Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Hair Flow 2

I have not developed a technique yet for rendering hair that's this kind of style: lots of locks, and an emphasis on the flow of the waves and curls. I love this kind of hair - we didn't get it back home, and it fascinates me because it's got so much movement. I'm pleased enough with the skin, not so much with the hair or my attempt at matte nylon (the collar). Using the Webster brushes, I'm having to rethink my workflow, so soon after establishing one with the brushes I developed a technique with on my own. Ack.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Surf On Turf 10

I've been avoiding it, but I have to finish this up soon. image to come

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Hair Flow

I loved the hair styling on this model from a recent Lanvin menswear pre-collection look book. It's the kind of hairstyle that looks so fun right now, but I think 20 years from now we'll look at it and go, what were they thinking?? Ah, fashion. For now, it's fun. Plus I didn't want to work on any of my previous sketches so a new quickie it is.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Color Play

Pulled up an old sketch file and played with it, adding some newer colors and just playrimenting (yeah I just made that word up) with color combinations.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Thad 6

I can't leave well enough alone! Arrrgh. But I have to keep walking away and coming back... tonight especially. I just can't seem to see correctly now, everything is looking wrong. But of course, if I look at it tomorrow, I'll probably see a lot of what's right.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Thad 5

I'm liking where the paints are going, although I think I've gone a bit too portrait and not fashion illustration. That said, I intentionally left out finishing the eyes because my photo reference has the model bathed in a neon light, and I can't tell what his eye color is.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

View to a Thrill 3

In comics, you can just draw a line drawing and it may or may not need to focus on a good face, mostly because it's part of a narrative. With a single figure image, like this, the face is all important to get just right since it draws the viewer in. And I thought the eyes could use some deepening here... image to come

Tuesday, November 18, 2014


I remember when I just loved drawing this kind of a shaded face. It was emblematic of the X-men Storm and Phoenix getting their righteous anger and power on, and I fantasized about it for so long. Nowadays, it's lost its luster, but I think there's a twinge of nostalgia when I try to draw it again...

Monday, November 17, 2014

Thad 4

I seem to have some sort of art ADD, don't I, posting different things each day, spending bits of time with some then veering to others, never quite finishing anything? But I gotta, so I'm working more on Thad. Image to come (as soon as the bourbon wears off).

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Man Bun

Decided to go natural with today's sketch and pulled out a sheet of cardboard and a pencil and just constructed a face. The hair came later...

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Selling Marni

This sales associate at Marni in the West Village was the first person I photographed for this series. Funnily enough I finished the girl from Acne first, in a very similar outfit. It's the zeitgeist! Or maybe it's my taste in outfits?

I seldom finish a drawing from start to finish when it's digitial. Usually I let it sit a day or more before I return to it, and then I play with it a bit by bit.I can certainly finish a piece on the spot if I wanted to, but I usually am distracted by tons of stuff. I realize this sketch is also way late, as I took the reference photo in the Summer and now I wonder if the sales person is still even there at the store!

Friday, November 14, 2014

Zenaida, Goddess of Plenty

I was at a dinner party last night so I posted a holding post so I could draw and upload later. And I just thought, oh, make it about Zenaida.  I often relegate Zenaida to a quickie that I can churn out when I need something to post for the day, but this drawing just became sooo fun! It made me try out new techniques and upped the ante a bit on my sketchier renderings.

I was thinking Thanksgiving here, and the Venus of the Rice is bringing the grain, and plenty of it! She makes me smile. :)

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Noah Blue

Redux! I wanted to post this image I did on Instagram for a Throwback Thrusday, but ended up retooling it because reducing it in size for a cell phone screen kinda changed the silhouette too much for my liking. Funny how a tiny bit of chin hair seems to make a huge difference for me, not that you know what I'm talking about because I'm only showing a part of it.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014


I got an idea while on the treadmill earlier tonight and I thought I'd draw it just like I used to: as a sketch that doesn't have to be a 'piece.' This is just part of it. Some vaguely futuristic, quilted puffer jacket (or what barely passes for one)(maybe it's more of a shrug)(a turtleneck shrug). Oh, and a leather bra, with a ribbon tie on the front. He he.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Monday, November 10, 2014

Thad 3

As I firm up the pencils, I wonder if I'll even paint this... which is why I'm totally playing with the painting style...

Wow, this is, if my numbering system is correct, my 2,700th blog post. Can you imagine? That's over 2,700 drawings (remember that many of my posts have multiple drawings posted). Of course, not every posted drawing is completely uniques, so there's room for debate about how many drawings I actually have done, but hey, as far as posted drawings are concerned, I have over 2700!

Sunday, November 9, 2014

View To A Thrill 2

When I get into a drawing I start to have feelings for it. And if I'm trying to draw something sexy then I hope I get turned on even a little at the thought of what I'm trying and hopefully at what I'm seeing myself draw. I kind of felt that a little bit with this one. I guess that's a good sign.

Also I don't think I've drawn a bearded man in a while. I mean, I have recently but they were always based on people. This might be the first where I'm trying to create a hot bearded guy. I think he could be hot!

Saturday, November 8, 2014

View To A Thrill

I have so many drawing projects on my plate and what do I do? Start a completely new one. Except it feels like this has been percolating fora while, because when I brought up reference photos from my stash, I had SO many already mimicking this particular pose. So I gotta do it!

Friday, November 7, 2014

Blue Coat

Too buzzed to draw anything properly so here's a digital watercolor doodle.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Pencil Experiment 2

When I went rooting through my old files for this blog, in search of images I can Instagram. I came upon this old fave. I've noticed that as recently as a couple of years ago I really didn't know how to draw eyes set in the forehead properly. Every time my old drawings would come up on my screensaver (because it would play building collage of all the images I have in my blog folder), I'd wince at how bad those eyes were rendered, and how I didn't even know it!  Arrrgh!! So I opened up this one and corrected it, because I like it a lot otherwise.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Thad 2

Continuing the portrait. It's always interesting drawing new people because you wonder how well you're doing.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Get Out There And Vote!

If you haven't yet!! Well, and you're an American.

Monday, November 3, 2014

Slouchy Walk Study

I saw this shot of some fashionistas on their way to (or from?) a destination, and the silhouette plus the stance of this guy was too perfect not to sketch. It's rough but I want to learn how to just draw this particular kind of attitude, from the forward slouch of the face to the sturdy landing of the front leg...

Sunday, November 2, 2014


Starting on a portrait for this designer. image to come.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Menswear Monday: Acne Sweater Redux

I found this old drawing while looking for things to post on Instagram. Why make new ones when I have literally thousands  (approaching 3,000, to be exact) of older drawings to chose from here? I, of course, couldn't leave it as was, so I went in and cleaned it up quite a bit. I like the graphic quality and the fashion look is now peaking in menswear so might as well say I riffed on it 3 years ago. ;)

Friday, October 31, 2014


Well, more comic book-y (especially indie comic book-y with the dark inks). Thought it was apropos. Happy Halloween!

Thursday, October 30, 2014


I was experimenting with the Webster brushes and less high rez canvases, and I was sketching the outfit I wore earlier this evening for dinner. The face I painted looks to me like a modern day Jose Rizal, the national hero of the Philippines (hence the title).

Fab Fatigues

The de rigueur modern outfit for young hipsters will often include an element like a fatigue coat. I saw this group of super well dressed girls and a guy pass me by earlier this evening, and I loved how clean and composed their outfits were. The guy in particular was immaculate: a khaki jacket over a longer khaki shirt in almost exactly the same color, over lean fatigue pants finished off with bright peachy-orange leather high tops. (edit: I found out they're actually yellow ochre rubber Converse, new this season)

I was too busy trying to enter a contest by midnight that I forgot to post this on time, but this is the drawing for 10.29.14.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Surf On Turf 9

Continuing Project Thaddeus. I had to get this kid's features more closely before I could paint this properly.

Monday, October 27, 2014


Dr.Strange was always one of my favorite Marvel super heroes - I was always attracted to magic and the occult, and he was always offbeat but still super-heroic. One of the things I recall most is the Steve Ditko-esque power manifestations that artists like Paul Smith and Marshall Rogers would give him, with odd 3D shapes that didn't just show up as bolts of energy, because any super hero could do that!

Anyhow, this is a bit of a tribute to the good doctor, who just found the actor to portray him: fabulous actor and fan fave Benedict Cumberbatch has been reported as the new Dr and I couldn't be more pleased!

Sunday, October 26, 2014


I was inspired by a painting I saw posted on Facebook, and I used the colors in it as a starting point for a painting. But I didn't really have any plan, so I just painted whatever came to mind and hand, and this rather 70s looking fashion illustration is the result. Although I do like it!

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Meg and her friend Heron

Meg and her friend Heron finally caught the boys, who  - as you can see by all the footprints -  had to be chased all over the beach to get them to pose for the photo.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Surf On Turf 8

This should've been titled Surf Tribe 2, but I think I'm just putting all these Thaddeus sketches under this title. Gonna have to go back into this and clarify the pattern, but I like it thus far.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Damper of Day

Not only was it a wet, rainy day all day, but now we get the news of the first case of Ebola in NYC. Will this be the beginning of the end? Will I look back on this day as the day when all hell broke loose? Or will it be a day we look back on fondly as the one where we worried needlessly? Oy, I hope it's the latter.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Drawn Away

I went to the Erotic Drawing Salon for the first time in a while earlier tonight, hoping to get some good drawings done. But between the model I wasn't into, the trite cowboy theme and the assault of vintage country music that went along with it, I was so disgruntled I just paid my fee and left less than halfway through. I felt like even if I got some good drawings, I disliked the subject matter so much I wouldn't have liked them at all. And man, I couldn't stand the music. Add the fact that it was raining and a chore to get there, I'd say this evening was a bust.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Surt On Turf 7

Changes to the profile aren't so much minor as they are minute, but they do make it look more like the model. Or so I keep insisting to myself as I draw.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Surf On Turf 6

There'll always be a profile sketch in one of these things, methinks. I always did like a good profile.

Annoyed In Neon

Was working on an email design shoved my way last minute, so I was a bit preoccupied. So I squiggled something out quickly, but it's till too late for Sunday's entry. I'm annoyed with myself for not being aware. Grr.

Saturday, October 18, 2014


Doing a series of portraits and this very first one is of my oldest friend in the world, Erwin. We've known each other for decades now. I wanted to start this series with him since I've known him the longest.

Friday, October 17, 2014


A regular design client I have asks me very year to design non-denominational holiday cards. After a few years you can run out of viable themes! So I'm going back to the well of cards that didn't get chosen in years past, and updating an old image. Maybe they'll want a teddy bear this year!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Surf On Turf 5

Another pose to work into the layout...

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Trever 6 (done, I think)

I seem to be going for a bit more finished, but a lot rougher rendering. Sigh, I can never recall what I'm supposed to be painting like sometimes...

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Zenaida in Light Wash

I realized I hadn't drawn my goddess of the rice in a while!

Monday, October 13, 2014

Surf Tribe

Setting up more sketches for my illustreportage series from a recent SS15 menswear show.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Trever 5

I always tell myself I will strive for a good drawing but not sweat the likeness. Well, apparently I keep lying to myself, because I always worry about a likeness when I do things digitally and can keep adjusting it. But it makes for a better drawing (I hope).

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Trever 4

I wasn't happy with the likeness nor with the pose proportions in yesterday's sketch, but I knew I needed to walk away from it and come back with fresh eyes later. I was following the photo I took very closely and I didn't tweak it to be more fashion when I did the first sketch. I revamped and lengthened the pose much more with this version, but I'm only showing the updated face, which I think looks nice.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Trever 3

I decided I didn't really like the last outfit he had on but fortunately the one he was wearing today was really interesting. This is my Trever reboot.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Surf On Turf 4

I couldn't leave it alone. The rendering was bugging me. I edited the watercolors down and I like this lighter version better. Although for some reason it keeps showing up darker once I export the jpeg... strangeness.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Surf On Turf 3

I'm a bit torn with this piece, as I simultaneously believe I am finishing it too much, and also not enough. But I suppose since I'm doing a series that I should see how it looks compared to the other sketches I plan on incorporating in a layout. So I'll post thi for now as there's no guarantee this will be the final render for this particular pose.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Alexander 2

I'm totally starting over again with this portrait.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Surf On Turf 2

One of the reasons I chose the pose I did was I loved the abs on this particular model... not that you can see, but I also liked the pose. The pose with the abs.