Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Shorts Over Leggings

I remember when I first wore shorts over jeans back in 2011, and I had ordered leggings from American Apparel but wanted to get a drop on the styling trick so I wored shorts over skinny jeans. I recall getting accolades from my friend and his people at his atelier...now the layering technique is everywhere—especially on straight guys at the gym! Image to come.

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Context

I was brainstorming with the wonderful women of Context + Co. for a project were working on together, and I was suggesting that illustrations could be very easy, as I whipped out a quick one in front of them on my iPad.

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Serial Dad





Went to the Gay Art drawing session at The Center today to draw a fave mode, who goes by Serial dad on Instagram. Can't say I did very well—too be honest, I was distracted. But I did like my 2 minute starter drawings.

Friday, July 13, 2018

Return to the Runway, FW'16 revisited

I pulled up this old drawing from 2016 and wondered why I drew such a face, and so I set about transforming it. I wanted to do a ruddy faced guy just like some of my favorie online artists do, but instead of drawing a new face I thought I'd try and remake this old, unused one.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Stance

This sort of 'ready-to-fight-or-run' stance is such a typical comic book stance for me to draw. It feels like all my heroes in my comics got into these poses before a battle.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Queerly

I can't decide if I drew a femme man, a trans woman or a butch lesbian in a corset. I guess "Queer" it is!

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Glazer's Edge 3

I seem to be in a panty removal tangent!

Monday, July 9, 2018

Glazer's Edge Test 2

She was a bit more fun. I think I'll rework this because I'd prefer better forms.

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Glazer's Edge Test

I'd used the Glazer's Edge brush for the painting on my friend's portrait, but I liked the texture of the brush in itself so was wondering if I could do an abstract with just that alone, after being inspired by giant brush stroke paintings both at Williams Sonoma's windows; and in a poster I saw on the subway. This needs work, though.

Saturday, July 7, 2018

Big Bad Wolf Brush 4

I felt like the hipster I drew was too soft and felt like toughening it up a tad (but not so much that I didn'd give him peach pants). I like the drawing but don't love it enough to post on, say, Instagram. I wonder if it's because I often draw hyper masculine guys and this guy is too soft for me? Except that's the intention behind how I drew him...

Friday, July 6, 2018

Sneer 10

I've been wanting to paint again in an opaque style so I think this portrait/nude will be in that vein. Im painting in one layer so every stroke of color I out down has to relate to the rest of the colors before it. like real paint layering.

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Bear Claw 10

Someone on IG wanted to buy a print of the face of this sketch, but as I looked into my files I realized I never finished him. I think adding this background treatment is kinda finishing him off, but you never know with me...

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Olive

Instagram's targeted ads are pretty on target sometimes. I got a sponsored post for Olive Menswear and I was totally into so many of the very Japanese looks, I ordered 4 items right away. I was so inspired, I decided to sketch a silhouette inspired by it (which is really the Japanese styles I've been buying in Japan, but on a white boy).

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Comics Brushes

I discovered a few brushes that Kyle Webster designed with comic books in mind. The starburst effect is perfect for the super-powered effects in these comics...

Monday, July 2, 2018

Filipina

I was sketching what I thought would be a black woman's face, but I felt like she was looking more Filipina. But I wasn't sure how to style her so it sorta just became this kinda 80s-throwback facial structure. Maybe I'll revisit her again and see about finishing her further.

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Aahhh, nudity

That's what it looks like the guy is saying as he stands, arms akimbo, sans clothing save for a pair of white bikini briefs.

This is another quickie experiment with a new brush, ironically called Old Brush Ink. I decided to use one of the many drawing references I save here in Instagram, too. I generally try to draw everything from my head if it’s in a more stylized form (like these ink sketches) but sometimes I’ll draw from references just to keep learning about anatomy. I’ll use the pics as a guide only and change features and details as I wish. Strangely, I’ll sometimes change things because they don’t look right in the sketch even if the anatomy is real and right there in front of me! This was based on a shot of Andrei Ziehe, but I changed pretty much everything by stylizing it all.

Saturday, June 30, 2018

Pocket Brush Bold

...almost sounds like the name of a font. But it was a new brush (to me) that totally made this really cute sketch come to life. I dunno what made it happen, if it was the brush handling or just the happenstance of lines hat made this girl so appealing in her stylized manner. but I'm digging this sketch.

Friday, June 29, 2018

Ponytail Smirk

I went to see Angels In America—the two part Broadway play—on Thursday and Friday. So these are makeup drawings because I didn't get home in time to draw. Ponytail gal over here was a quick study in the Old Brush Ink.

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Hairblog Revamp 3

I had actually completely transformed the original face and thought I improved on it, but as I worked, I decided to revert to a previous stage, and that's what I published for the entry the day before. However, I did have the more realized version saved too, so I tinkered with it a bit and decided that what I published first was better. Still, this was a god exercise.

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Hairblob, Revamp

I found an old drawing I had named hairblob (the hair was indeed one big, round mass) and I kept on "improving" it until it no longer looked anything like the original.

Monday, June 25, 2018

Pablo, Done

One commission done (yes, it's a commission. Oddly, my commissions are often in styles that aren't my norm).

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Pablo 3

I gave him a standard conventional contemporary casual (CCC!) outfit.

Saturday, June 23, 2018

Pablo 2

I dunno where to go with this drawing since the only shots I have are of this guy in  a tux. Does someone want to wear a tux for his avatar?

Friday, June 22, 2018

Big Bad Wolf Brush 3

I thought the guy looked like someone going to college in Manila, so I imagined a female college girl in the scene with him. Although I probably drew them with clothing from back when I was still in college.

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Big Bad Wolf Brush 2

Random drawing with the same brunch from previously. I love how natural it looks, Hence the guy in a more natural, everyday look.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Big Bad Wolf Brush

I grabbed a random Kyle brush—this once called the Big Bad Wolf—and sketched a face as is my wont. He looked as hipster as the technique, so I styled him as some sort of nautical Brooklynite.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Pablo

Started work on a new commission, but still reeling from all the web work, so there's little to show for it...

Monday, June 18, 2018

Afrika 2

I loved that tiny profile in yesterday's post so I decided to see if it was worth developing. Not quite there, but a start of something...

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Afrika

Someone posted a stunning image of a very high contrast photo of an African woman with a very graphic afro. I wasn't so successful in reinterpreting it. So I just started playing around with the theme.

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Sloppi Chulo



I had been chatting with Gabriel via Instagram DM for months, trying to set up a time when I would draw him. I finally got to this Saturday and while I wasn't having a great drawing day, he was wonderful and full of vibrant energy. And a seriously impressive appendage! Images to come.

Friday, June 15, 2018

Natural Feel Brush 10

Those hands weren't doing it for me so I succumbed and went to look at photo references to just get an idea how people would open their shirts. The thought of the thumbs peaking out didn't ever occur to me, but there you go.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Natural Feel Brush 9

I'm totally playing catch up because this entire week I've been working way into the wee hours on a rush project.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Natural Feel Brush 8

If I told you it was a cat licking its paws, the drawing works. Otherwise, I fear it's just a big black bob.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Natural Feel Brush 7

I saw a sort of traditional national outfit in my head, just not sure of what country. But she was sort of put together in exotic finery in my mind.

Monday, June 11, 2018

Natural Feel Brush 6

I thought about drawing Storm from the X-men with this brush and in this style, but then I reverted to male nudity. Still, I out to see what I'd do with it in that subject matter, because I'm so rigidly tied to old school comic book storytelling it might open things up for me.

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Natural Feel Brush 5

Those hands were bugging me, but I do like his thirsty vibe. Felt I should take the highlights out and just emphasize the denim, which is coming off in my mind anyhow. ;)

Saturday, June 9, 2018

Natural Feel Brushes 4

I tried doing a buzz cut on him with more textured brush but I feel like I'd prefer to keep the brush quality more consistent. Still, a fun experiment.

Friday, June 8, 2018

Natural Feel Brushes 3

So naturally, I had to do a natural man. This contour tracing thing I'm doing is fun. But it's always okay since I know I can edit it digitally, I'd love to do it in natural media and just see if I can live with what I put down.

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Natural Feel Brushes 2

I tried this at half the resolution and it seems a bit heavier to me. I liked the open strokes when the resolution was higher. A;so, it moved from Fred Greenhill to David Downtown-ish. Maybe I'll try drawing from a photo reference and see if that yields different results.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Natural Feel Brushes

I've been experimenting with newly discovered brushes that were always there, I just never used them. Feh!  These are the Natural Feel brushes, and because of my obsession with a more inky line, I suppose I never wanted to go this route before. But I see so many possibilities!  And initially for fashion illustration, because it reminds me of the kinds of ink strokes that Fred Greenhill might use in a Lord & Taylor ad (well, more skillfully than I am). This is at my usual poster resolution of 4000x6000 canvas.

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Guy In a Mock Neck

Just sleepily doodling(and falling asleep in the process) a guy with a mock turtleneck...

Monday, June 4, 2018

Heavy Workload

I've been working on a rush design job these past few days so I've been concentrating my creative energy there. It's a lot to deal with so I haven't ben drawing on time—thank goodness I discovered back-scheduling here on Blogspot.

Sunday, June 3, 2018

Minimal 3

I tried to make my last face look symmetrical, but Lord knows, when I'd flip it, it was woefully asymmetrical. I don't know why it looks that way to me, but every time I correct it, it looks weird and I have to lopside it again, so I just drew some random profile for tonight's post.