Lykke

I’ve drawn Lykke before and I’m sure I’ll draw her again – she’s one of maybe two dozen Sktchy muses who have everything I want in a model and who post new inspiration photos regularly. I love the contrast between the blue hair and the light and shadows in the inspiration photo and worked on reflecting that in my portrait.

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

Anna

Oh my, I struggled with the hair on Anna’s portrait . This was my second inked version of the portrait- the first one I experimented with a brush pen on thee hair using heavier inked lines but hated the result so much I drew the whole portrait all over again. But I still didn’t get the hair right. I don’t like it at all. But tomorrow is another day and I’ll draw another portrait.

I drew Anna in my Moleskine watercolour sketchbook with a Unipin fineliner, painted her with Zecchi Toscana watercolours and finished the portrait with Prismacolor coloured pencils.

Alexandra

I’m remote working from home due to the Covid-19 crisis but, rather having lots of time on my hands, I’ve been insanely busy. It’s been a real struggle to find just an hour to draw a portrait these past few days. But I eventually managed to draw Sktchy muse Alexandra in instalments.

I drew this portrait in my Midori Cotton sketchbook with a Unipin fineliner, Copic markers and Prismacolor coloured pencils.

Sid

Sktchy muse Sid has the most amazing face. I scarcely lifted my pen from the paper when drawing this portrait, it came so readily. I usually start my portraits with the eyes but I started this one with nose because Sid’s nose is so commanding I really had to begin there, and it was a good decision. Everything else made sense once I had the nose down.

I draw Sid with a Unipin fineliner in a Moleskine watercolour sketchbook, painted him with Zecchi Toscana watercolours and finished the portrait with Prismacolor coloured pencils.

Majo

I’m so glad I have drawing, reading and gaming to distract me from Coronavirus. These three activities, along with the ridiculous amount of time I spend on social media, keep me busy. But drawing is, without a doubt, the most absorbing. I’m in a different place when I’m drawing, lost to the world, and I don’t really hear or notice anything that’s happening around me. I’m just focused on the face in front of me and what’s happening at the end of my brush, pen or pencil.

This is a portrait of Sktchy muse Majo drawn in my Midori Cotton sketchbook with Copic markers and Prismacolor coloured pencils.

Eli’s cow

I love cows. I love most animals, but farm animals hold a special place in my heart. My favourite toy as a child was a toy farm and when I was about 6 I was present at the birth of a calf. It was the most amazing thing I’d ever seen and that event has stayed with me my whole life. I love cows. I also love to draw them. And Sktchy muse Eli’s photo of this cow was irresistible.

I drew this in my Midori Cotton sketchbook using a Unipin fineliner, Copic markers, and Prismacolor coloured pencils.