Thursday, February 15, 2018

Anarchy Mode 4

It's been quite a while since I updated this drawing but I made a lot of headway... then backtracked, and made some more headway. Ugh, the process has been painstaking this week!

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Eric 7

The more I think I'm going to refine this to completion, the more I find wrong with i and it becomes a bigger challenge to 'repair'. Ugh, my process kills me. Why am I not talented enough to get the proportions right, right away, like other people? Ugh.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Soooo Sick

It's not horribly as I've maybe experienced in the past, but it's been a while since I was bedridden so it feels bad. I think I might have the flu. I got the chills last night and was shivering uncontrollably even with two comforters and a (faux) fur throw.

This is supposed to be me but yet isn't since I'm not Caucasian. I used the wet crayon form Kyle's brushes for this.

Monday, February 12, 2018


I finally caught one of the bugs going round yesterday. I was feeling it already over the weekend but lost my voice by the time Monday came around. Well, that's not accurate, I had a voice, just not my usual one (think James Earl Jones). I'm hoping it's just a cold.

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Eric 6

After I showed it to the model and he was happy but not too  sure about the likeness, it was time to go back to the drawing board for me. And true enough, so much is off and needs adjusting.

Saturday, February 10, 2018


I stopped off to visit my friend and fellow fashion illustrator Etta Shon who was doing a live sketching session at Bloomingdales in SoHo. Decided to turn the tables on Etta during her last sketch of the day and do a quick portrait of her. I think this was an 8 or 10 min sketch which I drew in the Procreate Pocket app on my iPhone. Drawing on such a small screen with your fingers—and so quickly!—makes my drawings look looser. But the lack of precise control combined with the effort to exert control makes it seem more fun and natural, methinks. .

Friday, February 9, 2018

Fashion Shapes 2

I thought about how in fashion illustration, some teachers really want you to observe the shapes being made in the clothing. So it was with this in mind that I took note of what people were wearing at the recent shows I attended. Nothing much was new, but these two shapes stuck out in my mind, mostly because they're layering options I already wear or want to wear myself.

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Judith 2

I never thought of it before but Judith is a pretty name. Anyhow continuing the fine tuning of this caricature.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Paired Duo, Done

For good or ill, these guys are done, since I posted them on Instagram already. Wish I had rendered the brown coat better but hopefully I'll find some way to do better fabric.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018


Working on a new 'avatar' that a new client wants to give as a present to a celebrity friend.

Monday, February 5, 2018

Fashion Shapes

Today was the first day of New York Fashion Week: Men's, and while a lot of the shows were kinda meh to me (I went to the group shows called New York Men's Day), it's a great day for people watching. Some attendees really bring it. One black guy smiled at me, and I smiled back because I approved of his outfit. This was the general proportion of it.

Sunday, February 4, 2018

New Hipster Uniform

I've noticed there's kind of a geeky, new hipster look going around. It usually involved a moustache and a beanie, plus an oversized coat and cropped high-waisted trousers and usually white socks (well, I wear white socks a lot so maybe it could be any color). this guy I saw coming out of Trader Joe's on 6th Avenue and I felt he looked like my co worker, and a few others, then it hit me it could be a trend.

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Bad iPad Drawing

I can't even blame the wine I had this evening. It's just a terrible drawing.

Friday, February 2, 2018

Innocent 3

I'm definitely at that stage where I think I'm making progress, then all the progress I assumed I made just makes me see all the mistakes, and it feels like I took two hundred steps back. No wonder I'm slow!!

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Paired Duo 6

I fixed up his leg and the shoes and adjusted the colors, so I'm closer to finishing it, although I still want to clean out the details. But so far so good.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Eric 5

I wasn't sure if I would put clothes on him or not, but his agent suggested I keep it sexy since Asians aren't usually cast that way. And I certainly thought he was sexy. So let's see if we can pump this up.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Paired Duo 5

I was drawing a bit of several different drawings one night because I figured, as long as I have the enthusiasm, I might as well take advantage because otherwise, it would be yet another night of Netflix. Or, even more likely, anime. So I got do do a bit with the leather jacket of this curly haired blond. He's wearing one of my fave outfits from Berluti's FW18 collection. Haider did an amazing job with the outfits in that show.

Monday, January 29, 2018

Eric 4

At least it's starting to come together. We'll see how far I can take it. I'm drawing him like a fashion illustration, which is apropos since he's a fashion model.

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Eric 3

The more I draw and paint him, the more it looks like him, and the more mistakes happen, ironically. I suppose because it starts to resemble him more that the parts that don't becoming glaringly evident. Closer, but not close enough. Sigh.

Saturday, January 27, 2018

iPad Live!

Today, because I was so drunk from last night, I slept early and got up early. Didn't even need to set the alarm—guess I got my 8 hours sleep despite all the bourbon! So I thought, maybe I go draw at The Center and test out my new iPad for the first time in a live situation. I'm happy to report my drawings pretty much look like I drew them in natural media, which I was slightly disappointed about until I realized, why the hell not?

Friday, January 26, 2018

Pink Blob

I got home last night kinda drunk, after having 4 cocktails with a friend and former colleague from my job at Ann. The cocktails were great (I had 4 different ones and they were all delicious), but the aftermath was weird. I thought I drew something and I arguably recall thinking I'll do another bunny from another view. But this? This is just a blob. Ah well, I guess it counts too.

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Blue Bunny

My friend Ernesto wanted a blue bunny tattoo. I'm not quite sure how this should be drawn. Mimobot style, like a Japanese adult toy?

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Eric 2

I haven't touched this project since November, and even then I was hard pressed to start it. Hopefully I'll make headway soon.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Paired Duo 4

I tried changing up the face again, and went with a bonier, more defined face but it just ended up looking older, despite a few male models who look like this (ad who are undoubtedly in their early 20s, max). Guess it doesn't translate as well with my drawing skills.

Plus I wasn't really into drawing. I got news late last night about the passing of a dear aunt, the last connection I have to my late mom, and it's beein weighing heavily on me. Life barrels on (and off). Le sigh.

Monday, January 22, 2018

Paired Duo 3

Every time I look at the blond, I'm not sure I want that face in the drawing. Yet it's not a bad face, just not what I want for the tableau. Ugh. I don't even know what I want for the tableau anyhow. Bu I tried changing that face again tonight.

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Paired Duo 2

I always intend one thing but the drawing can take on a life of their own, and this face kept evolving as I drew and painted...and talked on the phone, which was probably an unnecessary distraction because I had to change everything I 'doodled' while on the phone. Anyhow, this is the white boy's face currently.

Looking at it now as I'm uploading, that right eye is gonna have to change.

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Paired Duo

Wanted to add another figure to the Weller haired guy sketch I did and make it about two posed models/croquis.

Friday, January 19, 2018

iPhone Fuzzy

Been trying to draw more on Procreate since I got my iPad, yet ironically am doing so on my iPhone even if I've had the app for more than a year or two. Anyhow, I drew this guy while waiting for my dinner to be served at a nearby takeout place, but I refined it and finished it up today in Photoshop.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Weller Hair 4

Turns out that my instincys were prescient: The Lemaire collection for FW18 shown earlier today in Paris had a similar proportion of bots with wide cropped pants underneath a long coat. So I painted the drawing to just focus on that part, my favorite part anyhow (aside from his hair, but I can't wear my hair like that anymore so I'll settle for adapting the boots and pants combo.)

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

iPad Sketch # 3

I did a quick croquis then decided o stop at the minimalist rendering. Although I wish I had done it with a more expressive brush!

Monday, January 15, 2018


I think he model's name was Pietro Balthazar and the post was from Made In Brazil on Instagram. My IG friend and stylist extraordinaire Judas Vanderwal styled it, but mostly it was because his body was off the chain and the pose was so nice and dynamic yet super casual. Just wanted to record an impression of it.

Sunday, January 14, 2018


Davit is the bartender at Loring Place, where I sometimes like to eat alone at the bar. I didn't have a book or magazine to read this time and had exhausted ll my social media views, so I decided to trot out the Procreate Pocket app and draw him. He seemed to like it.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Sneer 9

It's always clearer how to address a drawing when you spend time away from it. It amazes me how much I needed to correct on this face when I opened it up again tonight.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Weller Hair 3

Just a little more on this sketch. I tried to refine the pants and add some back interest to the coat because of the view, but I'm undecided what the coat should look like. I'm only certain I want the pants and bots together peaking out from underneath that coat length.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Whitespace 7

I think he's finished in this unfinished kind of way. I cleaned up a lot of minor details and some major ones, like his legs—wasn't sure if the anatomy was right. It looked kinda wonky

Sally 3

Implementing the feedback from my quickie icon client.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Well Hair 2

Adding a coat. Not sure about teh colors I've selected but I can rework them later if need be.

Monday, January 8, 2018

Weller Hair

It's funny to me that Paul Weller's hairstyle is so back in vogue. This one took a long time to come back in, even if Weller himself championed it regardless of fashion's fickle moods.

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Sheena 3

After losing the file for nearly 2 years, I seemt o have forgotten teh original idea behind this portrait. But I hhink it had a lo to do with how Sheena's hair and countenance reminded me of a modern Betty Paige. Hoping this gets finished soon!

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Posey 3

I was trying to use my croquis but I found that I don't hem to my own proportions of a nude male so much as expand on the clothing to get the feeling more. There's definitely something missing from this fashion sketch rough, like it's trying too had to be normal, even the outfit is much more forward in silhouette.

Friday, January 5, 2018

iPad Sketch #2

Getting used to the interface of Procreate and the iPad/Apple Pencil combo, and really it's just a matter of getting more familiar because it's easy enough to use.

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Sliver of Skin

I saw a photo where the model's top was just cropped enough that when he walked, a sliver of waistline showed as the top lifted. I wanted to focus on that moment in a drawing. This is the first rough draft.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

iPad Sketch number 1

Was just playing with my new iPad. I really should have started on the 1st day of the year, which is my 11th anniversary for this blog! Although this drawing isn't the greatest, it's a good experiement.

Like A Phoenix

I was just doodling while trying to set up my new iPad. ideally I'd have liked to draw something on it and post it for tonight but that wasn't happening son enough. So I drew the first things that came to mind after choosing the Ratty Stiff Bristle 1 brush. Hiya Phoenix!

Monday, January 1, 2018

Quick Watercolors

I'm still not feeling inspired to draw lately, especially with celebrating the holidays just coming to an end. So just a quickie tonight. Besides, I've got episodes of the new season of Black Mirror to binge!

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Farewell To The Gloria Days

In my first year in New York I discovered the Temple Bar, which was my first foray into living and loving the night life and culture of NYC. They used to have a hostess by the name of Gloria, who was apparently a dental assistant by day. She would shave her eyebrows and paint in large black rectangles in their stead, and she was the coolest person in NY for me at that time.

Temple Bar closed for business on January 1, 2018. I spent the evening for their final New Year's Eve party there saying farewell to a bit of New York history, as well as a large chunk of my own personal history.

Saturday, December 30, 2017

iPad Driveby Test Run

I finally bought an iPad Pro today to get my digital drawing on, about 14 years after I first wanted to take a laptop and my Wacom to draw at the queer men's drawing salon I had frequented back then. At the Apple store I would sketch on their test iPads and these are two such results.