Saturday, March 8, 2014


Fashion Month (is that a thing?) just ended, and although it’s been a few weeks since it began, I thought I’d share the awesome experience I had at the start of it, at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week here in NYC. Some incredible illustrators and I were invited to draw for Samsung Mobile at their lounges, set up in the tents at Lincoln Center.

It was an opportunity that I am very thankful for, and I’d love to share some images and sketches from my time there. There were also some other illustrators drawing there as well, including a couple of good friends, like the beautiful and lovely Kris Mukai and Nick Iluzada! They did the most incredible work, and it was nice getting to chill with Kris on the day we worked together.

We drew celebs, editors, models, attendees, and anyone else who wanted a portrait, and we were drawing on the Samsung Note Pro. We used the SketchBook Pro application, which was quite a different experience for me, as I usually only edit or color my work digitally.

There were a few days where I was back in the VIP lounge backstage, which was quite beautifully designed by Swarovski. Celebs and models were flowing in and out at a constant – I was doing fast, 1-minute sketches, trying to catch a good likeness in the fleeting moments they had backstage. It was humbling, having the chance to draw the wonderful people I was able to meet.

The last day I was able to work, I was asked to draw at a couple of shows. I went to the Naeem Khan show, as well as Concept Korea, which were both so wonderful.

After the shows, I was able to share my drawings of the front row with those who sat in the front row themselves. Showing the designer Lie Sang Bong and the actress Holland Roden their drawings was most certainly a highlight, and such a pleasure.

An amazing week, indeed. A huge thank you to both Samsung and IMS for inviting me to draw. I’m humbled and entirely grateful for this experience. Kelleigh, Susie, and Sunny, you guys rule. Donald Bowers is the photographer who took all of the images here!

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Adieu, Blogspot!

It's become apparent, that I've neglected to post much on this blog. I apologize to my followers on Blogspot, but Tumblr has me hooked! So, in an effort to consolidate my social media output, I'm going to put my focus entirely on my own website and my Tumblr. This blog will now act as a milestone and an archive. Thank you again for following my work, and I hope to see you on Tumblr and Twitter!!/michaelhoeweler

Friday, October 14, 2011

Worth Magazine Portraits

A few months ago, I was asked by Dean Sebring, the design director at Worth Magazine, if I'd be able to contribute portraits of a selection of people from their November 2011 issue's list, "The 100 Most Powerful People In Finance". I was more than thrilled to do the work, not only because Worth Magazine is a gorgeously designed publication, but also because the people they were featuring were people who've had an important influence on the world.

I worked with Dean and Valerie Sebring, the art director, and finished twelve portraits for the issue, including likeness' of people like Mary Callahan Erdoes, the CEO of J.P. Morgan Chase, Tim Cook, the new CEO at Apple, and Angela Merkel, the German chancellor. I thought it'd be best to show you some images of the issue itself -- it's beautifully designed, right? I feel lucky to have been able to work with Worth, and have my work included in this issue.

They print the magazine on a matte paper -- when I was told this, I think I had a fit at my desk. I knew that these portraits would find a nice home on a textured surface, as they are completed on a textured surface themselves. Also, I was interviewed by the magazine as a featured contributor. That was a complete surprise, and I was quite honored. Go pick up a copy, or at least read the issue -- it's fantastic!

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Florence Welch Illustration

Sweeter Than Heaven, Hotter Than Hell, graphite.

I decided to dress Florence Welch from the band Florence + The Machine after I heard Frida Giannini, the creative director of Gucci, go on record to voice her fascination with Florence. Apparently, Florence was an inspiration behind the fall 2011 collection.

“I used one of Florence’s songs, ‘Hurricane Drunk,’ to set the mood for my Autumn/Winter women’s show, as she was truly an inspiration for this collection as a modern day icon with her cinematic allure and powerful presence.”

Neato, right? I really find Florence Welch to be a breath of fresh air. She’s incredibly kind, down-to-earth, and full of life, and has an incredibly strong and powerful voice. I hope I’ve captured that with this portrait.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Two Giant Eyeballs

I've been working a lot recently, and I've had the good fortune to have some slight variety in assignments. One company that I've been working with, Two Giant Eyeballs, gives a nice array of assignments, and it's been a pleasure working with the co-founders. Here are some icon images that I've done for them.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Money Magazine

Hi friends.

I recently finished a big slew of portraits for Money Magazine. These portraits were of professionals and experts in a number of fields, who were invited to contribute information and advice in their respective areas of expertise. Topics ranged from personal finance, to business, to career development, to real estate, and to a few others.

These were a fun group of portraits to work on, and I'm happy and excited to still be working with Money Magazine on following issues! These following portraits are a selection from the June issue and the July issue.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

New Portraits!

I was contacted this past month to do portraits of the co-founders of a new media research company, Two Giant Eyeballs. Shirley Velasquez and Stephanie Fairyington are amazing editors, reporters and fact-checkers, who are giving people who are publishing content, marketing products, producing documentaries, or pursuing other editorial endeavors an opportunity to have their facts set straight. Through fact-checking, legal editing, copy editing, interviewing and research, Shirley and Stephanie are giving people a way to publish correct material, without the potentially horrid exposure of mishap or haphazardous mistakes. This is a good opportunity to reverse the sometimes career-ending effects of incorrect exposure. I suggest you check them out,!

Stephanie Fairyington works as the deputy research editor at Us Weekly and Shirley Velasquez works as an editor and writer at Elle Magazine.

As for their portraits, they wanted something a little more old-fashioned-book-illustration than my pen and ink wash portraits, but with a pop of color. I thought the finals were a nice tie-in with some of the pen-heavy work in my portfolio, and it's a technique that I hope hints at a new and different approach to my portrait work.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Ashley Granata Portrait

In the late fall months of 2010, around the time I first started working with Nooka, I attended a PSFK conference with Nooka's owner, Matthew Waldman. While I was there, I took some vigorous notes on the future of the fashion industry and it's development in regards to sustainability, Eco-consciousness, and technological and social connectivity.

But for the most part, I drew portraits of the panelists. Here is my favorite, of Ashley Jeanne Granata, who spoke on behalf of the lovely site, Fashism. This lady was absolutely fantastic: vivacious, an amazing speaker, had interesting opinions, and looked amazing.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Exercise Illustrations for OUT Magazine

The art department at OUT Magazine asked me to do a set of three exercise illustrations for their March issue. I love doing these guys, and I'll return to this post with more information on the assignment soon!
Marlon Gobel's F/W 2011/2012 Collection

(Images of Marlon Gobel's collection courtesy of GQ)