Nelly

This week Sktchy are having a Calm Portrait Party and this portrait of Nelly is my entry for that challenge. The inspiration photo is such a beautiful one (I drew a portrait from a similar photo of Nelly’s a year or so ago and that remains one of my favourite portraits) and I so enjoyed drawing from it. As you can see I was experimenting again with coloured pencils- but on my iPad Pro again.

Yes this was drawn on an iPad Pro, not in a sketchbook. I created a coloured and textured paper background so that I could use lighter colours and they would show up. Once I started drawing I decided to use a lighter touch with my hatching on the skin especially and I think this was a good decision. I drew this with the Procreate app using Georg’s Blackwing Pencil brush (my favourite drawing brush).

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hareinthemoon

I love drawing things. These days I am rarely found without a pen, pencil or stylus in my hands. In my working life I spend a lot of time in meetings and classrooms, reading papers and strategies, so my home life provides a creative antidote to all that! I also have chronic pain, lots of it. I have scoliosis, fibromyalgia and CRPS, so my life is a balancing act, trying to balance work, which make me feel part of the real world, with pain, which is ever present, and art, which soothes my pain.

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