When I first started drawing faces I was terrified of expressions and would only draw expressionless faces looking forward, mouth closed. Now, a few years and more than 1200 portraits later, I have much confidence in my portraiture skills and it’s all about expressions. When I’m looking through Sktchy for a face to draw the images that jump out at me are the ones with great lighting, interest skintones and/or wonderful expressions to draw. The inspiration photo for this portrait of Denyce has all three.

I drew Denyce in my Moleskine watercolour sketchbook with a Micron pen, painted her 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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