Daniela

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.

Avonlea

Although I enjoy exploring all kinds of drawing and painting media, I’m always happiest in my Copic comfort zone. This is Avonlea from Sktchy, drawn with Copic markers and Prismacolor coloured pencils in a Midori cotton sketchbook.

Ale

And breathe…. After yesterday’s struggles to find my drawing rhythm, today it was there waiting for me in my Copic comfort zone. This is Ale from Sktchy, drawn with Copic markers and Prismacolor coloured pencils in my Midori cotton sketchbook.

Rocio

I slowed right down for this portrait of Sktchy muse Rocio and I think it shows. I feel this is a return to my traditional Copic style and I’m so pleased I’ve found my way back.

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

Joy

Joy

Over the past few weeks I’ve been reading books (both fiction and non-fiction) written by black women in an attempt to educate myself more and become a better ally to the BLM movement. Although I’ve had many black friends throughout my life I never realised until I read these books how fundamentally different black hair is to care for from my very thick curly Caucasian hair. And hair is a big theme in every book I’ve read so far! So when I saw Joy’s beautiful photo on Sktchy I really wanted to draw her hair. I spent longer on it than I have on any hair I think I’ve ever drawn and I still don’t think I’ve really captured its beauty, but it’s a start.

I drew Joy in my Midori Cotton sketchbook with Copic markers and Prismacolor coloured pencils.

Cilla

Cilla

As those of you who’ve been following my blog these past few months will know I’ve been struggling with my mental health and with finding the motivation to draw since the coronavirus lockdown in the UK. I’m having some talking therapy now and my therapist has giving me homework this week of doing 1-2 hours drawing every day! So this portrait of Cilla is my homework for Day 1.

I drew Cilla in my Midori Cotton sketchbook with Copic markers and Prismacolor coloured pencils.

Cody

Cody

Cody is one of my favourite Sktchy muses. He has a great face to draw and his photos are so interesting. This isn’t my best work, not having the best week pain-wise, but I do think it captures Cody’s personality very well, and I love that about it.

I drew Cody in my Midori cotton sketchbook with Copic markers and Prismacolor coloured pencils.