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.

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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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