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

Needing to update this, because it's still my current mood. Ugh. image to come.

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


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


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. (image to come)

Saturday, November 4, 2017


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


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.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Inktober 25—Ariel

My friend Justin asked me to redesign/re-imagine a costume I designed back when I was a teenager in high school, and I've come up with so many variations, from gritty, darker versions to completely out-of-character (for the proposed character) outfits that I've been thinking a lot about where to go with the asymmetrical parameters of the original. And it hit me that Kitty Pryde's code name then was Ariel, and a spacey, neo-futuristic outfit with no practical considerations whatsoever made more sense. It's supposed to be a fantasy, so go with something that's hopefully fantastic. So the impractical cutouts are exactly that, impractical, but this is supposed to be a futuristic fantasy, why ground it in reality too much? Besides, the concession to current athletic gear design (I based the style lines and seam work on the kinds of things you see on skintight, rather super-heroic athletic gear nowadays) is reality enough, I think.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Inktober 24—Smolder

I started out trying to draw an adult version of Kitty Pryde from the X-men, but based on how John Byrne and Dave Cockrum originally drew her, with a longish chin and a more prominent nose, and with her curly hair. In a way she's an older, more glam version of Kitty, but also much more modern, delicate despite the stronger features. Its that kind of model who is not a typical beauty in the classic sense, but very current. Or so I imagine.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Inktober 23—Chavvie 2

I woke up this morning and had to—ahem!—flesh him out some more. Although I struggle with leaving it as a fun sketch of finishing it out in a more controlled way.

Monday, October 23, 2017

Inktober 22—Chavvie

Or at least, what I imagine is kind of Chav-y. I wanted to draw a model-ish type guy wearing a trendy sporty-mixed-with-sartorial get up, exposing his penis. I think I drew exactly that (well, roughly. But he;s kinda rough trade anyhow).

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Inktober 20—Drunken Scrawlings

I had been out with a friend for a night out at the museum and dinner, and I got drunk and didn't really want to draw but I did so anyhow, but I guess I was too out of it to post it. It's ugly scralings anyhow. But in the blog, any drawing counts!

Friday, October 20, 2017

Inktober 19—Strange Blue Monkey

I still don't know what a "brayer" is, but the Brayer brushes in Kyle Webster's (soon-to-be-absorbed-into-Adobe)Photoshop brush selection makes me think of those rollers for rolling ink on to canvases. Is that what they are? In any case, they made me draw this strange scene.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Inktober 18—Island Dude

His expression was the first thing I drew, then the hair, then the body, and then it just became this bro hanging out at the beach waving his friends over or something.

Inktober 17—Serendipity Sketch

I was only planning on doodling a bit after work, but I ended up really liking the finished sketch (serendipity indeed. And I got so caught up posting it on Instagram that I forgot to post it here!

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Inktober 16—Fashion-y Styling

I was going through Fukcing Young's website and saw an edgy black model in an ediorial, and while this pose or styling wasn't in it, it inspired me to draw this look.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Inktober 15—Jakey

I saw a post for a made-to-measure designer's menswear line featuring model Jake Sanderson, whom I chatted with a few months ago about drawing, but that never panned out (they ofen don't). Anyhow, the designer featured him again but with different hair, and I looked at older pics and saw the curls that made me want to draw Jake in the first place. So I just sketched away inspired by Jake's look and let the lines lead me to the drawing. It kinda reminds me of Miles McMillan too.

Anatomy's all wonky. Bet I'll be tinkering with this one in the next few days.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Inktober 14—Saturn Girl

I dunno if this qualifies as Inktober work—although I DID use the Badass Ink Brush again, so it should count. It's just when you do it in red it just looks like a red line drawing with a brush. Oh, and yeah, just rethinking Saturn Girls' old costume but done up skimpy and modern, in that pseudo 70s way (where everything had holes and cutouts in odd places)

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Inktober 13—Walking Men 3

Trying to just sketch them in but the fact that its digital make sme always question if I can nudge and redo things to make them a bit better. I really should embrace more of the spontaneity of the media...

Friday, October 13, 2017

Inktober 12—Walking Men

I was thinking of a menswear vignette with all these guys walking... somewhere. Two's a start.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Inktober 11—Walking Man

I got inspired by a few Pinterest posts on graphic design and went back to my Badass Brush Inker and this was the result. A bit clip art-y but maybe I can retool it to be more loose later.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Inktober 10—the Cafe At The Met Breuer

On a whim I went to see the Ettore Sottsass show at The Met Breuer last Saturday, and while I didn't love the show as much as I wanted to, I did enjoy just the idea of spontaneously going to a museum. I'm not much of a museum goer and kind of loathe to plan trips to them. But I do like showing up! Even moreso, I love the people watching, especially the view from above the Flora Bar, which is the cafe at the Breuer's basement.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Inktober 9—Croquis

I'm a bit too drunk to render anything more complicated...

Monday, October 9, 2017

Inktober 8—Shadowkitty

Been thinking of updated costumes for Kitty Pryde, and this is  just one of a few sketches I've been tossing about lately.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Current Mood 11.10.16 part 7

I can't believe it's almost a year since I started these drawings, and the mood has never left. it's diminished every so often, but never really leaves, and comes back with a vengeance. Funny how time flies.

It still counts for Inktober because I'm using digital ink brushes.I'm having a hard time finishing this because I can't get the hands right for some reason. And I love doing hands!  But these just have me stymied.

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Inktober 7

I like this sketch so naturally I can't stop tinkering with it. I'm posting this mostly for the little improvements I made to the sketch, but am adding the rather ungainly color overlays just for posting variance.

Friday, October 6, 2017

Inktober 6

My friend and idol, illustrator Mel Odom, posted an old drawing online that inspired me to get a bit sketchy with  a drawing of a guy with deep-set dark eyes. Et voila!

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Inktober 5

I'm not sure if this is the final one. I have two versions and this is the taller one, but there's something more sincere about the render of the older one. Ugh, I don't know.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Inktober 4

This is a re-imagining of an old costume design of mine. I like the concepts and the rendering, but I'm not sold on the design as a design in itself. Really pleased with the inking though. I love this Badass Brush Inker 1!

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Inktober 3

The Black Queen lives (finally) in the outfit designed for her.