Archive for March, 2013


I’ve been developing this image in my head all week. Today, I’m trying to get it out on paper and make sense of it. Good times. I’m drawing textures that I haven’t experimented with before. Very meditative and relaxing.

At first I thought this was going to be a purely decorative piece, but a deeper interpretation is coming to me slowly. I can’t wait to start inking this one.

Happy Saturday everyone.



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This is sort of a continuation from a previous post titled, “A Cultural Kind Of Beauty”. I wanted to share a few process shots of me working on this piece as well as the colored final.

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This is my thumb nail sketch that I worked from. I scanned it, enlarged it and printed it on an 11×17 piece of paper.

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Then I traced the basic form and modeled it into this. (Above)

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When I finished my drawing, I traced it onto a sheet of Cold Press watercolor paper. Then I inked it with a matte ink.  I outlined the whole drawing with a Speedball inking nib and a small brush for larger areas.



Here’s the finished drawing, which I then scanned into photoshop. I honestly tend to go over board when I scan my drawings. I believe this drawing is about 10 inches wide, which is a decent size to start with, but I scan it at 1200 dpi, which nearly quadruples the size.

I adjust the blacks with levels, unsharp mask and threshold. Then I save it as a bitmap. It sounds more complicated than it is. I picked up the technique from the blog of a comic book page scanner technician. Very interesting to say the least.


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The coloring process usually involves many layers to achieve the desired look I want. It also involves a lot of back and fourth with the many color combinations and textures to pick from. I’ve been moving into a brighter color direction lately because it seems more inviting and fun. Just a personal preference at the moment.

My files can easily contain over 30 layers. Considering the size of my initial scan and the many layers above it, including varying textures, my files are usually at least a gigabyte and a half. So, they’re very large as I’m working on them. I do this in case I want to make a very large print of the piece somewhere down the line. Once I flatten the image the file decreases to a more manageable size, but I still keep my original photoshop document just incase I need to make any changes.



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Here’s the final!

Thanks for reading.



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I’m an Illustrator and I’m a Photo Editor. Rarely do the two worlds ever collide. In fact they’re very much separate. Only recently I’ve decided to start posting my work as a photo editor on my blog. I refrained from doing so in the past because I didn’t want to confuse what ever audience I had. However, now I believe showing this work rounds me out, and it’s a practice that not many illustrators can say they experience. With all that said, I actually got to work on a project  that believe it or not sent my two worlds crashing together. It all started with a call from my friend and wardrobe stylist Ise White, who I’ve collaborated  on many photo shoots with for Siempre Mujer Magazine. She asked me if I’d be interested in doing a project with a new magazine, where she worked as the Fashion Editor, titled “Relapse“.  She told me that I could do WHATEVER I wanted for a ten page fashion story for the books up coming art issue. Once we worked out a few details, I was on board. We both came up with the simple idea of shooting a model in her underwear with her hair pinned back. Then I’d draw in her hair and clothes. She paired me up with the Creative Director of the magazine, photographer Tyler Mitchell. After discussing a few ideas I sent him these rough story boards.


The next thing I knew, we were on a set, bringing this idea to life.



Tyler did an initial edit, getting rid of the shots that were totally unusable. Then he sent the rest to me and  I narrowed them down to the shots I thought would work best with the drawings I had planned. I decided the best way to get this done was to print the images out and draw my designs over them on tracing paper. Then I transferred those drawings on to watercolor paper, using my light box and inked them in. Finally, I colored them in photoshop.

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Here’s how the finals came together.


Photography by Tyler Mitchell. Art by David Cooper. Make up by Suzana Hallili. Model: Mila At MC2.

Thanks for looking. I hope you enjoyed the process!


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