Sam

Some days I want to draw a portrait that matches my mood and this portrait of Sam from Sktchy totally matched my mood this morning after 20 minutes of doomscrolling Twitter!

I drew Sam with a dark grey Unipin brush pen, painted her with Daniel Smith watercolours and finished the portrait with Prismacolor coloured pencils in an A4 Fabriano Venezia sketchbook.

Joshua

I haven’t drawn for several days and how my fingers know it. They’ve been itching, twitching, reminding me that I need to draw a portrait. But I’ve had both computer and printer problems. I can survive without a printer but in these Covid lockdown remote working days I absolutely can’t survive without a computer. And I’m self-employed so I can’t rely on an IT department to help me out, I have to solve the problem myself. Fortunately I’m pretty techie and, with the help of YouTube, I usually can. Three days later I’ve solved my computer problems- but not my printer ones – though I was woken at 2am with a crashing migraine, my body’s reminder that I have chronic illness and I haven’t been pacing.

So this morning I took some time out and drew Joshua from Sktchy. This is my first watercolour in a new Fabriano Venezia sketchbook- I wasn’t sure how it would take the water but it was much better than I expected. And I feel so much better after a couple of hours of art therapy.

Raul

This is the lovely Raul from Sktchy. His photo makes me think of warm sunny days, which is exactly what I want to be thinking of on a cold January morning locked down in the UK. I drew this with my Bic 4-colour ballpoints in my Life Noble Note Plain Notebook.

MyHung

I’m starting as I mean to go on this year with drawing therapy when I most need it. This is MyHung from Sktchy and drawing her is helping me deal with my post-Brexshit blues. I try to keep politics away from this blog as much as possible but I’m a very sad Brit today. I know that there’s a lot wrong with the way the European gravy train works, but I for one will miss the freedom of movement and closeness with the continent that being a member of the EU gave us.

Marie

Last portrait of the year and I decided to draw Marie from Sktchy on my iPad Pro. Thank you to everyone who has followed my blog, read my posts and supported me in any way. I really appreciate your support. Posting my portraits here is one of the things I do to ensure I keep drawing regularly so by visiting this blog you are actively supporting my drawing habit. Thank you and Happy New Year to you.

Lil

This is Lil from Sktchy drawn in what is now becoming my signature Copic method of a basic Copic marker drawing followed by some more work in coloured pencil and then some cleaning up and finishing touches on my iPad.