Saturday, December 20, 2014

Man in Parka

I've been thinking about the ubiquitous fatigue parka. It's a sign of being very au courant in terms of the current fashion, but at the same, time, I have no desire to wear what everyone else is wearing. Guess I'll just draw it.

Friday, December 19, 2014


I was watching the series finale if Legends of Korra and doodled this on a sheet of paper while doing so. 

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Face Paint 2

I'm not even sure if I'll get to use this sketch but I suppose that's part of my process: creating fully- ( (or nearly fully-) rendered elements to compose later. But maybe this needs to be much less detailed and more like the other simpler pencil sketches.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014


Always loved how beautiful really deep black African skin looks, with their deep undertones of violet and indigo, which is why I love models like Grace Bol and Armando Cabral.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Flower Child

Putting finishing touches on what I thought was a finished piece, but it turned out I had forgotten a  few braids and wires and stuff, plus a tweak to the background washes.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Face Paint

I realize I needed to add one or two more elements to round out this editorial, even if it already has more images than some of the previous ones.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Posed and Composed

Finally done with the lone Behind-The-Scenes series series I covered last September! I always take a while anyhow since I like to think that after the rush of Spring promos within the month after a show, these drawings can extend the promotion time later when it's all died down and people have seen all the pics. Illustrations add an element of newness that can 'reignite' coverage of the show.

Will post the full images here once I show it to the designer, but for now, a preview.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Winter Walk

Yesterday's coat became part of a landscape. Not sure I love it, but it was a fun thing to do since I seldom ever do full backgrounds.

Friday, December 12, 2014

The Low Down

Hunting for a long winter coat that has to be just right... and a bit obsessed with the long, dark, full silhouette. So I experimented with a darker, looser brush stroke.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Brushed Aside

Having connection issues so feeling disconnected form the internet... which is making me feel disconnected, period.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Surf On Turf 14

I think I see the thing coming together now with these elements. Just cleaned these line drawings up to acheive reasonable likenesses. 

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Seductive Zenaida

Just because. But I was feeling the whole chalk pastel volume!

Monday, December 8, 2014

Surf On Turf 13

This one was done all today. I was trying not to do too much, but I couldn't help painting in more and more (I had to erase).

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Stances 4

I'm designing some 'shady' characters.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Surf On Turf 12

Yet another part of the tableau...

Friday, December 5, 2014

Selling Marni 2

I can't seem to simplify teh portrait process. Even if it's just a fashion sketch, I want to get the face right... argh... likeness over style.

Thursday, December 4, 2014


Playing more with the Kyle T. Webster brushes, and one of my reference photos.

I often download photos of a great pose or face to refer to later, although I seldom ever copy them outright. This one was a great pose on a really hot guy, but what I liked about it was the counterpoints of the body parts and how he had himself positioned.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Ballpoint Butt

This was done in the Kyle Webster ballpoint brush, but it's a bit heaver because I multiplied it with another layer, but I also think it does a heavy line stroke more than y other ballpoint brushes. It DOES however, leave a nice blob of ink occasionally!

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Surf On Turf 11

Adding another element to the layout... and hopefully not going to render the hell out of it but keep it simple. Whenever I draw out an outline, I tend to want to realize it in ways that might be more full than it needs to be...

Monday, December 1, 2014


Just playing, testing out some of the new Kyle T Webster brushes I bought. There's so many of them, I wish there were a way to label them or give the ones I like a special identifying color or something - there are just too many!

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Stances 3

It's interesting drawing these. I have no trouble swiping poses from any resource (And I bought tons of magazines, as well as am swiping from ecommerce sites) because in the end, it's about capturing a vibe and not a face.

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Stances 2

This time using Kyle Webster's pencil brushes. I'm not sure I'm seeing anything better than my usual brushes so far, but I'm only just starting with finding out about them...

Friday, November 28, 2014


Got a new commission and I'm a bit out of my comfort zone with some of the content, so I have to both sketch a lot of samples as well as immerse myself in research.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy T-Day

Upstate in Hudson for Thanksgiving so I'll upload a sketch over the weekend when I return home.

edit: So I decided to just go with the stances sketches I need to work on this weekend, because that's the project that needs tending. But I like the color blocking idea that I just did on a whim / accidentally...

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

O by H

I found a new designer via Instagram, O by H, and after perusing their look book I was inspired to do a really quick sketch in the style of Barnaby Ward. I did it with Ward's kind of 'naive' line but incorporating the sharp, unlined silhouettes that I've been favoring lately, which he has in his style too.

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. And I did make a lot of headway finally! Now I just need to finish up the series with a few more sketches...

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.