Thursday, November 15, 2018

2018 Crane

Just a naive little sketch of a paper crane for an invitation I was designing tonight.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018


I was hoping to just get a sketch I liked, and I did, and am developing it in what keeps coming back as a technique of mine, albeit in evolving forms. Using very flat colors and silhouettes coupled with slightly more detailed linework (in this case, brushwork). I should try and draw more than just the faces. Although I kinda like the simple brush sketch alone too, maybe nor with that hair.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018


The view I drew looked like a guy pulling a bow, so I tried to make it that.

Monday, November 12, 2018

Hickster 2

Hipster with a retro-glam hairdo? Or hick with a mullet? You decide.

Sunday, November 11, 2018


I was shopping the other day at DSM and noted one of the male sales associate's hairstyle. It was basically a mullet, but at his age, it felt fresh. But to older yes, it's another mullet. I thought of channeling that freshness, but quickly aborted this sketch.

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Side Show 6: Movember, Done

I uploaded this more detailed version up to Instagram so I guess I can consider this piece done. I'm happy enough with it.

Friday, November 9, 2018

Side Show 5: Movember

I like the pose and the rendering is fine (I'm not too keen on my more comic-book-y styles anymore) but I'm making sure the anatomy is also correct. Which I'm not sure of so I'll need to gather references...

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Side Show 4: Movember

This drawing keeps evolving, lol. I'm not sure I like where it's going from my original intent, but I'm following through because I'm interested where it's going.

Wednesday, November 7, 2018


He's looking very Middle Eastern, methinks...

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Side SHow 3: Movember

It's a quarter of the month in and I haven't drawn a single moustache for Movember... until now. Not sure yet if I like a moustache, or if I'm just not drawing the right moustached face.

Monday, November 5, 2018

Side Show 2

I'm not quite sure where this style is coming from, but it's coming out this way. I'm wondering how I'll progress with it...

Sunday, November 4, 2018


I found an old shoot online and one of the poses was a provocative leg spread, but from behind. It's an angle I've never seen before so I thought it bore practicing.

Saturday, November 3, 2018

Side Show

I didn't do any drawings this weekend so these are makeup drawings. I passed a magazine store and the pose of the man on the cover was similar to this, although he wasn't showing any genitalia, lol. So I took inspiration from that.

Friday, November 2, 2018

Sheena 5

I'm hoping to finish this up before the year ends. Ha!  Fat chance of that, but I'll try.

Thursday, November 1, 2018


I saw a pic of a guy posing like this, and thought it might make a nice drawing. Except I'm not sure what the rest of the composition will look like yet.

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Biggg 3

The problem with the volume renderings lies in the draping of the fabric, otherwise there could be a tendency for the forms just to look too solid and unrealistic. So I went back in and created the drapery within the silhouette.

Monday, October 29, 2018

Asian Edge 2

At least it's a nicer vignette now. I wasn't sure what to do with those hands so I just deleted one of them and refined the other.

Sunday, October 28, 2018

Walk Back

I found myself watching men's swimwear fashion shows, which really are like Victoria's Secret shows in that people may not really be interested in the clothing so much as the models wearing them. But with today's fitness levels, it's amazing how much I was able to glean just by watching these guys walk back and forth on the runway. I often take for granted how to draw musculature because comics sort of trained me to make things up based on what other comicbook artists were doing. But as I matured as an artist (and lord knows, it took longer than I would ever have expected—if you told me it would take til now, I would have given up!) I realized how musculature works more, and how far I am from really drawing it the way it is, as well as stylized versions of anatomy. Anyhow, here's one of my studies. It's not as detailed as you probably expect mostly because I was focusing on the lower back muscles, but I imagine I'll flesh this out further later.

Saturday, October 27, 2018

Asian Edge

As I was drawing that oversized silhouette fashion sketch yesterday, I still wanted to experiment with haircuts to make something edgy. And I'm wondering if there's something edgy that's sexy as well?

Friday, October 26, 2018

Biggg 2

I was thinking of a cool Asian haircut and this one keeps coming up in various magazines and online references. We're still in bowl cut territory so I wonder if there's anything else that would be edgy, and perhaps even sexy at the same time. Because I'm not sure they aren't mutually exclusive in current fashion, unless it's a more conventional buzz cut.

Thursday, October 25, 2018


I was inspired by a newly discovered Japanese brand but I wasn't sure how to do the massive wash effectively. This wet gouache technique isn't floating my boat.

Wednesday, October 24, 2018


Grut brushes put out a new free brush and I wanted to test it out. This is their Resolver brush and it has a very similar dry brush effect to something I coincidentally just inquired about, from drawings of my online artist acquaintance, Richard Vyse.

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

ER (semi) Nude

This was another drawing I did in the ER, using my iPhone. It's not as good as it could be if I had more control than with my finger (not to mention suffering from a virus), but all things considered I'm getting more used to finger painting on that small screen (iPhone X). I started this Monday and touched it up a smidge to cast it for today's post.

Monday, October 22, 2018

Emergency Room

My doc couldn't understand why my fevers kept going up, and since he couldn't examine me himself, he asked that I go to teh ER at Beth Israel. Ugh, I was there for over 6 hours just to find out I didn't even have The Flu, it was likely just some bad cold.  Just you wait,I'll probably get hit with a $5000 bill as well. Anyhow, these were two of the people in the ER waiting room with me.

Sunday, October 21, 2018

She Could Be Veruschka

I didn't intend to draw Veruschka, but her features definitely resemble those of the legendary model.

Saturday, October 20, 2018


This drawing came out of nowhere, from using the Acrylic Glaze brush. I just doodled a face and she kept building and refining until she was standing there in some feather chubby and a long black mermaid sheath.

Friday, October 19, 2018


I hate being sick. I hate the helplessness with being unable to do anything with your body as it tries to heal. And I hate the restlessness and discomfort you have to endure.

After over 70 working hours last week from Sunday to Sunday, plus a longer week than I had anticipated this week (I thought I'd be done by Wednesday but my co workers asked if I could come in and pitch in), not to mention gong to Oyster Bay for my friend's birthday plus a long-standing dinner with my lawyer friend, and it was clearly too much for my body. Or I suspect it was one of the people coughing up a storm in teh train for Oyster Bay, who knows. Anyhow here I am, bedridden...

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Er 2

I'm playing with different brushes while home sick with teh flu, and posting a lot of make up drawings since I was working so much all week and didn't get to.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018


In Filipino gay slang, an Er is a male archetype of a worker, whether Painter, Laborer, Construction Worker, Plumber, etc. I thought this guy looked like some British blue collar worker.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018


I thought this quick ink sketch using the Gouache Thick Detail brush looked like one of the actors who once played Superboy.

Monday, October 15, 2018

Cinnamon Bark 2

I realized I wasn't doing due diligence with fashion and gave her more modern eyebrows.

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Cinnamon Bark

This was a total experimentation drawing and I discovered two new ways of drawing: the first is a slightly different way to render a nose from this angle, and the second being the wet blending of the gouache brushes I've been using recently. And I named her so because I thought the brown I chose resembled the color of cinnamon bark.

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Rocker Croquis

I gave his guy rock and roll hair as I was defining his face, so even if the pose is more of a general croquis, he's a rocker in my mind. Which is always a valid fashion muse!

Friday, October 12, 2018

Sculpthair 3

Man I thought this would be a no brainer but I'm apparently incapable of drawing a male face lately! I'm going to blame the intense work week I had designing a holiday brochure for work. 70+ hours in one week, with no days off!  Ugggh. No wonder he ugly.

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Hair Suite

A little play on hirsute, this was an Inktober sketch that got rough and gouached. I rather like the direction, but wonder if it's too raw to post?

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Sculpthair 2

I'm so overworked with our holiday campaign at the office that I have barely any time or energy to draw. But this was a bit more detail from he previous sketch I started.

Tuesday, October 9, 2018


I got an image of very sculpted locks in my head at work so I had to sketch it out.

Monday, October 8, 2018

After Paddy

There was a pose in Prefab Sprout's old Appetite video where the view form above catches lead singer Paddy MacAloon in a nice bit of foreshortening. I thought I'd draw that for practice.

Sunday, October 7, 2018

Color Study 5

Trying to develop this technique more, but got waylaid by more inky styles...

Saturday, October 6, 2018

Inktober—Black Pompadour

This is a makeup drawing that I did on Sunday morning for last night, inspired by a pic I saw on the NYTimes' website. I love the Afro-rockabilly look, moreso on her (than say, Janelle Monae) because she was fuller-figured and completely shaved otherwise.

Friday, October 5, 2018


This relatively well-dressed, heavy-set man was hovering outside the door of the local McD, begging for pancakes. Uhh, no. I did commemorate the sighting with a sketch while I was on the subway. I'm trying to sketch more during the day. The face to his left was a guy sitting in front of me, but I couldn't do more with teh short time between the 3rd Ave stop and the Bedford stop on the L.

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Inktober—Shirt n Skinz 3

While experimenting with my color layers, I distilled the sketch down to a monochromatic look that I think didn't take away form the contrast of the pose with the nudity, and it kinda worked better than my original idea of a floral shirt. So this is a version fo what I had originally planned.

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Inktober 2 & 3

I was drawing people on the subway, but I combined Tuesday's and Wednesday's into one canvas.... not that the sketches are ny great shakes, but it's  the ink style I can manage on my iPhone.

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Inktober—(Floral) Shirt n Skins 2

I've had this image in my head for the past few days, and while this drawing is close and has some lines I like, I'm not quite sure it's exactly what I imagined, which has remained pretty clear in my mind. I'll see if I just go with what I've rendered or try and really get what I imagined on the page.

Monday, October 1, 2018

Girl On The Train 2

Did more of her on my way to work this morning.

Inktober — (Floral) Shirt and Skins

I enjoyed Inktober so much last year because it brought ink styles to my repertoire in a big way. In fact, I think I've indulged in ink drawings all throughout the year since!

Sunday, September 30, 2018

Girl On The Train

Decided to draw this woman sitting in front of me while taking the train to meet Ernesto and his friends at noon. It's not a portrait but it's a fair drawing considering how clumsy I am with my fingers on the small-ish iPhone X screen (at least for drawing!).

Saturday, September 29, 2018

Haider Lips

This model off Haider Ackerman's SS19 runway show had the most striking lips, so I decided to try and learn how to draw them, by using a pic as a reference but drawing it flipped the other way.