Friday, September 30, 2016

Black Kitties 2

I got so drunk last night having dinner with my coworker that it was a wonder I got anything done at all, yet alone posted last night! So I ended up posting a minute too late for yesterday's post...

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Black Kitties

Experimenting recreating a painting technique I saw at work, but digitally. I rather like them.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016


I love a long face, and this model is one of my faves. He's probably more well known for his extensive tattoos but I love Daniel's face - he's got a look about him with those upturned mouth corners. Not the best likeness, but I was going more for a caricature, methinks.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Spring Layer 6

I haven't finished this but I've been buys. So I'll just do a series for a tableau spanning a few seasons. Plus it gives me a chance to see how effective the new brushes I've been using might be on this piece, since I was a bit stumped how to finish it... image to come

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Brushing Up 2

Man, in my mind this experiment was something completely new, but it's really just another iteration of my rough fields of background color overlaid with pencils or inks. Still, I do like it.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Wet & Thirsty

I was watching a video for Thomas Keal, a YouTube personality with a penchant for exposing as much of his body as possible online. Under the flimsy excuse (not that I'm complaining)  of explaining his skincare regimen he proceeds to shower naked while being filmed, with a post-placed black box blocking his penis (which occasionally peeks its head for a split second, past its chastity graphics, which I think is wholly intentional. That tease!). I found some good forms to use as a model so I thought I'd try some looser brush tools in Photoshop.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Brushing Up

Experimenting with more of Kyle's brushes.

Inebriation Makeup

I went out to have drinks with my former co-worker Maya, and I got so buzzed on mescal cocktails I was useless after that!  So this was made a day later (today) and is my makeup sketch.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Grinder Brush Line

I was doing brush stroke renderings for my co worker today and I wanted to see what the Grinder brush (which figured heavily in some of the renderings) would look like in a sketch. A rough one.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016


This sketch was inspired by a photo of Kellan Lutz, of all people. I don't think I've ever seen him in anything except just-about-naked tumblr photos.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Nik Kershaw 1985

This video of Nik Kershaw performing at Live Aid in 1985, shows him wearing a half-tucked oversized shirt with high-waisted loose, cropped pants. Just everything I want to wear right now. So I drew it.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Blue Lined

I decided to change the hairstyle  on yesterday's sketch and make it more contemporary, since I tend to default on my women's styling, since I'm no longer as up on women's fashions as I used to be. This is now an impression of the off-shoulder styling from Margaret Howell's SS17 show.

Red Lined

This is a bit late as last night I went out and in the craziness of the bombing/explosion in my neighborhood, things were a bit wonky traveling. Anyhow, I drew this before all that, just didn't get to post it.

Friday, September 16, 2016


They look like they might be millennial bloggers, haha!

Thursday, September 15, 2016

(No Longer) Under The Influence

I actually liked yesterday's drawing, which I can barely recall because I was falling asleep at my desk last night (as I seem to do lately — working full time tires me out!). But upon second inspection today, I thought I could tweak it a bit, so voila.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Under The Influence

As part of a birthday celebration, I had waaay too much wine than I usually do lately, so I'm surprised I actually got to draw. Of course, I may come back to it when I'm sober and think, what the hell!

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Ink Before You Think

I was drawing while nodding off... I always seem to get really sleepy after a workout nowadays. ALl things considering, this isn't so bad...

Monday, September 12, 2016

Have a Platypus

I'm tired of all this fashion drawing for today so I've decided on a critter.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Tableau 11

And this is the other end of the tableau (at least for the men's stuff). I went back in and tweaked, as well as changed outfit details and colors so as not to look like the client's clothing.

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Tableau 10

So the clothes for the client were still to be presented and as such are secret, but I wanted to post the drawings I did so I altered them to take out the most identifiable details. So it can jus be another suit, and another denim shirt and pleated khakis. :)

Friday, September 9, 2016


I think my fashion illustration style for women hasn't progressed, and is too stiff when fully rendered. So I'm trying to think of ways to  soften it up and still be fashion illustration, as opposed to some sort of fashionable portraiture.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

High On Blue

I needed to draw something as radically edgy as possible after this weekend of mainstream apparel illustration.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Tableau 9

I didn't really get to draw fashion illustrations the way I think I should, but actually defaulted to teh way I tend to do. I need to find a new technique to elevate them more from teh Vogue Patterns illustration style I tend to gravitate to.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Tableau 8

I always liked this view of an extended leg. It stems from my mannequin days and seeing how poses that were made to be seen from up front also look great from behind. I'm thinking specifically Violeta Sanchez's Rootstein mannequin pose.

Monday, September 5, 2016

Tableau 7

SO many drawings tonight, and so many revisions!  This is one of the faces I rendered, which shortly after I prepped for posting on the blog, I retooled completely. I realize my process involves painting everything to full-rendered perfection, and then realizing that that look is dated and oh so very Vogue Patterns, so I then go back and erase portions and make it more unfinished and contemporary. But this is before I retooled. I've not painted a black woman in my new digital techniques, in croquis mode, so I wasn't sure how to render the skin tone in a way consistent with the way I render white girls in watercolor. It took over an hour to get right!

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Tableau 6

I sometimes fall in love with details and I can't bear to erase them even if I think they're wrong for the drawing. But thankfully Photoshop allows you to save different versions so you can keep that detail in one document, should you ever want it.

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Tableau 5

Painting, adjusting, refining. But I did like how the guy on the left turned out.

Friday, September 2, 2016

Tableau 4

I was drawing into the morning and then regrouped again to present the thumbnails this morning. So far so good, the client's client (who requested me, or at least my style, apparently) liked the first draft, so here's to completing it all. Still, it's Mercury Retrograde so I'd best not get cocky!  Here are two faces from teh array of models, one of which was completely redone, so it's safe to show.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Tableau 3

So many sketches tonight, but since they're for a client, I'm not sure if I should preview them here, but maybe after I've gotten through the lot I can post a preview of one

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Tableau 2

I'm basically establishing croquis that could work well together in a tableau. The work continues...

Tuesday, August 30, 2016


Starting off a new set of drawings, which will hopefully come together more quickly. image to come

Monday, August 29, 2016

Settled In

I seem to have settled into a watercolor style without my even knowing it!  This mottled kind of daubing shows up more and more in my drawings when I just rush through something, and I suppose it's my style?

Late Night / Early Morning

I didn't post a drawing yesterday/last night because I was up at the office from 2:15 until 3:30 am this morning. This is a sketch of what I imagine I looked like from behind, waiting for the 3 train to come in as I trudged home.

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Astral 5

Working on it makes me want to finish it up, so I laid the groundwork for more of the details that I saw it finished with (although I changed her dress somewhat. I appear to have given her indigo jeans now...). I turned on some older layer and there she was, Sonia Rykiel.

Friday, August 26, 2016

RIP Sonia Rykiel (Astral 4)

My Astral drawing was based on the wigs of the Sayoko collection of Rootstein, but the most iconic model for this kind of hairdo was Sonia Rykiel, who kept it as her signature for the rest of her life. She passed away today and I decided to try and rework this sketch a bit more. Image to come.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Sleeves Pose

Planning out more poses form the series I think I am planning on doing.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Who Nose

Being of Asian descent, some of the nasal configurations I've encountered with caucasian faces have been way out of my scope of knowledge. I recently did the profile of a new friend whose nose goes way higher than I'd have expected from seeing his face from the front. And a very popular male model right now has a similar facial construction, with a higher nose and somewhat receding mouth and chin area... so I tried to render it.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

2B Steamy

I'm intrigued by Photoshop's new 2B pencil tool, trying to see if it's worth incorporating into my regular toolbox. I think the fine motor control is a bit lacking, but it's fun to play wiht. This 'guy at the steam room' drawing is more contour and sketchy than proper anatomy, but it's still fun.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Manspreading 4

He's giving us the Side Eye. Although I was thinking it should be a Below Eye (as if there were such a term).

In other news, Photoshop CC's new 2B pencil Brush Tool Preset is kinda good!

Saturday, August 20, 2016


The Scarlet Witch was never a huge fave of mine in the comics, but with the dearth of female heroes in The Avengers back in my heyday, it was basically her or The Wasp. I did like how she got fleshed out in the movies, although they (understandably) kind of just relegated her to being a telekinetic. This costume and the drawing are pretty old school.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Hot Heeb

here's a very fit, tattooed guy at my gym whom I have have the hots for, but I don't even know if he's gay or straight, but I do believe he is Jewish. He has the sickest lean body, and he walks around looking like a fashion illustration, with his curved back and slender waist that rumbles with abdominal bumps just underneath his shirt...

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Sketchy Fashion

I was texting with a friend and he sent me a pic of a Comme des Garçons jacket that was little more than sleeves and a back. I thought it looked like something someone would wear as a rudely sexy outfit. Then  I did a quick sketch to show him.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Quick Doodle

I don't know what possessed me to doodle this, but after I did I didn't want to draw on it any further... must be the fact that I'm in my cups having been drinking all evening at a (now-former) co-worker's despidida party.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Manspreading 3

Gonna work some more on this face. I need to get that half-mast, looking-down-at-you look so popular in fashion photography right now. Without making him look Asian... unless I'm drawing an Asian man.

Monday, August 15, 2016

A Second' Season 6

Typical me, I'm spending way too much time on getting a satisfactory likeness, for a model whom I don't even know. But I guess I just want to be accurate (very Virgo of me).

Sunday, August 14, 2016


It's interesting to me to meet someone and then distill their features into a stylized version of them that's not meant to create a likeness so much as evoke their feature set. Paul from the other day reminds me of someone else I know (an old friend of a friend, Steven), but a younger, lithe version of him.

Pretty Shindig

I got to spend some time with my coworker up in Hudson and we did a little portrait sketch for her anniversary. 

I thought this published last night but apparently it didn't! Arrrgh. 

Friday, August 12, 2016

Upstate Delay

I'm upstate without my tools and more than a little drunk. So the full post will have to wait. 

Edit: so my 'make up' drawing is a sketch I did of my new friend Paul, who is the hubby of 'tomorrow's' sketch subject, Tiffany. 

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Manspreading 2

Trying to get the perfect face and haughty facial expression.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016


In my quest for provocative poses, I bring you the spread-leg, shot-from-below angle of a potential illustration.