Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Pure Lines

One of Kyle Webster's brushes that I'm trying out is a smooth ink that just may be the smoothest brus I've ever used in Photoshop. It has a nice real media feel to it when it starts and resolves, and sketches take on a really natural quality both in the process and the final result. So much so that I prefer the work as is once it's sketched, as in above. I dislike the addition of color because it takes away from the pure line.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Red Hottie

This was a rough sketch of a pose I broached to a model of mine for a drawing idea, although in my original idea there were no trunks. But I hadda clean it up for the blog! But I always find this angle rather sexy (I wonder why? Hehe.)

Live Practice Session

Still upstate in Hudson and not really wanting to draw up here so I'm posting another practice sketch from my session on Friday before the job. I'll add some new ones on Monday.

edit: whoops, I thought I published this Sunday night but it looks like it didn't actually publish from the Blogger app! Oh well, it wasn't late, but now it's late. Arrgh.

Saturday, September 20, 2014


I'm upstate and don't really have time to sketch so I'm going to upload one from yesterday and just add newer ones when I return to the city. 

When I did the live sketching I finished a total of 7 sketches. But earlier in the day I did 4 more in a practice session. I visited my old employer, Kate's Paoerie and did 10 minute sketches of my former coworkers. Jen is one of them. 

Friday, September 19, 2014

Live Sketching at a jewelry function

Well that was fun. Did an in-store appearance live sketching the attendees at a private function, doing quick 10 minute portraits of the ladies trying on the emerald jewelry collection being promoted.

Being the Virgo that I am I wasn't satisfied with the finished work but happy the subjects seemed to love their portraits. This was the last one and the only good pic I got of the work but I guess I'm glad I was busy!

Inky Bloom

Ack, I'm an idiot. I drew this earlier and finished it earlier as an entry for yesterday, then I just didn't enter it in time. Feh! Anyhow, a client wanted a rose watercolor, and I have not painted a rose in I don't know how long. Drawn, yes, but a realistic-ISH watercolor rose? Never, I think. And I think it shows. :(

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Retro Good

I found this double breasted bomber style in an old menswear ad on my Male Model Retro Facebook feed and I want it! And when I can't have things I want because I'm not sure if they exist, I'll just draw them.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Acne Pants

I made the mistake of trying on and falling in love with some new pants over at Acne Studios. I'm hoping drawing them and sleeping on them will make me want them less...

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Skinny With Acne

I saw a great pose on the Acne site and while it was simple and not too 'posed,' it had a lot of gesture between the skinny jeans and the flow of the oversized sweater, and the turn of the model's head. So I did a quick sketch of it.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Twisted Idea

Sometimes when I get an idea for a pose, my drawing gets in the way of what I've imagined. I didn't want to draw a twinky looking boy, and neither did I want this very dance-like pose. But as I laid down lines, a funny thing happened: I started looking at the lines and working with what I had, as opposed to what I originally imagined. And that's a problem sometimes, because this is not what I imagined at all. But sometimes I think, well, maybe this will be cool to draw, so let's use it. Frankly, I wanted something more edgy and awkward... also, I couldn't quite figure out a desirable hand pose. Ugh.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Happy BIrthday, You Bitch

It's my birthday soon, and I recall a friend who has the same birthday as me greeting me with this post's headline. So I decided to draw one of his favorite makeups (he was always a New Romantic in full makeup) from 1986 Christian Dior ads. This is Les Coloniales.

Friday, September 12, 2014


My friend Antonio incorporated more women's outfits in his recent SS15 show, and I decided to focus on them this time, as a start to some of the women's stuff I hope to do. But I find I have a muscle memory that's stronger for women's fashion bodies, and I didn't really follow the model in my photo as much as I do for the menswear. And I really liked her contraposto in stride, stalking the runway as it were, whereas mine is more of my standard. I'm not sure where it just didn't follow in the attitude, but it can be adjusted, it's just an initial sketch.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

View From Below

I was standing next to a male model who is 6'3", and I kept looking up to Laurie and thinking, I'm so very short. The angle at which I saw his profile from where I stood is pretty much my favorite angle anyhow, so I went home and did a very quick sketch of my view of his profile.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Old Digital Pencil

I suppose that's the only way to call it since the graphite brushes to me are slightly harder. This is how I used to draw in pencil mode, like it was a thick, oily 3B pencil... It's got a weight to it that my newer, finer digital graphite renderings don't have. But inserting it into my more graphic silhouette style makes it seem a bit more retro good, so I like it. This was done in Painter, so I have to find an equivalent brush in Photoshop.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Zero Maria Cornejo Jumpsuit

I saw it today on Style.com and just loved its simplicity, yet the details were fresh and new. I've always liked Maria Cornejo's rather cerebral work, as it as a complex simplicity, if that makes sense. The drawing though, done in just a few minutes, is kinda crap.

Time Suck

ARGH, late again!! This day has been annoying because of the rush put on me by a friend, which has led to a snowball effect throughout today. It's become a time suck. I'm pissed off.

Sunday, September 7, 2014


Which is short for 'Body Conscious.' Which is what I'm aware of as I try to fit in this vintage Calvin Klein top from my memory of it in the 80s, but I can't seem to draw a pose I really like that works with the drape of its wide arm opening.


I wasn't completely pleased with the Peekaboob Male Edition pose, so I tried something more dynamic but it kinda looks like a super hero pose. This drawing is meant to be for September 6th.

Peekabob, Male Edition

Man, I kept forgetting to post!  Fashion Week has done little for my promptness. I'm so late.

ANYhow, this is supposed to be a partner drawing to the all white woman I drew in her broken doll pose. I've been wanting to draw this old Calvin Klein top that I loved back when I was a kid (and way too chunky to wear it). This drawing is meant to be for September 5th.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Big Stride

This is a quickie of one of the women from Antonio Azzuolo's show yesterday. She had a long stride!

Wednesday, September 3, 2014


Met and photographed one of my fave male models right now, and excited to draw him in something. This is a quickie, just to do one, but not necessarily to be a precise likeness. Well, not at least a labored one.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Big Patterns

I'm doing a coats layout too, but am busy shopping for the appropriate items to feature...but I have an idea for the general layout.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Big Pants

Starting what is hopefully a new series today (yes, yes, I know, I haven't even finished a ton of the old ones).  I had this image in my head of fashion compositions on various trends. This would be about wide leg trousers.

Sunday, August 31, 2014


My vision seems to have shifted and I am having a harder time looking at my monitor, so I'm less than enthused about drawing tonight.

Saturday, August 30, 2014


Harpers Bazaar posted something about the best new hair trends of 2014, and one softly undone updo seemed especialy natural and modern to me, so I thought I'd use it as a reference to do more au courant hairstyles ob my women. Well, it ended up a painting practice session, although not too much of a likeness attempted. Still, it did make me create a model who looked contemporary even if she doesn't look like the original at all, although I think she looks realistic. She kinda looks like Margaery from Game of Thrones.

Friday, August 29, 2014


Trever works in a retail store near me and he's a great guy to chat with about menswear. He also has the white side-walled pomp that's very much de rigueur in Downtown New York, but his has an extra curl at the end that makes it a romantic 30s style bob, but high up.

Thursday, August 28, 2014


Overnight in Hudson without any drawing implements so methinks I'll save this space for an upload tomorrow. 

Edit: My friend Charlie got a piece of artwork as a gift from a relative, and it was an oversized sardine in a can. This'll be my sketch because I already Instagrammed the good, scenic views (which you can see for yourself here, if you'd care to follow me)

Blueprint too

WOW, I'm really absent minded of late - that's two days in a  row that I sketched something for the day, but forgot to post!  After posting the sketch I forgot to post for yesterday, I noticed I didn't even post the one I did two days ago!! What's going on?!?

Oy, well, this was a sketch based on a Xander Zhou sweater and kinda stole-thing for AW14.

Selling It

I passed by the Comme des Garçons store today and the salesman who helped me, Nicholas, looked impeccable in a ruffle shirt, and AW14 wide leg pants that I had gone into the store to inspect. So I made a sketch of him, which I forgot to post in time for yesterday!  Grrr.

Monday, August 25, 2014


The original model was in a layout photographed by Lowe H. Seger but I wanted to see the pose underneath the clothing. Or at least what I thought it might be. Also, I took off his pants to show his penis.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Facial Study

As I get older, the more I learn, the more I realize I have much more to learn. Anatomy is one of my favorite things, but I'm not terribly good at it. I make a lot of mistakes, and when I was younger I thought I had such a great grasp on it, but I drew much more simplistically, with comic book aesthetics in mind. In fashion illustration I stray a lot with the elongations specific to fashion, but with portraiture, I need to be more astute. And dammit, I still make my eyes too close set and can't really grasp how the angles show and hide cheekbones. So I shall practice faces until I get more and more comfy.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Bol-ed Over

Grace Bol is a model, and I just love the way she looks. I once saw her on my street and I ended up just walking behind her for two blocks, wondering what to do (is that stalking?). She's got such a beautiful face and a wonderful smile. I had her on my mind when I started the sketch, then looked for a reference to try and approximate her features, but I didn't really try for an absolute likeness. This is more of a fashion sketch than a portrait. Still, fun!

Friday, August 22, 2014

Slingshot Sling Back

A friend posted a concept shoe that utilized slingshots for the heels. I figured, you could also do the variation where the shoe is a slingback... but then I realized, isn't that why they call it a sling back, because it's based on a sling shot? I'm not so clever.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Inking Phoenix

Bought a ton of comics this week, mostly indie titles that have heavy inked illustration styles. So I was inspired to do a more inked style,and to do that, I downloaded Kyle Webster's Mr.Natural brush. I really should have paid something (it's free, or pay your own price) as it's as fab as he said! Ill have to purchase more sets later to show my appreciation.

I had done a colored layer on this, but I really preferred the minimal linework on her face, as is. Adding color changed her. I think sometimes imagining the rest of a minimal drawing is its beauty.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Watercolor Doodle

Just laying down paint and reacting to what's there.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Peanuts, Gaby, Norman, Paul, Reggie, and their friend Heron

Peanuts, Gaby, Norman, Paul, Reggie, and their friend Heron were quite surprised that they could actually FEEL the solarization effects of the photo filter.

Monday, August 18, 2014


This Webster watercolor brush is one I don't understand. It's a very transparent brush with a wet edge, but I feel like it just makes Peter Max-shaped strokes.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Deconstructing Beverly

My favorite black model, possibly of all time, was Beverly Peele, whose career was unfortunately brief because she retired to raise her daughter. She had the most exquisite features, and seemed otherworldly. This is by no means a portrait of her since it looks nothing like her I think, but I brought up a photo of her to sketch and try and figure out what it was that made me love her face so much. She had the most beautiful almond eyes, and the most amazing cheekbones that flowed into her full lips, but ultimately it was the combination of all her features. Beverly is still alive and modelling on occasion, from what I googled.

Fashion Mashup, Done

I dunno if you can see here since the preview isn't that huge, but I rather liked how she turned out, considering I didn't plan on her being a finished piece to begin with. Well, okay, no, I take that back. I always think of some grandiose finished piece for my ideas, but considering how I don't often finish ideas, I think she's ahead of the game. Not only that, but I have a full length AND a mid shot to show detail. Fifties gown and pose on a 2014 gal. It's quite possible she's also a lesbian.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Uni-Ball Flowy

Strangely, when my internet went out last night, I didn't necessarily do work on my computer offline, I went completely off the computer for some things as well. The Mac just seemed like an empty box without internet connection. If I feel like that, I wonder how kids might feel of they're 'grounded' from using electronic devices? Anyhow, I just sketched this doodle version of my Fashion Mashup gal, using my super flowy Uni-Ball ballpen.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Fashion Mashup 2

This will have to wait until I get my internet connection back up. While I can post with my phone, my sketches are sequestered in my desktop. But I gave my gal Doc Martens to wear. updated 08.05.14

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Fashion Mashup

Fashion always seems fun when there's more than a bit or irreverence going on. I like the idea of juxtaposing classic styles and poses with much more contemporary styling, but have to see if this will be the right mash up with yesterday's buzzed pompadour.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Barber Cut

I saw a guy at the gym with a very clean, freshly shaved coif, and I wondered about a dainty looking model with the same cut. So here she is.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Not So Demure

I was just playing aimlessly with one of Kyle's watercolor brushes and the dress I drew was very 50s but the face I made (and her initial hairstyle) wasn't the right face for such a period piece. So I decided to emphasize the disparity with a few tattoos, which made it better than I could have imagined.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Miller Time

I saw this lapel-less hybrid shirt/blazer from designer Matthew Miller online. While I can't afford it right now, I can draw it and hopefully that will stave off some of the need to own it.

The Maid

Went to see Cate Blanchett in the Genet play, "The Maids earlier yesterday, and when I got home I ended up chatting with an old friend I haven't spoken with in a while, so I overshot my posting sched. So here's a rough of a maid.

Friday, August 8, 2014


I always love when people draw people doing the most mundane things, and do it convincingly. That kind of natural observation is so great when rendered right. A new artist I'm following on Instagram seems to have such an easy handle on how to draw the most normal poses and scenes that I challenged myself to do something not posed or extraordinary.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Quickly, Duck!

I'm busy designing so I had to just draw a duck. Quickly. :D

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Marie and her friend Heron

well, this has been a long time in coming... and it will take a bit longer still, too! image coming as soon as I can resize the damn thing...

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Star Lord

I just watched the rather entertaining Guardians of the Galaxy movie, but even before I saw it I was rather into the character Star Lord's face mask. It reminds me a bit of The Rocketeer. But it's not an easy one to draw! Also, I suck at inking and shading, especially now that I super rusty. Not to mention old school.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Alien Blue 2

For some reason, the blue ballpoint conceit just makes me doodle like it's a piece of paper next to the phone base, while I'm babbling away with a friend... He/she's kind of androgynous, no? O rmore likely, I drew too manly a woman...