Friday, June 24, 2016

Black and Brown 2

A little more definition, still a lot of falling asleep while drawing...

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Black and Brown

Another looser, more experimental technique (for me, at least!) while I try not to fall asleep (SOOOOOO sleepy!)

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Watercolor Nude 2

Adjusted and refined some of the features, although not all because I wanted it to look somewhat spontaeous...

Tuesday, June 21, 2016


I only had 4 hours sleep earlier this morning, so I'm feeling those effects right now - can barely keep my eyes open!

Monday, June 20, 2016

Watercolor Nude

I liked my technique from yesterday and the day before, and wanted to explore it. This was an image that popped into my head on my way back from the gym. It's not exactly like I imagined I could paint, but it's a fun exercise regardless.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Blunt Cut 2

A few tweaks here and there, just to make it presentable and Instagrammable. She reminds me of actress Beatrice Dahl from her film, 'Betty Blue.'

Saturday, June 18, 2016


As odd as the choice of orange for skin town is, it's one of my defaults even when I paint with real watercolors.

I like laying out blobs of color for the background of a watercolor sketch, then shaping the face moreso later with details. I think this (and the one I did for yesterday's entry) turned out rather nice!

Blunt Cut

This is a makeup sketch since I was so drunk when I arrived home late last night, I could not draw anything. But for a quickie, I think it turned out nicely!

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Miss Ives

I was doodling a work today and the drawing started looking like Vanessa Ives.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Juicy 6

There were more lemons, and in the end, the project got changed after i created all the spec work.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Juicy 5

Feeling lemony this time. I did it at work and left the file there so I had to make a new one, which I hope is expressionistic enough.

Monday, June 13, 2016

Juicy 4

Now I'm doing lime wheels again, but looser. I kinda like the top right one the most. I should try more of that level of abstraction.

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Juicy 3

Did some looser wheels of citrus. Well, actually, one, then I rotated and colorized it to make dupes that are hopefully different enough.

Saturday, June 11, 2016

It's Bananaz

... how I'm just painting fruit all day. I kinda love it.

Friday, June 10, 2016

Juicy, Too

And now I'm trying a lime. I think I want these paintings even looser still.


This is a makeup sketch for missing yesterday's posting. I've never really painted fruit in a watercolor style before, but I was confident I could learn (or fake it) well enough. And I need to paint these for a possible freelance gig.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016


Internet sensation Zachary Koval posed at the LL Drawing Salon tonight. I never noticed how much he resembles other stars: Kind of a melange of Benedict Cumberbath, Zachary Quinto and Parker Stevensen. He was lovely to draw.

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Seeing Stars

Went to see the Rupert Everett Oscar Wilde play, The Judas Kiss, at BAM tonight. But if I'm really honest, it's the nudity of the pretty-much-perfect Tom Colley on stage that was the highlight of the play. Completely naked and on display for 20 minutes of the second act, the man's body is a wonder, the butt (pun not intended) of 'large cock' jokes that he totally lives up to. On the one hand, he hardly gets any stage time as anything but a target for Everett's Wilde's sexual commentary, but many a career has been built off of being the object of lust on screen and off. Here's hoping we may see more for the stunning Colley in the future.

Drawing based on a press pic, because I had a more frontal view the whole time. Guess the seats we bought were perfect. ;)

Monday, June 6, 2016

Stroke That Face

The tools can really affect how I want to draw. A more expressive brush stoke like this Bristle Brush from Kyle Webster made me want to go more stylized with stronger, congident strokes.

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Ben There, Doing This

A bit of posing from our recent photo shoot.

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Busted 2

Feels so nice to be able to draw without thinking of design projects, so I got an early start on working further on this...

Friday, June 3, 2016


Part of the Ruins series I am doing for a friend.

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Doodle Dame

I think she looks like Rogue would look like  in her mid 30s.

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Sneer 4

It might not look like much but I really refined the likeness to his actual features. Although I haven't decided on the final rendering technique...

Monday, May 30, 2016

Green With Exhaustion

I don't know why I'm so tired - I had a restful, albeit busy day. But designing takes so much out of me, maybe, and I haven't the energy to draw. I only have one well of creative energy, it seems, and when it's used up for one thing, it leaves none for the other... my excuse for this horrible sketch.

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Spring Layer 5

I seem to be at a loss having not practiced my watercolor rendering. I need to redo this a couple of times to get my confidence back.

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Hed Trip

Went to NJ to see a store that stocks Hed Mayner, a new designer whose work reminds me of old Christophe Lemaire from 2009. I wasn't as into his fabric choices but his silhouettes are fun in that way that Lemaire was when he first came out, because everything was roomier and loser than everyone else.

Friday, May 27, 2016

Hipster Hair

I'm binge watching The Good Wife back episodes (I started maybe the 34th season) and one of the ads on Hulu showed some sort of hipster store owner, replete with beard and trendy hair. So I sketched what I recalled.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Big Pants

I was thinking about a pair of trousers I owned back in the 80s. I wish I still had them because they'd be so perfect to wear today.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

James at '16, 6

I really need to get a move on on these Spring drawings, but work has me sooo tired.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016


I used to sketch a lot during meetings, sometimes the people in the meetings. This is form my meeting today at the Ann offices, of my co worker Lauren. The subject matter of the meeting wasn't making anyone happy.

Monday, May 23, 2016

I'm Tired

I've been working long hours at my freelance gig, and while I'm not as fatigued as I was when I first started, I'm pretty wiped. I came home late and ate dinner past 10 pm, and I didn't get to the gym, I need to fix that.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Brush Portrait

Playing with the Color Magic brush and just painting however way I feel.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

For The Good of X

My friend Ben posed for me after 13 years!


I saw a pic with a model whose stance and attitude I wanted to capture, but in doing so the sketch turned into an exercise in fashion illustration abstraction. Well, stylize-ation, as I exaggerated everything to flo-o-ow.

Friday, May 20, 2016

Like Modesty 2

I tweaked it to my liking. The smallest strokes make all the difference sometimes.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Like Modesty

For whatever reason, doodling with the Brutus brush yielded a bit of new technique today, or at least new perspectives. This sketch reminded me of the illustrations for the Modesty Blaise comic strip.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Leotard 2

I did some detail line work over yesterday's OMG-I'm_falling-asleep-brush-work.

Monday, May 16, 2016


I was falling asleep while sketching (again!) and opened my eyes to see I had drawn a woman in a leotard. Image to come.

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Watery Storm

I pulled up an old sketch I did years ago of Storm in a modified, fashion-y (well, back then) version of her classic costume. The inks were definitely not fashion illustration style, but I thought maybe adding some watercolor to flesh it out would make it appear more like a fashion illo. I don't think it does, but it looks like a hand done piece.

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Rowboat Dreamboat

I love happy accidents. I chose a relatively loose brush but tried for a tighter sketch, and the face and neck turned out great, I think.

Friday, May 13, 2016

Another Lavender Wash

I thought I was doing a black man, then he kinda looked a bit Asian, but I'm not quite sure what his race is. Maybe he's just lavender, hehe.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Lavender Wash

Playing some more with my Webster brushes... it's funny hpw the strokes affect the kind of sketches I do.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Lemony Blush 2

I forgot that I had left the file open on my desktop for the last two days!  Guess I've been so busy wiht work I haven't opened up Photoshop at home! 

Meeting Doodles

It's been a while since I doodled during a work meeting. These were done at Ann during a UI meeting, at our offices which seem to be filled with allergens that are making me miserable enough that I forgot to post this in time. 

Monday, May 9, 2016

Lemony Blush

The color magic brush plus soft pastels equals a naive style that is possibly hipster-y.

Sunday, May 8, 2016

The Ab-olution

Once upon a time, overly pronounced obliques didn't look good to me - it looked like people had bellies. But we've evolved in our aesthetics, and large pelvic – well, what are they? pelvic girdles? – muscles look especially desirable. I love how Benjamin Godfre's protrude in this pic, so I sketched it.

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Spring Layer 4

It's been Spring in New York (although it often felt more like Fall Winter) so I need to hustle on these Spring images... except I spend so much time designing I go home each day with nary a drop of creative energy left! Argh. Make it work...! image to come.

Friday, May 6, 2016

Hot (P)Ink

I went pink and red. It's kinda painful in a good way.