Leeza #2

This is my second portrait of Leeza from an image of two photos collaged together. In my last post I shared the first one, drawn with Copic markers and coloured pencils. This one was drawn digitally with marker and coloured pencil brushes, using the same technique but working on my iPad Pro. I used True Grit Texture Supply’s KolorMarc and Chromographbrushes.

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Bianca

I bought some fabulous new brushes for Procreate by the TrueGrit Texture Supply – the KolorMarc pack. They are marker brushes and I used them for this portrait of Bianca from the Museum by Sktchy app.

I’ve used a whole of range of different brushes in Procreate to try to create the effect of Copic markers but none have worked like these. The richness of colour and texture is just fabulous. And they really do go down like Copics. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, TrueGrit make the best Procreate brushes on the market.

Eden

I was working on this portrait of Eden from the Museum by Sktchy app during last week’s Sketchbook Skool Drawathon but I’ve only just got around to finishing it. I drew it on my iPad Pro using the Procreate app and the very fabulous True Grit Texture Supply’s Chromagraph brushes.

I’ve posted a short Procreate timelapse video of my drawing process on my YouTube channel. If you’d like to see it you can find it here.

Danny

Today’s portrait is not a Sktchy face. This is Danny Gregory, founder of Sketchbook Skool and all round art guru who is celebrating his birthday today. I owe Danny a lot. He is the person who got me drawing for the first time since childhood when I was in the depths of major depressive illness after a serious breakdown some years ago. It’s no exaggeration to say that drawing, and by extension Danny, was one of the things that helped to save my life.

Since that time chronic mental and physical illness has become a part of my life and daily drawing is part of my toolkit for maintaining my wellbeing. Sketchbook Skool and Sktchy, and the online communities that surround these, have become an integral part of my life and crucial to my mental and physical health. I’m hugely grateful to the people who make up these communities for their ongoing friendship and support and to Danny, Koosje Koene and Jordan Melnick for their foresight and hard work in creating and sustaining them.

Those of you who follow this blog regularly will know that a few months ago I became a teacher for Sketchbook Skool. I can’t tell you how exciting it is for me to go from student to teacher. The very least I can do is draw Danny on his birthday and wish him a very happy birthday!

Vincent

Every week Sketchbook Skool founder Danny Gregory House Draw With Me session on YouTube. Anyone can attend and draw along with Danny. Each session has a different theme and after the session people post their drawings on social media (although this isn’t obligatory).

During this week’s s Draw With Me session we drew a 19-year-old Vincent van Gogh. I did a simple sketch in ballpoint pen. But many other people did wonderfully colourful drawings in true Van Gogh style and when I saw them posted online I decided I had to have a go. So I uploaded my sketch to my iPad and started playing around in Procreate with a TrueGrit TextureTown brush and the Liquefy function. This is what I ended up with. I love it.

You can see my process on YouTube here. If you’d like to watch a previous or attend a future Draw With Me session ( they’re absolutely free and open to anyone worldwide) you’ll find them here – make sure you subscribe if you want to receive a reminder of future sessions.

Faeze

This was so much fun to draw! I want to focus on drawing hands in a future Spark class so I was looking at inspiration photos with hands. This one caught my eye – too hard for a first class on drawing hands but fun for me to draw. The muse is Faeze from the Museum by Sktchy app.