I’m not an American but even here on the other side of the pond many of us, especially women, are deeply grateful for the life, work and inspiration of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the US Supreme Court Justice and feminist icon who died yesterday. I am certainly feeling her loss today and she was the only person I could possibly draw.

I painted this in a Moleskine watercolour sketchbook with Zecchi Toscana watercolours then warmed on it with Luminance coloured pencils. Then I scanned it in to my iPad Pro and worked on it some more in Procreate using Lisa Bardot’s Pencil Box brushes.



This is Artur. Nothing deep and meaningful about today’s choice of Sktchy face to draw. I just liked that intense and more than a little grumpy expression and it was definitely fun to draw. I got lost in the pink and blue tones for a while.

I drew this on my iPad Pro with an Apple Pencil using the Procreate app and Lisa Bardot’s fabulous pencil box brushes.


I haven’t used my Bardot Brushes for a while. I’ve become slightly obsessed with the Procreate wet acrylic brush and have used that for almost all my digital drawing recently but I decided to go back to my Bardot pencil box brushes for this portrait, and it was such a good decision – the cross hatch brush was perfect for those dandelions.

I drew Sktchy muse Elena on my iPad Pro with an Apple Pencil using the Procreate app.


Blue is my favourite colour. I find it soothing, cooling, calming. I also have a long history of severe depression and blue is, of course, the colour associated with sadness. Today I am feeling blue (post-election blues after yesterday’s UK election) and it felt right to draw a blue portrait. It so happens that Sktchy is having a Blue Portrait Party this week, which gave me even more of a reason to draw a blue portrait. So here is Adah looking much paler and bluer than she does in the inspiration photo!

I drew Adah on my iPad Pro with an Apple Pencil using the Procreate app.


This is the lovely Dayris. In the Sktchy inspiration photo she is standing in front of amazing floral wallpaper. I didn’t want to even attempt to recreate that paper. Instead I created my own patterned background using some floral digital stamps I made for another project.

I drew Dayris’ portrait on my iPad Pro with an Apple Pencil using the Procreate app, Lisa Bardot’s Copicat brushes and my own digital stamps.

Scout in colour

I drew Scout in black and white a few days ago for Inktober. I knew when I drew her that I would add colour at some point to that portrait. So here is that same portrait but with colour added in Procreate. She looks older than she should, which is one of the reasons I don’t often draw children – yes, I’m one of those artists who always manages to age children when I draw or paint them.

I added colour on an iPad Pro with an Apple Pencil in the Procreate app using Lisa Bardot’s gouache brushes and the Procreate luminance brushes.