Lilo

This portrait of Sktchy muse Lilo was a real challenge. I finished it in coloured pencil and then decided I wasn’t at all happy with it, especially with the angle of the head. So I imported it into Procreate, chopped off the head, seated it at a better angle, works on the whole portrait some more in Procreate and I’m much happier with how it now looks. This is one of the many benefits of using both a sketchbook and an iPad for drawing – it’s possible to meld the two drawing methods together for a better result.

Coffee truck

I know, it’s not a face. It’s a coffee truck for a Sketchbook Skool “Draw This!” photo challenge. I’ve always loved drawing vehicles and this truck is so gorgeous – it’s an irresistible drawing challenge for me. I drew it on my iPad Pro in Procreate with an Apple Pencil using a whole range of brushes but mostly my favourite Blackwing Pencil brush and a watercolour brush.

Lilian

I have a slight obsession with images that make me think of space. Lilian’s Sktchy photo that inspired this image was possibly derived from a motorbike helmet, gloves and jacket (and some ivy :)) but it immediately made me think of space and astronauts. As I was drawing it I was most definitely drawing an astronaut, or maybe now I think about it I was drawing Jules, hero of Hugh Howey’s Wool trilogy and probably my favourite science fiction character.

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

Sheep

Something a little different today. A while ago I spent some time experimenting with digital block printing and I’ve recently agreed to come up with some designs for cards for a local eco project I volunteer with. So I’m refamiliarising myself with the process and plying around with colour schemes and brushes. This weekend Sktchy have a Barnyard Portrait party so I used a photo of my own of a sheep to come up with this digital block print design. It’s a little rough and ready but it was great practice for refreshing my memory and for playing around with colour schemes – I worked this design in 4 different colour schemes, but liked this simple one the best.

Drawn on an iPad Pro with an Apple Pencil using the Procreate app.

Taylor

This is my fast fun response to this week’s Old School Sktchy challenge word “foreshortening”. I couldn’t resist that huge foot at the bottom of Taylor’s photo. I drew it on my iPad Pro using the Procreate app and my favourite Blackwing Pencil brush and then added the pink and white with a watercolour brush.

Nelly

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).

Walton

This is a really problematic portrait of Sktchy muse Walton. It’s a very poor likeness and a poor portrait. I got the eyes wrong and I ended up focusing too much on the details and forgetting to take a step back and look at the overall image. This is all too easy to do the iPad. So a poor portrait but a useful lesson for me to stop and check the whole portrait regularly while drawing.

This was drawn on a 2nd generation iPad Pro with an Apple Pencil using the Procreate app.

Jerel

I’m part of a closed Facebook group called Old Skool Sktchy where we set the group weekly art challenges (called weekly art extravaganzas or WAX challenges, an idea taken from challenges that used to be set in Sktchy but have been retired). This week’s challenge, tagged #OSSWAXCosplay if you want to find the entries in Sktchy, is the theme cosplay. And this is my entry – Jerel dressed as Link.

I drew this on an iPad Pro with a 2nd Gen Apple Pencil using the Procreate app and Lisa Bardot’s Copicat brushes.