Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Polar

I did an illustration proposal for a client's holiday card. I liked it so much UI decided that even if I give it to them to use, I would retain the copyrights (unlike some of the stuff I gave them previously). Oh, and this is also my 3700th post—woohoo!

Monday, September 18, 2017

Rounded 60

I started imagining a gal in some city like Portland, with her cuppa Starbucks wondering if she should head someplace. That's as far as I got on the narrative.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

City Gritty Scene

Just playing with inky brushes in Photoshop,

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Mature


I went to the Gay Art NYC drawing salon late today, as I was basically lollygagging at home still in post birthday mode. The model was handsome in an Anthony Hopkins way, and he was definitely  someone who had been in great shape when he was younger but had aged (as we all will). I was kind of only half interested in drawing him (getting in late didn't help) but as I drew him, it became less about trying to bring out his features and more about just drawing what was there. I had fun with the 10 minute poses but when they said we would have a 20 minute break, I decided I would just go for lunch.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Emulation Mode

I've done illustrations like this before but some illustrator in The New York Times Book Review section last week did these contrasting noses, which I really liked. So this is me in emulation mode (i.e. blatant ripoff).

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Druuuunk

Had a party this evening and had 4 drinks and no dinner. so by the tie I got to a restaurant I had to throw up in the bathroom. But it's all good. But this is me, drawing what I feel like.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

I Gather

This was an idea I had for a shirt detail, that popped into my head in the last month or so and I always planned on making it a drawing. But seeing Gabriela Hearst's collection using details like this (albeit in different ways)(and quite wonderfully, I might add) reminded me to do a rendering.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Very Perry 35

Well, it looks better in my eyes, but I better publish this finally before I get the urge to tinker any further!!

Monday, September 11, 2017

Very Perry 34

And I thought I was done. Well, not so much. I took one look at my rendering of Isaac Churchill and though, that's all wrong. So here's me trying to get it right. Operative word: trying.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Lounger

My friend Ernesto posed for a few pics and one of them of him lounging on my couch urned out really well.

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Pinkboy

Yesterday's drawing got an accidental ink color change and a similar but different name, after a subtle retooling!

Friday, September 8, 2017

Inkboy

I needed something easy to act as a palate cleanser for all the work I'd been doing on this Perry Ellis story. Voila: Inkboy!

Very Perry, Done

I just missed my window to post for yesterday the 7th, because I was busy posting to Instagram. I did a lot of work to finalize the Perry Ellis series, including some background sketches (quickies, like here, which really helped flesh out the story, albeit in a very minimalist way) as well as touch ups to faces and details. You can see the full story here.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Very Perry 33

I liked yesterday's rendering but I realized that the bleed placement on the seat of his pants made him look like he shit himself. Sooo-o-o, I had to retool it. This is the 3rd page of my story, just awaiting captions.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Very Perry 32

Adding more quick studies to flesh out the story...

Monday, September 4, 2017

Very Perry 31

I decided to flesh out the drawing with some watercolors... pun intended. I wanted to bring focus to the underwear, which is perfect since the dresser's pulling his pants down.

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Down The Line

More than a bit tipsy and trying to post for the day, this line drawing of a man's torso is all Ican muster right now.

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Very Perry 30

My sketch was good enough yesterday, but I wanted to make sure it looked more like the model.

Friday, September 1, 2017

Very Perry 29

Adding even more quick sketches to flesh out the story. Model Will grabs a quick drink of water while dressers change him into his next exit.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Track Suit, Gotham Rat

I was walking home after a movie (Beach Rats, which was great) and I suppose I passed by a Gotham Rat, in the sense that the man who passed by me had a body similar to the guys in the movie, save for the fact that he was wearing a sort of flowy track suit ensemble and was tying on a headscarf. Mine is not to question the outfit, mine is to render the flow of his garments. :)

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Very Perry 28

Adding some miscellaneous shots to flesh out the story more and balance the hyper-realized model shots. This one is another view of the other outfit I rendered. The model's nose is much more interesting in profile.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Very Perry 27

Nearly the home stretch here. I'm more or less happy with this one, unless I fuck it up majorly between now and later, lol. But I think he juuuuust might be ...omg...done!

Monday, August 28, 2017

Very Perry 26

I like how rough this rendering is, but I'm not sure it fits in with the rest of what I've crafted. Ah well, we'll see when it all comes together. There might need to be some refining of this piece.

Very Perry 25

Ugh, I'm late again, and not because I wasn't working on this No, because I was watching Game of Thrones. I guess I could be forgiven for focusing on that finale. What a finale!

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Very Perry 24


I did a bad thing and compared the linework I did with the actual photo, superimposing them over the other and realizing how far off my proportions were. I was never great with proportions—I'm not like those guys that see it and get it immediately on their first sketch layout. Anyhow, what I thought was done is being retooled. And heavily!

Very Perry 23

I think I got a handle on his face now. Just need to render the cheeks better, add the hair, then the outfit should be an easier render. I'd been doing this all day and had so much free time, you'd think I wouldn't be late for posting for yesterday!

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Very Perry 22

I added another vignette, although I wonder if it's a bit off looking...?

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Very Perry 21

I always knew I would end up retooling this but I never know by how much until I actually do it. he good thing is that it's easier to edit something than to start, and since I tend to just see everything that's wrong with a piece, the desire to fix it is there. Interestingly enough, I put in a lot of work into this face, and I've deleted most of the paint work to start over, and I feel like it's an improvement thus far. Thankfully, digital illustration allows you to redraw something nearly completely without it seeming overworked. Still not done though, as evidenced by those joker lips I have yet to revisit.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Very Perry 20

More work on the series, this time trying to add more vignettes and texture to it. Although I didn't get very many references for the accessories... but these pseudo flyknits were interestingly sporty in a designer-y kind of way.

Monday, August 21, 2017

Pink Ink

Had lunch today with my illustrator friend Lamont, who complimented me on the fact that I sketch whatever I want when the muse hits me. By that, I take it, he meant whatever style I want. So if I want to do an ink sketch today, I ... did.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Very Perry 19

Need to get back to the other sketches in the series. But the good thing and bad thing about leaving a sketch for a while is finding either what's wrong or right about it—and I definitely found things that needed correction. Ugh, never ending. Just when you thought you had gotten it down...

Saturday, August 19, 2017

In Hudson

I was beastly hot today up in Hudson, and even if I was in shorts, my black outfit was a bit too much, especially in the sun. Ah well, it was a short trip anyhow, and I'm back in NY.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Off to Hudson!

And looking just a bit oversized.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Origami Bunny

I'm heading up to Hudson tomorrow to fold origami for kids. I'm not even sure how I got wrangled into this, I'm no expert. I can only do a crane and a few boxes, maybe a tulip. Tonight I'll try and learn how to do a bunny. This drawing is a nice break form all the intense painting I was doing on the Perry stuff.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Very Perry 18

I think this might be done. But there's certainly the other parts of this story to finish up...

Very Perry 17

The only problem with spending this much time on one models face, is now I have to make sure I put in equal (or at least equivalent) effort into the accompanying sketches. Oy. But I think I've gotten a more than decent portrait for the sketch. 5 minutes late to the posting, but hopefully worth it.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Very Perry 16

The 'clients' are chomping at the bit right now for these drawings so I better get a move on, although I AM working on them, just not all the time.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Rex...

...wasn't his real name, but he posed under a pseudonym because he's got a career to worry about. I did a lot of drawings but need to photograph them better. This is one of my faves, a five minute quickie.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Watercolor Doodles

I kept specific people in mind but didn' necessarily attempt to make portraits loyal to the inspiration. I just let my ideas about their forms dictate how I try and render them. It made for more character than I think I would've have achieved if left to my own devices.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Slim

I should really continue to paint my Perry Ellis piece but I'm ired and need a break today. So here's a quickie slim male nude.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Very Perry 15

I might—JUST MIGHT—be ready to move on from the face and actually finish the outfit!

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Very Perry 14

I'm reeeeeally working hard at getting the likeness. It's strange how much you can see that you did wrong when you're able to walk away form it for a bit.

Monday, August 7, 2017

Bopped 3

My friend Lamont encouraged me to select one feature versus the other, so I kept the eyeshadow and turned everything else tonal. I think it works.

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Comic Stripping

I was thinking I should do a whole series of drawings of super heroes taking off their clothes.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Very Perry 13

This quickly decided sketch is quickly becoming more fun to do. I suppose not caring as much about this particular pose has made me be much more experimental with how I render it, which is part of the fun.

Friday, August 4, 2017

Very Perry 12

Adding another pose to the story.  This is the first draft rough sketch.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Very Perry 11


I saw an artist's work on Instagram and his underpainting technique inspired me to do some of my own on this piece. I never learned how to paint properly (at least, I don't recall being taught in Art School) so much of what I do is instinctive or self-taught.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Very Perry 10

It's funny how after starting out really raw, you can keep refining what you once thought was a good likeness, and you increase that likeness with each improvement, and the more you improve, the less it seems like it's improving, lol

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Skin Tones

Kyle Webster's Natural Edge brushes are some of my favorites of his creations, and I keep finding new ways to use them.