When coming up with what to post on for Halloween, this photoshoot instantly came to mind. A few years ago, my good friend Chadwick Tyler asked me if I would be one of his assistants on his cover shoot for V Magazine with Lady Gaga & the Cast of American Horror Show. I ended up doing all the post production on the shoot as well, processing the digital files, hand developing all the film, scanning, and retouching everything. It was tons of work, but really a once in a life time experience. Getting digital, 35mm film, and 120 film to all look the same was a super tough task, but I’m really happy with how it turned out. I hope that one day a book of this shoot gets released. There are hundreds of incredible photos in the shoot. I snuck a few quick drawings in there. Happy Halloween!
I don’t do many sketches directly from my head without any references. I also don’t do many completely digital drawings. This drawing is the exception. I was doing a lot of charcoal sketches at the time. I ended up making a few photoshop charcoal brushes. I was so excited about the brush, I just started scribbling and slowly, like a photo coming into focus, this soft drawing of a girl on a beach with her dog began to form.
It reminds me of a cool, windy, lazy, overcast day at the beach. I hope you are having a great day!
I did this illustration of amazing Musician/Drummer and Friend, Darren King and his daughter Scarlett. I met Darren years ago through his wife Stacy, and have been friends ever since. I don’t know what it is, but sometimes it’s as though the picture draws itself, and other times it’s like I can never get the picture right no matter how many times I try. Do you know what I mean? Does that ever happen to you? This illustration was one that illustrated itself. The moment I saw it, I started drawing it, and from the first line, the texture and the tones came out exactly how I pictured them. You can check out Darren on Instagram.
P.S. I got all the Art up for the next few months! My art store is seasonal meaning a piece will only be up in the store for a few months, then a whole new set of Prints, Limited Edition, and Originals will replace it. :) Check it out and let me know what you think, and which ones are your favorites ;) Also, I’m about a week away from finally launching something I’ve been working on for the last six months. I can’t wait to share it with you :)
I took an online class earlier in this year by Nathan Fowkes at Schoolism. The class’s main focus was on lighting color, and mood, which is what I’ve really been focused on the last few years. For some time, I’ve really wanted to be able to capture an environment and make the scene feel the way the character/person is feeling. Ever since I took the class, I’ve been doing a lot of little lighting studies working off photo references that have the kind of light quality I’m looking for. When I saw this picture of Richie Hines I instantly knew I was going to draw it. The vibe I got from her facial expression was so pleasant, it reminded me of the feeling when you wake up to the warmth of a sun rise, so I went with this soft morning light quality. I’m happy with how it turned out.
Richie is an amazing artist as well as a model. You can check out her work here.
I’m the type of person, that when I come up with an idea I like, I dive in head first whether it’s practical or not. This Sketchbook was one such idea. Once I realized I could make my own sketchbook, of course I made the least practical sketchbook ever. I should have made it a standard size like 8×11 or 11X14. Of course, that never crossed my mind. So coming up with a drawing that would fit the ratio of this sketchbook has been difficult, but when it works, it’s works. It’s in the top two of my favorite sketchbooks. The reference for this drawing was a VOGUE MAGAZINE September 2004 foldout cover. At the time, I was working on my Character Sketchbook, so I was only really interested in drawing Gemma Ward. Haha.
So as I made my way from left to right, I started getting overwhelmed with drawing so many faces. Finally, I realized I didn’t have to draw the faces… thus the blank faces on this piece. It was made with pen and brushed ink. I hope you like it. Just a reminder that I’m not blogging on the weekends, so I will see you Monday! I hope you have a great Friday!
I did this Sketch of my friend Anabela Belikava earlier this year. I had to report for Jury duty and I wait all day to see if i would be called. Needless to say I had tons of time to sketch. A photo Anabela Belikava caught my eye as i was scrolling thought instagram. The photo has really strong beautiful contour lines(which are my favorite to draw). I was luckily to have packed my Sketchbook and just few hours later this sketch was born. just a simple pen and pencil sketch, but I’m really happy with how it turned out.
Also I’m working on getting some new originals, Limited Edition, and prints up in the store. Hopefully should have a dozen new pieces up this week. Hope you are having a great day. Thanks to everyone who commented on the last few posts. It means a lot and it’s great hearing from you :)
I always enjoy sharing drawings from my Character Sketchbook. This one in particular might seem familiar. That is because I ended up redrawing it a few years later. You can check it out here :). This drawing of Lily Cole was the 46th drawing in the series back in 2006. For me, this drawing was huge encouragement. My confidence was slowing building throughout the book. When I finished this one, it turned out so different than I had pictured when I started. It’s one of my favorite in the series.
For the last six months, I’ve been working on Character Design for my brother and my fiction book. Also, I’ve been working on characters for a manga I’m writing called “Lost in the Crowd”. I’ve never really done character design before starting these two projects, so to compensate for my lack of character design skills, I’ve been filling up sketchbook after sketchbook with face studies trying to see which version feels right for that character and to rule out the ones that don’t. This study of Nana Kato (katouchan) feels close to the vibe of one of the main characters, Yuki. I will be posting a lot more Yuki study sketches over the next few months. I can’t wait to start illustrating the first volume. Let me know what you think. Hope you’re having a wonderful day.
We all have to start somewhere. For me, this is where I started. On October 30, 2006, I decided that drawing was something I really wanted to learn how to do. I’ve always loved doodling on paper and coloring growing up. I was never the best artist in the class. Almost 12 years ago to the day, I began drawing Lily Cole and Gemma Ward everyday, since I had the most fun drawing them. All I can say is I’m so glad that I did. I got to experience some incredible things just because I decided not to give up and chose not to get discouraged. Giving up is the easiest thing to do, but like my dad told me my freshman year in high school, “If you give up now, it will be that much easier to give up on the next thing, and the next thing.” There have been so many times where I’ve lost my confidence, or been frustrated with my drawing ability. That combined with the frustrating financial rollercoaster that comes as a result of working as an artist, there have been moments that I have considered giving up… But this journey has been too amazing, and sharing it with you all has been life-changing. Thanks you so much.
p.s. Over the last few weeks, I finally got organized, where I am going to be blogging every weekday, Monday – Friday at 5pm pst. It’s my dream to create an amazing blogging community once again. If you can share with someone you think would love Igor + André, that would be incredible.
I’ve made a lot of drawing process video’s over the years, and this one of REDValentino collection has to be one of my favorite ones yet. I’m excited for you to see it. The Music you might recognize from the Inspiration Friday post a few months ago. The Song is “Girls” by Masakatsu Takagi on the Album “COIEDA”. It’s hard to describe the feelings you get when listening to Masakatsu Takagi’s music. It has such honesty and feeling. Due to his lack of formal/Classical structure, the music seems like you’re listening to a stream of consciousness in musical form. I first discovered Masakatsu Takagi in my first year of fashion school, when Apple did a feature on him in a 2006 video called ‘Sound of Light‘.
As I speed up the hours and hours of video footage the sparatic nature of how i drew reminded me alof of Masakatsu Takagi’s music. Once i place it in there it was a perfect fit. This Fashion Illustration took 3 days to draw. So the video is speed up roughly 11,000 times faster. It takes you from the light table transfer of my concept sketch till the completion of the peice. In the future i’m planning on document from first concept sketch till completion so you can see all the stages should be interesting. I’m making another video that has the post production part of it. I hope you like it. :)