Sulphur

Some days I don’t have much time for drawing but I try to maintain my commitment to a daily portrait. That means producing quicker sketchier portraits like this one of Sktchy muse Sulphur. Sometimes I manage to find a better likeness in these quick portraits – I did today.

The amount of time available always affects my choice of medium. I would never choose to draw a portrait with Copic markers if time was short. I might start one on the iPad, knowing I could easily leave it and return to it later. But if I want to start and finish a portrait quickly then I will always choose watercolour or coloured pencils. Today I chose to use Polychromos coloured pencils in a Hannehmühle Nostalgie sketchbook.

Lana

Worked really hard at not overworking this one after a whole series of overworked watercolours. Very happy that I managed to keep the colour in this portrait of Sktchy muse Lana simple.

I worked this in a Hannehmühle Nostalgie sketchbook with Zecchi watercolours and Polychromos coloured pencils.

Fabrizio

I’m struggling a little with my coloured pencil portrait drawing. I’m not really enjoying drawing very precisely; it takes too long and I don’t much like the results. So I tried something else with this portrait. I worked much faster and less fussily and I like the results so I’ll try this again.

I used some really old (but virtually unused) Derwent Studio coloured pencils I found during a clearout last weekend in a Hannehmühle Nostalgie sketchbook.

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.

Layla

Still finding my way with coloured pencils. I’m only really comfortable hatching and I’m still trying to figure out how to represent form, colour and light and shade with pencils using hatching. It’s a slow process and I’m finding that I’m exaggerating form much more than I do with other mediums – I’m not quite sure why its especially obvious in this drawing, where I’ve obviously elongated Layla’s torso quite a lot. I was aware that I was doing it but it seemed quite a natural thing to do with my pencils.

I drew this with Polychromos coloured pencils in a Hannehmühle Nostalgie sketchbook,

Jeandor

I’m still finding my way with coloured pencils – I’m never entirely sure whether to hatch or to colour in the way children do. For this portrait of a Sktchy muse Jeandor I decided to stick with hatching all the way.

I drew this in a Hannehmühle Nostalgie sketchbook with Prismacolor coloured pencils.

Austin

This was a tough draw and Sktchy muse Austin’s portrait is full of mistakes. It’s too wide (his face in the inspiration photo is much longer and narrower), the mouth isn’t open wide enough and I struggled to capture the shadows and lines well with coloured pencils. But it’s all learning and I’m very much still learning when it comes to coloured pencils.

I drew this in a Hannehmühle Nostalgie sketchbook with a range of coloured pencils, including Prismacolor, Derwent Artist and Bruynzeel Design.

Mahatma

Its a very hot bank holiday weekend here. Time for a meditative coloured pencil drawing of Sktchy muse Mahatma. Hope the weather is good wherever you are and you get some time to relax today and have an enjoyable Sunday.

Drawn in a Hannehmühle Nostalgie sketchbook with a variety of coloured pencils.

Tarana

As well as having a great artist community, Sktchy also offers some great portrait courses. At the moment I’m taking a course with artist Charlotte Hamilton on drawing patterned portraits. This portrait of Tarana was inspired by this course and this week’s Sktchy Patterned Portrait Party.

It was drawn in a Hannehmühle Nostalgie Sketchbook with coloured pencils (from a variety of makers).

The good news is that, although you need an IOS device to have Sktchy app, you don’t need one to take a Sktchy course because they run on the Mighty Networks platform which is available via an app and a website. If you’re interested in finding out more about Sktchy’s portrait courses you can find out more by visiting the Sktchy shop at https://shop.sktchy.com.

Mad Lab

I’ve only been drawing with coloured pencils for a couple of months so I’m still figuring out a method that works for me. Hatching feels most comfortable, although I sometimes drift into full on shading as I’m hatching, like I did with the hair here.

This is drawn in a Hannehmühle Nostalgie sketchbook from a Sktchy photo provided by Mad Lab Studio. I used a range of coloured pencils – I have a wide selection which includes lots of Prismacolors, a few Derwent Artists pencils, and a very Polychromos and Bruynzeels.