Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Nobs 5

So, I decided to scale my drawing over the photo I was working from, and I was surprised to see how closely I got the overall proportion! Which is strange because I was actually working first from him posing live on Skype. So on the one hand, that means my eye is fairly good. The other is that, while I did get it generally, the glaring mistakes were what kept me from a satisfying likeness. At some point I'll have to decide if it's done, or if it's perfect. It might have to just be done. Don't think I have time for perfect.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Soft Loader

Kyel Webster's new animation brush is like an HB pencil that you have to use lightly, to build up lineweight. It's certainly fun. I'm gonna have to try it out more and see if it can replace my favorite pencil brushes, or if this is just an alternative for my strokes.

Monday, August 24, 2015

Blue Fringe

I needed a break from drawing portraits based on real people. I needed digital, and I needed flat textures, haha

Sunday, August 23, 2015

David G. Done

Sometimes these are very easy, and I can decide to do less because I feel the drawing captures the model without having to be exact. Note to self: Playstation detail better than Skype.

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Nobs 4

I went from feeling great about this to retooling it majorly! Oy. 

Friday, August 21, 2015

Nobs 3

Making some serious headway on this portrait, and doing remarkably okay, perhaps because I don't really know his face since this is really the first time I'm doing his portrait, and we've never met in person before. But I find I actually got his proportions really right form my initial drawing of him live, so I'm really stoked about that. At the time, I didn't think so, but I suppose I should trust my abilities more.

In other news, this sketch is giving me Drew Struzan for some reason. I'm nowhere near as talented as that master, but yeah, I'm reminded of him for some reason.

Jo Pe 2

I'm of the mind that I've successfully fixed her nose, which was difficult to see because of the Skype video (and subsequent screencap ) quality. So I stalked Joanne's Facebook page to get an understanding of the shape of her nose, then extrapolated it from there based on the data in my screen cap. I think this might be better, if not done! Although I think it looks vastly better in person, as something does not translate in the pic I took with my iPhone. I opened the file and thought, wow, it's not as bad as the image I uploaded. Better tell her not to use in in Facebook, haha!

Also, as with most of my friends from my youth, I seem to resolutely make them younger, because that's how I see them in my mind. It's an interesting affectation.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Jo Pe

You know, I didn't even realize I had missed posting a day. All this drawing offline has screwed with my numbering AND my post count. Because I take shots with my iPhone, I have to download a separate copy to my hard drive to keep my blog archives organized, but I haven't been doing that.

This is a Skype sketch session I had with my college bestie Joanne. It was the worst Skype connection yet, but I managed to get a few (somewhat) clear shots. I'm leaving it at this stage for now, then will return to it later to see what I think is wrong with it. Joanne is amazingly talented herself, and we discussed the fact hat you have to leave your sketch to come back with fresh eyes. You'll see both what you did right, and what you did wrong, to hopefully make it better. Because I've been on this too long and I'm going crazy trying to see what works and what doesn't. Even when I take a look at the pic, sometimes I think it looks horrible, other times I think, oh, it's not so bad...


The "Blown with the wind' sketch wasn't quite working. But after discovering a rerun of "I Dream of Jeannie" today, where Major Nelson's house gets overrun with hippies, I was able to channel the look properly. The hairstyles on the runway are exactly the same as the ones in the ep! I'm rather happy with how these turned out - no photo reference whatsoever, but that face looks kinda real to me. *pats own back*

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Blown With The Wind

Flyaway hair, sorta 70s but not. The face is too wholesome/pretty though. I need someone gaunter, more "broken rocker" looking.

Monday, August 17, 2015

Soft and Doodly

Not feeling it digitally tonight. Guess I have all my pencil portraits in mind...

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Nobs 2

I've been itching to start finishing up this portrait but have had a ton of things get in the way. So this is a holding post to commit to it being the next thing to work on!

Saturday, August 15, 2015

David G.

My firs friend that I made when I came to New York, and we're still friends today, although we don't see as much of each other anymore. It was fun to Skype with him though, and get him to pose.

Friday, August 14, 2015


I've wanted to draw Ernesto Q. for a while now and finally got to. Tweaking the sketch I did yesterday. He posed really still for an hour and as I was tweaking details, I was quite surprised how correctly I got him after our session. Of course I could look at it tomorrow and find its somehow wrong...

Thursday, August 13, 2015


One of my favorite people posed for me via Facetime earlier tonight, and while I couldn't get a lot of detail from teh distance he was from the camera, I think it worked out because I didn't need to do more than just impressions of his features. In a way, I like this better than the portraits I've done - there's something more honest about them, I think.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015


I needed to do something digital after doing all these pencil pieces. I remember drawing natural media pieces after long bouts of doing nothing but digital drawing, and then thinking how nice it was to draw in natural media again. Well, this is the opposite - I needed loose colors and my Webster brushes! And just drawing made-up faces...

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Ms. Wong 2

I got this to a point I'm happier with it but will have to wait a day to see how I feel.  

Monday, August 10, 2015


I did a sketch of my friend at her office today, and she didn't seem too enthused about the likeness, but hopefully after I tinker with it it will get there.

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Ako-san, Done

I think I shoulda posted this before Norman's profile sketch, since I finished it first. This was done Saturday, Norman's done today, but since I forgot to post on Saturday it all got mixed up. Anyhow, she done! The best compliment is that her kids recognized her as her - that's great.

Filipino Time

'Filipino Time' is the phrase that names the fact that Filipinos are usually late. Like this post was supposed to happen yesterday, for this drawing of my friend Norman who lives in Manila still, and we were doing this by FaceTime. But I was late to arrive since I had it down for Sunday morning instead of Saturday night. And then I spent a few hours chatting with Norman and totally forgot to post. ANYhow, here it is... I decided to do an easy profile because the connection was so bad it never really clarified into anything with detail. Still, Norman seems to like it.

Thursday, August 6, 2015


Another FaceTime portrait, this time of my 'pen pal' Justin, whom I've known for over 12 years online via message boards but never met face to face until today!

Not the greatest likeness but SUCH a great thing to see each other on FaceTime. Dunno why we never did it before. 

In other news, this sketch sucks. But it's a pre-sketch so it's fine. Justin thought it looked like him at a glance, so that's good...

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Ako-san 2

Reworking this... And liking it while I'm doing it then hating it after. Sigh. I think I know where it needs tinkering but this needs to be done for now.


I drew my friend Akiko today in the middle of Tompkins Square Park,and it didn't work out too well because we got surrounded by drug addicts. image to come

Monday, August 3, 2015

Fishing For Fashion 7

Well, I tinkered with the face again when I woke up, and I think I came to a consensus decision about what I felt works. I also think I finished the entire figure, ironically by UN-finishing it (I decided to erase the legs and make it undone).

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Fishing For Fashion 6

I think my multiple versions of this model's face are an example of how bad I am as an artist that I can't get the right likeness... ugh. The flip side to that is I'm a hyper critical Virgo who needs to walk away and come back in the morning...

Saturday, August 1, 2015


Another live sketch. 7 down, 30 more to go...?

Friday, July 31, 2015

Mike 2

Needed to add his cigarette otherwise it wouldn't be him! But using my reference pics I started aging him because I had to add the details and proportions of his clothing. Still, it's what I know him to look like. 

Thursday, July 30, 2015


I did another FaceTime session with another out of town friend, and this one was easier from the experience, but  more difficult because the connection was blurry. But it's interesting what's happening as I adjust it - I broke down and cried just like when I did Erwin's portrait. I'm seeing the passage of time in his face, but what I put down on paper and what resonates with me as being right, is a younger version of him that I remember.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015


I noticed my more traditional stuff is not getting many clicks on Instagram, so I'm conducting an experiment about what might gather Likes. I'm pretty sure a more comic-book style drawing of a naked man qualifies as clickbait, but we shall see.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Zappie 3

Because I can't leave well enough alone!! But I think this looks like my friend Jo. It's amazing how much she didn't resemble herself from the live sketch! This isn't perfect, but it's better. I really am a slow burn. I wish I was more talented (or maybe that's skilled?) that I can get a likeness off the bat. I used to think I could, but I think that's with a comic book level of linework, which is more minimal...

Monday, July 27, 2015

Zappie 2

My digital workflow has definitely affected my regular sketching - I act as if I can put any lines down and corrected it later with a command Z!  Well, Command Zappie maybe, because I'm going back in and fixing the sketch because I definitely got some features wrong. Fortunately I made a couple of screengrabs to refer to.

Sunday, July 26, 2015


Gonna do a live Skype sketch with my friend Joanne. Never did one before, but I'll post a pic of it when it's done. Edit: here it is. I have doubts.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Coy 6

This is a difficult one. As I'm drawing this model, I'm not liking her individual features but overall I recall her as being quite beautiful. I guess I'm going through my process of rendering each feature, then I will edit it down to make the likeness into a (hopefully) good drawing.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Croquis Mademoiselle

I've been admiring my Facebook friend Renaldo's fashion sketches, because I seem to have forgotten my old fashion sketch proportions. So I'm practicing.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Coy 5

I need to get a move on with this piece. I ant to have it ready by September 14th.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Birthday Delay

I got so drunk last night t my friend Robby's birthday party that I am so hung over today, I haven't the wherewithal to draw well. Hence this. Although technically, since I adjusted his portrait a little more, that could qualify as today's drawing.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Loose Resemblance, Done

Or at least I think it is, especially if I plan on gifting it to my friend today.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Max Live

I did a portrait of my friend Max today, and while it took a bit longer (30 minutes, which seems to be my average for these lately) I think this one turned out the best. Well, after Erwin's. But it stems from my knowing Max's face pretty well, having drawn him numerous times before. But it's also because he stood really still and he's a good model. Although methinks he learned that live modeling is a lot harder than say, doing a fashion presentation.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Loose Resemblance 2

Wasn't gonna just stop there now, was I? I had to get on and develop it a bit more yeah.

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Loose Resemblance

Trying to do a portrait of a friend in a way that is natural, and unforgiving. Basically I'm laying down color fields and trying to adjust them without erasing, to be a portrait that will resemble my friend Robby, whom I'm trying to paint. We'll see how this turns out. Thank goodness I can go back to it alter since it's digital.

Friday, July 17, 2015


This is gonna be a lot of work, I can tell you now. Not this sketch specifically, but the whole layout I have planned. Ugh, it's daunting just thinking about it! So I'm just doing a bit at a time until I start to feel like ti cohere's enough for me to want to start finishing stuff...

Thursday, July 16, 2015


A quick sketch as I plan my range of sketches for this series.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015


Been cleaning today, cleaning out my fridge, and doing laundry. So I'm a bit tired tonight and am just going to play with wash brushes in Photoshop...

Tuesday, July 14, 2015


I was drawing a caricature of a young black man, but decided to use olivine as a color instead of the usual browns.

Monday, July 13, 2015


Officially the first New York Fashion Week: Men, it was NY Men's Day that started it off, with some of the smaller designers showing at Industria as usual. But I thought more of them had a better showing this time.

Home again, the tired man

I don't know how my friend Rainer does it, having been working on his house for nearly teh past year. I spent 3 days helping him and I'm exhausted!

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Tired In Hudson

Another day spent working in my friend Rainer's house with basically no internet access. So another hold post until I can draw properly! But the house is a diamond in not-so-rough anymore, so we're working hard to make it into something that will bloom into fabulousness real soon.