This is the lovely Dayris. In the Sktchy inspiration photo she is standing in front of amazing floral wallpaper. I didn’t want to even attempt to recreate that paper. Instead I created my own patterned background using some floral digital stamps I made for another project.

I drew Dayris’ portrait on my iPad Pro with an Apple Pencil using the Procreate app, Lisa Bardot’s Copicat brushes and my own digital stamps.


I love playing with light and shadows in my portraiture. I’m always drawn to Sktchy inspiration photos that have interesting light and shadows in them and the photo that inspired this portrait of AmĂ©lie is a good example. Her hair and the bottom part of her face was well lit but the top half of her face was in a great shadow cast by the bucket hat. Capturing that shadow, and the texture of the hat, without making everything too dark and overworking the portrait was a great challenge and I’m really happy with how it turned out.

I painted Amelie in my Laloran sketchbook with Zecchi Toscana watercolours and finished the portrait with Prismacolor coloured pencils.


I’ve been playing around with both real and digital coloured pencils for this portrait of Athenas today. I started off drawing her in my HannehmĂĽhle Nostalgie sketchbook with an HB pencil and Prismacolor coloured pencils. Then I imported that sketch into Procreate on my iPad Pro abundance worked on it some more with a Blackwing Pencil brush.


I drew Jason in a bit of a hurry, in a squeezed hour and a half between household chores and rushing out to a work meeting. Somehow that rush worked. I had to use the chisel tips on my Copic markers to cover space quickly and the time pressure focused my mind and attention on picking up the main colours and not worrying too much about lesser ones. I love the immediacy of the finished portrait. It lacks the polish of some of my Copic portraits but I think that’s more than made up for by interest and freshness.

I drew Jason in my A4 Moleskine sketchbook with a Copic multiliner and Copic markers.


I had the time to sit at my desk and paint for the first time in a week today. Its hard to express how much I’ve missed it. I didn’t even have the patience to ink over my pencil lines!

I drew Trevor in my Laloran sketchbook with an HB pencil, painted him with Zecchi Toscana watercolours and finished the portrait with Prismacolor coloured pencils.


I love how this portrait of Izabelle captures the sense of her without being a realistic drawing of her. That wasn’t intentional. I’m always seeking likeness when I’m drawing portraits but in this case I lost it far more than usual but ended up with what I feel is a great representation of her nevertheless (much more so than many of my portraits that capture a good likeness!).

I drew Izabelle on my iPad Pro with an Apple Pencil using the Procreate app.


I love drawing exaggerated facial expressions, the stronger the better, and this one of Olivia’s is just great. I had a ball drawing it.

I drew it with Copic markers and coloured pencils in my A4 Moleskine sketchbook.

I’m going to be away for the next few days speaking at a conference in the north of England for my day job so I’m probably not be going to be getting much portrait drawing in (but maybe doing a little on the train, who knows?). Hopefully posting here again by the weekend.