Chester

This portrait of Chester is my submission for this week’s Old School Sktchy WAX challenge for which the prompt is “Frida”. I’ve drawn lots of people in Frida Kahlo-style flower crowns in the past so today I decided to draw Chester the pharaoh hound instead.

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

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Manuela

This time of year is always my busiest time of year work-wise and fitting in drawing around work is always a bit of a challenge. So I do what I can, breaking up my portrait drawing into manageable sections that I squeeze in between my various work projects and meetings. I think it sometimes means that the portraits look less well thought through than the ones I complete in a single session, but it’s all practice and it’s all learning.

This was drawn on an iPad Pro with an Apple Pencil using the Procreate app.

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.

Scout

I don’t often draw children but the photo of Scout which inspired this portrait is so perfect for today’s Inktober theme “enchanted”. I drew this with the technical pen brush in Procreate, which I don’t think I’ve ever used before. I know for sure I’m going to come back and add colour when I have the time

Thiago/inktober

For people who draw and share their work online October is arguably the most important month of the year. It’s the month of Inktober. Started I don’t know how many years ago by superduper pen and ink artist Jake Parker, it’s the biggest monthly drawing challenge of them all. The challenge is to make a drawing in pen and ink and share it online with the #inktober hashtag every day of the month. Jake posts a set of daily prompts every year at the beginning of September, but you don’t have to follow them, and Inktober is now so huge that there are many, many alternative prompt lists and drawing challenges if Jake’s doesn’t appeal (my favourite alternative is Mab’s Drawlloween Club which you can find on Instagram – follow @mabgraves for that).

I have completed Inktober a couple of times but last year I took a year off. But I felt like I was missing out. So this year I’ve decided to take a relaxed approach and do some days but maybe not everyday. And instead of drawing in my sketchbook I’m going to use it to explore all the digital ink brushes I’ve got but have never used. So this is a portrait of Thiago and is today’s suggested photo for the Sktchy Inktober group and today’s prompt “mindless”. I used the dry ink brush that comes with Procreate to draw it.

If you want to do Inktober or simply find out more about it you can you can visit the Inktober website at https://inktober.com. If you want to see inktober art just search for #inktober on Instagram, Tumblr or Pinterest. I’ll only be posting my faces here; if you want to see the rest of my Inktober art head over to my Instagram account @helenlp.

Hannah

This is Sktchy muse Hannah. I drew her on my iPad Pro with an Apple Pencil using the Procreate app and Lisa Bardot’s wonderful Copicat brushes.

I’ve uploaded a Procreate timelapse video of my drawing process to my YouTube channel – if you’d like to watch it you can view it here.

Meghan

This portrait of Sktchy muse Meghan is for this week’s Old School Sktchy Wax challenge theme “figure study”. I’m always fascinated by bodies that can move and hold positions that my body hasn’t managed for at least 20 years. Even standing or lying straight is a challenge for my body these days so I’m intrigued by the idea of skeletons and whole musculoskeletal systems that can move into and maintain postures like Meghan’s in the portrait above. My own body’s limitations have made me more, rather than less, interested in the biology and physics of how we move – and the aesthetics of it too. As my movements have become more crablike I love to see fluidity and absolute ease in the movements of others. And to draw it.

I drew this on an iPad Pro with an Apple Pencil and Procreate using a Blackwing Pencil brush.