Monday, July 21, 2014

Desmond 10

More hairstyling. I honestly think I avoid drawing this because of the hair. I don't know how other designers have so much patience; although granted, they often do long straight or just wavy hair.

image coming soon

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Random Sketches

I think I need to go to Union Square Park and draw people. I need to get more practice just drawing real people, in non-posed poses.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Awkward

I've always been obsessed with drawing what's newest and most current, and I try hard to observe and go beyond my automatic strokes. I'd love to be able to render figures in the effortlessly natural, slightly awkward poses that fill the media. I may have to observe kids more, and sketch live.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Desmond 9

Going for a bit more of the hairy beast...

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Watery Feeshything

In watercolor, And kinda rough, but I cant be bothered with a more involved drawing today...

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Sitting Pretty Nasty

Well she is! And I don't know why she is, but I'm just drawing themes I used to draw a lot...

Monday, July 14, 2014

A Little Restraint


Originally this was going to be some sort of avant garde, Dior-hipped fashion illo, with retro facial stylings, but I decided to ditch her mouth for a mask and I liked it sooo mucuh better. It still feels kinda old school, but that's okay. Might go back and fix her arms though- feels like this needs something more there...

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Desmond 8

Almost there - the hair is just so much to do! I think part of the reason I didn't want to work on this for as long as I did, was because I feared the hair (which is frankly the whole point of this portrait). But the more I do, the closer I see the light at the tunnel, and the more I want to do... so, it' momentum. A few more days maybe, and done? We'll see.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Blue Rush

Just a doodle. I was just playing with the acrylic brush in Painter Essentials, and it didn't seem to be doing anything significant, so I switched to pastels and blended it in, then kind of took a step back at the blob. Which looked like it could be a chubby coat. So it became one.

Meanwhile, when I shrank the image down to post as a jpeg, the acrylic smear got all impasto on me!  What's up with that?!

Friday, July 11, 2014

Desmond 7

More hair! More hair! Actually, not so much this time. I was walking home form the supermarket and thought to myself, I really haven't made a real, honest effort to render an eye properly. I find because I've based my work on drawing anything like a comic book artist does, I take shortcuts based on what I think something should look like. Well, tonight, I decided to look at Desmond's eyes and try and render them as realistically as possible within the confines of the technique.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Victor & Rolf's Red

The first look was impressive to me, but it then became a whole show about how to play with this heavy, carpet-like terry (?) fabric. I think there might have been a more cerebral message here but I just liked the shape of the first outfit, depicted here.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Valentino's Dissenting Vixen

In the sea of vestal virgins decked in the folkloric fashion splendor that we expect now from a Valentino show, there was one dissenting vixen who definitely had a bit more glean in her eye... as well as less fabric on her frame. image coming soon (I'm drunk and lacking motor control)

update: here she is, in all her kinda-velvet-painted, slightly-bondage-y glory

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Casual Couture

It always crops up every so often: the whole shirt with a ballgown conceit. But I'm a sucker for it. Although this one is technically a peter pan collared shirt... and a turban.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Schiaparelli

I loved the colors of this outfit but I'm not sure if it'll translate to anyone actually wearing these, but with the couture, it's usually limited to a runway piece anyhow... anyhow, it as fun to draw in an unstructured, old-school way.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Dauby

I might have to buy Kyle's other brushes since I'm starting to feel less watercolory and more opaque.

Saturday, July 5, 2014

That Blue

I wanted to do an Yves Klein blue swash of color with a black line sketch overlaid on top of it, but I ended up being inspired by recent color stories I saw online, to make... this thing.

Friday, July 4, 2014

Desmond 7

I love men with curls, but drawing them is another matter altogether. As much as I love Desmond's hair, I've been procrastinating because there's so much to render - and the style I've chosen doesn't really take any shortcuts. Still, it's coming together. As I get the hair more like the photo, the more I can see a resemblance to the model, as well as areas that could use improvement. It's all about relative form and space and lines with me...

Thursday, July 3, 2014

What's My Line

This is like an Etch-A-Sketch drawing: it's all done with one single, continuous line. I didn't start out thinking I'd do it with just one line, but as I traced the contours of the dancer I just didn't lift my stylus, and kept going. Granted, it looks a bit like a wire sculpture, but as the line kept going, I realized my grip on the stylus was slipping slowly and I had to finish up the drawing before I lost the line at a point when it wasn't in the plan... It's supposed to be an outfit from the Dries Van Noten SS15 show, but I certainly can't tell you which one since I went with memory...

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Melty

Kyle Webster's watercolor brush set has a few named Color Magic. Of course, since there are no instruction manuals, you sorta have to figure them out yourself. I found out that on a continuous stroke without lifting, you can press down on your stylus and the color will darken and  bleed within the just painted field. Fun!

Monday, June 30, 2014

Pinup Tattoo

My friend Ernesto has been hankering for a pinup tattoo for years, and I've tried everything to dissuade him. Now I'm just going to draw it so it at least looks cute.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Autumn Colors

I got an idea in my head as I was walking home form the supermarket. This is not exactly what I had envisioned, but the mind wants what the hand might not deliver. Still, it was fun to play with the brushes in color.

Friday, June 27, 2014

2 Minute Duck

After a long night drinking and dining with an old friend, I'm in no condition to devote much time to a sketch... so here's a 2 minute duck.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Desmond 6

Because I keep dreading doing this hair, I have to force myself to do it, haha.

And I keep delaying...

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Brushed Hair

I needed to take a break from the brushy menswear commission, but I ended up using the brush I had left selected anyway. Doodle! Plus my fave hair rendering - blown in the wind looking like sheets underwater...!

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Next Layer 13

I rather liked the happy accident of removing the outlines on my painting yesterday and creating a soft edge. That, plus the fact that I had seized upon a workflow that included two separate brushes and two different tones of a muddy black to achieve a dark painted area unlike the Antonio technique, and more like Mats. Here's hoping my rendering has enough of me in it to be less homage and more unique.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Next Layer 12

One of the problems I'm encountering with the Webster brushes I haven't established the proper workflow for creating large fields of washes. Kyle had suggested I do it in a lower resolution first and expand it later. Problem is there's no lifting your brush to get a complete filed... although maybe there's a trick to it I haven't discovered yet.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Next Layer 11

The best part about digital illustration is how many revisions you can do. And when doing silhouettes as simple as the oversized shirt and drop crotch pants as I did yesterday, I needed to make sure it was clean and relaxed looking. For the latter, I decided to bring the arms in a bit closer - I DO have a tendency to make them stand at attention to display the volume... And you'd never know it but I revised the shirt more than a few times, adding detail and taking it away when I realized I wanted it to be as minimal as possible...

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Next Layer 10


Got a couple I like today, although still have one more to do. I looked over the past few weeks of blog posts and I've really seemed to keep on this particular style - guess it's like a quick and easy doodle. Will have to mix things up more when I get done with this commission.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Blue Green

I think these quickie practice sketches should really be done in bulk. When yu see them here as one-offs, it makes them feel like they're somehow important for getting featured one day, but the fact of teh matter is that it just happens to be the one that day. If I was sitting near a phone babbling away, there'd be dozens of sketches happening...

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Paired

Just a quickie sketch playing with the Wet & Wild brush. There's such a change in perspective when I use these brushes - it becomes so much less about precision and more about flow. Which is fun for me...

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Next Layer 9


My clients still don't want anything too current or modern. Odd, considering their line can be perceived that way. So I have to make another sketch for the proposed triptych. 

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Countour My Ass

I just love a good line sometimes, no shading needed.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Next Layer 8

The beard definitely gave me something to play with in this drawing... I imagined the model Henrik Fallenius posing for me (one could only hope...)

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Next Layer 7

I still need to round out my sketches for Second/Layer's SS2014 tableau.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Mugler-esqe

I'm a little excied about David Koma's Mugler. I'm still trying to play with the visual and the clothes together, to see if old Mugler can merge with new. And old Mugler was all about the sexed up, hyper-glossy woman in a gay man's imagination...

Friday, June 13, 2014

Savor It

I was watching We Were Evergreen videos on YouTube and ran across one with the super cute Jack Savoretti singing with them. Never encountered this musician before but I loved his hair and his face. I decided to sketch someone based on his look, but not him necessarily.

This sketch makes me happy because I wasn't copying any photos, just drawing spontaneously, but I think he looks rather real. Oh yeah, I decided to make him somewhat naked.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Mugler 2014

I never responded to Formichetti's Mugler. For that matter, I never got into anyone else's version of Mugler than Thierry's himself... at least, until now. David Koma, the new artistic director, unveiled his first collection for Resort 2015 yesterday, and while there maybe could have been a bit of editing, I thought it looked really modern and well done. Was it Mugler? I'm not sure, but I certainly liked it. I loved the model he showed it on but wondered if he cut and showed it on a more curvy model if it would appear more classically Mugler? Not that anyone under 30 cares, because they probably loved the Formichetti version. But I tried drawing one easy dress in a more pinup style...

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Marionette

I seem to be unable to do anything even semi realist when it comes to these watercolors, unless I start with a harder outline. Although maybe that's why I'm having fun.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Black Nipples

I'd say the title is pretty straightforward. But man, Kyle added a couple of great new blenders!  Still playing and experimenting with the newly updated watercolor brushes...

Monday, June 9, 2014

On Aging

I posted a video on Facebook of Whang Od, a Kalinga tribeswoman in the Philippines who is 92 years old, and so beautiful. She isn't pulled or young looking, rather she looks as old as one would imagine. It's not a common site nowadays with people trying to look young yet creating an appearance that is neither young nor old, nor natural. I tried to draw her from memory but got someone in their 60s as opposed to her 90s. There was something really beautiful about her skin, wrinkled as it was.

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Mel and his friend Heron

Mel and his friend Heron intend to enjoy their tree-climbing exercise... at least until the angry Rottweiler loses interest and wanders away.

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Fake Ink Strokes

I really need to practice my natural media again, but in lieu of pickup up a brush and water, I tried it digitally. This is the big Galliano Ballgown aesthetic that's epitomized fashion for so long, which I'm frankly over since it's not new, just retro. No reference for this at all, and just the number 6 Kyle brush. Could use some variation... But I'm still terribly sick so all things considered, it's not horrible. She looks mean though.

Friday, June 6, 2014

Summer Cold

I just wanna be convalescing in bed...

Creative Unitasking

I seem to be bad at creative multitasking. Well, not bad per se, but I prefer to concentrate on one project at a time... like when I design, I dive in, and when I draw, I focus on that. But when I have to do both at once? Well, one might suffer. As in, forgetting to post on time. Harrumph.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Next Layer 6

I do want to see where I can take this style, as it's something else I can offer. I do, however, need to make it more distinctly mine. This is a bit too abstract, when I just need simple, I think. But it's fun to experiment.

Desmond 5

I got caught up trying to catch up on my Sunday tv show viewing with Penny Dreadful, and I ended up going past midnight without making a post.

Anyhow, continuing my portrait of the lushly maned Desmond.

Monday, June 2, 2014

Striped

Wanted to render the shirt I was wearing today - I got so many compliments on it (as usual). Plus I wanted to continue experimenting with the Webster brushes - there are so many and I kinda want to know how to use them all!

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Next Layer 5

I would have gotten to this sooner if my clients didn't fosit new last minute rush jobs (as opposed to their normal rush jobs). Not that I'm complaining, just pressed for drawing/ painting time. This one is the requested changes to the shirt and pants colors, which I'm still not fully on board with. Will look for another solution, I think...