Lilly

I drew Lilly in my Hannehmühle Nostalgie sketchbook with Prismacolor coloured pencils.

Jade

I’m still a complete novice at ballpoint pen drawing but I love doing it and I’m improving very slowly. I love the richness of colour in really good ballpoint pen portraits and I’m a huge fan of great ballpoint artists like Robin Hilthouse and Nicolas Sanchez. And I know the only way to develop those kind of skills is to practice, practice, practice. So right now I’ve learned the basics and now I’m trying to find a drawing and hatching style that works for me. I feel like I’m getting a little closer in this portrait of Jade (in cosplay as Coraline).

I drew this in my tiny Moleskine with a range of multicolour ballpoints from the British brand Paperchase and the Dutch brand Hema.

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.

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.

Laura

Still working on my ballpoint pen skills after that great Sktchy Art School course on Portraits in Pen. I think I’m improving slowly, but it is a very slow improvement. I still haven’t got the lightness of touch I’d like to achieve but I’ll keep at it and hopefully get there eventually.

I drew this in an A5 Moleskine with a variety of ballpoint pens.

Scout

This is a little ballpoint pen practice in my pocket Moleskine. It’s also an entry into this week’s Old School Sktchy wax challenge for Halloween. And, of course, it’s a portrait of the very lovely Scout Penelope, the absolute best child muse on Sktchy.

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.