I’m on three different hospital pathways for fairly serious treatments at the moment and it’s all getting a bit overwhelming. I needed to get “good” blood pressure readings today to send to one of the hospitals and my anxiety was so high the ones I was getting this morning really weren’t good, so I did some drawing – and after a couple of hours my BP had reduced from high to normal and I was feeling so much better. Thanks to Siobhan and the Museum by Sktchy app for the free therapy.


I spent half a day in hospital last week having a cardiac scan and picked up some vile virus (not Covid, I’ve had a PCR test and it’s negative) which has made me feel very unwell. I don’t have the energy to sit at a table and draw so digital drawing is the most I can manage. So glad to have actually managed to finish this portrait of Jing-Tang from the Museum app (which is what Sktchy has rebranded as) today.


This is David from Sktchy – or “Museum” as the app has rebranded itself today in honour of its muses. It will take a while to get used to the new name but I like that the folks at Sktchy are putting the focus on the muses.

I drew David on my iPad Pro using the Procreate app.


This is Irina from Sktchy. I love sketching with rainbow pencils in my sketchbook so I had a go at making a rainbow pencil brush for Procreate loosely based on my beloved Blackwing Pencil brush. Once id made the brush I tried it out on this portrait. I had to play around and modify it a little bit to get the sensitivity and colour change right but I’m pretty happy with it now.


This was fun! Digital drawing can be very liberating because the ability to work in layers makes it so much easier to correct mistakes and experiment with new different approaches and ideas. And I think that often shows in my digital portraits, like this one of Juli which I finished very quickly and deliberately decided not to spend too much time tidying it up because I didn’t to lose that sense of freshness.


This has been a crazy week and I haven’t had time to draw for almost a week, which I think is the longest I’ve gone without drawing in at least five years. But hooray, it’s Saturday, and I have some breathing space and time to sketch.

This is Laya from Sktchy drawn on my iPad Pro using the Procreate app.