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.


I’m always very nervous when using brush pens to draw with but I do like the strength of the line drawing they produce. It is easy to mess up with them though, fortunately I didn’t with this portrait of Henry from Sktchy.


This is Ksenia from Sktchy painted with Daniel Smith watercolours and finished with Prismacolor coloured pencils.

My favourite watercolours are Zecchi handmade watercolours that I discovered a few years ago on a trip to Florence. I order them online direct from Italy because I’m in live with the richness of their colours. But most of my painting friends rave about Daniel Smith paints so when I saw some on sale at Jacksons Art last week I decided to try them out. I’ve tried a couple of tubes before but I’ve never painted a whole portrait in them before. I think I like them, but one portrait isn’t really enough to base a judgement on. I’ll decide when I’ve done three or four.


This portrait of Jolynn is drawn from a fantastic inspiration photo on Sktchy. I don’t draw enough older people; whenever I do I’m reminded of how great their faces are to draw. Jolynn’s face is so interesting and full of character and it’s so much easier to get a likeness when you’re not drawing young smooth featureless skin!

I also decided to ditch my scan of this portrait and use a photo of it instead. The scan bleached out the image too much, whereas the photo retained more of the yellow and the texture of the paper and the portrait just looks more interesting.


This is Sydney from Sktchy. Crying is something that I find really hard to capture in a portrait. I think I’ve done a better job here than I usually do but I’m still not where I’d like to be. I need to practice, practice, practice.


I’m not an American but even here on the other side of the pond many of us, especially women, are deeply grateful for the life, work and inspiration of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the US Supreme Court Justice and feminist icon who died yesterday. I am certainly feeling her loss today and she was the only person I could possibly draw.

I painted this in a Moleskine watercolour sketchbook with Zecchi Toscana watercolours then warmed on it with Luminance coloured pencils. Then I scanned it in to my iPad Pro and worked on it some more in Procreate using Lisa Bardot’s Pencil Box brushes.