Eira

I’m having some problems with my hands at the moment and I’m having to adapt my drawing style a little. My drawings are becoming looser as a result, especially today’s portrait of Eira from Sktchy. I really like how this one has turned out.

I drew this with a dark grey Unipin fineliner in my Moleskine watercolour sketchbook, painted it with Zecchi Toscana watercolours and finished it with Prismacolor coloured pencils.

Agathe

This is Agathe from Sktchy. I was trying so hard here to hold back with my watercolour and not end up with mud. I’m really struggling with the paper in this Moleskine watercolour sketchbook. It’s not taking watercolour as well as the previous ones I’ve used; the paper is becoming soaked after just a few layers and subsequent layers are becoming muddy. So I was trying here to keep my layers lighter and use much less water. I think it’s less loose as a result, but there’s no mud!

I was using Zecchi watercolours and Prismacolor coloured pencils in a Moleskine watercolour sketchbook.

Big Al

Big Al


Day 2 of my drawing therapy and I’ve drawn Big Al, Sktchy artist and muse. I used a new dip pen I bought recently and India ink – hence the blob of ink on Al’s ear. I forgot that pen and ink can be messy! But it’s also fun.

I made this portrait in my Moleskine watercolour sketchbook with pen and ink, Zecchi watercolours , Prismacolor coloured pencils and a white gel pen.

Faun

The Brighton-based life drawing school “Draw Brighton” started a Patreon at the beginning of the Coronavirus lockdown to provide an income to help support the teachers and life models while the school is closed. I’m a patron and receive enormous bundles of amazing photos to draw from every month but I haven’t got around to drawing from many of them. But finally I painted this from one of their “Drawing Circus” collections. I’m afraid I don’t know the models name.

I painted this in my Moleskine watercolour sketchbook with Zecchi Toscana watercolours and finished it with Prismacolor coloured pencils.

If you’d like to know more about Draw Brighton and/or their Patreon you can find more details here.

Lorraine

Lorraine

Lorraine is both an artist and a muse on Sktchy and her was such a wonderful face to lose myself in today. So many layers of colour and such expressive lines – and those fabulous eyes.

I painted this portrait in my Moleskine watercolour sketchbook with Zecchi Toscana watercolours and finished it with Prismacolor coloured pencils.

Scottish Guy

I don’t know this man’s name – his photo was posted on Sktchy by Christine and she tagged it “Scotttishguy”. What an awesome face to draw though. I’m not sure I did him justice.

I drew this portrait in a Moleskine watercolour sketchbook with Unipin fineliners, painted it with Zecchi Toscana watercolours and finished it with Prismacolor coloured pencils.

Diellza

Diellza

I’m always attracted by shadows. My portraits look flat until I start to paint in the shadows and it’s only when I begin to add those that faces come to life. So when I browse Sktchy for inspiration it’s always the photos with interesting light and shadows that jump out at me. Like the one I used for this portrait of the beautiful Diellza. You can’t see her hand but the shadow tells you very clearly that it’s there, shading part of her face from the sun.

I painted this portrait in my Moleskine watercolour sketchbook with Zecchi Toscana watercolours and finished it with Prismacolor coloured pencils.