Thursday, December 31, 2015

Beene Thinking

I got a book on my favorite American designer of all time, Geoffrey Beene. I remember being in awe of his futuristic aesthetic, that was so specific and so beautful. So I sketched today just like I used to do, doodling away, inspired by the images from the book...

Wednesday, December 30, 2015


I found myself on YouTube watching old Emo Phillips clips, and I noted his outfit - and even his hair -  are very much fashion today. So I thought I'd do a rough sketch of it.

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Fishing For Fashion 23

There's a pressure (self imposed though it is) for me to finish this before the year ends. It just doesn't seem right to still put out a Fall Winter drawing in the middle of winter, although to be fair, winter kinda just started a day ago in NY...

Monday, December 28, 2015

Safety Pin 2

Want to refine that face further. Didn't like her features. This is better, but still not happy with certain aspects of it. Maybe I'll use a model to try and refine this further. I guess she just looks too much like my normal faces that I draw without references, because, well, she is...

Sunday, December 27, 2015


I was watching this anime, Garo, and the opening sequence had a very hand-drawn, rough feel, and for some reason I got an image in my head. So this is an attempt at drawing it but of course it's taking a complete life of its own and has become some sort of super heroine swooping into view...

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Safety Pin

I was walking back home when I saw a safety pin on the sidewalk, and an image of a gal with an enormous one piercing her face came to mind. And I wanted her holding it like a cigarette. Alors, voila! WIll have to fix her features though - she's a bit too nosy.

Friday, December 25, 2015

Not Sweater Weather

I found a few old sketches I did as art direction for a photo shoot that I thought I'd retool and revisit. Images to come

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Zhezzons Greddings

(These are holiday greetings with a really strong Filipino accent)

Wednesday, December 23, 2015


I was talking to a potential model about his hair and I suggested we fluff it up 80s style, and I sent him an accompanying sketch to illustrate it.

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Wilde Fop

A menswear designer collection that I loved for FW 2015 was based on Oscar Wilde, and without referencing and pics, I decided to do a foppish dandy. I'm have to check actual google results to see if I'm anywhere near the ballpark.

Monday, December 21, 2015

Fishing For Fashion 22

Yeah, this keeps going on. I posted a version of this on Instagram and people loved it, and considered it done. I still want to tinker, so this will be an official version, whereas the online Insta version will be an official variant. Thank goodness for versioning in digital work!

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Heavy Inks 2

I didn't quite like how it reduced and decided I needed to go into the face more and make it hem a bit more to the original photo even if I wasn't trying for a likeness.

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Heavy Inks

I'm enjoying the rougher inks, emulating a bit of a Bill Sienkiewicz from his New Mutants days. It's probably nothing I would maintain for more than just a playful diversion, but it's fun. This was taken from a pic of model Marc Luloh. Doesn't look like him at all but I used the shadows and lighting as a basis for the drawing.

Friday, December 18, 2015

A Single Man

I finally watched A Single Man today after all this time. I think I was hesitant because I'm not a huge fan of Tom Ford in general, even if I think he does really good work. But I wasn't sure where I heard the name of Chris Isherwood, and I only realized after the fact that he was partnered with Don Bachardy, an artist whom I admire, and who served as a consultant or producer on the film. But most specifically, there's a scene in Collin Firth's room where there's a blurry view of a piece of art, and I told myself, that looks like a Don Bachardy. So tonight I was inspired to draw in an inky, splatty retro 60s way. I couldn't decide which lettering style looked better, so I put both up.

Thursday, December 17, 2015


I found an old file I had last opened on October 16, 2002, a drawing of the Legion of Super Heroes character Princess Projectra. I thought I would try and clean it up and finally finish it, but I found myself changing her features, because I found the face that I drew to be a bit dated. I have no doubt that years from now, the face I draw today will seem dated too. Faces do tend to be of their time too... The blue one is the older one. Seems I even made her look younger...

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Hello Deer

I wrapped a Xmas gift but only used recycled older wrappings and trimmings I'd saved. I ended up with an aqua theme as a result, so to tie it all together I used some old watercolor tests as a accent. Since it wasn't Christmassy enough I decided to draw a reindeer for the enclosure card. Well, paint one.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

The Long and (Fore)Shortening of It 2

I think the anatomy of the pose has improved a bi, but I'm trying desperately not to make it look like he's sitting on the toilet. And you can't unsee that now, can you?

Monday, December 14, 2015

The Long and (Fore)Shortening of It

I got this pose in my head and tried to render i without a model, but my knowledge of anatomy is pitifully inadequate for teh task. I have the idea of it in my head, but am struggling to get it out. I like the rough better than when it gets more fleshed out, maybe because it looses the flow and spontaneity, while the more details need to be perfectly right or else they're just inaccurate. Argh.

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Perfecto, Not So Perfecto

The brush was called Perfecto, but I think I wanted something else for a face. Still, it might be useful for other washier ideas. I tried adding detail with the Detail 1 brush, but I don't love how it all turned out. Ah well.

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Euro Comics Liner

Kyle Webster sent out a new brush and I tried it out directly. Its always fun using new materials, digital or not.

Friday, December 11, 2015

Good and Languid

I DO need to add at least one more to this series! I always liked a distant look on my gals, and I suspect it's because I like the way mannequins look like they're somber, and kinda drugged.

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Hair Flow 3

This is a bit of a throwback from over a year ago. I did two passes on a photo form the Lanvin menswear SS2015 lookbook but I wasn't happy with the hair rendering I did.This one is better, but I'm still not sure it's a technique I'm satisfied with enough to replicate.

Wednesday, December 9, 2015


Fleshing out an old rough with mixed results.

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Thinking of Kansai

My friend Max is obsessed with Kansai Yamamoto, and he wasn't even alive to experience the height of Kansai. Heck,I was there and I liked his stuff, but I cant recall what it looked like now. So I did a quickie sketch of an Asian-inspired face.

Monday, December 7, 2015

Water Nude

Just playing with a seemingly looser brush, albeit digital.

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Pencil Kid 3

Strange how the sketch you had no intention of turning into anything significant will someties become a nice piece that you try to finish off as well as possible. He turned out rather nicely.

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Pencil Kid 2

I spent so much time tonight at a party that I didn't have time to get home and draw... so this is a quickie. Except I retooled it a lot in the morning so it' started developing beyond a quickie. He kinda reminds me of a young Tom Cruise in a way, which is a bit distressing because I'm not a fan of Tom Cruise.

Friday, December 4, 2015

Pencil Kid

I started out drawing a girl with the a pencil brush, but quickly decided he should be a young-ish male model. I'm too sick to really do much... seem to have come down with a bad cold that's making the rounds. And my joints are all achey... ugh.

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Soft Curves

Went to a mannequin showroom party earlier tonight and had a great time hanging out with friends and friends friends, and dissecting mannequin collections. So I tried to draw one of the poses but I didn't have much luck, although using this "oil soft and smooth brush" is pretty fun.

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Demigodness 2

I was playing with it but I dunno if I think the additions are improvements.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015


The semi-ant's eye view has been very popular in Fashion photography in recent years, so I'm constantly angling my drawings that way. And when it's a (nearly) naked male body, it's always a sex thang. I love me a demi god...

Monday, November 30, 2015

Ben's Hair Again

My favorite show right now is London Spy, and Ben Wishaw is a joy to watch. He's not necessarily classically handsome, but man, he's adorable and compelling. And he has the best hair! I drew him almost two years ago, based an impression of his google image results, and I wasn't far off from his look even if I didn't get a likeness. This isn't much of a likeness either, but I'm playing with a chunky oil finish and will refine it as I get my colors in.

He's got a long face kinda like Benedict Cumberbath. Maybe they should play brothers on something.

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Ariel and his friend Heron

Ariel, Nicole and their friend Heron take a dramatic parting shot.

This might be the last one! I haven't done one in a looong time, but I dunno if this might continue...

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Fishing For Fashion 21

Man, I keep trying with this... I think I'm just not sure what direction to take this portrait.

Friday, November 27, 2015

Crap, and I know it.

Sometimes I just don't want to draw.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Zara's Ecommerce

I'm not a fan of how Fast Fashion has affected both the fashion industry and the planet, but I have to admit that Zara does a great job of creating what they do, and how they present it. Their website has great editorial style shots of all the clothing, and I often find great poses to draw from. This is one such pose, an unfinished study done in advance of my Thanksgiving Day coma, which I predict I will have sooner than later.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Joe On My Mind

I've been watching Survivor mostly because of the hot guys. Current hottie is Joe, all hair and abs and easy swagger. This sketch doesn't look like him at all, but it was inspired by his look. Hey, I'm working form memory, so as a sketch it's okay. :)

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

New Zoot

Time for a new series, while it's still Fall...

Monday, November 23, 2015

Scribbly Nude

I'm distracting, and multitasking too much. So I can't draw too well while I have sixty gajillion tabs open that all need my reading, so I can redesign my site properly. ugh.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Color Profile

I sketched a new Facebook profile pic to go with the narrative triptych I did last week, to update me from all the red, white and blue that we did last week in solidarity with Paris. So I went with the soft, muted pastels that are popular in design right now.

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Test strokes

Kyle posted a master list reference of strokes so I thought I'd try some more test drawings. This one uses the oil brushes a lot.


Whoops, a few minutes late to posting. I got into a troll situation on a Facebook group. I realize that FB is much worse than I thought because I was never in a public geek group before. Imagine my surprise getting some really random types unrelentingly trolling. Anyhow, I need to have a sorbet and drew Dream Girl Nura Nal (from the Legion).

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Mask and the Thunderbear

My two friends; names just seemed to be begging for the comic book character treatments.


I had a friend and his friend over for drinks last night, so I got too drunk and didn't watch the time and ended up missing my post window yesterday. My friend's friend's name translates to Thunderbear in English, which I think is awesome!  And since he's a built male model I figured he needed a superhero alter ego. Voila, ThunderBear!

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Night Girl 2015

I joined a Legion of Super Heroes group (two of them, actually) on Facebook, so to introduce myself (as I was asked to do by the moderator who approved my membership) I uploaded some old sketchs from 2001. The resulting attention and discussion was pretty overwhelming, so I thought of finding other old Legion related sketches to post. I found my Night Girl 2010 post and decided that before I posted it, I would need to rework it a bit. So I did... not just a little bit but a lot of tweaking. Never satisfied with my own work, it seems.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Narrative 2

Continued with a third panel. The triptych turned out as I had planned. I kinda want to keep extending it.

Sunday, November 15, 2015


I had an idea to continue the 'Chunky Lines and Pastels" image from a few days ago, but adding more figures in an editorial way. My friend Lamont claims that fashion illustration is best when it has a narrative, something I'm not sure I usually add. Well, I'm definitely doing one here. Albeit with a very different style.

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Whee! 2015

I colored and repainted an old sketch form 2008. I dunno if I improved her but she was fun to revisit.