Elene

Some days I overwork my watercolours horribly and other days I manage to keep them light and restrained. This is one of those good days – so happy I managed to avoid any muddy overworking here. Possibly helped by Elene’s fabulous bone structure and that awesome blue eyeshadow!

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

Jade

Jade is one of those Sktchy muses who always posts beautiful photos and when I come across a new one I wonder why I’ve left it so long to draw her again. She has a great face and is a lovely study.

I drew this in my Laloran sketchbook with a Copic multiliner, painted it with Zecchi Toscana watercolours and finished it with Prismacolor coloured pencils.

Joni

This is another commission from Joni, my second in two days. It’s exciting to get commissions but definitely a little anxiety-inducing too because I want clients to like what I produce for them. But I know I need to have a thick skin if I’m to make work to order. So I’m telling myself the most important thing is to do what I do – if people are commissioning me it’s because they like my work.

I painted this in a Laloran sketchbook with Zecchi Toscana watercolours and finished it with Prismacolor coloured pencils.

Joni’s dog

This is a commission that I received through Sktchy. Commissions are always a double-edged sword for me; there’s the thrill that someone wants to pay me to paint a portrait for them, but then there’s the pressure of having to live up to their expectations, to produce something “good”, worth what they are paying.

The way it works on Sktchy is that the artist receives a request to draw a particular photo, which you can then accept or decline. When I saw this photo my first instinct was to decline because the thought of painting a curly haired dog filled me with fear. But, of course, I didn’t, because I love a good challenge – and I’m so glad I didn’t. This dog is a beauty and painting it was such a pleasure. I had to work hard to figure out how to paint that curly hair but I worked it out and I’m so happy with the finished portrait.

I painted Joni’s dog in a Laloran sketchbook with Zecchi watercolours and finished it with Prismacolor coloured pencils.

Haley

I’m working hard at a more minimal approach to watercolour, trying for a “less is more” result. I’m so happy with this portrait of Haley because this is close to what I want. There’s none of the horrible overworking I’ve been guilty of a lot recently. I feel like I’m getting better at gauging when to stop, though I think I could (should) have added a last layer of yellow tone here.

I painted this is my Laloran sketchbook with Zecchi Toscana watercolours and finished it with Prismacolor coloured pencils.

Wael

Playing with line over my watercolour in this portrait of Sktchy muse Wael and struggling to get my drawings finished in time this week as I find myself obsessing over British politics. But I tore myself away from Twitter and drew. I worked this in a Laloran sketchbook with Zecchi watercolours and Prismacolor coloured pencils.

Lana

Worked really hard at not overworking this one after a whole series of overworked watercolours. Very happy that I managed to keep the colour in this portrait of Sktchy muse Lana simple.

I worked this in a Hannehm├╝hle Nostalgie sketchbook with Zecchi watercolours and Polychromos coloured pencils.

Isabelle

I made such a mess overworking my watercolour in this portrait of Sktchy muse Isabelle – it’s slightly improved by working over it with coloured pencils. It’s also my contribution to this week’s Old School Sktchy WAX challenge on the theme “Fall”.