The Weekend ~ 6/28/2013 ~Basic Croquis

Last Friday I shared my rant on some men’s view of height to which a fellow writer replied with a  quote by Johnny Depp in Don Juan DeMarco:

“One must see beyond what is visible to the eye…When I say that all my woman are dazzling beauties, they object. The nose of this one is too large; the hips of another, they are too wide; perhaps the breasts of a third, they are too small. But I see these women for how they truly are… glorious, radiant, spectacular, and perfect… because I am not limited by my eyesight… I search out the beauty that lies within until it overwhelms everything else.”

So I decide that next time I am confronted with such ignorance I plan to say “Oh, I see your limited by you’re eyesight. That’s a shame.” This rebut can and should be liberally applied.

That goes for you too Gals. If the quote above show anything we as women need to quit judging ourselves by the skin we wear. Let your beauty radiate.

So as promised I have finished new basic croquis templates. My Wacom Tablet decided now would be the time to go on the fritz. i.e. quit working all together. So these babies are hand drawn. I had promised…. so there was no letting you down for the umpteenth time.

After posting my curvaceous croquis I got numerous requests for a back view. And Croquis Part II still remains my most read blog post. Of course revisit it if you want to know how to draw your own 10 head fashion figure. Recently Justine Limpusparish created a fabulous template showing you how to pivot your fashion figure. This will help you vary poses on the basics. And give you much more flexibility in your designs.

So I thought it only fitting that curvaceous be the first of my new and improved Basics revealed, perfect for all your plus size or curvy fashion designs. I’ve elongated her, fashion style, but this lady is still curvaceously delicious. Most people do not realize the average woman in the North America wears a size 14 and the average height is 5′ 4″. So most women would be considered plus size. That certainly is not reflected in our magazine images. However this week Canada’s first plus size magazine was released. Check out Dare– Thanks to Diana Di Poce. So without further ado here’s Curvaceous.

DCT croquis curvaceous FB wweb

I have also redone the Basic Male and Female croquis I posted earlier. Hope you get good use of them. Please share your creations. I would love to see what you design.

DCT croquis Female FB wweb

DCTcroquis Male FB wweb

This will no doubt keep you busy over the weekend. See you next week on the blog!

Blast from This Blogs Past


The Weekend Reading List


Something Extra

If you can watch this video and not want to dive in then I don’t know what to say to you. It’s just not possible. Makes me want to partially paint my croquis. hmmm…….

Maroon 5- Love Somebody

The Weekend ~ 5/17/13 ~Creative Collaboration



First blush

There is possibility inherent

in this blank page

This canvas awaiting touch

Of pen and brush

Colors flush to life

An ancient love awakened

~by DCT


A good friend of mine has graced me with an opportunity to flex my creative muscles on a few of her projects. I am so grateful for the challenges. And I do mean challenges.

First off are character designs for her animated screen play concept. I hadn’t a clue where to begin. I had brief descriptions of her characters and plotline but that was it. I didn’t know how to create characters for animation. I needed guidance so I picked the brain of the only expert I knew for a little advice, direction on what to draw, industry standards etc. (Thank you K).

After which I mocked up some very rough sketches to see if how I envisioned the characters was in line with my friend’s creative vision. Let me just say in one short weekend I gained an enormous admiration for comic artists, animators, hell anyone who creates a character and draws and redraws them in the various episodes of the storyline. WOW!

Interestingly it sparked a conversation with my friend about her characters. I had envisioned them, well some of them, slightly differently then she had, particularly the main character. She explained what she saw and I explained why I came to my conclusions. This, interestingly enough, made her think.

There is something organic in the process of creative collaboration that I can’t get enough of. Each person adding a piece which blended together produces something new. It is the birth process, ultimately giving life to a new creation. Hopefully in this case an animated movie concept that the studios will love and produce. At which point someone far more skilled then I can take over animating the characters for the movie.

Next up, was coloring flat sketches for bag designs she and her business partner created for their new venture. This was a far more familiar task. I loved getting the colors set and textures defined. I even added a few creative suggestions of my own as well. I can’t seem to keep my two cents to myself. And admit I enjoy being a muse. Too bad it doesn’t pay full time.

I have also been writing a lot of poetry as of late; which I haven’t done since high school.  And thankfully have a friend (Ex English teacher) to collaborate, critique and edit my words. I can’t thank her enough. This creative collaboration has challenged me to think and rewrite again and again each time gaining strength and momentum till I end up with a piece I am proud of.

So this weekend I encourage you to put yourself out there, flex your creative muscles, and give birth to new creations. And if you are lucky enough to have fellow creative conspirators to play with… all the better. Inspire one another to greater heights and mold your inimitable magic into something new and unleash it unto the world.

Blast from This Blogs Past


The Weekend Reading List

  • Paris In Four Months ~ If you are a Francophile then this website will become an addiction.
  • Let Them Steal ~ Photographer David Duchemin tackles an interested debate about watermarks and protecting your work. After dedicating enormous time to watermarking everything I finally gave up. Now I fall in David’s camp.
  • What Fashion Owes Reality ~ Danielle Meder writes about walking the line between Aspiration and reality and the ever common debate of what constitutes Real Beauty. This gal has it all beauty, brains and talent. Check her out.


A Little Something Extra

Image: Equation by DCT, Poem: First blush by DCT

Tuesday Talent ~ Ray Ferrer-Emotion on Canvas

I had been plugging away with my Exacto blade late into the night creating black and white images on paper. Then I came across this artist Ray Ferrer and was hooked. The soulful expression of his images grabbed me. I realized I wanted  had to feature him on my blog but that meant I needed to draw him; which seemed way more daunting. Until now… all my Tuesday talent sketches have featured female artists.

So without further ado I want to introduce you to my portrait and the raw, honest, simple splendor of the artwork and words of Ray Ferrer.

TT-Ray Ferrer

I am an East Coast based artist who, through my work, seeks to utilize various harmonies and ideas to visually engage the audience.  I also use my art as an opportunity to experiment with the range of possibilities allowed through my choice of materials, spray paint and hand cut stencils.

My work captures spaces of partial or full illumination between the perfect shadows on all sides of a person or an object.  The artwork conveys the real beauty of the subject.  The viewer is able to appreciate the simplicity, splendor and  exquisiteness  of my work and the subject.  The work is raw, it’s stripped back, it’s honest.

I am vehemently opposed to using art as a means to rely on overly-complex theories or ideas to prop up mediocre images. I believe that the quality of the actual work is what is paramount.

Ferrer - Intuition

Who inspires Ray

My wife is my biggest inspiration.  She is also my largest supporter and biggest source of motivation.

What Ray does

I create emotional works of art on canvas

What Ray Does best

I think I am best at being a loving husband and father to my 12 year old daughter

Ferrer - Introspect

What other profession Ray would like to attempt

There is nothing I would rather being doing with my time.  I have an MBA from a top business school and was a strategist and consultant for some top Fortune 500 companies.  I hated every minute of it.  So, I traded in my MBA for a can of spray paint.

What turns Ray on creatively, spiritually or emotionally

Memories and feelings turn me on creatively.  Real life is my biggest creative turn on.  I love seeing people with the truth written on their faces, or children being children.  I love seeing things as they should be seen and not “cleaned up” for societal viewing.

Ferrer - Closure

Where to find Ray

I can be found online or at any of my exhibitions nationwide (USA currently).  My online presence is at the following sites (All my own and monitored and managed, edited and updated by me and me alone)


Blog (18,000+ followers):

See Me Portfolio:


Where Ray got his Talent/Education

My talent with art is not something I knew I had.  Just kind of happened.  My education is in business and engineering.  I have my MBA and don’t use it anymore.

Finally borrowing from Bernard Pivot- If  Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates?

I would like to hear him say “This place is dull, boring and way to white… and has been forever… can you PLEASE spray paint the heck out of it for me!”

A little Something Extra~A video of Ray’s process

Image: (1) Ray  by DCT, (2)Young Girl , Intuition and Closure by Ray Ferrer

***This is  a regular feature on my blog. Tuesday Talent Interviews are designed to introduce you to a myriad of incredible artisans. Make sure to check out the others. Enjoy!