Monday, March 31, 2008


I can't seem to do those naively quirky style drawings of animals wearing clothing. It just comes across as too insincere for me... and rightfully so, since I'm just aping a style.

Sunday, March 30, 2008

Ryan S.

I found myself missing Ryan, a friend I haven't seen in a while. So I decided to work some more on his portrait, which isn't as relevant anymore because he's looking a ton better nowadays - all chiseled features and hair. And muscles. And abs. Lots and lots of abs.

I'm not quite sure what the style is that I'm going for with this drawing. I kinda wanted to clean it up, but everytime I do, I make sure to mess it up again. I guess it needs to be sketchy. Not done yet... or is it?

Saturday, March 29, 2008


This one's been adjusted and is a little better. I like his languid hair, but that's about it.


I had no desire to draw (yet again) the other night because I was busy watching Wonderfalls DVDs (love that show). This was a perfunctory (and awful) quickie. The head is completely in the wrong place relative to the torso...

Thursday, March 27, 2008


"Y?" Because it's a little different. She's definitely working a Starlight Express vibe.
I did this as a possible character for CBRunway, based on New York skyscrapers. But I'm not quite sure what she does...


"Redwood" has now become "Spire". I just wanted to maintain the elongated theme, but her outfit is getting very Starlight Express-y. Not that that's a bad thing.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008


I got no sleep whatsoever last night, for reasons I can't fathom. I'm turning in early tonight.


This was an attempt at drawing a face for 'Redwood' but I'm not sure I like the look - I want her to look more surreal, less urban. Guess I'll have to redo it.


"Redwood, as in the tree. That's the codename I've given this drawing - it's loosely based on a magazine fashion editorial featuring Liya Kabede because I liked how elongated she looked in that spread, but this is even more extremely exaggerated. I wanted her to like a freakish walking stick of a woman. I may have to tone it down. Obviously I haven't finished it either. :)


I've been distracted and hard-pressed to do any drawings. I sketched something perfectly awful on a sheet of paper a couple of nights ago and left it at that - it was a possible pose for a model based on am image I saw. I didn't really feel like sketching, and look, you can see how enthused I was once I upload it.

Saturday, March 22, 2008


If you go through my blog there are examples throughout of my love for fluid poses, showing bodies with a lot of weird, off-kilter motion. I think that drawings and photography nowadays have too many of the same poses and forms, and I'm trying to go a little beyond that. This here's a study for one of my ideas that I'm getting someone to model for me, so I can get the musculature right. Not sure it would look like how I drew it, but it should be fun trying to get there...! ;-)

Friday, March 21, 2008

Rajesh Pratap Singh

A fashion message board I frequent had a thread on a New Delhi-based fashion designer by the name of Rajesh Pratap Singh. His first FW collection recently shown in Paris was featured on that thread, and I must say, I was quite impressed with his pieces, at least in that collection. I was particularly take by a draped leather cowl/hood jacket, which I decided to sketch here. You know me and leather...!

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

John B., 2008.1

Sometimes it's a good thing I delay on finishing drawings. I have not found a proper way to finish this piece, and tonight I decided to experiment with digital brushes that I didn't have at my disposal 3 years ago. The result is very much in line with what I wanted to do with this piece, but didn't know how. Sometimes, you just have to experiment. Thank goodness digital media allows you to go back into a file even much later... It's not done yet, but definitely getting there.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008


Fashion's rediscovered the bouffant once again, manifesting this time around as enormous proto-60s squalls of hair (to borrow a phrase from an article by David Downton), and I'm kinda loving it. Roisin Murphy sports some in her You Know Me Better video. I was channeling her eccentric look and her square-faced bone structure... so 80s and so now....

Monday, March 17, 2008


I've been in a weird funk all week. It's not depression deep, but I can't seem to shake a lingering sadness. It's not overpowering, but it's making me want to hide away in my apartment. Ironically, I've been out nearly every single night this past week having dinners with friends, and not a trace of these blues affecting me when I'm with people, save when I'm back by myself.

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Seer, pt.2

Changed the position a bit and added some effects. Not the most finished piece, but I think it's rendered okay...

Seer, pt.1

My dates are all wonky. This is my drawing for Friday, but since it was so unfinished I decided I would post it o Saturday along with a more rendered version. It's a character designed by an online Pinoy acquaintance or mine called Ajira. I liked his design in the first CBRunway challenge and thought I'd render it.

Friday, March 14, 2008


I got Roisin Murphy's new Overpowered CD today, and I was enamored of her wave...


This is the kind of dreck you get when you're tired, a bit drunk, and trying to sketch while watching Top Chef way too late at night...

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Bunny Trauma, part 2

Bunny Trauma

I found a series of drawings I had done over a year ago that were sort of the precursors for my Small Horrors drawings of a month or so back. Bunny Trauma was just a tad darker, and so... bunny. I decided to redo them. Here's the beginning of the painted version, and here are the original ones, below:

Monday, March 10, 2008

Form Study

I've met with a new model who has a great look, but who I'm not sure how to draw him. I took some photos and am thinking fo the best way to use his features. This is one of the studies.

Sunday, March 9, 2008


CBR, the comics message board I sometimes post in, has their annual CBRunway contest, and the first challenge is based on your self. I didn't design anything new, but since it's supposed to be based on me, I decided to use my actual clothing: every piece on this drawing is an actual piece I own and have worn this winter. Very super-hero already, so I said why not?


I was watching videos on my Mac and just decided to doodle on a Crate & Barrel catalog that was lying around.

Friday, March 7, 2008


Or at least trying to. A client threw me for a loop when he introduced a totally random element into a layout I've had the worst time designing. So I can barely draw, yet I really want to delay working, because I have no idea how to really attack this piece now...

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Project Runway

I was inspired by tonight's Project Runway finale, and the super-chic collection by 21 year old wunderkind Cristian Siriano. Sure, one can argue that the pieces had influences from other designers, but whose didn't? With his age (or lack thereof) plus the extreme attention to detail on a level far from the rest of the oeuvre that you see in the US, he totally deserves to win the top prize in my book.

Wednesday, March 5, 2008


I started drawing a hairline and it looked a lot like Race Bannon, the cartoon character from Jonny Quest that I had a crush on when I was a kid. He had that white haired Peter Graves thing going on. I wonder if that's why I find silver-haired guys so attractive?

Sunday, March 2, 2008

Red Wedge

I had a very 80s image in my mind, very much based on an old Antonio Lopez drawing of a shoe. Even the linework pays homage to that. I like the lines that aren't part of the final drawing left in like they were. It's less neat but seems much more.... I dunno... sincere.

White Queen, 2008.2

So I decided to do a bit of Prouenza Schouler (big ruffly top) but open and abbreviated (slutty) with tailored slacks a la Balenciaga. I was going to do all Prouenza with a slouchy pant, but it just didn't seem super-hero-y enough. She still needs to look slutty, just high-end slutty.

White Queen, 2008.1

I wanted to do another fashion sketch for CBR, showing what fashions comicbook characters would wear in civilian life. The White Queen, Emma Frost, tends to be cast as someone who wears high fashion designer labels, but always in white, and with a slutty edge. Lately they've had her be more slutty than stylish, so I thought I'd try something really high end. This is the initial sketch.