Friday, January 31, 2014

The Gray 4

Revisiting this piece so I can finish it and move on to the next one in the series!

Thursday, January 30, 2014


Entwined. And kind of slammed into each other. I had the idea after glancing at a photo and thinking I saw this image, when the actual photo was quite different. So technically, it's completely original. Now if I can only draw it to my satisfaction without dumping the idea before it's done.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Nouveau Coifs

Now that everyone's adopted the pseudo 50s fade-cum-80s-pomp (think Miley Cyrus, and that's exactly why we need something new), it's time for a newer hairstyle to indicate a hipper point of view. I'm not quite sure what that is, but I know a few that could be contenders. I've noticed some hip musician types have been wearing longer lengths for some time now, sans sideburns of any kind, in a fuller kind of retro 60s moptop. This one is based off of We Were Evergreen's lead singer, who looks very cute Euro.

In other news, I'm loving playing with harder edged brushes. I'm drawing like I've got an old school comics style with them.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Pink & Yellow

I just wanted to play with the ink brushes in Photoshop while talking with my friend Kevin on the phone. This is one of those phone doodles, but since it's with a brush I normally don't use, it was interesting to experiment.

Monday, January 27, 2014

Phoenix Descending

I turned the other day's wraith-like woman into Jean Grey's Phoenix. I always liked Phoenix, although I really dislike how Marvel has changed (tampered with, in my mind) the original idea Chris Claremont had. Ah well, everything changes.

My style is very different from how I normally draw comics... which, I suppose is the crux of it, since I no longer 'normally' draw comics. In fact, I'm out of touch with comic book styles. But a few comic artists' sites tout a more stylized approach, and hipper, edgier artists, and I think this pose is a definite (even if unwitting, at the time of its rendering) nod to them.

Brushworks 3

I love how this brush reacts and seems like a wet edge watercolor, but the shape just isn't how I paint. So this trial, while it may have its potential, does nothing for me.Oh, and it's late, a makeup sketch for yesterday when I was too bogged down with design work to notice the day had passed without so much as a pencil stroke!

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Yellow Wraith

I just wanted to do a comic book style pinup pose (super hero variety, not cheesecake, although the differences are debatable) but I found myself trying to do something slightly awkward, as opposed to the standard hero stances you'd find in a comic book pin up (which doesn't mean scantily clad, but often can be).

Friday, January 24, 2014

Brushworks 2

Further explorations of the Kyle T Webster wet edge brush. For some reason I tend to work more 'traditionally' with this brush. It feels like daub-y watercolor styles I've seen in books... although not really to my taste.

Thursday, January 23, 2014


Playing some more with Kyle Webster's watercolor brush. It's good for layering fields of color if you want a Stina Persson's effect, but I'm still trying to see if I can find a way to apply it to my digital watercolor fashion illustration style.

Kyle's New Brush

An artist I follow online, Kyle Webster, has been creating new brushes for sale. I've been waiting for him to create a watercolor brush, and now I found he has. It created such beautiful effects on a sample Kyle posted, and I want to see if I can use this for my won work. Will have to experiment more - I think this isn't going to work with the blending techniques I've developed.

btw, this drawing is late to post because I lost all track of time. What a crazy work day - I have like 5 projects all going on at once - and all due soon!

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Holding Pattern

I've been working so much designing I have no real energy to draw. I'm in a holding pattern so to speak. Bad pun, I know, and the drawing's pretty bad too.

Monday, January 20, 2014


Still sick with a cold but recuperating quickly enough, but not enough to be inspired to draw. I tried out a seldom-used (if at all) watercolor splatter brush, and while it didn't inspire me to do great new things. I did at least try something new-ish... also, the 20s style headdress and 'do came about because I kept thinking, I should just stop drawing and watch Downton Abbey...

Sunday, January 19, 2014


I think he's the hottest new thing in the menswear scene right now, with his luxe yet slightly retro aesthetic. This sketch, however, does nothing for it. I blame this damn cold I've got...

Saturday, January 18, 2014


From WooYoungMi's show earlier today.

Friday, January 17, 2014


My friend Joane asked me if I could do a sketch of her like these menswear sketches, so I complied.

Fuzzy, Again

Decided to redo the original style-setting sketch and model it more closely to the Iceberg outfit it was based on.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Graphic Situation

I think I should just draw like this for the rest of the season. This is a graphic sweater from McQueen's recent collection.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Rustic Patterning

I really like what the new designers at Valentino have done with the menswear - it's young and fresh, and interesting without being over the top. This season there is a ton of graphic pattern work in menswear, but I liked how oddly rustic the Valentino ones were. They looked like they should be blankets and throws in some otherworldly log cabin shoot by Bruce Weber.

I'm liking this intentionally rough style I'm working. I don't know who Im ripping off, but it seems familiar. Jean Phillippe Delhomme perhaps? Mmm, maybe not - it's a bit too sharp for his work... maybe this is actually my own? haha

Tuesday, January 14, 2014


It's all about a sloped and/or dropped shoulder, for shoulders shaped like a popsicle.

Monday, January 13, 2014

Fuzzy On The Details

The Milan menswear shows are showing fur. I may have to get a faux fur vest or something. Iceberg, in particular, was showing lots of mohair elements, so I decided to do a drawing (in a very naive, almost paper cut style) with one of their mohair dickies.

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Wash Coat

Thought I'd practice a bit with actual watercolor again. I'm so used to faking it in a Photoshop that I need to make sure I actually know how to use the real medium! That said, my sketches are much more immediate because the decisions are made quickly. There's something to be said about more spontaneity. 

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Hair Cuts

It's my friend Greg's birthday tomorrow and I'm giving him a set of free haircuts for the year, from our mutual fave hairstylist. So the 'gift' certificate will involve 'suggested' haircuts.

Friday, January 10, 2014

Haider Hair Also

The video for Haider Ackerman's SS14 show was so inspiring because I got to see the boys up close, moving. I mean, I can do that backstage at the shows I attend, but these looks are particularly interesting to me. There's a hint of 80s luxe (Romeo Gigli comes to mind) with shapes that would not be out of step with Damir Doma or even Rick Owens, but there's a romanticism akin to Dries. I'm keeping an eye on Ackerman. And also on my wallet...

Haider Hair

This is a makeup drawing because I got so tipsy on margaritas yesterday (in the middle of winter, no less!) that I completely forgot to draw at all. So, two for tonight. The first is a reaction to a model's hair from the SS1 Haider Ackerman menswear show which was amazingly cast and styled, not to mentioned the clothes were beautiful. They were current yet forward, without being TOO forward. I loved the way they combed one model's hair. This isn't that model, but this is his hair.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Fall For My Line

I had an idea for a homoerotic drawing of an online friend, done in a classic 70s/80s homoerotic style and pose. Rather than describe the pose I wanted to do for him, I just drew this quick sketch. I liked the line, although yes, it's NSFW.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

The Gray 3

I'm just defaulting to this drawing, but it's easy to do when it's... well, easy to do.

Monday, January 6, 2014

The Gray, 2

This drawing is a little more enjoyable to do than I thought it would be. Or maybe it's the glass of wine I'm having.

Sunday, January 5, 2014

The Gray

One of the pieces in my hair series is a man who I used to be neighbors with, and when last I ran into him on the street he had grown a beautiful squall of snowy hair and an even whiter beard. I shot him last August and glad to finally be starting his piece now.

Saturday, January 4, 2014


My neighbor asked me if I as working on anything new and I replied I was holding off starting anything just yet, to give myself a breather. Sigh. I know I'm just procrastinating on things so I feel like I should get working on. So Coy it is.

edit: I uploaded the image exactly a month later! Ohh, I'm so late.

Friday, January 3, 2014

Look Behind You

I liked this pose I saw on one of the blogs I regularly follow,, which features male model-oriented editorials and photos. Not for anything, I just like the pose and thought I'd draw it. Who knows, it may come in handy one day. It makes a fun croquis though. Oh, there, I said it, croquis. This post is gonna be found by fashion illustration students!

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Me 2014

Thought I'd do a quickie self portrait to go with my 2014 cover photo for an FB update.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Plus Kiwis

I just think 2014 needs more kiwis.