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 Amélie 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.

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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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