I started drawing and painting Rosi in my Drawing Faces class for Sketchbook Skool and finished it after the class. This was one of those portraits where I think I had a likeness at the drawing stage, then I lost it, got it back at various points, lost it completely and at this finished stage have a sense of her but definitely not a complete likeness. I think the bottom half of the face is not bad but I’ve lost something around the eyes, hair and top of the face.
Of course drawing in class isa very different to drawing for myself. I have to draw flat so my document camera captures the process well for everyone viewing online. I have to work faster than I would normally (though that’s not necessarily a bad thing). And I use a thicker pen so that my lines are more visible for viewers – and I do find that makes a big difference. Perhaps I’ll start using a fountain pen again so I can have more line variability if I’m going to have a thicker line?
This is turning into a very stressful week, mainly due to my father being unwell and in hospital. At times like these drawing and painting are the best therapy. These are the times when it is, of course, hardest to find the time to just stop, sit and draw. It can seem the least important thing to do when there are one hundred and one other demands on your time. But I know that, for me, it’s the most important thing to do.
I have chronic and persistent migraine, which means that I have migraines on between 15 and 25 days in any month. Of course I woke up with one today and have been nauseous and vomiting on and off all day. I know this is stress-related and the best couple of hours I’ve had all day have been those I spent drawing this portrait. I know that taking some time out to draw increases the chances that I will have a migraine-free day tomorrow.
Thank you to Julie from the Museum by Sktchy app for being the muse for my portrait today which was made with watercolour and coloured pencils in a Fabriano Venezia sketchbook.
I got to spend a couple of hours with my watercolours and coloured pencils drawing and painting Cuervo from the Museum by Sktchy app. I’ve got a migraine today but I find drawing for an hour or two helps me to focus and forget the pain, at least for a little while, so long as I have enough natural light to work by (I can’t cope with artificial light or too bright natural light).
I had surgery to implant both a spinal cord stimulator and dorsal root stimulator in my spine a week ago today. It’s been a rough first week of recovery and today is the first day I’ve felt able to art, but I’ve managed a whole portrait.
This is Lina from the Museum by Sktchy app painted in watercolour and finished with coloured pencils,
Just when I think I’ve finally got to grips with drawing hair a portrait shows me that I really haven’t. This portrait of Alondra from the Museum by Sktchy app was one of those. How I struggled to capture her beautiful hair and I’m a million miles away from where I want to be. I really can’t find any good online courses on drawing/painting hair either so if anyone reading this knows of any please let me know!
This portrait of Victoria from the Museum by Sktchy app was a complete disaster at the watercolour stage. I’d applied the watercolour much more quickly than I usually do and it looked muddy, without much colour definition. So I left it overnight and came back to it the next day with fresh eyes,
Then I started working on it with coloured pencils and, without too much work, they transformed it into a portrait that I really like. I focused on adding more definition to the shadows and more yellow and pink to the areas where those had turned into mud at the watercolour stage. And I tried not to get too hung up over the hair, where I can often get very worked up about not really knowing what to do.
All in all I’m really happy with the portrait, especially considering where it was halfway through. And the moral of the story is to ever give up on a portrait because it always has something to teach you.
Drawing when I can at the moment. Took a couple of days drawing this portrait of Karina from the Museum by Sktchy app in snatched moments between work and everything else. Still searching for my drawing mojo but always happy to have actually completed a portrait.