Monday, January 15, 2018

Pietro

I think he model's name was Pietro Balthazar and the post was from Made In Brazil on Instagram. My IG friend and stylist extraordinaire Judas Vanderwal styled it, but mostly it was because his body was off the chain and the pose was so nice and dynamic yet super casual. Just wanted to record an impression of it.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Davit

Davit is the bartender at Loring Place, where I sometimes like to eat alone at the bar. I didn't have a book or magazine to read this time and had exhausted ll my social media views, so I decided to trot out the Procreate Pocket app and draw him. He seemed to like it.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Sneer 9

It's always clearer how to address a drawing when you spend time away from it. It amazes me how much I needed to correct on this face when I opened it up again tonight.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Weller Hair 3

Just a little more on this sketch. image to come

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Whitespace 7

I think he's finished in this unfinished kind of way. I cleaned up a lot of minor details and some major ones, like his legs—wasn't sure if the anatomy was right. It looked kinda wonky

Sally 3

Implementing the feedback from my quickie icon client.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Well Hair 2

Adding a coat. Not sure about teh colors I've selected but I can rework them later if need be.

Monday, January 8, 2018

Weller Hair

It's funny to me that Paul Weller's hairstyle is so back in vogue. This one took a long time to come back in, even if Weller himself championed it regardless of fashion's fickle moods.

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Sheena 3

After losing the file for nearly 2 years, I seemt o have forgotten teh original idea behind this portrait. But I hhink it had a lo to do with how Sheena's hair and countenance reminded me of a modern Betty Paige. Hoping this gets finished soon!

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Posey 3

I was trying to use my croquis but I found that I don't hem to my own proportions of a nude male so much as expand on the clothing to get the feeling more. There's definitely something missing from this fashion sketch rough, like it's trying too had to be normal, even the outfit is much more forward in silhouette.

Friday, January 5, 2018

iPad Sketch #2

Getting used to the interface of Procreate and the iPad/Apple Pencil combo, and really it's just a matter of getting more familiar because it's easy enough to use.

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Sliver of Skin

I saw a photo where the model's top was just cropped enough that when he walked, a sliver of waistline showed as the top lifted. I wanted to focus on that moment in a drawing. This is the first rough draft.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

iPad Sketch number 1

Was just playing with my new iPad. I really should have started on the 1st day of the year, which is my 11th anniversary for this blog! Although this drawing isn't the greatest, it's a good experiement.

Like A Phoenix

I was just doodling while trying to set up my new iPad. ideally I'd have liked to draw something on it and post it for tonight but that wasn't happening son enough. So I drew the first things that came to mind after choosing the Ratty Stiff Bristle 1 brush. Hiya Phoenix!

Monday, January 1, 2018

Quick Watercolors

I'm still not feeling inspired to draw lately, especially with celebrating the holidays just coming to an end. So just a quickie tonight. Besides, I've got episodes of the new season of Black Mirror to binge!

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Farewell To The Gloria Days

In my first year in New York I discovered the Temple Bar, which was my first foray into living and loving the night life and culture of NYC. They used to have a hostess by the name of Gloria, who was apparently a dental assistant by day. She would shave her eyebrows and paint in large black rectangles in their stead, and she was the coolest person in NY for me at that time.

Temple Bar closed for business on January 1, 2018. I spent the evening for their final New Year's Eve party there saying farewell to a bit of New York history, as well as a large chunk of my own personal history.

Saturday, December 30, 2017

iPad Driveby Test Run


I finally bought an iPad Pro today to get my digital drawing on, about 14 years after I first wanted to take a laptop and my Wacom to draw at the queer men's drawing salon I had frequented back then. At the Apple store I would sketch on their test iPads and these are two such results.

Friday, December 29, 2017

Current Mood, Done

Current Mood
I did the first sketch of the young man shortly after the presidential elections concluded last year, when my frustration and fears were so overwhelming I didn’t know what to do. So I drew. It’s a bit on the nose, but the feeling of drowning felt apt. I didn’t finish it initially, because it was too frustrating to think about, and honestly I hoped that feeling would go away, that the situation would improve. But as the year progressed the attacks just mounted and spread: on Women. Blacks. Transgenders. Gays. Muslims. The Poor. The Middle Class. Science. The Environment… it just seemed to go on and on. The mood might lighten some days but it was always there, it was always the Current Mood. So I would go back, and draw some more, until it became a series, a triptych. It seems appropriate to post this today, a few days before the year ends. I hope the mood changes, for the better.

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Posey 2

I was trying to do it without a reference but I found the perfect reference today in the pages of Zara. So I retooled the body a bit, nothing too far off from the original, because I was already headed in the right direction. But it DID require very subtle changes, which is probably why it was so hard to get. I'll hope to flesh this out more later.

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Youth

Male models seem to get younger and younger in their countenances. And as someone who imbibes what the fashion crowd are putting out, I'm subscribing to the aesthetic, at least for now.

Posey Face

The sketched body pose yesterday necessitates a facial angle as well. Although as I tried to draw a face I liked, the features I lay down kinda changed the angle as I made choices that changed the original proportion...

Monday, December 25, 2017

Posey

There's a certain pose and angle popular in fashion right now that I'm trying to capture without actually referring to a photo. Not sure I got it.

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Merry Xmazenaida!

Holiday Greetings form my Venus of the Rice (in seasonal holiday gear)!

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Sally 2

A few tweaks here and there, but in simple drawings they're super important.

Friday, December 22, 2017

Sally

My friend Meeling once asked me to do an icon of her, which I did somewhat based on the work of Julian Opie, but which evolved with my own style, such as it were. Her friend Sally wanted one, too, so this is my first attempt.

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Tilterrific 2


The second time around the drawing becomes just an interesting doodle to continue, so I don't care about it and just draw without intending it to be permanent or saved as anything significant. But if it gets too interesting, then it evolves into A Piece, which then ironically removes the  element of not caring how it turns out that made it cool in the first place (drawing automatically usually yields the best results).

I changed the pose to something less awkward but also more expected, but it's better. This thing is halfway between meh and hmm.

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Tilterrific

I was experimenting with Kyle Webser's Tilterrific Brush and the Rougher version too, and just doodling this vaguely 50s/50s looking man.

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Bleedy

I was reading an article on the maser himself, Mats, and I was inspired to try his bleedy techniques again. But don't do it after you've had what is probably cheap tequila. Ugh, bad results and headaches (not in that order).

Monday, December 18, 2017

Backside

I have this idea to do a fully painted drawing with this pose. Or at least something similar. image to come

Sunday, December 17, 2017

I Gather 3 (Nape)

Well, not quite. I kept the profile and got rid of everything else when I changed his hairdo. I do that sometimes. I also post late, apparently.

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Innocent 2

A little bit more work on this guy who may or may not live up to his name haha! image to come

Friday, December 15, 2017

Mannequin Days

I met up with an old friend Vince from my women's accessory days, and we discussed his impending move back to the Philippines, and how he wants to open up his own fashion atelier. We talked ab lot about the models who reigned in our heyday, becaus we were considering mannequins for his shop. It reminded me of my old days in visual, so I drew an old style D.G.Williams head that I recall was named Doreia.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Whitespace 6

I was looking for possible #TBT posts for Instagram when I came upon this old drawing from Summer. I had always wanted to flesh him out some more, but instead of him, I ended up fleshing out his background. There's a story here now...

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

I Gather 2

I'm surprised I never picked up this sketch again, but I needed something to work on tonight instead of creating something from scratch. This is one of those sketches were I have a clear idea of the subject, but not necessarily of the style. Gotta sort this one out...

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Current Mood 11.13.16, part 7 (done?)

I was feeling rather hopeless in general so I was going to finally finish and post the Current Mood triptych, but then Jones won in Alabama, and I'm feeling a little more hopeful today. Still, I think I finished this part of the three. This is an incomplete version (I turned off some of the layers) but the trans figure, which I was finishing, is done methinks.

Monday, December 11, 2017

ZodiacDog

I did illustrations at work today for the upcoming Chinese New Year, which I should post a bit of here. I'll try and bring a copy home tomorrow to pose.

editL Well, here's his face.


Sunday, December 10, 2017

Innocent

That's his name. He works at a store near me and I liked how he was dressed so I snapped him to draw him later. Much later...

By Your Name

I saw the wonderful movie Call Me By Your Name, and while I loved the idea of the handsome, brash American to fall in love with. I might be speaking heresy saying I didn't fall in love with Armie Hammer. He was sexy and likeable, but I was really much more intrigued by Timothy Chalamet. That said, this image is sort of an impression of Hammer's character Oliver, who in my mind is also alternately played by Matt Bomer, and John James of Dynasty fame.

Friday, December 8, 2017

Red Light

I seem to be having a red moment... and an off figure, more of a caricature, of some 30s magician. I mean, why else would he have a wand? And a skinny mustache?

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Red Chair

I was walking out to the gym and saw an abandoned red, tufted back rest chair. It had a nice shape and I thought, it might make a nice drawing if I did it very indie style and raw and naive. Not sure it turned out that way, but it was sketched!~

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Red

In a drunken stupor (I had a drinking *date* with my ex trainer), I barely carved out time for a sketch last night, let alone post it in time. But here it is.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Black Phoenix

I was working out tonight and my mind wandered—and wondered—what a Black Phoenix might mean in the comics world, were Dark Phoenix was the ultimate evil incarnation of the Phoenix force? didn't really define it but I started a sketch.

Monday, December 4, 2017

Sneer 8

Am I literally or metaphorically fleshing him out? Because y'know, drawing his flesh.

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Sneer 7

Trying to keep a momentum on this...

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Sneer 6

It's been so long since I touched this, I'm wondering how I didn't see some of the mistakes I had been making! hindsight is truly 20/20.

Friday, December 1, 2017

Black Friday '17.4—Merci, Rene Gruau


I'm all about the minor tweaks these days. But I wanted to make sure the anatomy in his legs looked as correct as I could make it (without actually referring to anything—ah, the integrity of relying on memory).

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Come Hither 4

I decided to retool him to post for Throwback Thursday, mostly because he looks so dated (but I would totally date him).

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Eric

Saw a model online and really liked his bone structure, so I asked his agent if I could draw him /get him to pose for me. He did and as I was shooting, a young black boy came up, looked at him and asked, is he your father? (referring to me). Sigh. I'm old.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Swirl

A quick sketch in light of the fact that i'm too inebriated (Thanks, Dead Rabbit!)

Monday, November 27, 2017

Black Friday '17.3—Merci, Rene Gruau

People kept telling me the inked drawings I made with this Badass Brush looked very Gruau, so i decided to make a direct homage (a la his Jules perfume ad drawings)(always thought those were super sexy).