Sunday, August 20, 2017

Very Perry 19

Need to get back to the other sketches in the series. Image to come.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

In Hudson

I was beastly hot today up in Hudson, and even if I was in shorts, my black outfit was a bit too much, especially in the sun. Ah well, it was a short trip anyhow, and I'm back in NY.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Off to Hudson!

And looking just a bit oversized.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Origami Bunny

I'm heading up to Hudson tomorrow to fold origami for kids. I'm not even sure how I got wrangled into this, I'm no expert. I can only do a crane and a few boxes, maybe a tulip. Tonight I'll try and learn how to do a bunny. This drawing is a nice break form all the intense painting I was doing on the Perry stuff.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Very Perry 18

I think this might be done. But there's certainly the other parts of this story to finish up...

Very Perry 17

The only problem with spending this much time on one models face, is now I have to make sure I put in equal (or at least equivalent) effort into the accompanying sketches. Oy. But I think I've gotten a more than decent portrait for the sketch. 5 minutes late to the posting, but hopefully worth it.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Very Perry 16

The 'clients' are chomping at the bit right now for these drawings so I better get a move on, although I AM working on them, just not all the time.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Rex...

...wasn't his real name, but he posed under a pseudonym because he's got a career to worry about. I did a lot of drawings but need to photograph them better. This is one of my faves, a five minute quickie.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Watercolor Doodles

I kept specific people in mind but didn' necessarily attempt to make portraits loyal to the inspiration. I just let my ideas about their forms dictate how I try and render them. It made for more character than I think I would've have achieved if left to my own devices.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Slim

I should really continue to paint my Perry Ellis piece but I'm ired and need a break today. So here's a quickie slim male nude.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Very Perry 15

I might—JUST MIGHT—be ready to move on from the face and actually finish the outfit!

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Very Perry 14

I'm reeeeeally working hard at getting the likeness. It's strange how much you can see that you did wrong when you're able to walk away form it for a bit.

Monday, August 7, 2017

Bopped 3

My friend Lamont encouraged me to select one feature versus the other, so I kept the eyeshadow and turned everything else tonal. I think it works.

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Comic Stripping

I was thinking I should do a whole series of drawings of super heroes taking off their clothes.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Very Perry 13

This quickly decided sketch is quickly becoming more fun to do. I suppose not caring as much about this particular pose has made me be much more experimental with how I render it, which is part of the fun.

Friday, August 4, 2017

Very Perry 12

Adding another pose to the story.  This is the first draft rough sketch.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Very Perry 11


I saw an artist's work on Instagram and his underpainting technique inspired me to do some of my own on this piece. I never learned how to paint properly (at least, I don't recall being taught in Art School) so much of what I do is instinctive or self-taught.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Very Perry 10

It's funny how after starting out really raw, you can keep refining what you once thought was a good likeness, and you increase that likeness with each improvement, and the more you improve, the less it seems like it's improving, lol

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Skin Tones

Kyle Webster's Natural Edge brushes are some of my favorites of his creations, and I keep finding new ways to use them.

Monday, July 31, 2017

Very Perry 9

Gotta keep at it! My regular work is starring to weigh down on me in the sense that I'm getting busy, so it means I have less energy to draw at day's end. So trying to keep the momentum on this piece. The battle to get a likeness continues...

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Very Perry 8

Reconstructed this face from the previous version. He's looking more like the model now.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

David at The Center

I didn't want to get up and go draw but I'm glad I did. Today's model David was fun to draw.

While I never seem to finish a piece, I do force myself to draw what's there, yet take my time with it to really craft each sketch as best I can in the moment (and whether I like the pose or not).

Raw Seas, Gentle Conversation

Sorry I was late on this post but I got drunk last night with my new lawyer, who is quite the interesting guy (also because he likes to have cocktails). So today's makeup drawing involves the background from yesterday and new players on the scene.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Raw Seas

Playing more with the brayer brush, and it's reminding me of my old serigraph work from college.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Brayer Boy

Yesterday's Crop Top drawing inspired me to play with some other ink brushes, these ones being the Brayer Boss series form Kyle Webster's megapack.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Crop Top

Walking home from the gym I passed by a Dairy Queen and looked in the window at the outfit of a young woman grabbing a snack. I loved how she kept it all sleek in black save for a a gray cropped sweatshirt top. Trying to draw the gal in my memory of that brief look was fun. It's amazing how after a few minutes, the memory starts to morph and evolve.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Very Perry 7

Of course, while I thought I made a lot of headway the other day, today I notice so much that can do with a bit more tweaking. So tweak I did. It doesn't seem like a lot, but it makes a difference in the likeness, I feel.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Spread

This pose was inspired by a real life model of mine who liked to pose like this. Not that I'm complaining.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Very Perry 6

Spent a bit more time working on CD Michael's face, and after the progress I made, yesterday's stage was embarrassingly bad, so glad I made some headway!

Friday, July 21, 2017

Very Perry 5

Did a bit more work on designer Michael tonight. Not really as familiar with his face so a likenesss will be hard to win.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Very Perry 4

Continuing the illustrated reportage.  The typical hair and makeup adjustments right before the models head out to the runway (or in this case, to the presentation stage). WIP

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Slouching Emil 2

I revel in painting red noses—they're something I only learned to do late in life, and I still find myself shying away from doing them because in my head, noses were once best reduced to the barest of  details... and it's hard to let go of old habits.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Slouching Emil

A warm acquaintance of mine Julius Juul's new label Heliot Emil had a great shot of one of his models in this pose. I want to be able to rejigger it so I'm not just taking it as a direct reference.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Jimbo 2

Just wanted to tighten up the illustrated proposal for my friend Ernesto's potential new Jimbo Honeychile (his gray cockatiel) tattoo. The Bam Bam lovebird already exists so he wanted to get some sort of tree growing out of his foot to provide branches for Bambam and subsquently Jimbo, but I suggested he just do a kind of ankle bracelet deal with birds on either end. So imagine these wrapped around the shins.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Deep V, Done

When I started this I was exploring an atmospheric layout inspired by a fashion editorial I had seen online. I liked the wide expanse and thought a redhead with pale pale skin in pale green clothes would be a soothing subject. But the linework and rendering style suddenly became issue with the colors, so it did get away from me for a while. I think this is a good result, one that I can at least work on for similar illos in the future.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Deep V 6

I still can't figure this guy out. I wonder if I should even bother trying to finalize him? I do like all the pastels and how it's forcing me to rethink how I color the linework, but it keeps wanting to get cleaner and more precise, which isn't how my natural line is...

Friday, July 14, 2017

Very Perry 3

Trying to get more of the behind the scenes looks started so that I have an easier time coming back to this. Starting is always the hardest, especially when you're having to plan an entire story, as opposed to just letting it unfold (such as when you sketch at a drawing salon). Here I have to go through all my BTS photos to select the best pieces to draw that would tell the best reportage story, not only per designer, but for the season I've covered as a whole.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Very Perry 2

I'm at that stage in a drawing where I'm fumbling around for the shot, trying to nail the likeness, proportions and even the mood for the sketch. These are necessary steps in the process but frustrating ones. ut I need to lay down lines and strokes to know that they do or don't relate properly to the next to form the whole, so it's a process of trail and error. This one's still full of errors.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Very Perry

My favorite shot of the images I took from The Perry Ellis show is the first I have decided draw.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Jimbo

My friend Ernesto had a tattoo done of a quick caricature I did of his bird, Bam Bam. He asked if I could do his other bird Jimbo Honeychile (please don't ask), and since I'd rather he see a matched pair than someone else make an impostor, I figured I might as well.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Angelic 2

I tweaked last night's drawing and liked it even more, so much so that I now have a couple of versions and don't know which I prefer. This one is better rendered, but has lost something in the translation. I also added a giant sphynx ca because they seem to be trendy now in the comics, ever since Saga's Lying Cat.

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Angelic

This was a quick, "Get  the daily drawing out" sketch for tonight's entry, but sometimes the really immediate ones are satisfying in and of themselves.

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Deep V 5

I've been struggling with his specific features, but I also struggle with how that face looks from afar, as I keep zooming in. It's kind of a different form from a distance, so I need to go with broader strokes instead of specific close up distances. Lightening up hte linework color seems to help establish his redheadedness.

Friday, July 7, 2017

Behind Zenaida

I found an old back view of her that I did for the first time, so I figured we needed a second back view of my Venus of the Rice.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Schiele Guy

I'm trying to draw like a turn-of-the-century type person (from the early 20th Century).

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Red Lady & Violet Man


After updating yesterday's drawing, I'm having more (somewhat erotic) experimental fun with the Gouache brushes from Kyle Webster.


Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Red Lady

I had the Gouache Magic brush already selected so I thought I'd try a very immediate sketch with it. She turned out okay!

Monday, July 3, 2017

Hold Please — Sneer 5

Out in Brooklyn so today's drawing is gonna be a bit late.

edit: while spending the day just at home and in my nabe, I decided to open up this drawing I'd been working on and see what I could do to add some progress to it. I can't recall the technique I had planned for it, or maybe its no longer as relevant in my mind to what I want to do, so I'm just going to run with it and see what turns out. Maybe I wanted it to look like my rather painterly David Gandy drawing? That's a possibility. So far the underpainting is more like my C*mshot series.

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Bopped 2

That first version was too raw. I refined some of the features, minimal as they are. I suppose when it's this minial, every detail should be perfect.

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Classic Joe




Despite being so tired form yesterday and thinking I'd sleep in, I woke up almost at my regular work hour and ended up going to the Gay Art group and sketching model Joe, who for some reason inspired me to try to draw as classically as possible. I got some pieces I really liked too, albeit unfinished.