This is Abolfazi from Sktchy. The inspiration photo for this portrait is so serene and I’m very happy that I managed to capture some of that serenity in this drawing.

It’s now the 23rd day of Inktober and, as every day this Inktober, I drew this with Bic 4 colour ballpoint pens in a Life Noble Note Plain notebook.


I’m frankly astonished that I’ve managed to keep up with Inktober this year while doing ballpoint pen drawings. Most of these drawings are made sat at my desk in multiple 10 and 15 minute gaps in the day between remote Zoom meetings. Yet here we are at Day 22 and I’ve posted a drawing every single day! This is Kim from Sktchy, once again drawn with those awesome Bic 4 colour pens.


This is Cilia from Sktchy for day 18 of Inktober. I feel like my ballpoint pen portraits are most successful when I succeed in getting a real lightness of touch with my pen strokes and can build up some colour through very light layers like I’ve managed to do here. This portrait tells me that I’m beginning to make some progress now and I’m happy that I stuck with ballpoints for this inktober.


This is Farimah from Sktchy for day 16 of Inktober. I’ve been sick the past 10 days or so with some kind of bug (not COVID, I’ve had a negative test) so doing anything feels like very hard work. I’m still remote working and plugging away at my portraits in between work meetings but the last couple of days I’ve been feeling really unwell so I’m happy just to get something done.


This is Yuko from Sktchy for day 14 of Inktober – at least it’s meant to be her but I totally lost her likeness! So I uploaded the portrait to my iPad and played with it to try to improve it, which it did, but it still doesn’t look like her 😂