This is the lovely Ayshin from Sktchy. I totally messed up the headscarf in the portrait so I had to change the colour from a creamy yellow to purple to disguise my disaster which works OK, but isn’t quite what I had planned. I wish I had left the scarf alone as a line drawing and hadn’t attempted to add colour to it at all. There’s a lesson there for me in putting a little more thought into when to stop drawing.

I drew Ayshin in my Life Noble Note Plain with Bic 4-way multicolour ballpoint pens.


I’ve been working on this portrait of Dennis from Sktchy very slowly for days, scratching away on my iPad Pro with the ballpointy brush. I’m finding building up layers of colour through slow hatching so very meditative.


Some days I’m tired and I want an easy draw. It’s so hot here on the south coast of England right now it’s hard to find the energy to do anything so I’m taking the path of least resistance. That means hanging out in my Copic comfort zone today for this portrait of James, drawn in my Midori cotton sketchbook.


There is always something very satisfying about drawing with that most humble of drawing materials, the Bic ballpoint pen. This is Henry from Sktchy, drawn in a Life Noble Note Plain notebook with Bic Cristal and Bic 4-way multicolour ballpoint pens.


This is Heidi, who is another Sktchy artist. Her photo, which was the inspiration for this portrait, is so joyful that I really felt the joy while I was painting this. It was fun to create!

I drew Heidi with a dark grey Unipin brush pen in a Moleskine watercolour sketchbook, painted her with Zecchi Toscana watercolours and finished the portrait with Prismacolor coloured pencils.


Struggling with a very strange migraine at the moment and it made it very difficult to draw this portrait of Marta from Sktchy. I was having trouble seeing colours, tones, shapes and details. It was a very odd experience and in retrospect I’m amazed that I even finished the drawing but can see how off all those elements are. Maybe I’ll try again when my head doesn’t hurt. In the meantime this will have to do.

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


I got some new stippling brushes for Procreate and played with them while drawing this portrait. I have an electric stippling pen that I used to love drawing with, though I haven’t used it for a while, so it was fun to play with dots again, although i think I’ll need lots more practice with these brushes before I’ll feel confident using them. But I’m happy enough with this first go at drawing Hannah from Sktchy.

I drew Hannah on my iPad Pro using the Procreate app and True Grit Texture Supply’s Stippling Brush Set for Procreate.


This is Daniela from Sktchy. I love to draw from inspiration photos where the image is framed in a mirror – this photo jumped out at me when I saw it and was just irresistible. I love the way mirrors contain and frame the face and I especially like the landscape aspect of this one, which I so rarely draw.

I was also using a new pen for the linework. I’ve just discovered the Unipin dark grey brush pen and I adore it. It can draw a very fine line but is pressure sensitive and very responsive. Expect to see me using it regularly. And for the colourwork I used Copic markers and Prismacolor coloured pencils.


Over the last 6 months or so, since I took the Sktchy’s Portraits in Pen course, I have gradually fallen in love with ballpoint pen drawing. After a lot of experimentation I’ve found my own style and I find ballpoint pen drawing so beautifully meditative. It’s what I turn to when I’m feeling most stressed because I know it will calm me down and chill me out.

Today was quite full on so I picked up my Bics and drew the beautiful Stephanie from Sktchy in my Life Noble Note Plain.