Friday, December 15, 2017

Mannequin Days

I met up with an old friend Vince from my women's accessory days, and we discussed his impending move back to the Philippines, and how he wants to open up his own fashion atelier. We talked ab lot about the models who reigned in our heyday, becaus we were considering mannequins for his shop. It reminded me of my old days in visual, so I drew an old style D.G.Williams head that I recall was named Doreia.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Whitespace 6

I was looking for possible #TBT posts for Instagram when I came upon this old drawing from Summer. I had always wanted to flesh him out some more, but instead of him, I ended up fleshing out his background. There's a story here now...

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

I Gather 2

I'm surprised I never picked up this sketch again, but I needed something to work on tonight instead of creating something from scratch. This is one of those sketches were I have a clear idea of the subject, but not necessarily of the style. Gotta sort this one out...

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Current Mood 11.13.16, part 7 (done?)

I was feeling rather hopeless in general so I was going to finally finish and post the Current Mood triptych, but then Jones won in Alabama, and I'm feeling a little more hopeful today. Still, I think I finished this part of the three. This is an incomplete version (I turned off some of the layers) but the trans figure, which I was finishing, is done methinks.

Monday, December 11, 2017

ZodiacDog

I did illustrations at work today for the upcoming Chinese New Year, which I should post a bit of here. I'll try and bring a copy home tomorrow to pose.

editL Well, here's his face.


Sunday, December 10, 2017

Innocent

That's his name. He works at a store near me and I liked how he was dressed so I snapped him to draw him later. Much later...

By Your Name

I saw the wonderful movie Call Me By Your Name, and while I loved the idea of the handsome, brash American to fall in love with. I might be speaking heresy saying I didn't fall in love with Armie Hammer. He was sexy and likeable, but I was really much more intrigued by Timothy Chalamet. That said, this image is sort of an impression of Hammer's character Oliver, who in my mind is also alternately played by Matt Bomer, and John James of Dynasty fame.

Friday, December 8, 2017

Red Light

I seem to be having a red moment... and an off figure, more of a caricature, of some 30s magician. I mean, why else would he have a wand? And a skinny mustache?

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Red Chair

I was walking out to the gym and saw an abandoned red, tufted back rest chair. It had a nice shape and I thought, it might make a nice drawing if I did it very indie style and raw and naive. Not sure it turned out that way, but it was sketched!~

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Red

In a drunken stupor (I had a drinking *date* with my ex trainer), I barely carved out time for a sketch last night, let alone post it in time. But here it is.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Black Phoenix

I was working out tonight and my mind wandered—and wondered—what a Black Phoenix might mean in the comics world, were Dark Phoenix was the ultimate evil incarnation of the Phoenix force? didn't really define it but I started a sketch.

Monday, December 4, 2017

Sneer 8

Am I literally or metaphorically fleshing him out? Because y'know, drawing his flesh.

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Sneer 7

Trying to keep a momentum on this...

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Sneer 6

It's been so long since I touched this, I'm wondering how I didn't see some of the mistakes I had been making! hindsight is truly 20/20.

Friday, December 1, 2017

Black Friday '17.4—Merci, Rene Gruau


I'm all about the minor tweaks these days. But I wanted to make sure the anatomy in his legs looked as correct as I could make it (without actually referring to anything—ah, the integrity of relying on memory).

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Come Hither 4

I decided to retool him to post for Throwback Thursday, mostly because he looks so dated (but I would totally date him).

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Eric

Saw a model online and really liked his bone structure, so I asked his agent if I could draw him /get him to pose for me. He did and as I was shooting, a young black boy came up, looked at him and asked, is he your father? (referring to me). Sigh. I'm old.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Swirl

A quick sketch in light of the fact that i'm too inebriated (Thanks, Dead Rabbit!)

Monday, November 27, 2017

Black Friday '17.3—Merci, Rene Gruau

People kept telling me the inked drawings I made with this Badass Brush looked very Gruau, so i decided to make a direct homage (a la his Jules perfume ad drawings)(always thought those were super sexy).

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Ruddy Faced Boy

I was heading uptown on the train to water my friends' plants when I noticed the profile of the young man sitting next to me. He must've been no more than 19, maybe 20. He was carrying a lot of gear —sports, perhaps?—in his bag, and I had to keep myself from staring because I liked how his cheekbone line went straight to his lip line from the angle of his profile. I said, I wish I could draw this right now, then I remembered I have the Procreate app in my iPhone. I seldom use i, and it was because the finger control makes it hard for fine details. But I had time to kill and while it's not perfect, it has a nice, naive quality to it. Plus I DID get that cheekbone line down!

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Black friday '17.2

As often happens when I make a throwaway sketch, I find something interesting in my rendering that I want to preserve and build upon. So this guy's kinda interesting--French? Hipster? Retro?--face feels real to me. Maybe a mix of Robby Benson and Matt Dillon? I just need to find discover the rest of him.

Friday, November 24, 2017

Black Friday '17

Since I'm earning more now than I was last year, I seem especially susceptible to the sales! All I've done all day, it seems, is shop online! I'm not even sure I really want all this stuff I'm looking at. Ugh, the allure of FOMO... Anyhow, this modely-y looking guy comes because I've been loking at models in clothing all day.

Thursday, November 23, 2017

The Finger 4

I tinkered again, juuuust on details, but wiht the side of his head, and I cleaned up the fingers and did better shading on his hand. For me, it makes a big difference in NOT seeing the errors on the piece.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

The Finger 3

A few tweaks and a slightly enlarged canvas later...

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Current Mood 11.13.16, part 6

Updated line work on this, because it's still my current mood. Ugh.

Doing 3 separate images in a triptych was good a tthe time, but I have differing levels of enthusiasm for each drawing, not to mention an apathy that creeps in and prevents me from working on it because, yes, my current mood often feels more hopeless than not...

Monday, November 20, 2017

The Finger 2

I decided that his face wasn't good enough on is own, but was definitely a good starting point maybe for fleshing out. I started playing with odd colors and pretty soon I was playing in a way I've never painted before. I kinda didn't want to continue because nothing was the way I would normally work. But it's was one of thse serendipitous drawing moments, at least for me. Kinda New Romantic/post 80s with 90s color clarity or so I imagine).

Sunday, November 19, 2017

The Finger

After I finished his facial expression to my liking, the boy here just kinda looked pissed. Like he wanted to give me the finger. So I let him.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Phoenix 2017

At least, a rough sketch of her.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Awaiting Clothing (Editorial Croquis) 2

I was too lazy to draw anything new so I decided to flesh out (so to speak) my old sketch form a couple of days ago. I used to do that all the time when I would doodle on the calendar next o the telephone when I was growing up. Sketches would start one way and transform, evolving over time the longer I yakked on the phone. These sketches, revisited, are just like that, I think.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Inktober 16—Fashion-y Styling, Redux

I wasn't happy with the rendering of the shadows on this guy. Dunno if this is accurate anatomy and shading, but it's what I went with (without any references). Looks fine to me, but then again, ignorance is bliss!

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Awaiting Clothing (Editorial Croquis)

I was reading a menswear fashion magazine online and thought I would do some fashion illustrations and style the outfits myself (as I'm often wont to do). However I was just drawing the boy as a croquis until I dress him, so this is he, emoting in some imaginary fashion shoot that he might be dressed for later.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

MHL x 2

I often start the night's drawing by opening the file form the day before, and turning off layers and making news ones to work form. Tonight I turned off the ink layer but didn't turn off the color layer, so I looked at it and said, what if I was to fill in the ink lines based on the colors I laid down for the original sketch? What I get is a similar, but definitely distinct, figure.

Monday, November 13, 2017

MHL 2

I thought I'd add some legs and flesh out this form. He's a little more stylized/cartoonish than my usual fashion figures, but I like it.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

MHL

I bought a new Margaret Howell MHL sweater and I wore it for the first time today and really enjoyed it, so I thought I'd sketch it.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

INktober Leftover: To Coat or Not To Coat?

I had drawn this guy shortly after I did the very Gruau looking two guys walking. He was going to be a third in the series but I didn't feel he worked. So I reworked him a bit before posting on Instagram today.

Friday, November 10, 2017

Current Mood 11.10.16 part 8 (possibly done)

I started this drawing exactly a year ago, disheartened by the events of the US' elections, and dismayed a year later to find that much of what I feared has come true in many ways. While I've allowed myself to get distracted and have even felt better about some of the things in my life that weren't affected directly (at least to my blind eye) by the political climate, throughout the year I found myself thinking that the feelings in the drawing were still relevant. And a year later—perhaps finishing this first drawing finally—I'm sad to report that that's true.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Big Softie

I picked a brush at random—in this case the "Big Softie"—and just doodled. He started out more ethnic but I got the features wrong and he turned more generic white guy...

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Gibson Gal

I needed a break form all the ink brushes, so I set out to do a quick watercolor wash sketch. First the broad stroke brush for the base, then detail brush and one of the so-called magic brushes (Although I think I actually meant to use a Wamazing one). Anyhow, it was a bit of playtime.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Hela Good Time 3

That costume is a lot of work, y'know! So much that I hid it behind her cape, which is an intrinsic part of her outfit, mind you. But I thought they couldn't have Cate Blanchet twirling around in a cape when she was fighting all those Asgardians—way too involved and not body conscious, I thought—but they did, and I didn't even notice how well they did so.

Monday, November 6, 2017

Hela Good Time 2

I started it, I will likely continue it since I barely started it. Details, details. But damn, that is not an easy costume. Granted, I'm making it up as I go along, but that's because I think I can do better than the designers who cam before. A lot of their style lines are pretty random, but not random enough! He he.

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Hela Good Time

I watched Thor Ragnarok tonight and really enjoyed it. It was funny in a kind of Thor Annual kind of way, the way that some of the X-men annuals were madcap humor stories, and totally still within marvel canon. I've only drawn Hela once on this blog back in my 3rd year, I think (since I'm over 10 years with this now), but after Cate Blanchett's delicious hammy performance, I needed to revisit my favorite Thor character.

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Trad

I was looking at Margaret Howell's website and was inspired to draw a classically British face/profile, except I'm not sure what a classically British face is. So count that as a fail? In any case, this is what I cam up with.

Friday, November 3, 2017

Croquis With Less Dorky Expression

...and yellow trunks. I'm toying with the idea of rendering him as a grown up Jonny Quest. I kind of want to do a n older Daddy Race Bannon, who was already Daddy material when I was growing up, but he was likely only in his 30s back then.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Jughead

I was at the comic book store today and noticed how pretty much the entire Archie line has embraced the grittier, more realistic upgrade the show Riverdale made on its iconic characters. I forgot whether their Jughead had the typical look the older incarnation had, and I thought I'd try a contemporary update myself. Seen here in watercolor brush no 5.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Inktober 30—Nipsy

I wanted to draw a face in an ink style that was very stylized, because I examined some Gruaus on Pinterest and even if my memory of his work is a bit more realized and realistic, he had a lot of stylized, quick pieces too. I often hated it when comic book artists I liked did more stylized shorthand of their styles (Bill Sienkievicz comes to mind) but now I realize that we draw to be expedient sometimes (and I'm sure my old, evolving faves had deadlines they needed to catch up to).

Also, this is technically the last of the Inktobers. I labeled 30 even if my "Current Mood" piece is technically with an ink-like brush, but 30 Inktober pieces on this blog still feels right.

Monday, October 30, 2017

Inktober 29—Upshot

I was scanning images at work for mood boards I'm working on, and I liked a shot of a young male model looking in that oh-so-trendy way of posing down at the camera with his chin lifted up. I didn't want to draw it directly but then I said, I needed to copy it so I can actually draw he exact anatomy, and hopefully learn to render the parts in future drawings without such a reference. I already do it on my own, but it helps to copy actual anatomy from time to time (and actually do a presketch to understand all the volumes!) to practice doing various human features. In this kids case, it's his rather full, cherubic lips.

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Inktober 28—Jakey 2

I retooled some of the anatomy in this piece, even going so far as to make a video of me taking my pants off so I can see if I got the anatomy right. I did for the most part, just needed to tweak a few details (by greatly reinterpreting my own body for this sketch—ah, imagination. So powerful, lol).

Friday, October 27, 2017

INktober 26—Run, Ariel, Run

Thought I'd try to draw the costume I designed yesterday,"in action." It's definitely going to be difficult to interpret properly over panels.