I bought a small pocket Moleskine sketchbook so I can practice with ballpoint pens without having to spend 5 or 6 hours on a portrait. This is my first portrait in the book. I also bought a set of Kum ballpoints – there is a great yellow, much less fluorescent than most ballpoint yellows, but the pens are a bit dribbley. I was also struggling to get light marks with them but I’m reasonably happy with what I produced in less than 2 hours.

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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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