Saturday, April 25, 2015

Fishing For Fashion 3

I needed a change after being so ineffectual at drawing a reasonable likeness of my nude, so I'm back in Fashion, where I was previously being so ineffectual at drawing a reasonable likeness of my fashion model. Although today I got a bit happier with the likeness than what I had last time, so that helps. IS it a good drawing yet? Not by a longshot. But it's a start!

Friday, April 24, 2015

Instanudity 15

Gad, I suck. I'm still reworking this piece. I can't seem to get the likeness to my liking! Argh. Maybe my standards have gotten higher while my skills have leveled off! Will continue reworking and post the results later, hopefully with better ones than I have at this point in time...

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Dry Hair

I was listening to Penguin Prison's eponymous first album, and there was a drawing of a tree with a fun shape in its album cover art. I wanted to see it as a hairdo, so I redrew it with a face using the Webster watercolor brushes.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

A Funny Thing

Went to see the New Yorker magazine documentary, "Very Semi Serious" at the Tribeca Grand Hotel today, and it was a swanky event (and even swankier after party). But the movie itself was a joy because it revealed many of the artists behind the New Yorker cartoon, and definitely featured some hilarioous people and work I had never known about. I've dabbled some in cartoons and strips, but not to the level of the New Yorker. So I was inspired to sketch something in that vein, and surprised to do so so effortlessly. Of course, it's about the humor too, almost more than the drawing. So this is one of those, "Caption This" sketches, for lack of an actual punchline.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Yellow Raincoat on Blue Africa

This was a previous sketch from 5 days ago just made a bit more complete. It's funny, these strokes are so quick for me that I don't know if it should qualify as today's sketch, but it actually does. There was a bit of retooling to make these lines look appropriately nonchalant as well, a bit of blending to make the lines look more accidental and naturally blendy and bleed-y, so I think it's a valid entry. And frankly, it's getting a lot of likes on Instagram too.

Monday, April 20, 2015

She's Rough

While I have not yet gotten the hang of this iPhone app, I did start to get used to the interface. Which is great today because I spent all day on a design project and did not want to sit at my desk any further!

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Built A Character 2

I thought the highlighting I did in the monochrome version yesterday made him look a bit feminine. I definitely thought he should look like some guy with a quirky face who once appeared in a Prada ad but now it's a decade later. Haha, so much backstory. In any case, the painted version looks much more realized.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Built A Character

I wanted someone who looked like he was drawn by a Russian man, and I wanted it to be in a toothy pencil (I used a digital pastel brush in Painter) and kept thinking about two artists I know, Robert Fontanelli (whose eyes and expression this face remind me of) and Jeff (whose last name escapes me) who does very angular shapes. I rather like it, because it doesn't look like it's necessarily mine.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Blue Africa

I was watching The Amazing Race today and they were racing in Africa, so I suppose that's what inspired this quick sketch for the day.

Thursday, April 16, 2015


Whenever I don't want to draw, I still try and churn out something quickly for the blog, but sometimes because I don't care at all but am drawing out of obligation, I get pleasant surprises. I picked a brush I never use, and started drawing lines, and as each line filled in the sketch, it started outlining a classic American Sportswear-looking woman. I rather like it... well, except for that left arm. Wish I had fixed that...

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Post Taxes Ennui

I can't really muster up any creative energy after dealing with my tax return, because UGH, SO NOT FUN. So have some brushstroke-y croquis.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Feeling Undefined

Still in the throes of tax receipts for tomorrow, and not really feeling creative with this looming.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Sketch In General

I got trapped in an art event and am gonna have to post later. 

Edit: What I didn't realize was I had retooled an old sketch for Instagram posting, but it actually works as today's sketch because I spent a bit of time fixing this guys face. He kept coming up on my screensaver and I thought he could be good to post, with some corrections. I do like his face but I had to fix his mouth from the former version...

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Blunt Cut

Another iffy finger painting using Procreate Pocket. Not horrible but it's hard using your index finger. But I just couldn't commit to doing anything more involved since I'm wrestling with tax receipts. 

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Brushes Against His Face

I tried out some new watercolor brushes from both Kyle Webster and a new 'challenger,' GrutBrushes. Kyle's new ones are pretty great, and while I didn't bother really concentrating on how to lay out this face since it was such a quickie, I think it came together nicely.

Friday, April 10, 2015


Kinda consumed with prepping my taxes and as such, after delaying on my sketch for today, went with Zenaida to channel my particular focus at the moment.

Thursday, April 9, 2015


Still testing out the Procreation Pocket app and it is not easy to get any fine detail on it. This is as good as I could get it with my stubby index finger on the small iPhone screen. 

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Off Hues

I was testing colors for my website but thought of doing a sketch with them instead.  I was trying very hard to achieve an of-shade of gray, which would have an undertone of both brown and lilac. Since this is being shown online, it's color will definitely vary from monitor to monitor. Even the inspiration for the color - a printed field of color in a magazine -  was actually a lighter shade of gray that took on the lilac/brown/light puce color that I felt I was seeing, only when seen under yellow lighting!  So random. Anyhow, I thought pairing it with navy would bring out the undertones more.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015


I finally got to play with the Procreate Pocket app today. It's not easy to paint with your fingers so I might have to look into a stylus. That said, the brush textures are rather natural looking. 

Monday, April 6, 2015

Instanudity 15

I've had to nearly completely retool the face. Again. But majorly this time, as I had to erase an hour's work and scrap all the effort in favor of a near complete reboot of the model's cranium. Dunno why I'm having such a hard time. All I liked of this evening's efforts? His ear.

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Another Buneh!

But not quite of the Easter variety. And definitely influenced by LeRoy Neiman's Femlin (who was a big influence, whether I knew it or not!)

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Friday, April 3, 2015

When Art Materials Attack

I thought that yesterday's Leatherduck was so much fun that perhaps I should try something more serious. Nope!  This drawing is all kinds of wrong, But hey, I blog about my daily drawings, whether or not I like them.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Leatherduck going undercover, just like Pacino in Cruising.

Because some days you just want to draw something fowl.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Instanudity 14

I had a bit of an epiphany late, late at night last night and into the next day so I think I'm definitely making headway with this piece.

One thing I've learned is walking away from a piece allows you fresh eyes, and every time I think I've nailed it, I come back the next day and feel like I failed it (huh, that just rhymed). But I think I retooled the face enough that a few more tweaks would work, so I decided to busy myself with teh models rather distinctive chest hair, which is why I asked him to pose. His hair is actually getting pretty popular on Instagram...

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Blue All Over 2

I did some minor but, to my mind, pivotal tweaks to the drawing to make it better... and Instagram-ready. It's not the most forward looking content, but I do like the high-contrast, graphic quality of the piece.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Instanudity 13

I've giving him reconstructive surgery and totally recreated his face, not to mention gave him a new hand. Although the hand isn't looking that great at the moment.

Sunday, March 29, 2015


If I recall correctly, the term "baller" came from professional athletes earning so much money and looking as rich as they were. I recall the term being applied back around 2007-2008, for when guys on message boards would sport (pun intended) the latest clothes by Rick Owens and other similarly expensive 'goth ninja'lavant garde designers, clothing so new they could only have been bought at retail. So it comes full circle in a way that when I was working out at the gym today, I g;anced at a basketball game playing on one of the gym's tv screens, and I thought that the uniforms of one team looked rather fashionable. With some players wearing black tights underneath their long shorts, it looked kinda like something Rick might have done a few seasons back. So I thought I'd do a sketch.

Raf's Dior

I was late in posting this because I was busy buying advanced tickets to the new fashion doco, "Dior and I." I'm a big fan of Raf Simons. I've had a love/hate relationship with his menswear but I've generally loved his point of view, especially womenswear. One of his first dresses for Dior was a very deceptively clean-looking dress, except for the print/fabric on it. I remember it from his first Dior outing which I loved. I didn't know it was based on a very similar original design by Dior himself.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Blue Inside Out

Playing with the Mr.Natural brush and sticking to a heavy line and doing a very 80s line shot style graphic.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Blue All Over

I love these happy accidents. It's a bit old school fashion, but I might have to do an updated outfit that's more current with this color story and technique.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Holding Pattern

I'm up in Hudson and tipsy from one too many glasses of Malbec, so sketch updates will have to wait.

edit: So I ended up doing a quick sketch of a weird Filipina in a terno.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Instanudity 12

I did a lot of work on his face, and I mean a LOT, but it just wouldn't look like there's much change since it's a lot of incremental stuff that won't really register. So why don't I give you his hand instead? Granted, his hand is over his crotch, so that's exciting.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Making Faces

I used to be so proud of how I could draw women's faces, but nowadays, standards of beauty are so different that I feel my faces look dated. So every so often I think of doing a face that looks very now... and when it doesn't happen, then I practice. This is practice.

Sunday, March 22, 2015


Someone posted on Facebook that their updated site was up, and I thought I saw schoolgirls wearing bunny masks so I wanted to do one that was sorta Anubis/jackal like but I went for large asymmetrical ears. Edit: I just realized it's an aardvark.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Gray Manner

Playing some more with the weird brush... plus drawing something inspired by an image I saw briefly in a Mika music video. I really love curls on men, and if I could find a model with this kind of hair, I'd love to do more detailed strands and curls...

Friday, March 20, 2015

Weird Brush

That's what Kyle Webster called it when he offered it on his Facebook page. It does have some interesting effects, like the fact that it skips coverage when applied with light pressure. As a result I went a bit softer and more playfully, and this sketch reminds me of the feeling I recall from Bloomingdale's shopping bags that my mom used to bring back from her trips to New York in the 80s...

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Instanudity 11

I'm not sure if I'm having a harder time with this likeness, or if I'm just really doing what I normally do (correct, correct, revise, correct) and that I forget how difficult it can be for me to get a good likeness from a photo. Don't get me wrong: if I draw from life, I can make a good likeness, but that;s because you don't have a still to compare it to, feature for feature. Here, you move one thing, then the next is suddenly wrong, even if that was the one thing you really thought you nabbed. Ugh, it's a process...

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Feeling Pink (and Blue)

An old piece that wasn't perfect, but I did like the look and effect. Might have to completely redo it and see if it can be a poster or something. Retooled it a bit and it's looking like it has potential...

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Instanudity 10

Might as well keep going while I've got momentum! It's at the point where I find stuff I'm really happy about (like the way his body looks with his hand covering his crotch - that just flows really nicely), then a day later, I find stuff I'm REALLY unhappy about (like the way I'm rendering his face. Again.). Ugh, process.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Instanudity 9

This model's body's just driving me mad - he's got all the right leanness and bulges in all the right places. Argh. Gotta make sure I do it justice.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Cloudy Storm

Playing with Painter Essentials' pastels brush, and amazed how much fun it can be to work and define such vague tools into something coherent.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Rollback Gown

Sometimes I like to design clothing, like I did in my teens and 20s. I would design superhero costumes mostly, but all women's clothing were costumes to me because I couldn't wear them,but I loved to play around with how forms accentuate a woman's body. And I was always drawn to a slightly revealing drape in an unexpected way and place.

Friday, March 13, 2015

McGibson Girl

I'm sketching on paper because I really didn't want to make a file of this idea. I was looking st the latest Alexander McQueen collection and loved how the styling made the models look like modern Gibson Girls. Thought I could sketch that but enh, not really. My design focus (I'm trying to learn how to 'code' my website into a responsive framework in Freeway) is stealing much of my creative energy. 

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Fishing For Fashion 2

I'm suddenly having doubts about the photo I'm working from - maybe it's not the best one for a sketch that's in my semi realistic style. I find myself looking to stylize it a lot...

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Stick yer neck out

I liked this model's pose in this pic I discovered in an online editorial. There's so much relaxed gesture to it all, so I tried to sketch out the form/pose...

Monday, March 9, 2015

Instanudity 8

When last we left off, this drawing/post series got interrupted by the Slapstagrams (which I'm happy to report are completed as a project). The problem is, I'm not good enough to see what's wrong wiht my work until I walk away from it for a while, and come back to it with fresh eyes. I dunno why that works for me but it does. I think this looks much more like the photo I took, but we'll see how I feel about it later, haha!


I'm posting this late-ly (get it?) as my entry for yesterday because yesterday I was busy making penis prints using actual penises (don't ask). I wonder if that counts as actual drawing? I mean, if I was using a penis as a brush, it's kind of a drawn stroke (pun unintentionally), right?

Oh, well, in case it doesn't count, here's a quickie of my friend Brian, who asked about sitting for a portrait and posted a pic that kinda served as proff he would be a good suject (and he would). This looks nothing like him, btw.

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Painterly Pastels

Just experimenting with brushes, techniques and colors.

Friday, March 6, 2015

New for Old (Haider Hair 2 Too)

Found an older drawing that I liked, based on hairstyles for the Haider Ackerman menswear show that showed in the begining of 2014. But I retooled it juuuust a bit to make it Instagram ready. Because I'm picky that way.