Monday, June 27, 2022

Charlie's Bathtub 2

I added a few more details. I suppose this is done, not part 2. Again, fun as a naive work, but not sure I'd want to lay claim to this style going forward.

Sunday, June 26, 2022

Charlie's Amazon Chair

I finished up this sketch on Sunday but did spend a couple of days out in Charlie's little courtyard drawing his Amazon purchase lounge chair. It's not really anything pretty, but I thought I'd just do an honest observational sketch of the subject, because it was there. Not so fond of it, but hey, it's an exercise!

Charlie's Bathtub

Charlie mentioned that if I wanted to do any more sketches like the Cuban Oregano one, feel free. Idid one of the bath tub, because I liked the color blocking.

Saturday, June 25, 2022

Cuban Oregano 2

Charlie really liked the sketch yesterday, and I thought I'd play with it more, but I didn't get beyond a few strokes in the background. But, since I was on vacay, that will have to qualify for my sketch for the day.

Friday, June 24, 2022

Cuban Oregano

Charlie has a pot of Cuban Oregano growing in his kitchen, a plant that he's had since he lived in Hudson, and when Rainer—intrigued by a cutting of the herb in his dinner plate—took it home and planted it successfully. I had a successfully grown cutting at one point myself. Anyhow, this is an Procreate Pocket app sketch I did on my iPhone. This was in the morning, as I was looking for idyllic things to do while having breakfast and discussing how I don't love the iPad drawings of David Hockney. I demonstrated to Rainer and Charlie how I can finger paint on my phone.

Thursday, June 23, 2022

Rainer in Charlie's Garden, 2

I didn't get much of a likeness from my first round of sketches, but I was never going to get anything significant with the way I approached the sketches that day. This is from a photo I took yesterday and sketched from in the evening. I think it captures something of Rainer, in my minimalist way. Rainer was nonplussed about it but I know he doesn't like his features being posted, even if I did it as a gift for him. I think I'll give it to Charlie instead.

Wednesday, June 22, 2022

Rainer in Charlie's Garden

I went up to Providence RI for a week, and went out and bought a sketch pad and some charcoal to sdo some sketching while I was up there. You'd think I would have brought some of my existing materials, of which I have many, but I couldn't decide when I was packing. Anyhow, these were just a few random sketches I did of my friend Rainer, as well as various items in the patio set where we all gathered. Rainer commented that I was weird, because I would jump from one part of the page to another with no seeming rhyme or reason other than laying out on the page. Isn't that the way others do it? Apparently not!

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Tuesday, June 21, 2022

SS23 Men's Croquis

I'm always on the lookout for men's runway poses that really show a lot of good positioning. This one had nice contraposto, but not too much that it looked dated, since most recently, models were much more robotic on the runways (although that seems to be changing once again). Then I decided he needed to wear the short new short length as well as the loose, wide boots that have prevailed for yet another season, this time showing up more in menswear.

Monday, June 20, 2022

Cyclops Formal 3

I saw a shawl collared jacked a while back and wondered, could the lapels be enough to form an X? From my sketches, I don't know if this idea will pan out. Ah well, back to the proverbial (and almost literal) drawing board.

Sunday, June 19, 2022

Yellow Lining

This Etro exit from the recent SS23 shows in Milan had a jacket lining that had the same fabric and pattern as the underpinning, which I had to sketch really quickly.

Saturday, June 18, 2022

Mantel Boy

He was originally the model for the men's version of the 'mantel' clothing line my friend at Vintage Black Label is doing, but I felt like his face wasn't right for the fashion, so I'm reusing him in a nekkid drawing. Not sure of the pose and anatomy just yet...

Friday, June 17, 2022

Vintage Black Label 12

I ended up making my They guy a bit more masculine, but while the face is improved for a Him, I'm not sure it's good for a Them. And now his technique is too refined compared to my American black guy, whom I have a crush on and reminds me of a few guys I've had in my life who echoed his 'feel'. I might just spin him off into a nude.

Thursday, June 16, 2022

Vintage Black Label 11

My friend challenged me to cast and draw a model whose pronouns would be They/Them, so I started out by imagining a square-faced guy who resembled model Hanna Gabi Odiele. BUt while it's a fun quirky face and I'm happy to say I created, them, out of imagination, I'm not quite sure he's cast right for teh drawing.

Wednesday, June 15, 2022

Vintage Black Label 10

Still 'casting' my guys for the third 'ad' page, and I really like how the kid on the right turned out: he looks like a black American as drawn by Neal Adams! Although I have my doubts about whether or not he's apropos for the clothing.

Tuesday, June 14, 2022

Vintage Black Label 9

I looked at myself in the gym earlier and realized, I had the elbows wrong. I was posing in front of the mirror, standing with my arms like the model in this drawing, and people must have wondered what the hell stance I was trying to achieve, haha! I'm still a far cry from being confident in how I draw arms, but gotta keep practicing...

Monday, June 13, 2022

Vintage Black Label 8

I think the first and second poses are good to go, barring any last minute adjustments. Made them look like vintage Lord & Taylor ads.

Sunday, June 12, 2022

Sweatshirt Only

Saw a photo of a guy in a sweatshirt and sweatpants, and decided to draw just the sweatshirt! Hehe

Saturday, June 11, 2022

Vintage Black Label 7

Now I want to do a menswear version since Greg also has men's shirts in his line. But am still uncertain about my casting. I think  black guy but I don't know if I should make him more African, or more like an old school African American model. his is the latter as a test.

Friday, June 10, 2022

Greg at Le Gamin

Went up to Hudson again with my friend Greg and decided to do a quick sketch of him on m Pocket Procreate while we sat at brunch on Friday. He didn't like the fact that he had a double chin (only from staring at his phone) so I drew a different version of it without the folds.

Thursday, June 9, 2022

Vintage Black Label 6

I didn't realize that even my hand-written logo looked very Lord & Taylor. I had only had Fred Greenhill's iconic sketch layouts in mind, but I guess I subconsciously  channeled the whole ads. But this will be fun to do as a series—since it's Vintage Black Label, vintage ads work right in.

Wednesday, June 8, 2022

Face Wipe, Done

I went to the gym again yesterday, after a long bout of not going again (I still have not gotten back into it) and there were guys again doing their face wiping with the hems of their shirts. And the guy I watched (he did it often) had great abs, of course. But after he finished working out, he pulled out a towel he had lying about somewhere and went off to the locker rooms. So he had a towel, but was too lazy to use it?

Tuesday, June 7, 2022

Hooded Rogue 2

I rather like this face the way I drew it. Now just need to make a suitable costume to match!

Monday, June 6, 2022

Hooded Rogue

All this Hellfire Gala stuff got me thinking what Rogue might wear, because the last outfit she had for last year was absolutely hideous. But I'm not sure yet, although I'm a bit inspired (apparently, I found out after I sketched it) by vintage Alaia.

Sunday, June 5, 2022


I thought, could I get away with this pose on Instagram? Probably not.

Saturday, June 4, 2022

Vintage Black Label 5

Refining yesterday's closeup. I was originally trying for a more current African model but my gal is looking more like a n Alfre Woodard face, which isn't a bad thing, just not my original intent. Anyhow, I added the WIP overlay because sometimes people pin my drawings on Pinterest, and this is by no means anywhere close to done.

Friday, June 3, 2022

Vintage Black Label 4

Yet another pose, this time trying to determine a good closeup.

Thursday, June 2, 2022

Vintage Black Label 3

I'm thinking the sketches will be a suite of 3 or 4, so this is a second pose I'm exploring

Wednesday, June 1, 2022

Vintage Black Label 2

I wasn't sure I liked the Deliciously Dry brush I was using, so I went for a softer feel with the Ruffin brush, to evoke a bit more of that Fred Greenhill Lord & Taylor painted ad style. Plus I changed her hand—that forward swing of the arm opposite the leading foot always gives me a problem.

Tuesday, May 31, 2022

Vintage Black Label

My friend Greg's business, Vintage Black label, is all about vintage fashion finds. But now he's expanded into new clothing made from vintage table cloths. As a belated gift I'm doing fashion illustrations of his line, that he can use to promote on Instagram.

Monday, May 30, 2022

Storm Gala

I got caught up in designing alternative gala outfits for more X-men. This is a detail for Storm, whose look I only partly like since it's basically a new costume with added details, but ultimately not anything fresh so far as design. But I'm not posting the full look yet because I have a sneaking suspicion that my designs are being copied!

Sunday, May 29, 2022

This is America, Done

 I think this final version of his face will be it. I kept going on and on with it, making almost a dozen versions but this one, while it doesn't feel perfect. feels better. And the client loves it so, yay.

Pelvic, Done

I posted this version on Instagram so I thought it best to add it here too.

Saturday, May 28, 2022

Give Her The Boot

There's a part of me that will always feel like I never got the chance to be acknowledged for my costume design work, so when i see stuff like the Hellfire Gala designs making the rounds, I get annoyed because so much of the costume design work is just underwhelming. I mean, they were basically just costumes with more doodads and details glommed on, and often not very well, IMHO. If they were doing a gala, you'd think they'd wear stuff that celebratory, and perhaps impractical (like Emma has done, and tose kind of worked) because their main point is to look great and be festively creative. So I'd been designing some looks for Magik, as previously seen, but also for Storm and Cylcops, at my friend Justin's suggestion. This is one of my throwaway designs which I warming up to, using only Storm's old boot as the design motif inspiration for the whole gown. It's so silly to think about that as the inspiration, but we've been having a cutout fashion moment in the past few years anyhow, so all that old Dave Cockrum/Legion stuff looks fresh again.

Friday, May 27, 2022

Pelvic 2

Of course, now that I started it, the quick throwaway sketch is being scrutinized as a possible more finished piece to post on IG. So I'm retooling some of the anatomy and wondering if I should have him looking away...?

Thursday, May 26, 2022


I was looking at a lot of pics online at one of my fave message boards, and it struck me that it's been more and more about large obliques in the past few years, so much so that the George of a maybe 5 years ago or more might have been a bit put off, becausew the scale of the new aesthetic is something that wasn't desirable before. I suppose it comes from more and more guys really developing their abs. Anyhow, this was a quick sketch with that in mind.

Wednesday, May 25, 2022

This is America, 3

The client liked the draft, now I just need to like the likeness. I'm making progress but I'm surprised I'm not getting it sooner or easier. Ah well, always a process. But the composition I think is working.

Tuesday, May 24, 2022

This is America, 2

I have to say, I'm liking how this is turning out. It feels like the classic mid-Century illustrations I admire.

Monday, May 23, 2022

This is America

My client's name is actually America, and this is the first post of his commissioned portrait.

Sunday, May 22, 2022

Hudson Whales 3

The two whales I posted previously I put in a gift bag for our hosts when I went up to our friends Tessy and Jay, as hostess gifts. This third one Greg chose to keep in the house next to a Robert janitz painting in the same purple shades.

Saturday, May 21, 2022

Hudson Whales 2

And the second in the series up in Hudson.

Friday, May 20, 2022

Hudson Whales

I went up to Hudson yesterday, my first trip out of NYC since the pandemic began, in what I hope will be a therapeutic departure from my pandemic-borne OCD. I brought some watercolors to sketch and paint while up here and, in theme with Hudson which used to be a whaling town, I painted some whales. This is the first.

Thursday, May 19, 2022

Cyclops Formal 2

I think part of the problem with these Gala designs in the comics, are they're little more than gussied up costumes, and most of them are terrible in my opinion, esp. for the guys. These aren't much better, but I'm still in the process.

Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Cyclops Formal

What would Scott Summers wear to a gala? Recalling the times that Paul Smith drew him in casual wear, he was kind of a normal guy, with a laid back sensibility. So the idea of a gala and outrageous clothing—feels out of place for him. Granted, he's gotten a bit more personality since then, but he isn't the kind of character who would go for showy clothing. Besides, the crazy outfits get photographed at the MET Gala, but there are a ton of regular guys in tuxes too. So I'm trying to think of how he would be best designed for. These are some beginning croquies (is that the spelling fore the plural of croquis?).

Fashion Forms

Zara had a nice collection image that included a few models walking around in a room (as is oft their wont) and I liked the attitude of one of them so I studied it, shut it off, then drew it from memory.

Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Stormy Gown

Thought I'd take a stab at a Hellfire Gala outfit for Storm. This isn't right, but a start.

Monday, May 16, 2022


I was reading a magazine and I saw a crop of a pose that I thought would make a good drawing, then I realize as I was fleshing it out that it resembled the famous YSL nude.

Sunday, May 15, 2022

Race Bannon 2

As I developed his face, I wondered if he should sport a broken nose since he was such a rough and tumble kind of guy? Or so I imagined. I thought maybe he had a colored past, hence his being Benton Quest's perfect Man Friday who can get into a scrap at a moment's notice.

Saturday, May 14, 2022

Up, Lift Done

It's funny how much retooling happens on a face when it's the only thing you're posting. Or, if you're me. Because inventing faces, I'm torn between what looks right, and what might *be* right anatomically, which is all supposition on my part since I'm drawing with out a reference.

Friday, May 13, 2022

Face Wipe

One of my favorite things in the gym (as I was earlier today) is when hot guys use their shirts as face towels. I don't know if they are actually being exhibitionists and using the opportunity to show off their abs, or if it's really just a somewhat loutish act not using a proper towel. Either way, I'm all for it if the guys have great abs like the guys I saw doing this at the gym today (and other days!).

Thursday, May 12, 2022

Casual Croquis

I'm a bit sad I didn't take note of this brush's name as now I can't find it to use it again! But it inspired a harder edge line for this drawing, which turned out rather nicely, I think. I think the stance is nicely balanced considering I didn't belabor the croquis as much. Hmm, maybe I'm improving?

Wednesday, May 11, 2022

More Magik

I'm still trying to come to grips with this costume. I like it but I feel like it's plagued with doodads and a lack of focus. Do you look at the boob window? The large swathe of bare midriff? The shoulder mace? The gigantic belt buckle? There are just too many foci features that the whole look is overdone, yet the basic silhouette is nice. I eliminated the boob window first, and I think that that already feels better on the right figure.