Wednesday, December 29, 2010


Working for OUT Magazine is a testament to collaboration, and my work with the art department continues. Here are some pieces that were included in the December/January OUT100 issue, which is on shelves now. Go grab a copy, I have 7 illustrations in this issue, and it features a list of the 100 most inspiring voices, advocates and allies of the Queer community to have graced the American cultural scene this past year.

Monday, October 11, 2010

New Beginnings

I was able to make it down to Baltimore this past weekend, and it was such a healthy and necessary way to start fall. I needed to see friends, see vast expanses of country and nature, and remember just why life is really worth living! These are a few of the photos I took on my adventures.

I'm getting pretty busy with my day-to-day life (a part of growing up?) and will continue to get even busier as this fall progresses. I have a few projects in the works that may or may not see the light of this blog. Also, I'm going to be delving into some personal artwork that may or may not see the light of this blog. This new project is going to be the healthiest thing I've done to my portfolio in a very long time, and I hope that I can develop it into something really great. Either way, life will continue.

So excuse me if I appear absent, I am only reassessing and returning to my life. Updates will come, see you soon.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Yves Saint Laurent Sketch

A quick drawing in black and white and color from the Spring and Summer 2011 collection from YSL.

And of course I'm sold on this collection. Those big, poofy sleeves make we weak at the knees!

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Fashion Month Sketches

We are reaching the end of fashion month! The Paris shows have just begun while the Milan, London, and New York shows are now glimmering memories (soon to be gracing the wardrobes of the luxurious and changing the style trends of the everybody). I've been doing some sketches, just to mill through the plethora of FASHION with an eye for personal taste. I'd love to share a few with you.

The Prada show was a breath of fresh air, after all of the taxing, painfully and obviously trend-conscious collections that were being released. We get it. Fashion is about absolutes and buzz-words (just like American politics?), and after looking at A LOT of collections from this season, I get it too. Things come up like "30's to 70's time continuum", "minimal 90's", "80's volume", "60's inspired prints", "traditional Japanese influence", "hippie-chic", floral and the obvious color trends -- blue and orange, and a HELL of a lot of white.

I like how the Prada collection brought to mind Calvin Klein's previous fall collection, with the rounded shoulders and funnel sleeves. In contrast, the nipped waist and contour-following was delightful, and the entire collection was reminiscent of a day at a beach in 1960's Italy (film connotations included).

A detail from Calvin Klein Collection's show. You know how much I love minimalism. And this collection was just as beautiful as the last one, if not a little bit more current and not so futuristic. The straight up and down dress can be a bit boring, but these dresses were beautifully constructed and accented with just the perfect details to keep them interesting.

A look from Jil Sander's collection. First of all, you should probably check this collection out -- but apparently it's not easy for many people to appreciate it. I wasn't one of those people though, and I looked past the unpopular details ("It's so lumpy!!!) and saw this collection as a designer playing with volume, while restraining from making unwearable clothing.

Also, the collection was presented with a Busta Rhymes' song "Gimme Some Mo" as the soundtrack.

This wins points with me.

The Versace collection was pretty great, it incorporated Central American and Greek design motifs pretty seamlessly -- and it was entirely wearable. However, I could NOT get over these shoes! Look at how much fun they are!

More sketches to come, so stay tuned.

Thursday, September 16, 2010


Self explanatory.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Raf Simons Runway Study

This is a look from Raf Simons spring and summer 2010 menswear collection, modeled by none other than Arthur Daniyarov. I love how Raf plays with masculinity and it's identifiers with this look: a men's work suit with highly exaggerated shoulders, pushed up sleeves with what appears to be a striped button up rolled up and over the jacket cuff, and placed beneath a sweater vest -- all neatly tucked into the classic straight leg trouser and leather dress shoes.

"I have access to masculine power and privilege."

It's what you're really saying when you wear a suit, whether you know it or not. Raf just included a dash of football player to make it more obvious.

How does it look in color? Your thoughts?

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Julia Nobis Portrait

This is a portrait of the rising star model, Julia Nobis. Julia has walked quite recently for the likes of Calvin Klein, ChloƩ, Prada and other heavy hitters within the fashion industry. I think she's absolutely gorgeous, almost a vision of Botticelli's Venus, no?

Monday, September 6, 2010

Sneak Peak!!!

Oh my goodness!

I'm starting a SERIES. I'm doing model portraits! And not just any portrait of just any model. I'm doing portraits of models dubbed "rising stars"!!! So like, the beautiful new kids who get a lot of work for being sublime. My first portrait was of Arthur Daniyarov, and my next portrait is of Julia Nobis! She's BEAUTIFUL. Like, I'm almost positive that she's my muse.

This is just the beginning!

Robyn Illustration

This is an illustration of Robyn, the esteemed Swedish pop star who's stealing the hearts of electronic-dance-hip-hop-pop-funstuff loving people worldwide. She's adorable, and is bringing a certain "light" to the seemingly brooding, Ladygagaful mainstream pop soundscape. Full of hope, Robyn's music is heart-warming, sexy, and fun to dance to. Also, she has an attitude and swagger that's hard not to be seduced by.

This piece was kind of difficult, and isn't a good representation of the work I want to be making. It's a little too plastic-covered for my current tastes, but was definitely a good experiment.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Website Update


I've collected the daily fashion illustrations that I've been doing into one section on my website (click RUNWAY). I think that those daily's taught me something really great -- working on a creative project every single day, and devoting time and effort into accomplishing creative tasks keeps your head in the game.

Sadly, I've succumb to the Busy Bee, and have been getting caught up in other creative projects/my own life. But I'm still working -- every day -- on new work, new images, planning, sketching, etc. I draw on the trains (I should do a sketchbook update, no?) and I draw at home. I'm always drawing now, quite refreshingly.

AND! I'm starting a few fancy illustrations that I'm excited to share with y'all.

More updates soon.

P.S. I know those daily fashion illustrations were fun, but I also got a tad bored -- studying runway photos is really fun, but my imagination started yelling at me.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Daily Number Seven

I'm back a tad early! I think I'm going to try and update regularly starting on Monday. But for today, I'm posting something that was started this past week and only finished today.

This look is from Givenchy's spring 2009 haute couture collection. In reality, this satin sheath dress with partial wrap and cape is the loveliest shade of pastel turquoise.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Daily Fashion Illustrations on Pause

Yeah, so obviously I'm bad at this daily illustration thing. They will be back up and running on Monday. Pinky swear.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Daily Number Six: Process

This is a portrait of Arthur Daniyarov, a rising star in the male modeling world.. He has been favored recently by the likes of Raf Simons for Raf Simons and Jil Sander, Dries Van Noten, and many other menswear designers of note. He's quite gorgeous, and I think he makes the perfect beauty study. This piece was fun, even if it took a while to get to you. In the past few days I've been busy with other illustrations and career-oriented tasks and busy work. Not to mention that I've been fitting a healthy amount of social life in there too!

I've never really quite posted evidence of my process, and because this was a study, there wasn't too much preliminary work to be shown. I hope it's informative!

This was the preliminary sketch for the finished ink painting. I drew directly on 140 lb cold press watercolor paper, neatly sealed to the table with watercolor tape. I usually treat the hair with inks swiftly and less deliberately than the portrait, so the features are pretty finite and ready for deeper tones, whereas the hair is more or less contour and some directional lines.

This is the under-painting. From the preliminary, I added some darker tone and a fullness to the form with washes of varying shades. The water-thinned ink adds a rich, suppleness that the graphite can't compensate for, which is one of the reasons I may be moving away from graphite.

For the final, I added the darkest tones with pure sumi ink, without added water. I usually keep a few round brushes loaded with water on hand, so I can easily incorporate such deep tones. It can be terrifying, making such a finite decision, but that deep black adds a contrast that you just can't get with any other medium. And it reproduces SO well.

For very fine detail work, I finish with very minute pen work on top, as well as white designer's gouache to clean up and bring out the lightest highlights. I like this gouache because it scan's REALLY well, especially when you make sure to soften the edges of your stroke with water.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Daily Number Five

I'm a day behind in general now. That's one red slip. One demerit. 10 points from Gryffindor. I am ashamed. However, I will make it up by providing a double dose one day. One day.

This is a look from Givenchy's Spring 2009 collection. BLAST FROM THE PAST. Going way back now, to the days of satin jumpsuit's with tapered legs. And a golden bow. Doesn't Mariacarla Boscono just rock this? She's fantastic, I'm really in love with her. And if you don't already know about my love for Givenchy's creative director, Riccardo Tisci -- well, don't get me started.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Daily Number Four

I know, I'm a day late. I was ALMOST finished last night, but decided that for my sanity I needed to go and relax with a friend. Busy times, these are.

This one is A BOY. Yeah, boys are hard to draw, but I think I like this one. This look is from Dries Van Noten's fall 2010 menswear line. The collection holds some timely updates to classic looks and was reliably styled for the presentation. I love the layering of the gray scoop neck sweater with the similar navy sweater underneath.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Daily Number Three

Study after Calvin Klein Collection's fall 2010 collection. I love Francisco Costa's critically named "minimalist" approach to design. For me, it's his ability to play with natural contours, shapes and proportions through garment construction that's exciting. Check 'em out in person, they really are beautiful.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Daily Fashion Illustrations

Alright, I've decided to do a fashion illustration a day. Neat and arduous goal, yes? Each little darling takes between one and two hours, and I love doing them -- so why not start a fun and helpful exercise? Also, it helps me hone in on an approach I'm quickly falling in love with. This study is from Erin Fetherston's fall 2010 collection.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Another Lanvin Study

If I love it so much, why shouldn't I just...keep studying it?
I like this one, it's a dainty little number from Lanvin's fall 2010 collection.

Saturday, August 14, 2010


I've been in a creative rut. Maybe it was eight years of striving for lofty artistic and creative goals, maybe it's been my childhood imagination slowly slipping away while the real world settles in -- I don't know yet. I'm trying to find out what's missing from my creative scheme. I think the answer has been hiding underneath my own nose. It's in my sketchbooks, it's in my external hard drive, it's on the interwebz.

When did I stop painting and drawing things that I loved without thinking about who would see them? Just creating for the sake of it, letting your brain vomit on a page.

I did that today for the first time in a very long time as a quick study (instead of inside of my sketchbook), and I'm kind of relieved. I might just do this every day.

The look is from Lanvin's fall 2010 collection. The hair is a bit wack. Also, shush, I know I'm obsessed with Lanvin, don't judge me.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010


I got a twitter account. I'll probably just post information about new work, these old blog posts, and meandering thoughts on life. So if you'd like to follow, please do!


Portrait Tests!

So testing different approaches to portrait work is fun. I'm progressing, trimming, editing, understanding, and learning about my working habits. It's great!

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Lady Gaga Piece?

Kinda, this is my form of brainstorming. I'm going to start a series of illustrations that combine a few of my favorite things. Portraits, fashion illustrations, and those graphite driven atmospheres that were in the Gareth Pugh and Rodarte work that I had done this past spring.

Alas, this idea is very new, so narratively and conceptually speaking, I'm starting out dry. That's why Lady Gaga looks more like a vintage space glamazon in this image than a contemporary pop musician. It's brain vomit. But thankfully, I do my best work when I get the bad ideas out first. So excuse this, but I think it's kind of a pretty color sketch.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Sketchbooks In NYC

This is one of the reasons I love being in this city. I can draw whatever I want, wherever I want to, and people don't mind. In fact, a lot of people are interested in what I'm drawing. If you ask for stories, you wont be let down!

Thursday, July 15, 2010


Finally! A post with an image to it.
This is a new illustration for the August issue of OUT magazine, that accompanied an article about Barbara Streisand's passion for design and lack of passion for activist and playwright Larry Kramer. It's a shift in color style, and it's in the right direction. Hopefully more assignments follow with color!

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Still Alive

I'm still here.
New website.
Moved to New York City.
And now, the adventure begins.
Updates coming soon.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010


It's easy to update, and I will definitely be updating constantly. I look forward to this one growing, I hope you like it!

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Website Downtime -- New Website Preview

So my old website is down for the time being. But I have a new website that will be going up soon -- the entire site is already complete, I'm just waiting on hosting and endless check ups. Here are some pictures!

Friday, May 28, 2010

Pocket Squares

Do you know how to fold a pocket square? Well, now you do!

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Rodarte Color Idea 2

This is take two, with some more saturated colors. It's not as soft as before, a little darker too, but there is more color.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Rodarte Color Idea

Thoughts? Opinions?

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Rodarte Diptych

Post-graduation Michael reporting, with the final for my Rodarte diptych. These images include select outfits from Rodarte's fall 2010 collection, a beautiful suite of looks inspired by the sleepwalking maquiladora workers of Northern Mexico and the cruel fates that they've met in the recent past. These pieces are both an homage to the collection and a memorial to the victims who were payed respect by it.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Something of An End

It's really nice to see this body of work completed and hanging in a show. It really is the end of a great part of my life, being a student at MICA. I'm going to miss it terribly.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

New OUT Portrait

I've been a busy boy lately. This is a portrait of the lovely author and gender theorist Kate Bornstein, done for OUT magazine's new American Classic section.

New Gilt Illo

This one is probably one of my favorite illustrations that I've done for Gilt [MAN]ual. Just a simple set of drawings to show how different vent styles look.