Rime

This is Rime from the Museum by Sktchy app. I drew her portrait with a fineliner, Copic markers and Prismacolor coloured pencils. This is very much my comfort zone. I always feel most at home when drawing with Copics and in the past year or so I’ve added coloured pencils to this working method because I can add some softness and extra detail (both highlights and shadows) to the marker drawing with them.

Alexander

I picked up a new 4-colour ballpoint pen from the Japan Centre in London when I was in the city a couple of weeks ago for a hospital appointment. I obviously had to try it out on a portrait, so I drew Alexander from the Museum by Sktchy app.

The pen is a Tombow and has the usual 4 colours – black, blue, red and green. It has a lovely line – its lighter in tone and thinner than a Bic so it’s easier to create a gentle build up of colour. Having said that, the ink does blob much more than Bics do, so I had to clean the nib much more than I have to when using Bics and I still found blobs crept into my sketch, as you can see. So there’s not much to choose between the two brands for me – though Bics would still be my go to because of the wider range of colours.

International Womens Day 2022

Today is International Womens Day and the best way I know to honour it is with my drawings of women. I’ve drawn thousands of women from the Museum by Sktchy app over the years since I started drawing portraits – these are just a few of them. I owe a huge debt of gratitude to them all and especially to Jordan Melnick, the creator of the app, and his team at Sktchy.

Lake

I love making digital drawings that look as much like drawing in a sketchbook with analog materials as possible. Georg Graf Von Westphalen’s ballpointy brush is the best ballpoint pen brush I’ve come across for Procreate. This portrait of Lake from the Museum by Sktchy app was drawn with the ballpointy brush using a colour palette I created from my favourite Bic 4-colour ballpoints. I love how it turned out, especially the hair.

You can find out more about Georg’s Procreate brushes here

Kate

There’s no question that drawing lines with a ballpoint pen is the most therapeutic kind of drawing for me. It’s just so simple and straightforward and I’m simply building up the image layer by layer with each colour. I’m still on sick leave at the moment and right now this is the kind of drawing that I find the most soothing.

The model is Kate from the Museum by Sktchy app and I used Bic 4 colour ballpoint pens in a Life Noble Note Plain Notebook.

Lina

I had surgery to implant both a spinal cord stimulator and dorsal root stimulator in my spine a week ago today. It’s been a rough first week of recovery and today is the first day I’ve felt able to art, but I’ve managed a whole portrait.

This is Lina from the Museum by Sktchy app painted in watercolour and finished with coloured pencils,