Tuesday, August 23, 2016

2B Steamy

I'm intrigued by Photoshop's new 2B pencil tool, trying to see if it's worth incorporating into my regular toolbox. I think the fine motor control is a bit lacking, but it's fun to play wiht. This 'guy at the steam room' drawing is more contour and sketchy than proper anatomy, but it's still fun.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Manspreading 4

He's giving us the Side Eye. Although I was thinking it should be a Below Eye (as if there were such a term).

In other news, Photoshop CC's new 2B pencil Brush Tool Preset is kinda good!

Saturday, August 20, 2016


The Scarlet Witch was never a huge fave of mine in the comics, but with the dearth of female heroes in The Avengers back in my heyday, it was basically her or The Wasp. I did like how she got fleshed out in the movies, although they (understandably) kind of just relegated her to being a telekinetic. This costume and the drawing are pretty old school.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Hot Heeb

here's a very fit, tattooed guy at my gym whom I have have the hots for, but I don't even know if he's gay or straight, but I do believe he is Jewish. He has the sickest lean body, and he walks around looking like a fashion illustration, with his curved back and slender waist that rumbles with abdominal bumps just underneath his shirt...

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Sketchy Fashion

I was texting with a friend and he sent me a pic of a Comme des Garçons jacket that was little more than sleeves and a back. I thought it looked like something someone would wear as a rudely sexy outfit. Then  I did a quick sketch to show him.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Quick Doodle

I don't know what possessed me to doodle this, but after I did I didn't want to draw on it any further... must be the fact that I'm in my cups having been drinking all evening at a (now-former) co-worker's despidida party.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Manspreading 3

Gonna work some more on this face. I need to get that half-mast, looking-down-at-you look so popular in fashion photography right now. Without making him look Asian... unless I'm drawing an Asian man.

Monday, August 15, 2016

A Second' Season 6

Typical me, I'm spending way too much time on getting a satisfactory likeness, for a model whom I don't even know. But I guess I just want to be accurate (very Virgo of me).

Sunday, August 14, 2016


It's interesting to me to meet someone and then distill their features into a stylized version of them that's not meant to create a likeness so much as evoke their feature set. Paul from the other day reminds me of someone else I know (an old friend of a friend, Steven), but a younger, lithe version of him.

Pretty Shindig

I got to spend some time with my coworker up in Hudson and we did a little portrait sketch for her anniversary. 

I thought this published last night but apparently it didn't! Arrrgh. 

Friday, August 12, 2016

Upstate Delay

I'm upstate without my tools and more than a little drunk. So the full post will have to wait. 

Edit: so my 'make up' drawing is a sketch I did of my new friend Paul, who is the hubby of 'tomorrow's' sketch subject, Tiffany. 

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Manspreading 2

Trying to get the perfect face and haughty facial expression.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016


In my quest for provocative poses, I bring you the spread-leg, shot-from-below angle of a potential illustration.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Meeting Doodles 2

During one of our "hot list" meetings (where the project managers go over all the projects in the queue) I drew one of my coworkers who had a nice — but decidedly bored — pose.

Monday, August 8, 2016

Meeting Doodles

I'd been sketching co-workers again, this time at a big photo planning meeting. I'll scan it when I go back to the office.

Edit: not the most detailed, but everyone was so bored and looking at their phones.

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Photoshop's New Tools

I'm finally on Photoshop CC at home and was wondering if they upgraded their presets, since everyone i know is using third party versions. SO far, the pencil brushes are fairly good, better than some of the ones I've been using for years (of course, since they've been around for years, they're not as refined). Will keep playing.

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Lil From "Ergo Proxy" 2

While looking for a drawing to post for #FlashbackFriday, I came upon this old drawing from — oh my, I just realized — EXACTLY 9 years ago, on Aug.6,2007! I corrected some of the features and made her look a bit more ethnic because 9 years ago, my skills at drawing faces were different from what they are now. Who knew that would be a thing?

Her real name was apparently Re-al Mayer, but because it was a Japanese translation (and therefore the translator's own English shortcomings), the phonetic translation became "Lil."

Friday, August 5, 2016

Achieving Awkward, 3

For some reason I felt he needed an Yves Klein Blue settee.

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Lost Time 2

This is another make up drawing, since I was out last Thursday and got too into my cocktails and dinner with my errant friend (who globe-trots the world and is barely ever in town) Bob to properly draw and post a new sketch.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

A Second' Season, 5

Ongoing refinements for teh potrait part of this fashion sketch...

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

A Second' Season, 4

I suppose it's my style when I don't think about what I'm doing so much as just doing it. I always used to think, "how would Antonio do this?" but nowadays it's just autonomous.

Monday, August 1, 2016

Achieving Awkward, 2

I retooled his face. I needed it to be more conventionally handsome. He was looking too odd.

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Achieving Awkward

It's hard to draw natural looking poses that are unusual. Fashion is full of them right now, and coming up with one without a reference is pretty difficult. The intent, the anatomy — and esp. the face and expression — all play a part in it. I'm liking how this is looking but wndering how it will evolve? That right hand of his (our left) needs work.

Saturday, July 30, 2016


Woke up later than usual tthis morning, and didn't know if I wanted to get to a 10 am drawing session at The Center, but I finally relented halfway through the class (fortunately, they only made me pay half the fee). The model Daniel was shock still, so that was a plus. Got a decent portrait out of it, methinks.

Friday, July 29, 2016

Lost Time

As in, making up for it, specifically yesterday's drawing. Detail of a pose I'm thinking of doing for another series.


I like the hair, I like the odd color blocks. I'm a tad too sleepy to do much with it, just like I worked so hard last night and this morning that I forgot to draw.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Fleshy 2

Not so much the flesh part but his face, which I tried to retool but I don't like the end result very much. Maybe I'll just leave his here for now.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

A Second' Season, 3

I was not happy with the legs. I drew it and redrew it multiple times. I realized I had it wrong and that the left leg (his right) should be forward. But I can't decided how best to pose him completely.

Monday, July 25, 2016

A Second' Season 2

I needed to get the proportions right for a fashion illo - it was too realistic.

Sunday, July 24, 2016


I was inspired by an old sketch of Tom Colley to try and do anther torso drawing, but with more detail. Except I got afraid of failing and so I held back on the detail...

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Hair There 4

I think he needs to be a proper white blonde.

Blue Ryder

The navy ryder's (rider's?) jacket was one of the notable pieces in the Second/Layer collection his season, although really, it's no going to look especially different in a drawing. But the pose of this model was nice when I shot him, so I'm starting with that.

I fell asleep early without drawing or posting last night, so this is a makeup drawing.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

The Hairy Beast of Fulfilling

I like to draw during work meetings (of which we have A LOT). So when a co-worker lamented the problems of fulfilment of a romotin as the 'hairy beast of fulfilling," I had to sketch it out.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

For The Good of X 3

For The Good of X was his screen name on another site where we met to rant and rave about comics. Continuing this sketch. It's nowhere where I want the resemblance to be, but that should come later. For now, I'm laying out the foundations of the pose and features. I rather like the bit of twist in his torso. Gonna see if I can emphasize that even more than it is seen in the photo reference of him.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

For The Good of X2

Finally getting to draw more of Ben after he posed for me lo those many months ago. Had a clearer idea of what to do next (after all the photos, not to mention the live sketch) after l this time.

Monday, July 18, 2016

A Second' Season

My friend at Second/Layer have been making pans I covet, but have yet to score a pair. So I'll draw it.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Hair There 3

I needed to address those hands... I'm not drawing from any references, just out of my own head, and the occasional glance at my own digits.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Hair There 2

Continuing this sketch... I was inspired by the various evil, prepubescent villains in anime who are invariably white haired or blond 'geniuses' who are so ultra powerful and need to be defeated by the hero. But there seems to be a standard of a kid with long white /blond hair. Except for some reason I made him naked here.

Friday, July 15, 2016

Tracing Space

Trying to see if I can get to a place like my original reportage sketch style (a la Antonio, digitally) but with different techniques involving underpainting.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Second Show

I attended two shows today, one that I had to skip work for and another that was scheduled for after work. The second was the best collection I've seen to date by my friends at Second Layer.I'll draw them later in earnest but here's an impression.

China Marker

I had planned to go to a nude yoga drawing session with my coworker but I neglected to bring any art materials because I planned on bringing recycled materials from work. In preparation for the fact that I couldn't find anything other than a single China Marker, I did a quick sketch with it to see how it handled, and this will have to act as my drawing for the  day since the drawing session actually turned out to NOT be an event at all, and no one showed up except us! image to come as soon as Iget a pic of it at work tomorrow.

Monday, July 11, 2016


My make-up post from a few days ago got made over today. I realize that the face was much more interesting than the torso, and the torso didn't match the look of the face, so I scaled everything down. And I made hi rail thin, compared to the 80s muscle god I originally had in mind.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Hair There

I decided I've been way too distracted by design work that I need to press my drawings. But I got a bit of design work done today, so I think this sketch was a bit more, inspired, shall we say?

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Defaulting (to a Republican??)

... well, defaulting to my soft watercolors as I am wont to do nowadays, I decided to try and draw something more unlike me. So, instead of a model, I present to you... a white, Republican male model. Or maybe he's a model who looks like some sort of handsome, milquetoast All American guy. Or at least the type that might pose in the Sale flyers for J.C.Penney or somesuch store like that...

Friday, July 8, 2016

Zenaida, Watercolored

I'm still experimenting with the watercolor brushes, and I'm continuing with my 'fields of color/background approach.'

Thursday, July 7, 2016


I'm referring to the (retro) modern way to wear a woman's hair: center-parted.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Bleary Eyed and Designed Out

Been working my projects so much my drawing is suffering! But will try and correct that asap.

edit: Well, it's about 5 days later, and I seem to have gotten my wind back, even if I still have a ton of design work to attend to before I can concentrate on a drawing with any detail. But I do like the lips on this guy. At one point I thought he was looking like Brian Buzzini, then later he resembled myex when he was a young man. Now it's a guy with a small head and a looong torso.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016


I always like the S curve made by cocking one's head while craining one's neck, too.