Saturday, April 30, 2011

Girl With The Glaser Hairdo, Washed

I just went with my initial impulse and decided to do a watercolor wash on her. I'm getting more confident with how I render these washed faces, drawing on old Antonio Lopez influences but also channeling modern day comic book coloring (especially with the redness around the nose). But I'm still keeping everything very faint. I do need to get more aggressive with the color. But I've been battling nauseating neck and body pains all day so all things considered, this is a nice enough amount of work on this sketch. Chin needs work, though...

Girl With The Glaser Hairdo

Milton Glaser's famous Bob Dylan silhouette/poster was on my mind when this image popped into my head. Originally it was going to be a guy, but for some reason when I put pen to pixel tonight I decided on a woman. I revised her face a few times, as originally it was looking very Linda Evangelista in Bazaar, an image that is indelibly inked in the minds of many a gay boy who grew up in the 80s and 90s. So I softened up her features to make her more current and less perfect, and in my mind, her pose and expression now echo that of the Vermeer painting of the "Girl With A Pearl Earring." So many references, right? It's funny, the Glaser poster was itself the sum of two influences on Glaser: a Marcel Duchamp silhouette and islamic painting, as detailed in this excerpt online.

Friday, April 29, 2011

Blurry Bowl

I had too much to drink tonight, and can barely draw. I went to an art benefit dinner, and while the booze flowed freely, the food was sorely lacking. As such, I'm left with an ill-at-ease feeling from mixing vodka with red wine. No wonder that bowl looks so blurry...

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Zoe's Cat

My niece Zoe doesn't have a cat, so I made her one. So, Zoe, what do we name it?

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Awash With (digital) washes

I'm intrigued with the watercolor brushes again in Painter. With my exposure to different artists who use the natural media, my attempts at recreating their techniques aren't exact but have produced interesting results for me. My work hasn't been this loose yet exacting in a while. Worth playing with...

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Fashion Favor, 3

Still waiting on my friend Oj to send me the sketch of the final outfit he wants me to draw, especially since I can't understand how it's supposed to look when it's finished... so I'm just playing with the possibilities in the meantime. And with some of these watercolor brushes! I wonder why I haven't tried these in a while... or ever??

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Jake and his friend Heron

Jake and his friend Heron paddled furiously, but the anaconda was still gaining on them.

Back to Watercolor

Doing yesterday's face I discovered a couple of brushes I hadn't been using whenever I used the watercolor tool in Painter, so this was a quick sketch to play with them.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Fashion Favor, 2

My friend who asked me to draw his design for him hasn't forwarded the full outfit yet, so I have no idea how to proceed until I get the look. So in the meantime, I'm just playing with makeup... she's getting that very sultry, looking-away-into-the-distance, Rootstein mannequin look for the moment.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Tired Monster

I'd been designing all night trying to send off a resume with some work to a potential client, so I'm pooped. As I've told many people before, my design muscles are the same as my drawing ones in some ways, so when I exert those too much, I have nary any energy for the other.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Fashion Favor

An old classmate from Manila asked if I could render a design of his in my illustration style, so this is the beginnings of the face. I'm sure I'll retool her features over and over as I go on, but this is my somewhat sultry tough gal look...

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Craned Neck 2

Today was a very busy day for me and I'm rather exhausted tonight. I got a ton of things done, but really didn't have much energy left at the end of the day to draw. Fortunately, just 'doodling' by copying a photo without really caring how much of a likeness I get, is always easy. And often, garners the best results. The work in progress...

Monday, April 18, 2011

Craned Neck

I dunno why I'm so drawn to this kind of pose - between the slightly cocked profile and the sloping neck, I seem to keep coming back to this look again and again. I seem to recall as a child, trying to forge a pre-Raphaelite painting with a similar stance, but I can't recall why that should affect me so. Anyhow, this was a pic from Forward, an ecommerce website. It's a shot from a product page featuring my friend Robert Geller's hat for SS2011.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

She Can't Control Her Lust For Shoes

I'm negotiating via phone and email with an overseas seller of some shoes that I am desperately wanting to buy. Neither high cost, nor inability to try them on, nor thousands of miles distance is deterring me from purchasing this footwear. Behold my length measurement diagram, the latest effort in trying to make certain that I get the proper size for a pair of shoes made in Belgium, sold exclusively in Japan and unavailable in New York, with a possibility of size variance of anywhere from a half to a full size down. I've interviewed the maker from Belgium, as well as two sellers of the brand who own pairs of their own in San Francisco (but not these two toned beauties) as well as the sellers in Japan, just to make sure I don't make a wrong size choice. I've taken pains to measure out all my best fitting, similarly-shaped shoes, gotten the most consistent measurement, and am sending a diagram to the Japanese sellers who barely speak English, in hopes of taking as much doubt out of my impending purchase. Yes, I'm quite mad. But I've done this several times before in the past (with Berlin and Milan respectively) so I'm quite hopeful it will work out.

Johannes and his friend Heron

Johannes and his friend Heron were concerned they might have gotten the date wrong after an hour passed and none of the guests had arrived.

Friday, April 15, 2011

P is for Penguin Prison

My current fave band, Penguin Prison, has requested that Facebook fans send in "P's" for some graphics project they're undoubtedly working on (perhaps an album cover?). I've been listening to Chris Glover's excellent mixes while I do cardio, so I've got Penguin Prison on my mind. In any case, I thought I'd draw one. I had all sorts of design concepts I wanted to do but they would have been more graphic design than drawing, so I resorted to my usual draped-and-wrapped letters. Not my favorite, but I was running late (literally: I was running on the treadmill at midnight earlier this evening).

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Oh Kaye

My friend Senen posted a video of Charlene Kaye singing a duet with Glee sensation Darren Criss (that oughta keep her 90,000+ views a-rising), and there was something really innocent about the song that inspired me to draw this image of Kaye in her outfit from the video, but done up as innocently as the song sounded, with more than a nod stylistically to Julian Opie. It's a cute tune, and speaking of "stylistically," Kaye sounds a lot like a female Jason Mraz... she even scats in some of the other songs in YouTube, so maybe Mraz is an influence.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Still Tired

I was up until 2:30 sorting receipts for my income tax return, then up again at 6:30 for fear I wouldn't finish in time for my appointment. So I'm rather pooped... and being exhausted can make you draw strange things.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Tired Kitty

I spent the entire day doing tax receipts... well, except for the meals I took breaks for, as well as the 2 hour gym visit, but otherwise, 17 hours at the computer and on my table, tallying receipts. I'm a tired kitty.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Uniform Experiment SS2011 Tee

I'm inexplicably obsessed with this tee shirt from Japanese brand Uniform Experiment. I love how the banded red, white and blue ribbing on the short sleeves are half-sleeve length, allowing them to peek out of short sleeves. I'm obsessed with finding and buying them...

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Erickson and his friend Heron

Erickson and his friend Heron discover the allure of a particularly wild mushroom.

Decorative Feesh

I was looking at various ecommerce sites and one of them had a printed pattern involving fish. I can't recall the exact print, but the impression that popped into my head was a simple, very fluid linear drawing, so I decided to try and reproduce the feeling. I had thought I would do a Heron drawing, but the fish kinda took over.

Friday, April 8, 2011

80s Amazon

Being a child of the 80s, I tend to draw women the way they were portrayed back then - strong featured Amazons. It's something I try to consciously get over, since they can look a little too butch and more like drag queens sometimes. But between the strong features of models of the time, as well as my love for comicbook super heroines, it's hard to get past the programming.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Ikaw ay si Maria Makiling

One of the stories we made up in college involved the Filipino fable of Maria Makiling, a spirit who inhabited Mt.Makiling and whom legend said would waylay travelers until they were lost forever. Our version involved Ikaw, the ape, as her apprentice...

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Not-Quite Geller Outfit

So I'm not loving this sketch as it progresses, at least for the original concept I wanted to do. But as an experiment, it's fun to just render without really thinking, and just going forward to see what works. And a lot of it doesn't in my eyes, especially with the colors... I can't seem to build the depth of undertones I did when I had a photo reference, because I just don't have the skills. Still, a fun experiment. We'll see where this goes...

Here's a closeup of the face...

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Ikaw Si Phoenix!

Ikaw ay Apoy! At Buhay na!
Ngayon at kailanman, Ikaw Si Phoenix!

A little in-joke for my friend Senen. ;)

Monday, April 4, 2011

Geller Outfit, Undertones 2

I am so not sure where this drawing is going. I don't like the face for the sketch that I originally had in mind, although I certainly don't mind it just as a sketch in and of itself. Although I dunno where my colors are going with this. Ah well, someone posted on Facebook that to get to a new place creatively, ya gotta make some mistakes...

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Ali and his friend Heron

Ali and his friend Heron were both enjoying their dip at the beach... until Ali suggested they reenact the scene from "From Here To Eternity."

Saturday, April 2, 2011


A friend and I decided to go on a bar crawl earlier tonight, and now it's 3 am and I've just gotten home. Don't think my drawing's gonna get any better than this...!

Friday, April 1, 2011

Geller Outfit, Undertones

After doing Bobby's portrait, I was wondering if I could do a similar treatment to the face in this illustration without any references. So this are the initial undertones I laid in.