Muffin

Drawing dogs is always so much fun. It’s important to get the eyes and nose right, but the rest is fairly straightforward. Sktchy muse Muffin is soaking up the sun so it was important to get the closed eyes and the shadows more or less right and to capture something of his handsomeness – is that a word? Anyway I’m happy with how it turned out – he looks like a contented doggy.

I drew this in my Moleskine sketchbook with Copic multiliners and markers.

Laura

I’ve known Laura via Instagram for a few years – she’s an amazing musician aka She Makes War. She recently joined Sktchy and as soon as she did I added her photos to my Sktchy queue and planned to draw her asap. I’m so glad I got around to doing just that today. I drew this in my Moleskine sketchbook with Copic markers.

If you want to check out Laura’s music you can find it on Bandcamp at https://shemakeswar.bandcamp.com

Her Instagram name is @shemakeswar

Jennie

There are some Sktchy muses who are almost iconic- every Sktchy artist has to draw them at least once! Jennie is one of those muses (and she’s also an artist). She’s known for her huge range of inspiration photos and her willingness to experiment with poses, makeup and cosplay. This portrait is drawn from an awesome series of photos featuring “Good Omens” cosplay.

I drew this in an A4 Moleskine Sketchbook with Copic multiliners and markers.

Riley

Back in my Copic comfort zone I enjoyed drawing Sktchy muse Riley so much. For what I think is the first time ever I also remembered to take photos of my work in progress so I’ve added a collage photo of those below, so you can see how I build up my layers of colour as I’m drawing. I worked with Copic multiliners and markers in an A4 Moleskine sketchbook.

Sid

Sid was Sktchy’s chosen daily inspiration photo yesterday. I’m a day late drawing him but here he is. I started out with a green and white striped background but it was nightmare – it totally drew the eye away from the portrait- so I filled in the stripes and it looks much better!

I drew this in a Moleskine sketchbook with Copic multiliners and Copic markers.

Anna

A few weeks ago I rarely added backgrounds to my portraits, and certainly not patterned backgrounds. Now, after taking a Sktchy course by Charlotte Hamilton on patterned portraits my portraits don’t seem complete without one!

This portrait of Sktchy muse Anna was drawn in a Moleskine sketchbook with a Copic multiliner and Copic markers.

Lana

Lana was wearing fake elf ears in the Sktchy inspiration photo for this portrait. Making them seem real was so much fun. And lthough they felt very unnatural to me at first I’m now beginning to enjoy adding these patterned backgrounds, although I still forget to include them until after I’ve done the portrait.

I drew this portrait in an A4 Moleskine Sketchbook with a Copic multiliner and Copic markers.

Puffin

This week’s Old School Sktchy WAX challenge theme is “fish”. Never one to take the conventional approach, I ignored Sktchy’s many photos of people with fish and instead chose to draw those beautiful image of a puffin with a mouthful of fish, posted by Africa Shepherd. I’ve never drawn a puffin before so I loved learning about the shape and colours of a puffin’s beak and eye as I drew it. Everything’s interesting when you draw it (I stole that line from Sketchbook Skool).

I drew my puffin in an A4 Moleskine sketchbook with Copic markers, a white Posca pen, Crayola Shimmers metallic coloured pencils and Prismacolor coloured pencils.

Murhaf

Sometimes a face just begs to be drawn. Sktchy muse Murhaf’s is one of those faces. And his hair is so awesome I felt that I had to abandon my usual controlled (fear of drawing hair) approach and let rip a bit and it worked.

This was drawn in an A4 Moleskine sketchbook with a Unipin fineliner and Copic markers.