I love drawing faces with shaved heads or very short hair so I can focus on the facial features and skintones without the distraction of hair. So I enjoyed sitting in my comfort zone and drawing Kim’s beautiful face so much today!


This is Bennett from Sktchy. This portrait ended up looking rather stylised, more than I’d intended, and I’m not sure if I like it. I don’t think it’s any one element, it’s more a combination of the quite blocky hair, the overly lidded eyes and the too small mouth. I unintentionally exaggerated all these features just a little too much. Every portrait is a lesson.


I lost the likeness a little in this portrait of Lindsay from Sktchy but it was fun to draw. I was back in my comfort zone of Copic markers and coloured pencils which always feels so much more controllable than any other medium to me, so I was maybe a bit too relaxed and forgot to keep an eye on the likeness!


This is Judith from Sktchy. Her skin is so pale I had to work very hard at getting those very light layers of skintone down without overworking them – I used a lot of water and the paper buckled even more than it usually does! And the. I had to go in with coloured pencils and add a little more shade (especially under the chin) than I usually would just to get a bit of definition but trying not to lose the ethereal quality of her very beautiful look. I think I just about pulled it off – but this is one I’d like to come back to in a year or so when my skills have progressed to see what I can do with it by then.


This is Maia from Sktchy. I had thought I might just draw this portrait with Copic markers but then I went too dark and blocky on the hair and I needed to use coloured pencils to break the colour up a bit, and then, of course, I couldn’t resist adding some pencil to the eyes and glasses too. But it’s mostly Copics 🙂


This is Emma from Sktchy. In the inspiration photo she has been crying and so I was trying to recreate her red tearful eyes and blotchy skin. I used watercolours and coloured pencils in a Fabriano Venezia sketchbook.


I’m not sure quite how this portrait of Allie from Sktchy ended up like this! I was trying to be looser and freer with my drawing but the portrait ended up a bit too much of a caricature for my liking.

I drew Allie with Copic markers and Prismacolor coloured pencils in a Midori cotton sketchbook.


Keeping on keeping on, hoping that I’ll find my flow again sooner rather than later. In the meantime this is Cece from Sktchy painted with watercolour and finished with Prismacolor coloured pencils.


This is Johanna from Sktchy. She has an incredible face to draw, so full of interest and character and those glasses are a perfect framing device for portrait drawing. I always start my drawing with eyes unless the subject is wearing glasses, in which case I start with the glasses and work out from there.

I drew Johanna with a Unipin dark grey brush pen, painted her with Daniel Smith watercolour and finished up with Prismacolor coloured pencils, all in a Fabriano Venezia sketchbook.


This is Emma from Sktchy painted with Daniel Smith watercolours and finished with watercolour pencils. I haven’t quite got the angle right – in the inspiration photo her face is upturned and I haven’t quite captured that here which is why her eyes look too far up in her head. I think they’re positioned correctly but I haven’t got the tilt of the neck and chin right so it looks weird. I also totally lost her likeness but you wouldn’t know that if I didn’t tell you because you don’t know what she looks like, right?