At the moment my Copic markers are being very leaky. Every time I do a Copic portrait I seem to end up with a large pool of Copic ink on the page. Fortunately Midori sketchbook pages don’t feather ink very much, it just dries in a pool creating a watercolour-like effect which is accentuated by my recent switch from black to dark fineliner s for my linework. This is definitely the most watercolour like Copic portrait I’ve drawn so far. But it was all Copic markers in a Midori Cotton sketchbook with some coloured pencil over the top to finish it off.

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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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