Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Freaky Bride Thing

I did a few stroke corrections using the sable brush tool, but I enjoyed the free strokes so much I didn't bother detailing this drawing like I thought I would. Perhaps it's done now!

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Mary and her friend Heron

Mary and her friend Heron's visit to the dog groomer ended up with decidedly mixed results.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Pale White

I was going through a few links on mannequins and the styling of one particular photo made me think that what I assumed was suppose to be a bridal type deal could look interesting as a comic book character. It's a rough initial sketch and it's looking a bit Gaga, but that's not such a bad thing, I suppose.

Sunday, August 28, 2011


I didn't have the wherewithal to draw much tonight - we're in the middle of Hurricane Irene and I'm just dreading the possibility of a power outage. Plus I decided to invite my next-door neighbor in for frozen margaritas, so my sketch tonight was quick, perfunctory and rather crude.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Off The Runway

I was watching the latest episode of Project Runway online and sketching on an envelope during ads, doodling like I used to do back in Manila when I would talk on the phone or watch tv and doodle on the calendar next to the phone.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Early To Bed

I have an 8 am conference call tomorrow and haven't the wherewithal to start anything involved, so a quick little impression of a faraway friend, and away we go...

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Happy Birthday, Pete!

I could just eat you up! ;)

A little in-joke for a very special friend. :)

Tuesday, August 23, 2011


I took a couple of hours after today's earthquake (that I didn't even feel) to stop by my friend's apartment and sketch her as a present for her husband. I think considering how informal it was and how bad the lighting was, I did okay, but I can't help but look at it and wish it were perfect. I've done better sketches from sessions where I don't car that it looks like the model, but perhaps that's because I tried so hard. Still, they seemed to like it. I'll probably make a new one that really resembles her, just to be all Virgo about it!

Monday, August 22, 2011

Dan and his friend Heron

Dan and his friend Heron were forced to take separate flights due to office budget cuts.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Fashion Sketch Meetup

I had so much to do today that I was reluctant to go to the illustration meetup I had RSVPed for over a month back. But I'm glad I went. While I didn't do perfect work, I got a lot of good practice doing watercolors, by having to really lay down color and linework as confidently as possible, especially because there's no time to second-guess yourself with the medium. This sketch, while not as pretty as the actual model, came out fairly well. I knew what to do to get the tones I wanted, and for the most part everything worked. Now I realize I really need new progressive lenses because sketching up close and studying the model from afar just didn't work with the single vision lenses I was wearing. I kept on looking underneath my frames like an octogenarian studying a menu...

1980s Venice Beach Teen Hooker

That was what I decided the look of the blond kid in 20s was wearing as I crossed 5h Avenue at 1 am to get to the West side... and I mean that in a good way. As horrid as the look may be, when done by someone who was too young to wear the look the first time around, it becomes ironic style.

But he still looked kinda slutty. :)

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Tessa, Revisited (and Spied On)

My experiments with the sable brush in Painter made me conclude that it might be easier to ink my old Tessa comic with it - and it was! The old version of Painter Essentials that I have has a really smooth sable brush, and it flows really easily for some reason. So I redid an old panel that I never got to ink before!

Friday, August 19, 2011

Hair Zo(zo) Long, 2

I'm rather enjoying these mindless reinterpretations of existing photos. This sable brush in Painter is fun... and for some reason I really am very free with my strokes. granted, I'm not trying for an exact likeness, but that's the fun of it - what I'm getting is fun using the photo just as a stepping point. It's playing.

This guy's hair reminds me of a Marvel villain called Angar The Screamer...

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Hair Zo(zo) Long

Another quick sketch from a Zozo image... actually from the same product. Not as fun nor easy as the last one but I was busy watching a DVD at the same time so I was a bit distracted.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Beauty & Youth

This is a makeup drawing since I forgot to draw last night, which is odd since I didn't actually have anything to do except watch videos. So in an effort to make something quick, I pulled an interesting photo from one of the Japanese sites I often shop, and the product shot for apair of pants by the Japanese brand Beauty & Youth, hence the title. I was all prepared to do a really throwaway drawing, and using the sable brush in Painter, I didn't care how this turned out at all, which resulted in a very confident line. I really, really like the line quality and how fluid this sketch looks. Plus it was SUCH a quick drawing, I barely erased any lines (maybe twice, if that). Spontaneity can be a beautiful thing.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Happy Birthday Zoe!

Since I couldn't get her anything in time, I decided to make something with her and our current mutual favorite internet star, Maru. Happy birthday to my favorite (albeit my only, but never mind about that) niece!

Monday, August 15, 2011

Great Gray

Earlier tonight I was heading home from the gym and crossing the street when a young Asian woman passed me by with a very simple but cool, clean outfit. She had gray tights and gray wedge boots in pretty much the exact same color, and she wore a lighter gray loose-fitting top over it. I did a double-take to catch more details, but she was walking too quickly. Anyhow, this is my image of her from the brief few seconds' glance I got as she crossed through the traffic in the dark.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Randy and his friend Heron

Randy, Nina and their friend Heron accidentally get separated during their tour of Beijing

Friday, August 12, 2011


I wanted to a sorta reinvented rockabilly pompadour, sinpired by listening to late 80s / early 90s music (Martika's Love...Thy Will Be Done in particular) and recalling all the black and blue tones of the early 90s videos and styles.


After watching a marathon 4 hours of the show's finale tonight (DVRed so we could see it all at once), I had "So You Think You Can Dance" on my mind, and thought about how some of the dance poses are SO intense and contorted nowadays... so I thought I should put Zenaida in one of them.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Fleshed Out

Well, more like pinks and peaches, especially since the color "flesh" in my Crayola box was so obviously based on white skin, it was phased out for being racially insensitive. I wonder what they call it now?

Anyhoo, this face reminds me of Neil Gaiman's The Sandman's second incarnation.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Angelic Androgyny

I started out drawing a woman's face, but after clicking on a link from a Facebook post of a friend of mine, rather serene Pat Metheny music began to play, and I started getting affected by it. While I put in stronger features (after the eyes, the nose came next), I found myself softening it, until the image I was working with in my head was of an angel, which were supposed to be neither male nor female.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Monday, August 8, 2011

The Tesst

Another panel from my Tessa origin story that I had to redo, with her waking up after failing the Test.

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Tessa, Revisited

I had wanted to continue drawing /inking my Tessa mini origin story that I started back in college, but when I went back to look for the pages I had done in 2010, I discovered that the inks I had made back then were suddenly gone. No amount of searching turned up the original artwork, save for the exported, low-rez gifs I used to post here. Undaunted, I decided to just redo them, and in my current style, regardless of the pencils I had put down originally. I suppose I was going to use them as breakdowns instead of finished pencils, mostly because they weren't finished anyhow, and I wanted to just draw the way I draw now. Heck, if I try to recreate how I drew back in the 80s, I'd never finish this! And it's already over 22 years old!

Unborn Again.

Lazy lazy lazy... I could barely even start this drawing of Phoenix, stillborn before I even began. Oh well, some days are like that.

Friday, August 5, 2011

So 80s

I ate too much Filipino food at dinner today, something I wasn't planning on doing, so I'm a bit too zoned out to focus on drawing...

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Lars and his friend Heron

Lars and his friend Heron could never settle for just smiling and saying "cheese."

McQueen Frame of Mind

FINALLY going to get to see the Alexander McQueen exhibit tomorrow morning with my friends Robbie and Ana, and I've got impressions of his clothing on my mind (even if they're not outright accurate sketches of his designs). I always loved looking at his women's things in the store near me, but the runway designs that don't make it to the store are a cut above the rest, and I can't wait to see the real things up close and personal at the Met!

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Dolman Woman

I was walking to my favorite frozen yogurt truck in Flatiron when a couple of Asian women emerged from a building and went to the curb to hail a cab. I did a double-take because one of them was wearing this huge navy dolman sleeved top over black or deep indigo jeans (I can't recall), accessorized with an enormous gold necklace. It's been a while since I saw such serious fashion in Flatiron. I had to draw her.

Monday, August 1, 2011


I did a few strokes and it became a squid. A cartoony squid. Funny how I color it the way I know a squid to be, which is pinkish in hue... when it's cooked. Kinda morbid a bit.