Drawing with a migraine at the moment which seems to have made David look a little sadder in this portrait than he does in the inspiration photo 🙂
This is Tyan from Sktchy. I loved drawing her portrait. It was one of those drawing sessions where I got kind of lost in the process- those really are the best kind of drawing days! I lose track of time and almost of what I’m doing and just lose myself in line and colour and texture, and somehow the portrait emerges.
I used Copic markers and Prismacolor coloured pencils in my Midori cotton sketchbook.
This was fun! A very straightforward Copic marker and coloured pencil portrait of Polina from Sktchy in my Midori cotton sketchbook.
This is Ryan from Sktchy painted in my Fabriano Venezia sketchbook with Daniel Smith and Zecchi Toscana watercolours and finished with Prismacolor coloured pencils.
I’m still struggling to find time to draw amidst a very hectic work schedule at the moment so any time with my sketchbook feels very precious. But I know the school holidays are coming and I always have a much quieter time once they’ve arrived so I’m looking forward to that. I don’t have kids in school but I work with health services and the summer holidays is always the least busy time of the year as meetings tend to fall away and/or get postponed until September. This also explains why June and July are so busy – everyone is trying to jam all their meetings in and tie up loose ends before the 6 week school holiday hiatus!
So in the midst of the meeting mania I was happy to spend a couple of hours drawing Eric’s awesome face. I didn’t quite capture his great expression completely- as usual it’s the mouth that isn’t quite right. But he was fun to draw and paint!
This is Nese from Sktchy. The paper in the Fabriano Venezia sketchbooks takes a lot of water but it does buckle slightly which means that it doesn’t lay flat on the scanner which is why the back of the image has that slight wavy halo effect – that’s the buckling. But the painting actually looks very beautiful on the paper; this is my favourite paper to work on with watercolour of all the sketchbooks I’ve tried so far.
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 Andrew from Sktchy and, of course, I’ve been playing around with chiaroscuro again. This time I was using Copic markers and coloured pencils.