Sunday, November 29, 2015

Ariel and his friend Heron

This might be the last one! I haven't done one in a looong time, but I dunno if this might continue... hold please for image.

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Fishing For Fashion 21

Man, I keep trying with this... I think I'm just not sure what direction to take this portrait.

Friday, November 27, 2015

Crap, and I know it.

Sometimes I just don't want to draw.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Zara's Ecommerce

I'm not a fan of how Fast Fashion has affected both the fashion industry and the planet, but I have to admit that Zara does a great job of creating what they do, and how they present it. Their website has great editorial style shots of all the clothing, and I often find great poses to draw from. This is one such pose, an unfinished study done in advance of my Thanksgiving Day coma, which I predict I will have sooner than later.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Joe On My Mind

I've been watching Survivor mostly because of the hot guys. Current hottie is Joe, all hair and abs and easy swagger. This sketch doesn't look like him at all, but it was inspired by his look. Hey, I'm working form memory, so as a sketch it's okay. :)

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

New Zoot

Time for a new series, while it's still Fall...

Monday, November 23, 2015

Scribbly Nude

I'm distracting, and multitasking too much. So I can't draw too well while I have sixty gajillion tabs open that all need my reading, so I can redesign my site properly. ugh.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Color Profile

I sketched a new Facebook profile pic to go with the narrative triptych I did last week, to update me from all the red, white and blue that we did last week in solidarity with Paris. So I went with the soft, muted pastels that are popular in design right now.

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Test strokes

Kyle posted a master list reference of strokes so I thought I'd try some more test drawings. This one uses the oil brushes a lot.


Whoops, a few minutes late to posting. I got into a troll situation on a Facebook group. I realize that FB is much worse than I thought because I was never in a public geek group before. Imagine my surprise getting some really random types unrelentingly trolling. Anyhow, I need to have a sorbet and drew Dream Girl Nura Nal (from the Legion).

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Mask and the Thunderbear

My two friends; names just seemed to be begging for the comic book character treatments.


I had a friend and his friend over for drinks last night, so I got too drunk and didn't watch the time and ended up missing my post window yesterday. My friend's friend's name translates to Thunderbear in English, which I think is awesome!  And since he's a built male model I figured he needed a superhero alter ego. Voila, ThunderBear!

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Night Girl 2015

I joined a Legion of Super Heroes group (two of them, actually) on Facebook, so to introduce myself (as I was asked to do by the moderator who approved my membership) I uploaded some old sketchs from 2001. The resulting attention and discussion was pretty overwhelming, so I thought of finding other old Legion related sketches to post. I found my Night Girl 2010 post and decided that before I posted it, I would need to rework it a bit. So I did... not just a little bit but a lot of tweaking. Never satisfied with my own work, it seems.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Narrative 2

Continued with a third panel. The triptych turned out as I had planned. I kinda want to keep extending it.

Sunday, November 15, 2015


I had an idea to continue the 'Chunky Lines and Pastels" image from a few days ago, but adding more figures in an editorial way. My friend Lamont claims that fashion illustration is best when it has a narrative, something I'm not sure I usually add. Well, I'm definitely doing one here. Albeit with a very different style.

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Whee! 2015

I colored and repainted an old sketch form 2008. I dunno if I improved her but she was fun to revisit.

Friday, November 13, 2015


I wanted to draw something for Paris tonight, so I thought of a chic, French girl. Thinking of Paris in light of the horrible terrorist attacks from earlier today...

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Chunky LInes And Pastels

Strangely enough, I was inspired by going through Zara's website. They have amazingly shot product pages, with each item modeled like an editorial. So I was a bit more inspired to add a narrative to a simple sketch. Actually, I was going to lay out a pose and composition to render more realistically later, but I had a really thick, basic brush on in Photoshop, and as I lay lines down, I was inspired to see how it might turn out. Kinda fun.

The colors are from the very trendy copper, grays, mint greens and dusty pinks so popular in home furnishings today. I'm inspired by the palette that Hawkins New York uses in their shop up in Hudson.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Fishing For Fashion 20

Theoretically I've done with this series, but I really want to do this portrait. I'm not feeling it, but am still having a go.

Monday, November 9, 2015

Dark Olive

There was a hot black chef cooking dinner for us this evening at a friend's friend's birthday party in the neighborhood. He looked nothing like this drawing, but he inspired it!

Sunday, November 8, 2015


Just needed to post after a long dinner, and 'strokes' seemed like an open enough topic to cover whatever I drew up... which turedn out to be elephant-wide cargo pants. I like teh idea: I've been wearing an M65 leather jacket my friend Robert Geller designed, and when it's warmer (like it was earlier this week) I wore an old, 'designer' version in olive drab cotton by H&M. So I have utility pockets on my mind.

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Brush Test

There are so many brushes, and so many possible approximations of watercolor. It's quite a bit of work trying to recognize what brushes might approximate what effects.

Friday, November 6, 2015

Gellers 5

I needed to revisit this because I wasn't satisfied with how I drew her eyes. Will post as soon as I photograph it.

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Languid Stance

It's kinda bad posture, but it's also a stance that seems very modern, so when I saw this pic from 'Fear of God's IG feed, I thought I'd use it as a model for a drawing. It's a pose I've done before but theres something about the S shape of his slouch that makes it particularly slouchy.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Not So Strange

I was inspired by looking at Kevin Wada's blog to try and 'fashionize' a super hero. I used to do that all the time back in the day, so it's not really stealing his thunder, but I haven't really wanted to do it nor have I done it much these past few years. But I also never really did a guy, so I thought about Dr. Strange in some Lemaire-like outfit. It really doesn't feel like Strange, but it's becomes something else entirely... some fashion-y turn-of-the-century type with his skinny moustache.


I was too distracted sending out a resume that I completely forgot to finish yesterday's drawing. Here's hoping the reason my lateness was not in vain. Here's a Movember Turn of the Century moustache courtesy of the Biggie brush by Kyle Webster.

Monday, November 2, 2015


My new favorite brushes, the Natural Edge series from Kyle Webster, bears study and practice. I think it can achieve really beautiful effects and just need to find the best way to utilize it.

Travel Time Flies

I got tide up with dealing with unpacking and laundry - not to mention Daylight Saving Time ending - that I forgot to put in my entry for Sunday, and have thus been late two nights in a row. So, Zenaida pitches in and makes an appearance as a retro-fit...

Halloween Make Up Drawing

On Halloween Eve, I completely forgot to draw something because I had just helped my Hudson hosts with a Halloween party So this is a make-up drawing, that isn't about makeup.

Friday, October 30, 2015

Hudson Weekend

Upstate again without my Wacom or even pen and paper so using this Procreate app again which is VERY awkward!

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Wishy Washy

Playing with brushes (which I've labeled in the piece) to refer to later. I do like the "Nice Edge" brush and can't to use it more... But kinda doing illos with more wash-y brushes, although 'm still treating them like pencils. Want to loosen up more.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Vince's Bride 2

Experimenting with made up faces, trying to get a face that looks sweetly bridal and not necessarily white nor Asian.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Vince's Bride

My friend Vince designed and created a bridal gown for a client, and he wanted me to do a fashion illustration of it for him. This is the diptych layout I have planned. I was thinking it would be more rendered but I might even leave it this rough. Well, the full body shot at least.

Monday, October 26, 2015

Blobs and Blurs

More experiments with new brushes...

Sunday, October 25, 2015


I didn't want to post yet another progress sketch so I decided to do a throwaway sketch testing out the Natural Edge Brushes (1 and 2 in this case, mostly 1) from Kyle Webster. I think they're my current favorite brushes right now - they have a natural fade that matches my own, real watercolor applications. And as much as I wanted to do a throwaway, this face turned out somewhat pretty, even if the way I resolved her eye and chin were haphazard and arbitrary... at least until I colored it. hen it kinda worked. I'm still learning how to draw faces every day...

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Slouchy Cap 3

Testing techniques on the third and probably final sketch from this series for this designer.

Friday, October 23, 2015

Fishing For Fashion 19

The reason it's titled Fishing For Fashion is the styling, which includes these fishing hats as well as clogs. And when I tried to combine the two sketches, I realized the hat I painted didn't match the yellow leather jacket I drew for the other sketch. So I retooled the painting as well as a few other details, but featuring the hat here.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Fishing For Fashion 18

Once I finished up yesterday's drawing (those pants did me in!) I was able to retool the original one to match, since I hope to compose them together in a drawing. Not sure if this is the final render for this, but it's pretty close.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Fishing For Fashion 17

OMG this piece is DONE! I finally got a balance of done with undone, detail with perceived roughness. UGGHH, this took too long, haha! But at least I'm finally done with it.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015


WHile at the checkout line at Trader Joe's, I had a vision of a very stylized, Mark Ryden style of drawing of a cutesy toon girl in a bunny outfit. But it turned out to be MUCH harder to draw than I though - it's just not how I draw!  So stylized, and the proportions got in my way. I'd need to practice much more if I want to get the image in my head anywhere near actually drawn!

Monday, October 19, 2015

Fishing For Fashion 16

Aaaand this again!I tried something that Kyle Webster suggested, which is to work on a file 2500 px wide and scale that up after I've applied my watercolors, since that would yield a better paint render. It seems to have worked, as I have finally come up with a wash treatment that I feel looks like I want it to. Question now is, what to do about those clogs?

Sunday, October 18, 2015


I looked out the window this morning and saw a slew of skaters [pass by on their boards, and I noted how their poses allowed them to balance. This pose stuck in my head, although I don't hink I quite got the gesture right.

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Forties Fatale

I had a glass of wine with dinner and wine always hits me harder than hard liquor. Don't know why that is but it left me uninspired to sketch. So this was a quickie.

Friday, October 16, 2015

Thin Lips

Once upon a time, big poufy lips were a hot thing to have, but fashion swings like a pendulum, and skinny lips -  very 70s - is also a very valid, desirable look.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Sketchbook Trial 2015

I wasn't sure if I'd actually used it before but it runs out I had done a trial with this app previously. Well, I have to say it handles pencil sketches like a dream. I'm not sure I'm entranced by the interface, but it's new tome so I'll let it slide. I did, however, do the colors in Photoshop.

This gal has Lynda Carter lips.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Brush Test 2

I'm almost dreading trying to finish those fashion illos I have on my plate. But I'm enjoying playing with brushes, in a legitimate effort to learn how to use them.I like his sad eyes. I like men with eyes like this.

And I kept at him until this is how he turned out:

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Brush Test

I found myself trying so many of Kyle Webster's MANY watercolor brushes, trying to find the one that approximated the effect that I wanted for the pants I was trying to render. So tonight I thought I;d just play with a couple to get familiar with more of them. Don't think this will work for my clothing rendering, but it may come in handy, who knows...

Monday, October 12, 2015


The more I draw different models, the more different kinds of facial features I discover. I suppose I really wasn't paying attention to actual faces for most of my life, and that's a shame, as I enjoy drawing faces more than anything else. Anyhow, I was trying to do a profile where the upper mouth hangs over the lower, more recessed bottom half...

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Blue In The Face

I'm stumped, having redone these pants I'm working on more times over than I'd care to think. So I needed a breather, i.e. this somewhat surly looking blue bloy.