I’m not getting much drawing done right now. I’ve had a post-durapuncture headache since I had my trial spinal cord stimulator removed, which is causing nausea, dizziness and various other problems, all of which make drawing difficult. But I finished a portrait today, yay!


I do love an unusual perspective, though I didn’t get it quite right in this portrait of Yates from the Museum by Sktchy app.

I had a bit of disaster just as I finished drawing this, spilling a glass of water over my sketchbook- it missed the portrait but messed up the corner of this page and quite a few unused pages in my sketchbook. My desk is so messy so it’s a lesson learned – I’ll keep it tidier for at least a week and then I’ll forget and lapse back into my usual messy habits.


I love the inspiration photo (which can be found on the Museum by Sktchy app) for this portrait of Tara so much. I thought such a wonderful face deserved the Copic treatment so I spent some time in my Copic marker comfort zone, knowing that I’d probably get the best results there. And I’m so happy with the finished portrait.


This is Angelina from Sktchy. I didn’t quite capture her likeness, as usual I lost it around it around the mouth somewhere. But it’s not the end result that matters so much as the process and I had a wonderfully focused couple of hours drawing this.

I try to let go of any attachment to the end result as far as I possibly can when I’m drawing and just let myself get lost in the process. At the end of the day the outcome is just a drawing on a piece of paper. If I’m not happy with it I can turn the page and start again. What is really important to me is the time I spend drawing, the sense of calm and relaxation I get from that, and the learning and practice I get from any time spent drawing. Every hour spent drawing is time spent developing skills, even if that drawing turns out being one I hate.

If you’re beginning to draw this is the hardest lesson to learn – I remember people saying it to me a few years ago and I just couldn’t believe I would ever learn it, but I did in the end. Process over outcome. It’s the process of drawing that matters much more than the outcome, at least while you’re not a professional artist or taking exams. Draw, draw, draw, worry less about outcome and enjoy the process.


I forgot to post this yesterday amidst all the tennis and football fever in the UK. Both Wimbledon and the Euros are now over (boohoo) so my work frenzy will no longer be complicated by a sport frenzy (at least until the Olympics begin). Which means I might manage some more drawing. Anyway, this is Brady from Sktchy drawn with Copic markers and Prismacolor coloured pencils.


It’s a busy time of year with lots of examining going on and projects finishing up before the school holidays begin so work has been very hectic and, although I’ve been managing to squeeze in a little bit of drawing every day, it’s taking several days to complete a portrait. So here’s one of Solawleh from Sktchy drawn with Copic markers and coloured pencils over a few days and maybe I’ll get to finish another one I started today tomorrow.


I love drawing faces with shaved heads or very short hair so I can focus on the facial features and skintones without the distraction of hair. So I enjoyed sitting in my comfort zone and drawing Kim’s beautiful face so much today!


I’ve spent most of the last 2 weeks on a hospital course which is the second stage (after assessment) of a clinical pathway for getting a spinal cord stimulator for neuropathic pain. It’s been a punishing 2 weeks and I’m physically and emotionally drained, so sitting down to draw Dylan from Sktchy this morning was the perfect way to decompress.

This was my first drawing in a new larger Midori Cotton sketchbook. I’ve never used the A4 size before (Iusually work in the smaller A5 size) but it felt good to have so much more space to work with.