This was a very different and challenging portrait for me but it was so worth the risk. When I decided to tackle Bruna’s Sktchy inspiration photo I really wasn’t sure I’d be able to produce a half decent portrait but I’m so happy with how it turned out. The more I draw and paint the more I realise that every now and then I need to try to draw a portrait that I think might be beyond my skills because that’s how I improve.

I drew this portrait in my Moleskine watercolour sketchbook with a grey Unipin fineliner, painted with Zecchi Toscana watercolours and finished it 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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