Monday, February 22, 2021

Dolman 5

 The problem with having multiple digital versions of a sketch, is that you can go back to older ones to retool. But it can become like some weird multiverse issue, with so many divergent versions of a drawing which each have their own pros and cons, and you have to decide which one you keep. I'm liking this version of the face now...

Sunday, February 21, 2021

Dolman 4

 I decided maybe a change of hair would help but nope, it's still not there.

Saturday, February 20, 2021

Statuesque 3

I'm getting Marcus Schenkenberg-in-Avedon's-Versace-ad vibes from the face and hair.

Friday, February 19, 2021

Statuesque 2

 I really like the loose mark making this gouache a-go-go does, and it makes me feel like my work is more painterly than it is. Looser, and I feel like I can get to shadows and volumes I normally don't do. But who knows... we'll see how this finishes out (if at all!). The mouth and jaw need work though, He's looking a bit babyfaced and chubby.

Thursday, February 18, 2021


 I've had a pose idea in my ead that I just needed to scribble down. I started playing with his face but it's nowhere just yet...

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Dolman 3

I wasn't happy with the face I original sketched, even if I liked the structure. Further retooling yielded this face that vaguely reminds me of John Travolta's youthful facial structure, but it's a bit too retro looking for my liking...Grrrr.

Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Dolman 2

I like the guy's expression and the general styling, but I feel like it's a bit dated. Like, models today aren't as manly, and even when sexy there's a boyish, younger quality to their looks. I think my old school faces need adjustment to approximate.

Monday, February 15, 2021


 I was inspired by all the big sleeves and oversized constructions to both buy and draw something based on sleeve volume. This was the first rough, and I think it has potential but I need to tweak that face. He's a bit older looking, and not quite as fresh as fashion demands right now.

Sunday, February 14, 2021

Teoh 8

 And finally fleshed out this outfit too...

Friday, February 12, 2021

Teoh 7

 I finally fleshed out teh clothing on my very first drawing for this client! Whee, close to the finish line!

Thursday, February 11, 2021

Happy Moo Year!


I drew a brushy, horny bovine to celebrate the lunar Year of the Ox!

Spread Out 5

More adjustments on his torso. I wonder now if, in fleshing out the anatomy, I've once again lost the fluidity of the pose?

Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Hot Pink

 I let the brush do the talking and I liked the bottom lit form of a woman, something I did once before that I know I posted on IG to little fanfare. But I still like her. Plus I needed to do something that wasn't a client portrait!

Tuesday, February 9, 2021

Spread Out 4

 Refining the face as well as the position of his body. After laying out the initial pose, I'm trying to see (without references) if I can correct the anatomy. I suppose I'll have to check some references later but for now I want to see if I can imaging it correctly.

Monday, February 8, 2021

Spread Out 3

I've been so busy with my commissions that I haven't had the time to post anything on IG and was wondering if I could finalize this one to post. I changed his face around and I'm liking it more, although he reminds me of my first ex now that I think about it.

Sunday, February 7, 2021


 Sometimes it's nice to just draw on paper, and when I had some ideas for a costume redesign for the Legion's Princess Projectra (such a lame name, I know), I didn't want to deal with a digital file. There's nothing like the natural feel of your hand on natural media, and when you want to put ideas down instead of tackling an onscreen program to do it.

Saturday, February 6, 2021

That Fashion Smile 6

Had the client review and they wanted me to fix some bits of the face. Which I did, very subtely, but I have to put it aside fro a day and let the changes sit, and see how I feel when I return.

Friday, February 5, 2021

That Fashion Smile 5

The good thing about laying down marks digitally is that—if you set it up right—you don't need to commit to anything, and you can change it all later. This was the result of multiple retoolings of the various fabrics, but I'm generally in an okay mood about it all at this point.

Thursday, February 4, 2021

That Fashion Smile 4

 I had to sort out the body, and even if I wasn't necessarily feeling it, I painted in the clothing to start the process of figuring out how to finish this piece.

Wednesday, February 3, 2021



My friend Joanne DMed me on Facebook, wondering what could be done to repurpose her dad's old barong tagalog (National Filipino dress shirts for men) as  a piece for her to wear. Her dad's piece is such a particular style I had a hard time trying to figure out anything really fashionable to do to it. These were the sketches I came up with...although I don't think I've come up with anything that looks quite right (so, wrong it is then!)

Tuesday, February 2, 2021

That Fashion Smile 3

Sorting out the likeness some more...

Monday, February 1, 2021

That Fashion Smile 2

 Sorting out the garment construction and scale. It's funny, I really like how I've laid this out but I wonder if I prefer the immediacy of my previous sketch?

Sunday, January 31, 2021

That Fashion Smile 2

 Fleshing it out... although I think maybe the proportion is a bit long.

Saturday, January 30, 2021

That Fashion Smile

 My last pose for my fashion portrait client project is more of him smiling, so I'm doing a full-on Gruau-esque smile.

Friday, January 29, 2021

Go-go 90s, Done

 I fixed up his "I know you want to fuck me" sneer and abs a tad.

Thursday, January 28, 2021

Go-go 90s

 I got so many nostalgic feelings about yesterday's doodle that I needed to finish him up properly. He reminds me of all the shaved head go go boys and hotties I used to lust after in the 90s, when a shaved head was like the ultimate sexy hairstyle, and everyone who did it suddenly became hotter by a whole factor up.

Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Inky Distractions

 I'd been painting my commission so much (And it's done, woohoo!!) that I needed to do something with my regular ink line, but I had no idea what, so I doodled.  I did however come up with a minimalist design for a nude (show here in the lighter gray wash) and thought that could be interesting to finalize, so I did an overlay on top of the original rough pose.

Tuesday, January 26, 2021


 I'm quite happy with how this guy turned out: I decided at the last minute not to make him dark African as I had originally imagined, but more of a light-skinned African American. I didn't even have to use any references, so I love how he evolved with each paint application.

Monday, January 25, 2021


 I applaud the inclusivity of different looks and ethnicities in model casting nowadays, but I can't escape my on personal aesthetics either. I had to redo yesterday's face because I wasn't sure it was the right model for this look, or for that matter, how I had 'cast' the entire collection. So I ended up retooling yesterday's guy into a Filipino-style face, with the older hairstyle I had originally envisioned for this look. He looks a bit tisoy!

Sunday, January 24, 2021


 I was trying to do a Sri Langkan face, but my inexperience with the racial features made me unsure of what to make of my drawing, so I opted to leave this as was and revisit it later.

Saturday, January 23, 2021

McQueen Pants 2

 As I'm drawing this I realize I have drawn this pose before, and I'm wondering if I should continue the drawing or pull up the previous one that isn't finished. I went ahead and drew some more...


 This one the client actually called out for me to make the feet smaller, lol

Friday, January 22, 2021


I realize that as I'm drawing this second project for this client, I totally missed the mark on the first set of sketches. It's funny how I was so proud of what I'd done, but couldn't see the mistakes that i think are glaring (and being corrected) now. Like foot size. I made their feet huge!

Thursday, January 21, 2021


 Another cryptic detail. Although to be fair, I do love drawing elbow draping.

Wednesday, January 20, 2021


 More work on the commission that I can't actually show nor explain!

Tuesday, January 19, 2021

McQueen Pants

I saw these amaaaaaazing Alexander McQueen bowed pants for SS2021, and i can't believe I missed it when it first came out. I doubt I would buy this since I have nowhere to wear them to, but I love them so much I will draw them.

Monday, January 18, 2021

Please Be Seated 2

I'm really liking this sketch, although i'm looking for a photo reference to help me with the pose, as I can't be certain of how the back (and his pecs, and legs, and abs) would look in this situation.

Sunday, January 17, 2021

Dick Slip

I love an accidental sighting. It smacks of getting away with something you shouldn't have seen, although as I was drawing this, I realized I was totally drawing Plygirl poses, where the guys were doing normal things but just happened to be naked. Omg, my influences make themselves known!

Saturday, January 16, 2021

Please Be Seated

This is one of those doodles that developed well. I've been tooling around with the Gouache a Go Go brush in Photoshop, but using it was a Charcoal stick instead. It's changing my style up a bit as I deal with the new 'medium'. The squarer brush makes me feel like my linework is doing an offshoot of David Downton's style.

Friday, January 15, 2021

Joseph, Part Next 6

 Even if this was not meant to be a 3/4 view, the requests by the client to show more of the shirt resulted in this experiment.

Thursday, January 14, 2021


 I was washing dishes and looking outside my window, and observing how one nurse/medical practitioner's loose pants draped as they walked on the sidewalk below me. It was a great exercise in understanding the draping I have been referencing from still fashion shots, so that I could just drape in my head instead of just copying from photos.

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Joseph, Part Next 5

 I presented this to the client, who was very pleased, until he asked for changes, lol

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Making Faces 2

 I pulled out this old sketch from Oct.22nd to post on Instagram, just retooling it a bit to make it more finished. Always good to revisit old work that might not have been impressive enough the first time around...and I certainly have a ton of them that could be rescued from the archives!

Monday, January 11, 2021

Hudson Headboard 2

 I did several versions for the client but here's one rough I don't think will be chosen, so I'll post that as my entry for today.

Sunday, January 10, 2021

Blackwalk, Done

 I was way late in posting on Instagram, so I finalized this image to post, which seemed apt for striding into a new year.

Saturday, January 9, 2021

Model Friends, Done (5001st Post!)

 I finally adjusted some details I was procrastinating on, especially after the exercise in trying to change Max's hair. But now it's done, and sent off to the printers to finally get printed for deliver. And it's a lovely image to be my 5001st blog post!

Friday, January 8, 2021

Joseph, Part Next 4 (5000th Post!)

 This is my 5000th post! I can't believe I've been posting that many, but there should be at least one post (even if it wasn't done on the day of its post) for each day of the year I've been blogging since 2007! It's been a wonderful practice and evolution of my own work, as I can say I've improved leaps and bounds from how I was when I started, and I can only go further I believe.

It's also been a harrowing past few days in the US with all the political strife and terrible coup-like terrorism from the far right. So whiole I might have wanted to post a beautiful completed piece, I can only post a work in progress. But it's a fave that I hope will turn out beautifully. The likeness isn't done, but getting there!

Thursday, January 7, 2021



Another fave face from the croquises.

Wednesday, January 6, 2021


 I have it in my contracts that I can't publish the finished pieces and tag/name the client until they themselves reveal the final things, but my roughs I own, so I'm being good by only showing portions of them.