I drew Ellie on my iPad Pro using the Procreate app and True Grit Texture Supply Chromograph brushes.


Jaan/Princess Leia

May the Fourth be with you! Happy Star Wars day. I spend the whole year looking forward to my Star Wars day portrait 😂 This year I had to celebrate the fact that Carrie Fisher is getting a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame today.

So I drew Jaan from Sktchy in Princess Leia cosplay. She has a whole series of photos in this costume and I’ve drawn another one before but I loved drawing her again, this time on my iPad Pro (I drew the last one with Copic markers).


I love holiday weekends because I get so much more time to just play around with drawing and experiment. Over last Easter weekend I had fun with a Chromograph stippling brush on my iPad Pro and tweaked a line stippling brush I already had so that I could use that with it, and drew this portrait of Korka from the Museum by Sktchy app. Obviously influenced by Van Gogh and Seurat but I was also very much just playing around and having fun and seeing where that took me.


We worked on creating simple poster style portraits on our iPads using 4 colour palettes in this week’s Spark class. I drew this portrait of Stacey from Sktchy during the class. After class I played around with the gradient map in Procreate to create the alternative versions below.


This is a portrait of Svet from the Museum by Sktchy app. It’s been a while since I’ve done a portrait like this on my iPad. I did a whole series a few years ago and I’m revisiting the style for a class I’m teaching later this week.

I drew the blue and yellow version in the top left corner and then created the other colour versions by playing with the colour curves in Procreate.


I’ve been teaching some iPad drawing in my Sketchbook Skool Spark class for the past few weeks and this is the portrait that I was working on in Procreate in those classes.

We started by learning how to adjust brushes and work with layers and clipping masks before moving on to drawing our portrait of Annett. It’s been a lot of fun and I’m amazed at how much progress the students have made!


Svet doesn’t actually look like a Disney Princess in real life. I somehow turned her into one while drawing her portrait, mainly by making her eyes far too large. She does have beautiful big eyes, but not as ridiculously big as I’ve drawn them!

Everything in this portrait is slightly out of proportion and place ( I mean, what is going on with that left arm?), creating more of a caricature than a portrait, but I was so absorbed in my process that I didn’t see this until I was finished.

And this is where posting all my drawings keeps me honest! We all have good days and bad days when it comes to making art, but I always learn something from the process. Today I learned that I really should try not to get so caught up in the process when making digital art, that I should take more breaks, step back and look at what I’m doing, try to see how it looks from more of a distance. And that’s valuable learning. I also enjoyed the drawing process so it was a valuable experience too.