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.

Iliriana

I’m beginning to feel comfortable drawing with coloured pencils. I feel like I’ve found a process that suits me now and preserves my style so that the portraits I produce are still recognisably mine. I probably still need to build enough confidence with this style to add more layers of colour but I do at least feel like I’m going in the right direction now.

I drew Iliriana’s portrait in my Hannehmühle Nostalgie sketchbook with Prismacolor coloured pencils.

Anna

Not feeling that well these past few days, it’s been a crazy work week month…) and I’m really feeling it, and I’m struggling a little to focus on my drawing. I feel that I’m losing the likenesses more than usual but I’m still enjoying the process as much as ever.this is the very beautiful Sktchy muse Anna – though it doesn’t look entirely like her!

I drew it in my Hannehmühle Nostalgie sketchbook with Polychromos coloured pencils.

Craig

I somehow managed to totally lose Craig’s likeness while drawing this portrait. That happens more when I draw with pencils than with any other medium, perhaps because I’m still finding my way and not yet entirely comfortable using them. I think I’m focusing so much on trying to find a technique that works for me that I pay less attention to the actual drawing of the face once I’ve mapped the basic shapes and so I lose the likeness. That’s my excuse anyway!

I drew Craig in my Hannehmühle Nostalgie sketchbook with Polychromos coloured pencils.