Monday, October 31, 2016

Sleepy Sleeper 3

I finished the commission, and I also signed away all rights to it. It was Work for Hire, which I normally wouldn't do, but I didn't really care about this drawing and the price was good enough.

It might not seem like a big deal but I spent a lot of time sorting out those feet. Who knew something so simple could be so fraught with constant revision? (on my part tho'.)

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Sleepy Sleeper 2

When I was younger, I learned an important thing about getting the details right. In an X-men comic where the young Phoenix ambushes the villain Selene in her sleep, Selene is depicted as sleeping in a string bikini. My best friend at the time pointed this out, saying, "What kind of woman goes to bed in a string bikini?!?" Granted, Selene was a sexed up psychic vampire who lived in a hidden city that was stuck in the Roman era, but yeah. Clearly the artist was a man who had no clue.

Sleepy Sleeper

I got home past 2 am last night, coming from a Halloween party in Park Slope (funfunfun) but that meant I couldn't upload my drawing form yesterday in time. Actually, I can't even upload it fully since it's a new commission I received on Friday, and not sure what they woud want so far as publication issues with it. So you get the preview rough.

Friday, October 28, 2016

Happy Meowlloween

Today was my last day at my 7 month gig at a women's apparel retailer. I'm ready for a holiday!

Thursday, October 27, 2016

On The Boulevardier

Went out drinking with a few design pod co-workers and have to delay my drawing entry for tonight because I am way to sloshed to publish anything!

Edit: So I FINALLY did a sketch many days later on 11.05.16... and it's a pose I saw on a photo I can no longer find, so this is my impression of the stance —which is the way it should be, methinks: a drawing based on an idea, not copied from a photo if at all possible.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Nik Kershaw 1985, part 2

I thought I should post this drawing to Instagram, but with a few corrections first.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016


I'm winding down on a 7 month assignment working for a big corporate apparel retailer. And I'm creatively and emotionally depleted for now. It's been a good experience, but a taxing one. I can barely draw.

Monday, October 24, 2016


Just kind of playing with layering washes and color fields.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Paper Cranes

At the offices where I worked for the past 7 months, we would make boards with printouts all the time, and I thought it was so wasteful on paper. I would end up printing so many versions of things that would never get used, or would need to be reviewed so that everything had to be reprinted. I took to folding old project printouts into paper cranes, and 'recycling' them that way.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Blue Hair 2

Kind of blue everything... and since he feels like JFK Jr. to me so I put in a hairy chest (gawd that man was amazing. RIP JFK Jr).

Friday, October 21, 2016

Blue Hair

I was doodling while half asleep and he drawing started looking vaguely like JFK, Jr. This could turn into an interesting drawing if I develop it properly.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Strangeness 2

When I was growing up in Manila, while talking to friends on the phone I would doodle on the calendar next to the phones. Often, drawings done the day before would be built upon further, and I find I do the same kind of doodling now, except in digital format.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016


I was always a big fan of the Dr.Strange books, although never enough to draw him. I tried to draw his costume tonight and realized I didn't know exactly what it looked like. When I googled it up, I was determined to modernize it a bit... but then I lost interest.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Inktober ~ Movember

I was drawing something for Inktober and it became a Movember thing because I wanted to draw a sheriff-type character with a moustache.

Monday, October 17, 2016


What better way to celebrate Inktober than to do an ink (well, digital ink) drawing of an inked guy? Just a quickie though.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Spring Layer 9

More reductive editing. Less is very often more. This is a detail of how I intend to reduce teh drawing, but I have a feeling I will need to retool the upper half.

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Spring Layer 8

Now that I've goten some of the details I wanted done out of the way, I can start deleting elements and get it to look more minimal. Yeah, the digital watercolor process is often more reductive with me, starting with something way over-rendered hen peeling back the layers and arriving at something that looks spontaneous.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Jonny Quest 2016

I was trying to draw a male model face in the current vein, and this face popped up as I was working. Combined with the light hair and the black turtleneck, I thought he looked like cartoon character Jonny Quest.


I drew this face earlier in the day, and I thought I was drawing an edgy young male model, but I kept getting edgy female instead, and I wasn't sure where to go. I'm still undecided if she looks like she's a trans version of the older son of Winona Ryder's character, whose name I can't recall.

I forgot to post on time so this is yesterday's post.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Brush Play

I agreed to have drinks with my neighbor but she;s chatty and we ended up an hour longer than I thought I would be. Also much drunker. So, my drawing skills are somewhat impaired...

But I took out some old 'Nagel' brushes that I had downloaded about 6 years ago when I first started really focusing on painting digitally. I tested them out and man, they're so primitive compared to the brushes I use now. So I wasn't enthused enough to even finish this sketch or make it halfway decent.

Monday, October 10, 2016


I'm printing a paper do I did of a friend for his birthday this weekend. This is part of my friend's paper doll 'accessories'.

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Tableau 13

Back to these gals... I did two drawings for the same client, who wanted a couple more looks. I cant post them as that would preempt their presentation, but I can certainly post the face.

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Ernestoon, 40th Anniversary Edition

My friend Ernesto's birthday is coming up, and I know he loves the paper doll I made of him, so I updated it for his upcoming 40th with his current hairstyle, his tatts and an adjustment to his expression which I think is more of a likeness than previously.

Friday, October 7, 2016

Tableau 12

A late addition request to the recently concluded illustration job...

Pantsuit Brigade

I saw this post on Instagram and fell in love with its energy, and especially the black girl with the blonde updo. She inspired me to draw this (also partly based on the junior designer I'm training) using the Deliciously Dry Brush (guess it counts for Inktober?).

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Gouache Kitties

Developing my own techniques for painterly kitties. This one in a series of gouache brushes, which yes I realize I spelled wrong throughout the painting!  But hey, the kitties look good!

Monday, October 3, 2016

Ink Play

I wasn't reacting well to any of the ink brushes I sampled, so this drawing is a bust tonight.

Sunday, October 2, 2016


I always wanted a big fat, boufy cat, but I also loved sleek Siamese cats (although I do recall wanting them to be as big and round as possible, which is so not the breed!)

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Black Kitties 3: Batman

I was thinking this is like my friend Dan's cat, named Batman.