Thursday, October 30, 2014


I was experimenting with the Webster brushes and less high rez canvases, and I was sketching the outfit I wore earlier this evening for dinner. The face I painted looks to me like a modern day Jose Rizal, the national hero of the Philippines (hence the title).

Fab Fatigues

The de rigueur modern outfit for young hipsters will often include an element like a fatigue coat. I saw this group of super well dressed girls and a guy pass me by earlier this evening, and I loved how clean and composed their outfits were. The guy in particular was immaculate: a khaki jacket over a longer khaki shirt in almost exactly the same color, over lean fatigue pants finished off with bright peachy-orange leather high tops.

I was too busy trying to enter a contest by midnight that I forgot to post this on time, but this is the drawing for 10.29.14.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Surf On Turf 9

Continuing Project Thaddeus. I had to get this kid's features more closely before I could paint this properly.

Monday, October 27, 2014


Dr.Strange was always one of my favorite Marvel super heroes - I was always attracted to magic and the occult, and he was always offbeat but still super-heroic. One of the things I recall most is the Steve Ditko-esque power manifestations that artists like Paul Smith and Marshall Rogers would give him, with odd 3D shapes that didn't just show up as bolts of energy, because any super hero could do that!

Anyhow, this is a bit of a tribute to the good doctor, who just found the actor to portray him: fabulous actor and fan fave Benedict Cumberbatch has been reported as the new Dr and I couldn't be more pleased!

Sunday, October 26, 2014


I was inspired by a painting I saw posted on Facebook, and I used the colors in it as a starting point for a painting. But I didn't really have any plan, so I just painted whatever came to mind and hand, and this rather 70s looking fashion illustration is the result. Although I do like it!

Friday, October 24, 2014

Surf On Turf 8

This should've been titled Surf Tribe 2, but I think I'm just putting all these Thaddeus sketches under this title. Gonna have to go back into this and clarify the pattern, but I like it thus far.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Damper of Day

Not only was it a wet, rainy day all day, but now we get the news of the first case of Ebola in NYC. Will this be the beginning of the end? Will I look back on this day as the day when all hell broke loose? Or will it be a day we look back on fondly as the one where we worried needlessly? Oy, I hope it's the latter.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Drawn Away

I went to the Erotic Drawing Salon for the first time in a while earlier tonight, hoping to get some good drawings done. But between the model I wasn't into, the trite cowboy theme and the assault of vintage country music that went along with it, I was so disgruntled I just paid my fee and left less than halfway through. I felt like even if I got some good drawings, I disliked the subject matter so much I wouldn't have liked them at all. And man, I couldn't stand the music. Add the fact that it was raining and a chore to get there, I'd say this evening was a bust.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Surt On Turf 7

Changes to the profile aren't so much minor as they are minute, but they do make it look more like the model. Or so I keep insisting to myself as I draw.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Surf On Turf 6

There'll always be a profile sketch in one of these things, methinks. I always did like a good profile.

Annoyed In Neon

Was working on an email design shoved my way last minute, so I was a bit preoccupied. So I squiggled something out quickly, but it's till too late for Sunday's entry. I'm annoyed with myself for not being aware. Grr.

Saturday, October 18, 2014


Doing a series of portraits and this very first one is of my oldest friend in the world, Erwin. We've known each other for decades now. I wanted to start this series with him since I've known him the longest.

Friday, October 17, 2014


A regular design client I have asks me very year to design non-denominational holiday cards. After a few years you can run out of viable themes! So I'm going back to the well of cards that didn't get chosen in years past, and updating an old image. Maybe they'll want a teddy bear this year!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Surf On Turf 5

Another pose to work into the layout...

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Trever 6 (done, I think)

I seem to be going for a bit more finished, but a lot rougher rendering. Sigh, I can never recall what I'm supposed to be painting like sometimes...

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Zenaida in Light Wash

I realized I hadn't drawn my goddess of the rice in a while!

Monday, October 13, 2014

Surf Tribe

Setting up more sketches for my illustreportage series from a recent SS15 menswear show.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Trever 5

I always tell myself I will strive for a good drawing but not sweat the likeness. Well, apparently I keep lying to myself, because I always worry about a likeness when I do things digitally and can keep adjusting it. But it makes for a better drawing (I hope).

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Trever 4

I wasn't happy with the likeness nor with the pose proportions in yesterday's sketch, but I knew I needed to walk away from it and come back with fresh eyes later. I was following the photo I took very closely and I didn't tweak it to be more fashion when I did the first sketch. I revamped and lengthened the pose much more with this version, but I'm only showing the updated face, which I think looks nice.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Trever 3

I decided I didn't really like the last outfit he had on but fortunately the one he was wearing today was really interesting. This is my Trever reboot.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Surf On Turf 4

I couldn't leave it alone. The rendering was bugging me. I edited the watercolors down and I like this lighter version better. Although for some reason it keeps showing up darker once I export the jpeg... strangeness.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Surf On Turf 3

I'm a bit torn with this piece, as I simultaneously believe I am finishing it too much, and also not enough. But I suppose since I'm doing a series that I should see how it looks compared to the other sketches I plan on incorporating in a layout. So I'll post thi for now as there's no guarantee this will be the final render for this particular pose.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Alexander 2

I'm totally starting over again with this portrait.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Surf On Turf 2

One of the reasons I chose the pose I did was I loved the abs on this particular model... not that you can see, but I also liked the pose. The pose with the abs.


I had the blogger window open and everything...but I didn't have anything in mind to draw! So I forgot to enter it in time, and the fact of forgetting became the inspiration for the sketch to post (awful as it is).

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Surf On Turf

Continuing my Illustreportage on one of the shows from the SS15 NY menswear shows. This one was all about surfers, and the models even had to ape surfing on boards (but on their crate pedestals).

Friday, October 3, 2014

Max Toon

Sometimes when I'm familiar enough with people, I can turn them into caricatures. Or one will pop into my head spontaneously. Max has in quite a few forms, but I'm not always talented enough to put what I see in my head on paper (or pixel, such as a the case may be). I had a few takes that I wasn't fully happy with, but this one worked out.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Bad Hare Day

I finally decided to publish her and her head full of rowdy rodents. She's gotten a lot of Likes on Facebook, so I'm hoping if I start selling posters of my drawings she could sell.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Alicia At Acne 4

I almost sure this is done.

So this is Alicia, who helped me try on some pants at the Acne Studios store, and I loved how she had outfitted herself. She's the first in a series of sketches of real people working real fashion everyday.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Are We Hare Yet?

I think I'm ready to finally release this and call it done. But today's edits were so minimal, although considering the last time I worked on this file was over a year ago, it's amazing what you see needs doing. In this case, I completely deleted a pair of hands and a gesture I was particularly happy with, in favor of a stronger composition.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Alicia at Acne 3

Making progress. I can't get over how adorable she is.

Alicia at Acne 2

I told myself I wouldn't get too hung up on maintaining a likeness, but I can't help myself - she was just too cute. So I'm working on the likeness. Also, how to do her skin tone justice...

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Alicia at Acne

My SA who helped me at Acne Studios' Soho store was super cute and helpful, so I took some pics of her to sketch her and her outfit. Here's the initial rough.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Trever 2

Gotta get this series started. Even rough sketches help me get started, because then I have something to edit, as opposed to starting from scratch...

Thursday, September 25, 2014

On Your Toes 2

I thought to myself, I will draw these toes realistically. But aside from foot fetishists, I'd imagine, I'm not sure anyone needs to see these realistically rendered in a fashion illustration. So I ended up drawing and erasing and drawing and erasing. So it doesn't look like much compared to the first pass at it, but there you go.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

On Your Toes

I liked the detail on these pants hems but I realized as I was sketching this that I never really drew toes in any real detail. Well, at leasy, not that I recall. Well, guess I'll be painting in some detail next!

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.