We worked on creating simple poster style portraits on our iPads using 4 colour palettes in this week’s Spark class. I drew this portrait of Stacey from Sktchy during the class. After class I played around with the gradient map in Procreate to create the alternative versions below.



This is a portrait of Svet from the Museum by Sktchy app. It’s been a while since I’ve done a portrait like this on my iPad. I did a whole series a few years ago and I’m revisiting the style for a class I’m teaching later this week.

I drew the blue and yellow version in the top left corner and then created the other colour versions by playing with the colour curves in Procreate.


We were drawing/painting Frida in today’s Sketchbook Skool Draw with Me session and I liked my effort so much I thought I’d share it here.

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Struggling a bit with heavy pigmentation of Stuart Semple watercolours making this portrait of Jasmine from the `Museum by Sktchy app. If you like strong colour then they’re definitely for you! I’ve only used them once before and I was struggling to get the lighter wash that I wanted – I need much more practice with them.


This is another portrait from a couple of Sketchbook Skool Spark classes where we’ve been looking at drawing faces that are at an angle. This is a portrait of Jericho and we were focusing on trying to make sure his features were lined up with the angle of his face, which is not horizontal to the camera. We drew him last week and added colour in this week’s class, with Copic markers and coloured pencils.


We’ve been looking at drawing faces that are at an angle in my Sketchbook Skool Spark class this week. We started just practicing with line drawing and drew a couple of faces. One of them was Cocomarie. So I did the line drawing in class and finished the portrait afterwards with Copic markers and coloured pencils.


I drew this portrait of Olivia during one of my Sketchbook Skool Spark classes. I’m always so interested to see how my drawings done during these classes turn out. I only have around 45 minutes in which to do most of the drawing so I have to work very quickly.

I can do a little bit of finishing up afterwards but most of the work needs to be done during the class session and so there’s not much time to think about choices, it’s much more a case of simply drawing and living with the consequences. In this class the line drawing was OK, but not great, the face tones came out well, but the hair was a bit of disaster, much too bright, poorly coloured, and needing emergency rescue with coloured pencil.

Of course I could have recoloured the hair completely in Procreate or worked it over for hours with coloured pencils, but I’d much rather leave it as it is as a reminder to myself of this particular lesson and how much I enjoy getting it wrong and figuring out how to make it look a little better! And that I need to practice drawing red hair.


Back in my Copic comfort zone for this portrait of Taelor from the Museum by Sktchy app. I was concerned that I’d gone too dark with the shadow at one point (during the ugly stage, of course) but it all came together in the end. I always have to remind myself to trust my process…