Naomi

Today’s portrait is not from Sktchy. This is Naomi, the aerialist from Draw Brighton’s Drawing Circus, drawn on my iPad Pro.

Since the first Covid lockdown in the UK last Spring I’ve been a supporter of Draw Brighton, my local life drawing school which had to shut its doors due to coronavirus but started offering activities via Patreon to provide income for its teachers and models. They offer virtual life and portrait drawing sessions, blogs and a range of online classes and activities each month and they also they release photos of their models and from the Drawing Circus (their themed semi-clothed life drawing troupe) archive.

If you’re interested you can find out more about Draw Brighton here.

Sam

Some days I want to draw a portrait that matches my mood and this portrait of Sam from Sktchy totally matched my mood this morning after 20 minutes of doomscrolling Twitter!

I drew Sam with a dark grey Unipin brush pen, painted her with Daniel Smith watercolours and finished the portrait with Prismacolor coloured pencils in an A4 Fabriano Venezia sketchbook.

Joshua

I haven’t drawn for several days and how my fingers know it. They’ve been itching, twitching, reminding me that I need to draw a portrait. But I’ve had both computer and printer problems. I can survive without a printer but in these Covid lockdown remote working days I absolutely can’t survive without a computer. And I’m self-employed so I can’t rely on an IT department to help me out, I have to solve the problem myself. Fortunately I’m pretty techie and, with the help of YouTube, I usually can. Three days later I’ve solved my computer problems- but not my printer ones – though I was woken at 2am with a crashing migraine, my body’s reminder that I have chronic illness and I haven’t been pacing.

So this morning I took some time out and drew Joshua from Sktchy. This is my first watercolour in a new Fabriano Venezia sketchbook- I wasn’t sure how it would take the water but it was much better than I expected. And I feel so much better after a couple of hours of art therapy.

Raul

This is the lovely Raul from Sktchy. His photo makes me think of warm sunny days, which is exactly what I want to be thinking of on a cold January morning locked down in the UK. I drew this with my Bic 4-colour ballpoints in my Life Noble Note Plain Notebook.

MyHung

I’m starting as I mean to go on this year with drawing therapy when I most need it. This is MyHung from Sktchy and drawing her is helping me deal with my post-Brexshit blues. I try to keep politics away from this blog as much as possible but I’m a very sad Brit today. I know that there’s a lot wrong with the way the European gravy train works, but I for one will miss the freedom of movement and closeness with the continent that being a member of the EU gave us.