Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Blue All Over 2

I did some minor but, to my mind, pivotal tweaks to the drawing to make it better... and Instagram-ready. It's not the most forward looking content, but I do like the high-contrast, graphic quality of the piece.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Instanudity 13

I've giving him reconstructive surgery and totally recreated his face, not to mention gave him a new hand. Although the hand isn't looking that great at the moment.

Sunday, March 29, 2015


If I recall correctly, the term "baller" came from professional athletes earning so much money and looking as rich as they were. I recall the term being applied back around 2007-2008, for when guys on message boards would sport (pun intended) the latest clothes by Rick Owens and other similarly expensive 'goth ninja'lavant garde designers, clothing so new they could only have been bought at retail. So it comes full circle in a way that when I was working out at the gym today, I g;anced at a basketball game playing on one of the gym's tv screens, and I thought that the uniforms of one team looked rather fashionable. With some players wearing black tights underneath their long shorts, it looked kinda like something Rick might have done a few seasons back. So I thought I'd do a sketch.

Raf's Dior

I was late in posting this because I was busy buying advanced tickets to the new fashion doco, "Dior and I." I'm a big fan of Raf Simons. I've had a love/hate relationship with his menswear but I've generally loved his point of view, especially womenswear. One of his first dresses for Dior was a very deceptively clean-looking dress, except for the print/fabric on it. I remember it from his first Dior outing which I loved. I didn't know it was based on a very similar original design by Dior himself.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Blue Inside Out

Playing with the Mr.Natural brush and sticking to a heavy line and doing a very 80s line shot style graphic.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Blue All Over

I love these happy accidents. It's a bit old school fashion, but I might have to do an updated outfit that's more current with this color story and technique.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Holding Pattern

I'm up in Hudson and tipsy from one too many glasses of Malbec, so sketch updates will have to wait.

edit: So I ended up doing a quick sketch of a weird Filipina in a terno.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Instanudity 12

I did a lot of work on his face, and I mean a LOT, but it just wouldn't look like there's much change since it's a lot of incremental stuff that won't really register. So why don't I give you his hand instead? Granted, his hand is over his crotch, so that's exciting.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Making Faces

I used to be so proud of how I could draw women's faces, but nowadays, standards of beauty are so different that I feel my faces look dated. So every so often I think of doing a face that looks very now... and when it doesn't happen, then I practice. This is practice.

Sunday, March 22, 2015


Someone posted on Facebook that their updated site was up, and I thought I saw schoolgirls wearing bunny masks so I wanted to do one that was sorta Anubis/jackal like but I went for large asymmetrical ears. Edit: I just realized it's an aardvark.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Gray Manner

Playing some more with the weird brush... plus drawing something inspired by an image I saw briefly in a Mika music video. I really love curls on men, and if I could find a model with this kind of hair, I'd love to do more detailed strands and curls...

Friday, March 20, 2015

Weird Brush

That's what Kyle Webster called it when he offered it on his Facebook page. It does have some interesting effects, like the fact that it skips coverage when applied with light pressure. As a result I went a bit softer and more playfully, and this sketch reminds me of the feeling I recall from Bloomingdale's shopping bags that my mom used to bring back from her trips to New York in the 80s...

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Instanudity 11

I'm not sure if I'm having a harder time with this likeness, or if I'm just really doing what I normally do (correct, correct, revise, correct) and that I forget how difficult it can be for me to get a good likeness from a photo. Don't get me wrong: if I draw from life, I can make a good likeness, but that;s because you don't have a still to compare it to, feature for feature. Here, you move one thing, then the next is suddenly wrong, even if that was the one thing you really thought you nabbed. Ugh, it's a process...

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Feeling Pink (and Blue)

An old piece that wasn't perfect, but I did like the look and effect. Might have to completely redo it and see if it can be a poster or something. Retooled it a bit and it's looking like it has potential...

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Instanudity 10

Might as well keep going while I've got momentum! It's at the point where I find stuff I'm really happy about (like the way his body looks with his hand covering his crotch - that just flows really nicely), then a day later, I find stuff I'm REALLY unhappy about (like the way I'm rendering his face. Again.). Ugh, process.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Instanudity 9

This model's body's just driving me mad - he's got all the right leanness and bulges in all the right places. Argh. Gotta make sure I do it justice.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Cloudy Storm

Playing with Painter Essentials' pastels brush, and amazed how much fun it can be to work and define such vague tools into something coherent.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Rollback Gown

Sometimes I like to design clothing, like I did in my teens and 20s. I would design superhero costumes mostly, but all women's clothing were costumes to me because I couldn't wear them,but I loved to play around with how forms accentuate a woman's body. And I was always drawn to a slightly revealing drape in an unexpected way and place.

Friday, March 13, 2015

McGibson Girl

I'm sketching on paper because I really didn't want to make a file of this idea. I was looking st the latest Alexander McQueen collection and loved how the styling made the models look like modern Gibson Girls. Thought I could sketch that but enh, not really. My design focus (I'm trying to learn how to 'code' my website into a responsive framework in Freeway) is stealing much of my creative energy. 

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Fishing For Fashion 2

I'm suddenly having doubts about the photo I'm working from - maybe it's not the best one for a sketch that's in my semi realistic style. I find myself looking to stylize it a lot...

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Stick yer neck out

I liked this model's pose in this pic I discovered in an online editorial. There's so much relaxed gesture to it all, so I tried to sketch out the form/pose...

Monday, March 9, 2015

Instanudity 8

When last we left off, this drawing/post series got interrupted by the Slapstagrams (which I'm happy to report are completed as a project). The problem is, I'm not good enough to see what's wrong wiht my work until I walk away from it for a while, and come back to it with fresh eyes. I dunno why that works for me but it does. I think this looks much more like the photo I took, but we'll see how I feel about it later, haha!


I'm posting this late-ly (get it?) as my entry for yesterday because yesterday I was busy making penis prints using actual penises (don't ask). I wonder if that counts as actual drawing? I mean, if I was using a penis as a brush, it's kind of a drawn stroke (pun unintentionally), right?

Oh, well, in case it doesn't count, here's a quickie of my friend Brian, who asked about sitting for a portrait and posted a pic that kinda served as proff he would be a good suject (and he would). This looks nothing like him, btw.

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Painterly Pastels

Just experimenting with brushes, techniques and colors.

Friday, March 6, 2015

New for Old (Haider Hair 2 Too)

Found an older drawing that I liked, based on hairstyles for the Haider Ackerman menswear show that showed in the begining of 2014. But I retooled it juuuust a bit to make it Instagram ready. Because I'm picky that way.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Slapstagram 6

Trying out my color combos...

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Slapstagram 5

I need to be done with these soon!

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Slapstagram 4

Aand one more to start, but I'm not feeling it tonight. Don't actually wanna draw...

Monday, March 2, 2015

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Saturday, February 28, 2015


I'm asking some models to send me selfies of themselves looking like they were slapped, for a new project of mine. I'm hoping this turns out to be fun.

Friday, February 27, 2015


After trying hard to work on my newest hair series entry, I'm so frustrated that I feel very meh. Ironically, the 'meh' drawing I did for this entry is much more inspiring, with the fun loose ink strokes.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Yeah, that's terrible

I really wasn't in the mood. I tried to draw a 'normal' guy but I'm not sure what that sketch wants to be. But I was cooking chili all evening so I didn't have the most creative energy although the chili seems to be really yummy).

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Primary Urges

Not the cutest sketch but it's more to experiment with colors.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Instanudity 7

Because even if I don't ant to, I must finish it. If it ever comes together.

Oh, it will, but right now I'm in that stage where I find EVERYTHING is wrong, and have to retool the entire structure of the face... everything was skewing right. Its like I had to perform a jaw reset, I had things jutting out so bad! Ugh, I'm a bad artist...

Monday, February 23, 2015

Instanudity 6

Let's do the body a bit now, shall we?

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Oscar Delay

Just a holding post while I'm trapped watching the meh Oscars. Although I really did like Marion Cotillard's Dior by Raf Simons design, so that's what I'm drawing for this entry.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Bleach Pose

A panel in the Bleach manga just looked so cool, so I decided to sketch the pose and see how I could emulate it while trying to make my own variation of it. Ora t least to get the attitude of it.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Instanudity 5

It's always starting work that's a problem. Once there's laid down,  where you can see the promise of a finished piece, then it becomes easier to edit. And that's what I keep doing now. Edit, because all I see is stuff isn't right. I don't know how anyone else's process is, but I always struggle through a likeness. First it seems I have them down, then I notice had my work is, and I keep retooling and finding more flaws to fix. It's a process. :)

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Wednesday, February 18, 2015


I drew this sketch a few months back, I think, and I finally bought the Lemaire coat I drew. I do sometimes sketch things I want to own, in hopes sometimes that sketching them will make me not want them anymore! IN any case, I drew it a bit wrong, so I retooled the coat details, the coloring and some of the hair as well, so it's a revamped piece form the previous.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Some Ducks Don't Fly South for the Winter

Especially if they own cashmere.

Egad, I didn't want to draw anything serious today. I have no creative energy just yet.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Layered Sketch

I thought I'd add on a ink line vignette over a previous sketch. Just because I liked the original sketch but thought the square format needed an extra element.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Instanudity 4

Might was well keep at it, and early.

I realized belatedly that I had sketched using the wrong tool, and as such it wouldn't match the rest of the series, so I spent a good amount of time basically redrawing the entire face.

Friday, February 13, 2015

FIshing for Fashion

One of the menswear shows that I plan on doing a series of drawings for had a take on their collection that looked to me like high fashion Gorton's Fisherman.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Instanudity 3

My model has been appearing in the IG pics of other artists, so I felt compelled to work on my drawing of him.But my cold was getting the better of me and I started falling asleep while sketching!  Not good. Anyhow, this is what I accomplished. I know it will be a while...

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

NYMD Day 1

Dressing up for Fashion Week is an exercise in both restraint and savvy. You need to know what pieces would be interesting enough to make a statement, but you dont want to look like you tried to hard, lest you be mistaken for some wannabee dressing up just to be photographed at the studios (or wherever it's held this year). Well, the night before I tried in so many possible outfits I knew I had to make a reference to remember them all. In the end, I went with something completely different!