I was taking an exploration of charcoal & chalk on different color tone paper, and this piece happened. For some reason, something just clicked when I was drawing it, and the textures and tone came out exactly the way I wanted. I’d like to pretend like that happens to me a lot, but it really doesn’t happen as often as I would like. I like the vibe of the finished sketch. It reminds me of a mix between Edgar Degas and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. I plan on taking more excursions into tone paperland in the near future. Let me know what you think. I hope you are having a great day. This piece is for sale, so let me know if you are interested :)
This collage was a fun little experiment I did with my friend Photographer Chadwick Tyler. We had wanted to play around and try things to merge our two styles. One of the first experiments I was curious about trying was hand tinting the photo, so I printed Chadwick’s pictures on transparency paper and painted with oil paint on both sides of the transparency. It gave it a really cool look. I hope you like it :)
I just finished up this portrait of shoe designer Amina Muaddi a few hours ago. I’ve been working on this over the last few days. For the portrait I used watercolor, chalk pastel, color pencil, and gold paint pen. I kept layering it until the tone and expression were right. I’m really happy with how it turned out. I hope you like it. I’m making a video that will be out soon. Any suggestions for a song for the video of this portrait?
Drawing faces is one of those things that never gets old. I enjoy it so much. Peoples’ faces are so expressive and interesting. It’s such a fascinating subject-matter. Miyako’s portrait was another by-product of stumbling onto a photo that looked too fun to not draw. I couldn’t pass up drawing it. Today I was talking with my friend Katie Rodgers about cutting out those things that affect you negatively, and focusing on activities that lift you and the people around you up. More and more that is something I’ve been trying to do. I’ve been trying to figure out how to spread the hope and joy I have to you all, and encourage you. Well, I hope you are having a great day! ☺️
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 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 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 :)
What happens when you take REDValentino‘s Spring 2020 collection, as well as old Vogues, and sprinkle some manga in there… Well, I guess this Fashion Illustration is born. I had been working on writing my first manga, “Lost in the Crowd”, when Fashion Week rolled around, so I think they merged a little. This was the first collection of the season that I saw, and I was instantly drawn in by the garments’ silhouettes and the setting. It reminded me of a tucked away little garden. Ever since I was a kid and first saw the movie “The Secret Garden”, the concept of hidden gardens and hidden spaces has fascinated me. I think that is why in every concept sketch I did for this piece, I kept coming back to this garden setting. The illustration was with pen, ink, and water color. It also feature two of my favorite models, Heather Marks & Lisa Cant.
While doing research for “Lost in the Crowd”, I’ve been reading a handful of different mangas. I’ve been blown away and massively inspired by Mangaka’s control of value and tone, which made me lean toward a simplified, almost block print style coloring. Thank you to all who have been following along with my Instagram Story over the 3-4 days. I’m blown away and touched by all your kind DMs and comments. It means a lot to me. Thank you 🙏. I will have a few process/timelapse videos of this piece coming out soon. Just need to start editing them. I’m really happy with how it turned out. What do you think?
I added a limited edition print of this piece called “Secret Garden” to my new store. Also, added the original to the store; it’s called “Red Garden“. I’m super excited about both the print and the original. They are really beautiful to see in person :). The prints and the original are Seasonal, which means they will only be publicly available until October 13th. Click the titles to go to the store.
A few months back I had the incredible honor of doing the album cover for Say Anything‘s final album. I’ve been friends with Max Bemis for years, but this was the first time we got to collaborate on a project together. Max is really fun to work with. He has a clear vision for what he wants but gives you tons of freedom to interpret his vision. That’s exactly how I like to work. I’m really happy with the final result. The album’s character, Oliver, is a complicated character dealing with a lot of internal and external conflicts. I wanted him to have a face that draws you in and makes you wonder what he is thinking. I hope you like it. If you want to buy the album or merch, click here I posted the mediums used on this piece below in the “Explore” section.
p.s. Congrats Max on your final Say Anything album, and thank you for letting me be apart of it. ;)