I’ve been finding it so hard to focus on drawing this week as, in Britain, we move, at a snail’s pace, towards a coronavirus lockdown. But today, finally, I found a little bit of focus as I drew the beautiful Summer for this weekend’s Sktchy Calm Portrait challenge. It was lovely to forget the world for a couple of hours and just paint.

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


This week Sktchy are having a Calm Portrait Party and this portrait of Nelly is my entry for that challenge. The inspiration photo is such a beautiful one (I drew a portrait from a similar photo of Nelly’s a year or so ago and that remains one of my favourite portraits) and I so enjoyed drawing from it. As you can see I was experimenting again with coloured pencils- but on my iPad Pro again.

Yes this was drawn on an iPad Pro, not in a sketchbook. I created a coloured and textured paper background so that I could use lighter colours and they would show up. Once I started drawing I decided to use a lighter touch with my hatching on the skin especially and I think this was a good decision. I drew this with the Procreate app using Georg’s Blackwing Pencil brush (my favourite drawing brush).