Mike in a (mandatory?) mask

Mike

Wearing a mask is mandatory on public transport in the UK from today unless you have a health reason not to wear one so I thought I’d mark the occasion with a portrait of Sktchy muse Mike wearing his mask. I’m glad that finally mask wearing is becoming acceptable in this country. I hope that with the easing of the lockdown it becomes more commonplace and that this helps to inhibit any second wave.

I’ve found lockdown incredibly difficult and, while I’m not rushing out of the house and heading to the shops today because I’m not convinced it’s safe to do so yet, I’m hoping against hope that people will be sensible and the death rate will continue to fall.

I drew Mike with Polychromos coloured pencils in a Hannehmühle Nostalgie sketchbook.

Sydney

This is Sktchy muse Sydney drawn in a Hannehmühle Nostalgie sketchbook. I sketched her with a blue Pilot ENO mechanical pencil and then hatched over that sketch with a purple Pilot ENO mechanical pencil.

I’m not feeling well today. I’ve got a killer migraine and a horrible flare up of both CRPS and fibromyalgia symptoms,so this was really all I could manage to draw. Hoping I’ll have more energy tomorrow.

Athenas

I’ve been playing around with both real and digital coloured pencils for this portrait of Athenas today. I started off drawing her in my Hannehmühle Nostalgie sketchbook with an HB pencil and Prismacolor coloured pencils. Then I imported that sketch into Procreate on my iPad Pro abundance worked on it some more with a Blackwing Pencil brush.

Michael

I was intending to draw Michael with coloured pencil. But when I finished drawing an initial sketch with an HB pencil I moved without thinking into inking out a portrait with a fineliner, as I do when I’m making either a Copic or watercolour portrait. When I realised what I’d done it was too late – I’d inked out half his face! So I decided to make use of my error and try something different.

I knew that coloured pencil hatching alone wouldn’t be strong enough to match the ink lines. So I used my Derwent Inktense pencils, which I’ve hardly ever used in a portrait (not sure if I’ve ever used them if I’m honest), to create my basic colour layers and then finished off the portrait with some hatching with Prismacolor coloured pencils on top. I still think the ink lines are too strong for the pencil portrait but I can live with it, as an experiment. And I do like the combination of Inktense and regular coloured pencil, so I may use that again.

The portrait is drawn in my Hannehmühle Nostalgie sketchbook.

Nicky

In the inspiration photo for Nicky’s portrait she has only one half of her face made up but I struggled to really show that with coloured pencils except on her lips. I really needed to add more depth of colour to her skin tones. Still much to learn about using coloured pencils!

I drew this in my Hannehmühle Nostalgie sketchbook with Derwent Artists coloured pencils.