Veera

This portrait of Sktchy muse Veera is my submission for this week’s Old School Sktchy challenge, the word for which is “masterpiece”. I didn’t really want to try to reproduce an Old Master and I’m not brave enough to attempt the style of a great painter but I loved Veera’s photo of herself standing in front of a projection of Van Gogh’s ‘Almond Blossoms’. So this seemed a good choice for my masterpiece.

I drew this portrait in my A4 Moleskine sketchbook with Copic markers and Prismacolor coloured pencils.

Coco

Coco’s portrait is my entry for this week’s Old School Sktchy wax challenge on the theme “literature”, referencing the novel ” Memoirs of a Geisha” by Arthur Golden. It was a really difficult draw because the heavy face makeup means there are so few skintones to work with – and that’s where I focus most of my energy. So I had to concentrate more on the hair decoration, the clothing and the parasol, which aren’t really my strengths. So it was a good challenge for me.

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

Klara

Another patterned portrait, this time with watercolour and coloured pencils. In Klara’s Sktchy photo she was posing in front of some fabulous rhododendron bushes so I took my inspiration for the floral background pattern from those flowers.

I drew this portrait in a Laloran sketchbook with a Copic multiliner, painted it with Zecchi watercolours and finished it with Prismacolor coloured pencils.

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.

Jeandor

I’m still finding my way with coloured pencils – I’m never entirely sure whether to hatch or to colour in the way children do. For this portrait of a Sktchy muse Jeandor I decided to stick with hatching all the way.

I drew this in a Hannehmühle Nostalgie sketchbook with Prismacolor coloured pencils.

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.

Emmy

Emmy was so much fun to paint. Inspired by Charlotte Hamilton’s Patterned Portrait course on Sktchy I created a background pattern similar to the one on Emmy’s short. It’s a bit wonky and uneven but I still like it!

I drew this in my Laloran sketchbook with a Copic multiliner, painted it with Zecchi Toscana watercolours and finished it off with Prismacolor coloured pencils.

Tarana

As well as having a great artist community, Sktchy also offers some great portrait courses. At the moment I’m taking a course with artist Charlotte Hamilton on drawing patterned portraits. This portrait of Tarana was inspired by this course and this week’s Sktchy Patterned Portrait Party.

It was drawn in a Hannehmühle Nostalgie Sketchbook with coloured pencils (from a variety of makers).

The good news is that, although you need an IOS device to have Sktchy app, you don’t need one to take a Sktchy course because they run on the Mighty Networks platform which is available via an app and a website. If you’re interested in finding out more about Sktchy’s portrait courses you can find out more by visiting the Sktchy shop at https://shop.sktchy.com.