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


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


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


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.


Spent so much time finalizing projects at Shopbop yesterday tht by the time I got home, I had not been able to draw or upload a drawing for the day. So this is my makeup sketch. Get it, makeup?

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Offline Doodling 2: Top Knot

I did more doodles at my desktop, not because my computer was still dead (it got better) but because I had started doodling and so I might as well continue. Isn't that always the way with doodling? Add on.

McCoif 3

I started liking the face but hating the hair, which was exactly the reason I started drawing this damn thing, so I tried a different hairstyle to see if I could rework the look into something that worked better for the face. I feel like I can spin this face as being some sort of sensitive edgy musician type, or it could be a Tilda-Swinton-esque trans man.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Offline Doodling

Was locked out of my computer at work, unable to work. So I pulled out my sketchbook and drew the first thing that came to mind. 

Monday, June 26, 2017

McCoif 2

Yesterday's face had to becompletely redrawn. Completely!  And I'm still not done. Ah, the perils of inventing faces when you've not got all the fundamentals of facial construction (although I do think I fake it well).

Sunday, June 25, 2017


I liked the hair at Alexander McQueen's show today. There was something both 70s about the cut with its longer back and sides, but the slicked back styling also made it look Lord of The Rings elfin.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Still Lazy With The Shows 2

My attentions have been focused elsewhere—on work, on shopping, on working out, anything but my drawings. I wonder why? So I'm using the shows as an excuse to doodle. This hairstyle—which I've been drawing on and off for like 2 years now— is still ruling the runways .

Friday, June 23, 2017

Lazy With The Shows

The Paris menswear shows are well underway, and I'm actually quite excited about a few collections and new directions. But not, it seems, excited enough to draw them. I seem to be lacking a lot of energy to draw in any detail. Even last night when I sketched I had no desire to work on a likeness, and instead when really quick and immediate.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Parson's Fashion Illustrators Gathering

A fashion illustrator friend from LA who teaches fashion illustration invited a bunch of NY fashion illustrators to take part in a live sketch session at Parsons. I got to meet Sara Singh! I as a bit tired form last night and today's long all-day interview process, but I still wanted to go. I didn't too terribly well, but I don't think I did so badly. Funny, these sessions aren't as satisfying as they used o be and I don't know why.

Walking In Late

Ugh, I totally forgot to draw yesterday because I was prepping my portfolio all week and especially last night, for a job interview I had today. So while looking online at the newest runway looks form the Paris men's shows, I loved Rick's high-waisted wide legs. I've already been drawing that stuff on my own, but nice to see it in reality, as well as by the inimitable Rick Owens. So this is a quick makeup sketch for yesterday.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Deep v 4

It's a case of overworking things, I think. I kept trying to improve the face but it turns out the immediacy of my initial rendering was better than these overthought successors. Fortunately I have a few versions I can go back and rework. The problem is I keep going back and reworking.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Deep V 3

The differences don't seem that much but there's a lot of cleaning up going on under the hood—lines cleaned up, colors given sharper edges, that sort of thing. But I'm not sure the updates are improvements just yet. Damn this process!

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Deep V 2

I dunno what it is but I don't have the energy to work on my drawings lately. I think I design so much at work that I just deplete all my creative juices, and when comes the weekend, all I want to do is relax. Well, at least I got to work a bit on this face, which is turning out nicely, I feel.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Hudson Pride

I went up to Hudson to hang out with friends again but it was in the middle of their Pride celebrations so I didn't have time to draw anything until the next day. And then all it was was a bad sketch of a rose for my host/friend whom I told about Madame Pompadour Roses because they resembled peonies, but that I couldn't find them anymore. So the sketch was an addition to the name of the flower that she said she would try and find. Nothing too exciting so far as drawings ar concerned (but the trip was a lot of fun).

Friday, June 16, 2017

Subway Style 2

I decided to redraw her completely. And add her mom (or at least I think that was her mom).

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Subway Style Too

I was riding home from Brooklyn last week and these three young guys sat in front of us in the train. They looked great, like what real, good looking kids look like when they're not portrayed by models, hehe. This was one of them.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Subway Style

I saw a young Chinese girl on a train, accompanied by her mother. I had to snap a pic because her style was so impeccably simple and laid back, with her bib front men's shirt and shorts plus heavy, chunky-soled boots. Very trendy.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Fleshing Out

I often start with the outlines of a face, but I thought I'd let the form start to dictate how a drawing proceeds.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Whitespace 5

So I thought to myself, I'm drawing this somewhat provoative pose—because he's all spread-eagled—but what does it look like without the pants? Now we know.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Whitespace 4

I thought the model should have a different head pose—and different, longer 70s hair.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Deep V

I got a few inspirations today from my trip to Casa News in the West Village, and it resulted in a quick sketch and color study thats more realized than I usually do, but I wanted to nail down my impressions right away.