's my outfit from Sunday, which I decided to draw so I'll have something to remember it by (as opposed to forgetting). I rather enjoyed it because I had to figure out a layered outfit for rather unseasonal and unpredictable weather, jumping up to the 50s in the middle of winter. I went with my 1205 wide leg pants that I had to have a couple of years ago, which got me a fair bit of looks from people I passed by. Wide leg pants are so not in the public's lexicon yet, even if fashion has been pushing it now for at least two years.

Monday, January 5, 2015

Goddess On The Go

I didn't get to post in time last night because I was over some friends' place watching back to back episodes of Galavant (silly, and fully of hot guys and gay innuendo) and Downton Abbey, so my posting was late. So have a Zenaida.

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Pencil Play

A test sketch based on a model pic (didn't much keep a likeness though - just needed the shadows and pose) using Kyle Webster's Ultimate 2B Pencil 10 px brush.

Friday, January 2, 2015

Soft Pencil, Hard Body

This is just a bit of practice with a photo reference I found online, and one of the newer brushes I had bought from This is supposed to be a soft 2B pencil, I think. I norally would draw without  copying intently if I just wanted to test myself, but after going to the phenomenal Mac Connor show earlier today, I'm less particular about drawing from photo references (as well as a bit obsessed with a pencil line.

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Rush Brush

I drew several things today, but didn't want to post any of them. I'm having a post-holiday letdown maybe. I don't love this (I mean, what IS she wearing??) but there's parts of it I like.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Last Sketch of the Year

And she's kinda half-assed because I'm rushing before meeting friends for the evening. But I DO have an idea!  Maybe I'll realize it some more when I get back, but doubtful. Happy New Year!

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Mark and his friend Heron

Mark and his friend Heron think that with some drapes and a red neon sign, this would be the perfect space for their new bordello.

David and his friend Heron

David and his friend Heron are wondering where all the people are.

Monday, December 29, 2014


I think I tend to draw hard-featured women. This was an attempt to draw a woman with softer features...

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Long, Lean and Lanky

I just had a vision of this character (no doubt based on an amalgam of the many models I've dealt with in recent years) pop into my head. It's not quite what I saw, but getting there.

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Why Not, Indeed

I saw a men's fashion editorial entitled Why Not, and I liked the hair of one model in one shot. Ironically, I didn't even paint the hair in this quick sketch.

Friday, December 26, 2014

Up Against A Wall

I found this pose from an editorial featuring one of my fave models, Matthew Bell. This sketch looks nothing like him (and wasn't intended to) but I did like the pose view from the angle we got, with the shadow showing another possible angle entirely. Plus I was experimenting with Kyle T Webster's bonus holiday brushes that I just got when I returned home. Fun!

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Christmas Day

Christmas day was lazy and kind of a non-day. As we get older and lose family, it falls on us to make new traditions. I'm still adjusting to changes that have been a few years going now, and I'm still not certain what the final outcome will be. So a pensive Zenaida is kinda perfect.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Christmas Eve

And I am no where near any papers nor drawing implements so this is a placeholder til I am.
Edit: I decided on a festive Zenaida. :)

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Nipsey and The Whale

The sentinels of Hudson! Or at least, I plan them to be.

Monday, December 22, 2014

That Other Look

I wanted to see if I could draw another view of yesterday's pose, although I really think I need to copy a photo to properly learn the anatomy, although I don't think I did too bad a job here...

Sunday, December 21, 2014

That Look

That young man with some sort of concerned look. For some reason.

I do love the very indie comic brush look of this Kyle T. Webster brush. It's a lot of fun. Been trying to make my faces look more everyday than stylized...

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Man in Parka

I've been thinking about the ubiquitous fatigue parka. It's a sign of being very au courant in terms of the current fashion, but at the same, time, I have no desire to wear what everyone else is wearing. Guess I'll just draw it.

Friday, December 19, 2014


I was watching the series finale if Legends of Korra and doodled this on a sheet of paper while doing so. 

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Face Paint 2

I'm not even sure if I'll get to use this sketch but I suppose that's part of my process: creating fully- ( (or nearly fully-) rendered elements to compose later. But maybe this needs to be much less detailed and more like the other simpler pencil sketches.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014


Always loved how beautiful really deep black African skin looks, with their deep undertones of violet and indigo, which is why I love models like Grace Bol and Armando Cabral.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Flower Child

Putting finishing touches on what I thought was a finished piece, but it turned out I had forgotten a  few braids and wires and stuff, plus a tweak to the background washes.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Face Paint

I realize I needed to add one or two more elements to round out this editorial, even if it already has more images than some of the previous ones.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Posed and Composed

Finally done with the lone Behind-The-Scenes series series I covered last September! I always take a while anyhow since I like to think that after the rush of Spring promos within the month after a show, these drawings can extend the promotion time later when it's all died down and people have seen all the pics. Illustrations add an element of newness that can 'reignite' coverage of the show.

Will post the full images here once I show it to the designer, but for now, a preview.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Winter Walk

Yesterday's coat became part of a landscape. Not sure I love it, but it was a fun thing to do since I seldom ever do full backgrounds.

Friday, December 12, 2014

The Low Down

Hunting for a long winter coat that has to be just right... and a bit obsessed with the long, dark, full silhouette. So I experimented with a darker, looser brush stroke.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Brushed Aside

Having connection issues so feeling disconnected form the internet... which is making me feel disconnected, period.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Surf On Turf 14

I think I see the thing coming together now with these elements. Just cleaned these line drawings up to acheive reasonable likenesses. 

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Seductive Zenaida

Just because. But I was feeling the whole chalk pastel volume!

Monday, December 8, 2014

Surf On Turf 13

This one was done all today. I was trying not to do too much, but I couldn't help painting in more and more (I had to erase).