Saturday, April 19, 2014

Mel, Mark and their friend Heron

Mel, Mark and their friend Heron know that they can't be in each and every vacation photo... although not for a lack of trying.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Websketches 12

I was told to draw 'trendy' runway outfits with glasses. But without any shading, it's basically coloring books, so these could really be anything tacky as well. Hopefully they look designer trendy!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

You wear nothing, Jon C!



I was at the Erotic Drawing Salon again tonight but it was really more like a regular nude session with a nude dancer in semi dance poses. I really liked the models face but I had a really hard time sketching it properly, I wondered if I ever really got a good likeness before, or if my working digitally and really getting exacting likenesses nowadays has spoiled my for quicker work?

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Websketches 11 (Hipper)

I thought to myself, I'm always drawing generalized people, whose looks and outfits are more akin to stock photo models, so as to provide maximum versatility. But I often find that my favorite sketches are those that feel contemporary, so I thought I'd retool one or more of the characters I drew and make them hipper, more modern, and more fun. So now the guys got a beard, dropped crotch pants and a very Atelier look about him.

Now what outfit to give that girl if she's hanging with him? She looks a bit too uptown, although I like the idea that the guy is hipper than she is.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Fat Chihuahua

For some reason I thought of drawing the fattest, ugliest, most reprehensible looking chihuahua I could imagine. I think his name is Brad, short for Bratwurst, The Fat Chihuahua.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Websketches 10

I hate drawing architecture. I have no patience for straight lines and will avoid them as much as I can. although in this case, it was unavoidable. Well not too much, considering how I basically didn't connect any lines, haha.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Websketches 9

I've been asked for some minor tweaks, so I'm throwing a bit of shade... well, as in adding in sunglasses. But I can't think of anyone jogging with sunglasses on, do some people do that?

Friday, April 11, 2014

Websketches 8

These joggers and bikers were fun to do, just weird for the project. Part reference, part my own imagination to fix them to suit the page and theme properly..

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Websketches 7


I did almost all tonight save for two that had a lot of details, but here's one of my faves.


Meanwhile, this one I think is the one I'm proudest of - no references! I've always had a thing for drawing hands.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Will










Went to the Erotic Drawing Salon again tonight to draw a straight model named Will. Funny, now that I write this there really wasn't much that was erotic about the session. It was just a nude session for the most part. Maybe because the model is straight? Anyhow, these are the sketches I liked from tonight.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Fancy

I was inspired by the goldfish I drew in yesterday's sketch. I thought of maybe mimicking the brushstrokes of traditional Japanese and/or Chinese artists who depict goldfish. I think it's a cross between a lionhead and a shubunkin (if I recall my goldfish varieties correctly) but I didn't have a reference so I'm not sure.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Can Barely Bear It

Been working like a dog, designing for the past 3 days, on very little sleep. So I'd say my energies are pretty spent, let alone my creative energies. So this is what you get (can't you tell the level of "No, not today" from my work these past three days? lol).

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Auugh

I've been designing for two days straight on a 30+ page website that I foolishly agreed to try and do in 3 days. So I wanna run outside and do stuff, but I'm locked in front of my desk until tomorrow, trying to get things done, and keeping up with a sugar-rush diet of chocolate covered granola bars....

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Brown Is Beautiful

What people seem to respond to when they see Zenaida is that she's just too damn happy, which is just as well. She's so damn proud to be who she is she has no problems being naked to the world (except for ag-string, or tanga, as we use to call it back home; and a pair of heels - she does like a little lift).

Friday, April 4, 2014

Shore Lines

This sketch is partly from a reference photo, partly just me drawing it in the way I'd like. I think having a reference helps you avoid your own standard lines, and in my case helps it look more natural. I love a natural pose, but when I draw it on my own without a reference it can look a bit stiff. Her face is all mine, though- The original reference had her looking in a completely different direction. I like how it looks like she and her man are having a conversation by the shore.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Websketches 6












Yup, got the motherload of thumbnails done today.

Websketches 5



Gotta get all these thumbnails done! They're all fairly rough but when they're cleaned up they won't be much more filled in, as the client has selected a pencil outline style.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Jury Duty


Bored at jury duty and saw a guy drawing another juror and I decided to draw him. It's kinda like those repeating mirror images. I wanted to show him the sketch but I wasn't sure if he would be friendly...

Monday, March 31, 2014

Websketches 4

Another one on the list: trend reportage. I think I've committed to too many items/figures on each drawing...

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Websketches 3

Old guy reading a book with reading glasses (that was basically the entire brief)

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Websketches 2

Took on a new drawing project that won't pay much, but will be on a beautiful website (I know and trust the designers' taste levels). This week might be all about rough thumbnails.

Websketches

I have to make a few very simplistic illustrations for a website so while I get my bearings (because I have quite a few projects all tumbling together this week/weekend) I'm starting with the thumbnail stages whenever I get a moment.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Actual Doodling

I spent 2 hours on a stultifying conference call, and I did what I could to best pass the time - I doodled.  And on actual paper with a pen, no less!  What struck me as interesting is my default doodle was a fashion illustration. I tried to draw Phoenix of the X-men (who used to be my favorite subject) but, well... I was bored. 

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Winter's Still Here...

... and fuzzy too. I was chatting with my friend Kyle and he was looking at this blog while we talked, and he liked the cartoonish sketches I did with the fuzzy renditions of the last menswear shows. So I was thinking, Russian Asian woman in fur...

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Monday, March 24, 2014

Javelin

I wasn't going to draw anything of import, so it kinda morphed into this possible sportsman with an intense expression on his face. And a giant toothpick for a javelin.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Good Hair Day

Starting a piece that has been in the planning stages (along with at least 2 others in a series) since 2011.

Sidewalk Past Midnight

I was walking home late (also the reason this post is late) after watching the second Hunger Games movie at my friend's boyfriend's place in the East Village and I saw a guy standing talking to his girlfriend, and I just liked his stance.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Slope Shouldered Coat

I've been obsessed with this style all winter, and have been looking for a men's version to wear since last year (albeit in a more oversized version back then). I see many a version when I walk to the gym, but this one Asian girl struck me with what she was wearing, as I had an image in my head to draw her. Granted, the drawing I saw in my head was a lot less fashion illustration-y, but what I like about doing it sketchy like this is it allows me to finish as quickly as if I would do it with natural media. Or in other words, in about 15 minutes or so.

It's interesting how comfy doing these watercolors feel, and how much more natural they feel to me. Compared to how I was illustrating before (when I was just drawing from my head), it's looking and maybe feeling much, much looser.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Gibson Gal

I've been watching the series Mr. Selfridge, and while I can't stand Jeremy Pivens' acting in it, I am intrigued by the period setting. Not my favorite looks, but still, interesting. I kinda hate Lady Loxley, but I can't seem to get her hairdo out of my head. Not that this looks like her, much older in fact. But fun with more of Kyle Webster's brushes.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Brushworks 8: Brush Roulette Experiment

A little pressed for time because I'm straining under a couple of deadlines, I decided to do a brush roulette: I would close my eyes and select one of the Kyle Webster Watercolor brushes and work with them that way. I did this several times and just played. I kinda like how the drawing looks, but that can happen when I explore new media. I kinda like two of the brushes here - might have to incorporate them more.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Monday, March 17, 2014

Draw anything

... but no erasing. That was the idea behind the linework. I wasn't pleased with the final image, but I was going to go with it. It looks like some sort of ethnic character in a myth or religious story. Don't ask me why, I just did whatever seemed right to draw. The colors I started with one stroke and then erased it, so that was the only erasure in the entire process... not that the final result is in any way desirable, haha! But it was a good experiment.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

AA14.11 Wide-Eyed

The model for this sketch had a very wide-eyed expression on her face. I kept fighting changing it and losing teh likeness, versus making it more to my liking. In the end I hope I kept her expression but softend it enough that it wouldn't be the first thing you read from the sketch. Granted, I think the sketch should be printed fairly small, so it gives a different perspective on the sketch as a whole. Up close as you can inspect it here, the irregularities that make my watercolor rendering look so natural can look downright raw and unsettling if you stare at them too closely...

Saturday, March 15, 2014

The Gray (Re)Done

That's better.

I lied. I couldn't leave it alone as I thought I needed to get more definition into the shading of his neck - it just looked so flat (well, flatter than I want it to be, considering all the flat color fields in this series).

Friday, March 14, 2014

AA14.10 Ladylegs

There's a female component to this project, and while it's fun to do portraits and faces based on real models, sometimes you just have to play with the figure when the pose isn't to your liking. So instead of the stock, shock-still robotic stance preferred in most presentations right now, I went for a bit more movement and contraposto. I like the way I draw legs, and I enjoy rendering pants. And I particularly enjoy these cropped loose layers over cigarette slim pants - shows more body.

Although the model has this shocked expression on her face, so I'm cropping that out until I know how to deal with it...

Thursday, March 13, 2014

AA14.9 Idea

Well, it wasn't hard to execute, in fact it was pretty much just like the initial sketch... mostly because it has to look sketchy. There's more to it since there'll be actual photography faded in and out of it, but I'm only including my illustration part of it, the rest is more graphic design.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Kaluta Eyes 4

I'm going for some crazy (and what appears to me to be) 90s hair experimentation.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Kaluta Eyes 3

Piece by piece... she's got a more current face (reminds me a bit of Stam), but that hair is all me in the 90s!