I bought some new 4 colour ballpoint pens by Life & Pieces; one is the usual blue/red/black/green but the other two have different colours to my usual Bics. I used all three for this portrait of Jeff from the Museum by Ktchy app.

They’re a bit blobby as you can probably tell – far more blobs of ink on this drawing than the Bics ever give me. They’re also more like gel pens, it’s not easy to work light strokes with them. But it was still fun to switch it up & use something different and I love the overall colour effect I got from them.



Lots of meditative hatching for this portrait of Diey.

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This is Kevin from the Museum by Sktchy app. I drew Kevin in yesterday’s Sketchbook Skool Drawing Faces class.

Since I started teaching these classes last May I have become so much faster at drawing! When I first started the classes I would only get about halfway through a portrait in the 45 minutes or so drawing time. I finished this entire drawing yesterday before the class was finished and had time left over to take questions. I’ve learned to draw both faster and less to get more done in the time.


I drew this portrait of Olivia during one of my Sketchbook Skool Spark classes. I’m always so interested to see how my drawings done during these classes turn out. I only have around 45 minutes in which to do most of the drawing so I have to work very quickly.

I can do a little bit of finishing up afterwards but most of the work needs to be done during the class session and so there’s not much time to think about choices, it’s much more a case of simply drawing and living with the consequences. In this class the line drawing was OK, but not great, the face tones came out well, but the hair was a bit of disaster, much too bright, poorly coloured, and needing emergency rescue with coloured pencil.

Of course I could have recoloured the hair completely in Procreate or worked it over for hours with coloured pencils, but I’d much rather leave it as it is as a reminder to myself of this particular lesson and how much I enjoy getting it wrong and figuring out how to make it look a little better! And that I need to practice drawing red hair.


Back in my Copic comfort zone for this portrait of Taelor from the Museum by Sktchy app. I was concerned that I’d gone too dark with the shadow at one point (during the ugly stage, of course) but it all came together in the end. I always have to remind myself to trust my process…


I’ve been working on this portrait of Godfree from Sktchy slowly over several days, just layering up that hair bit by bit with my Bic. I could have continued with more layers but I was pretty happy with how it looked at this point so stopped here. Just love the meditative scratch scratch of vertical hatching with a Bic pen.