Saturday, March 25, 2017

Drawing New York

Briefly attended a nude modeling session earlier today but didn't  photograph any of the drawings I did yet, and I left early since I didn't have time to have lunch (and my stomach was growling). Next time I'll eat lunch earlier... images to come.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Sheena 2

Over two years ago I started a drawing of my friend Sheena but never got around to finishing it because I lost touch with the files as my computer crashed shortly after. I finally remembered and found them again just the other day, so I'm hoping my friend won't be pissed it took so long when I finally get around to presenting the finished sketch.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

All American Girl

From the red white and blue, of course, but the face of America is changing all the time, and black is beautiful.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

The Yoke's On Me

I was remembering a favorite pair of jeans form back in the 80s: not only did it have a high waisted yoke construction, but it was it acid washed AND overdyed purple!

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Iron Fist

So far I'm rather enjoying the Iron Fist series, despite the critical savaging it got in its initial reviews. I look forward to watching next episodes because these characters were some of my favorites back in the day. So I thought I'd try drawing Iron Fist, but not in my typical standing poses, but maybe an action shot. Well, I kinda was able to lay out the pose with all its foreshortening—and you have to remember that I rarely drew male superheroes, much less in action poses—but I kinda got distracted by drawing the crotch, haha...

Monday, March 20, 2017

That Shirt

Back when I was a teenager, my mom and I found a shirt style that we liked so much, we had multiples made for me and my brother. I didn't realize that we were basically the only ones in the country who owned that style, and I liked it in particular because it had a T shaped construction that made it flow really well with a good woven cotton or linen. I wish I had one of those shirts now—we used to have so many in various colors and stripes...

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Old Lines Renewed

I saw this sweater design in an ad in GQ, for what—if I recall correctly—was a Calvin Klein ad. I knew I would never find it in Manila, and even if I could have it found in the US, it would be way out of my price range. So I had it made for me in these exact colors by my mom's shop, and it was my favorite shirt for the longest time. Now that I can't own it again, I can just redraw it.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Yelow Ear 4

I don't know why I've procrastinatd on this sketch, but I guess because it ultimately wasn't something that made sense: it was a fashion sketch of backstage makeup, but without context, it because a weird yellow eared sexy zombie... for what exactly? Still, I started, and I might as well finish. This is more finished than it's ever been but not there yet...

Friday, March 17, 2017

Old's Cool Again 2

I turned off my outline layer and was so totally enamored of the reductive shapes that I decided to run with it. This reminds me of some old artwork I did for high school, but using velvet paper cuts.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Old's Cool Again

I was reminded n(by current fashions) of stuff I loved back in teh day, and which would be ideal again. Since I can't own them again, I'll settle for a sketch of them (for now).

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

In The Hoods 2

Trying to get this concept developed! Mapping out the colors of the actual outfits...

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Winterim 2

The coat and scarf are mine, but I didn't wear them in this non-blizzard.

Monday, March 13, 2017


It's interim winter at the beginning of what should be Spring  (just like we hand interim Spring all throughout Winter) so I thought I'd indulge in drawing my favorite coat and neck piece.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Well Dread 2

About time I finished these up. Hopefully soonish.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

High Rise

My next fashion item to stalk.I've had variations of these pants in one shape or the other, but I want one that's even higher-waisted but tapered now (I already have the wide leg versions).

Friday, March 10, 2017

Butch Crop

It's basically the Caesar haricut from the 90s, but with hard-lined bangs. It's the fashiony haircut often given to male models who are more body boys to make them edgy.

I retooled the balaclav drawing i did yesterday, just because.

Thursday, March 9, 2017


More of Robert Geller's balaclavas! Had too much to trik tonight and could barely draw...!

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

International Woman

Happy International Woman's Day, with my goddess/venus of the rice, Zenaida.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

In The Hoods

Two of my fave designers showed balaclavas for FW17. Thought it might be fun to combine them in a drawing.

Monday, March 6, 2017


Went to a figure drawing session expecting a male model, but the model who was there knew how to hold a pose, so she was fun to draw.

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Pastel Bell Boy

The model's surname is Bell, but since I didn't bother to get a likeness, I'm not mentioning him by name since it looks nothing like him. But I did use a face shot of his as a reference for shading and proportions. And I rather like how it turned out.

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Logan 2

Once I started tinkering, I kept on redrawing, just to make it just so (although not perfect). I kinda liked the immediate energy that did get lost a bit with the redraws... but the minute I'm done with a sketch, going back means I just see the flaws I need o correct...

Friday, March 3, 2017


Hugh Jackman's Wolverine's screen journey ended on a very good note. Very inspiring. I had to do a drawing.

Thursday, March 2, 2017


I've been obsessed with Soloviere Paris' gathered laceup shoes, and trying to find them. So in my frustration, I dida quick sketch, trying (and failing) to get that French soigne in there. Ah well.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Spring Layer 12 DONE

AND DONE! OMG, this took forever, and I hadn't had any idea what to do with it, but it finally came together. I might have to renege on my idea to do it all as an array of multiple seasons of Second/ Layer. I just wasn't into the model. But hey, it's done, and I like how the techniques developed.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

3500! (Also, Spring Layer 11)

According to my numbering system, this is my 3500th entry on this blog. That's a lot of posts, and not even he full number of drawings (as I sometimes have multiple drawings per post). Yay me!

Also, I realized that I had changed the position of the model, and despite what I might have thought earlier, no wonder it didn't feel right— the placement of weight is all wrong. So I corrected it, and hopefully, later on, will be able to render this to my liking. So far, it's an improvement.

Spring Layer 11

CRAP!  I missed my deadline again!  I keep getting distracted by designing. I can't use my brain for two different artistic disciplines— it's the same muscle and I shunt energy for one art form to the other. Ah well.

I kno why this drawing is taking so long— it's a crap figure to draw. Between the hair and the shapelessness of the oversized togs, it just doesn't look like much despite the care I might put into the rendering. So I kinda need to find a way to find a good shape in all that volume... And it's not even super oversized, but it's just that it's juuust shapeless enough to look... shapeless. I kinda chose the wrong outfit to photograph to draw.

Monday, February 27, 2017

Spring Layer 10

Annoyingly, this did not publish even if I had it before the day was done. Arrgh.

Anyhow, revisited this drawing this morning. It's interesting how time gives you a fresh perspective on things. I was able to let go of the work I had done on this previously and know what needed to get done regardless of what needed to be changed. it helped make it better (although still not done). Image to come

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Young Blue 2

... and pink! Changed his eye too. He looks like I've been channeling Egon Schiele.

Friday, February 24, 2017

Young Blue

The color as already loaded in Photoshop because it was something I was designing with, and the brush was a holdover from yesterday. But the combo made me draw slightly differently, and as rough as this is, I rather like it.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Current Mood 11.13.16, part 5

The ruling on transgender rights today made this apropos to work on today. Sadly.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Need Music

And everyone's got their own personal playlist,

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Current Mood 11.10.16 part 4

I'm not as despondent as I was when i started this series but it's certainly not changed in tone much.

Monday, February 20, 2017


Because of the color I used to paint, not the subject, who is black. I was inspired by the divas of color who reigned on the runways back when I was growing up: Pat Cleveland, Mounia, Anna Bayle, et al... and wanted to draw a model in that vein. I miss those days when they were such mysterious creatures of unknown beauty. Nowadays, you know exactly what they had for lunch on their Insta accounts.

Sunday, February 19, 2017


Right now it's two episodes of this X-men character come to the small screen, and it's nothing like the Legion I grew up (pictured here) with but it's damn intriguing television.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Current Mood 11.11.16 part 9

I'm still retooling this! I was never satisfied with the hand, and up close the technique is really raw and unrefined. But for web purposes, it looks okay.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Tub Time, Done

So the Tub Time series of drawings was for a commission for Pitbull's single, Options, which was released today. I wish I had done a better job with some aspects of the piece, but given the time constraints, I think I did okay. It's not perfect, but done is better than perfect. :)

Breasts That Kill

And judging by the telltale wisps of smoke, they just did.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Stick Figure

Because my thumb hurts from drawing too much over the past couple of weeks!

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Line Works

Too tired to draw, so I doodled.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Valentine's Day 2017

I finished my music single cover after a frenetic week of working on it, and now will go through the process of unwinding from that intense experience. I drew a face last night but kept falling asleep in the process. So this morning, I thought to finish it but also realized I owed a model in Australia some sketches of pose suggestions for an upcoming collab. So voila.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Tub Time 13

Ugh, so many details I wish I had done differently, and so much wrong with this piece, I hope after some time I can see what's right about it.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Tub Time 12

Well, it seems Ive been working on this for almost two weeks— fancy that! And here I thought it was only a week. Well, tomorrow is the deadline, so it should be the last (or penultimate) post about it for now. I hope.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Tub Time 11

And I gave he other one a Raquel Welch makeover. Well, in my mind that's who I'm aiming for— vintage, dusky late 60s , early 70s Raquel.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Tub Time 10

Adjustments to the drawing at the last minute, so while I thought I had time with my extension, now I have to cram in a new pose!  Ugh, Murphy's Law... Anyhow, this is the new gal.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Tub Time 9

I am laying down underpaintings to get the tones down, but needing good references to render these properly. I can fake it, but not next to a portrait I'm doing in as much detail and as close a likeness as possible. So it feels like I'm googling as much as I'm painting!

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Tub Time 7

I'm awash in bikinis. But I really did like the way I painted these breasts.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Tub Time 6

I spent so much time before going into work, fixing this face as she was pretty enough last night. Well, today I get told I might have to change her completely. Arrrgghh.

Monday, February 6, 2017

Tub Time 5

I'm happily finding out that I can do the job I believed I could do, but I'm happy to see it coming together nevertheless. A sneak preview.