This is Raman from Sktchy. I drew him in my Life Noble Note Plain sketchbook with Bic 4 colour ballpoint pens.



This is another page in my Screen Queens sketchbook for The Sketchbook Project. It’s a portrait of Andréa Martel from the French drama Call My Agent, played by Camille Cottin, who is unquestionably my lockdown screen queen.


I’ve been working very slowly on this portrait of Diana from Sktchy over a few days after I reacted badly to my first Covid vaccination. Five days later and I’m still not feeling well but I keep reminding myself I’m lucky to have got the vaccination so soon.

I drew Diana with Copic markers and Prismacolor coloured pencils in a Midori cotton sketchbook.

Livey ‘s Monster

I loved the Sktchy inspiration photo for this portrait of Livey’s toddler and I really wanted to play a little bit with his shadow. When I was drawing it definitely wanted to be a bird monster of some kind so that’s what it became.

I drew this on an iPad Pro with an Apple Pencil using the Procreate app.


Last year when I was struggling with the first Covid lockdown in the UK I had some behavioural activation therapy (a form of cognitive behavioural therapy or CBT). The most important lesson I learned from that therapy was not to wait to feel motivated to do the things that help me to relax or lift my mood, but to schedule these things in every day and do them no matter how unmotivated I’m feeling. Right now I really don’t feel motivated to draw but I’m doing my best to do it every day regardless. I don’t always manage it, but I’m trying my best and when I do pull off a good hour or two of drawing I feel so much better for it.

Today I drew a full portrait of Éryka from Sktchy with Copic markers and Prismacolor coloured pencils. It’s a good likeness and completing it lifted my mood and makes me want to draw another one tomorrow.


As in the first lockdown I’m struggling again to keep up with my daily portrait drawing habit. I know how much it helps me but I struggle to do it and can find a hundred and one reasons not to. So I’m happy to have managed this quick sketch of Tamar from Sktchy in coloured pencils today.


Today’s portrait is not from Sktchy. This is Naomi, the aerialist from Draw Brighton’s Drawing Circus, drawn on my iPad Pro.

Since the first Covid lockdown in the UK last Spring I’ve been a supporter of Draw Brighton, my local life drawing school which had to shut its doors due to coronavirus but started offering activities via Patreon to provide income for its teachers and models. They offer virtual life and portrait drawing sessions, blogs and a range of online classes and activities each month and they also they release photos of their models and from the Drawing Circus (their themed semi-clothed life drawing troupe) archive.

If you’re interested you can find out more about Draw Brighton here.