I was intending to draw Michael with coloured pencil. But when I finished drawing an initial sketch with an HB pencil I moved without thinking into inking out a portrait with a fineliner, as I do when I’m making either a Copic or watercolour portrait. When I realised what I’d done it was too late – I’d inked out half his face! So I decided to make use of my error and try something different.

I knew that coloured pencil hatching alone wouldn’t be strong enough to match the ink lines. So I used my Derwent Inktense pencils, which I’ve hardly ever used in a portrait (not sure if I’ve ever used them if I’m honest), to create my basic colour layers and then finished off the portrait with some hatching with Prismacolor coloured pencils on top. I still think the ink lines are too strong for the pencil portrait but I can live with it, as an experiment. And I do like the combination of Inktense and regular coloured pencil, so I may use that again.

The portrait is drawn in my Hannehmühle Nostalgie sketchbook.


Today’s portrait is of Jack, painted in my Laloran sketchbook with Zecchi watercolours and then finished with Prismacolor coloured pencils.


I want to spend more time on my portraits and, in particular, try to draw at least some portraits that include more than just a face. So here is a little more of Kaelin than just her face.

I painted this in my Laloran sketchbook with Zecchi Toscana watercolours and finished it with Prismacolor coloured pencils.


I’m beginning to feel comfortable drawing with coloured pencils. I feel like I’ve found a process that suits me now and preserves my style so that the portraits I produce are still recognisably mine. I probably still need to build enough confidence with this style to add more layers of colour but I do at least feel like I’m going in the right direction now.

I drew Iliriana’s portrait in my Hannehmühle Nostalgie sketchbook with Prismacolor coloured pencils.


Sktchy is having a Halloween portrait party. I’m a huge fan of The Walking Dead and so when I saw a photo of this zombie amongst Cin’s inspiration photos on Sktchy it was irresistible. And it was huge fun to paint.

I used my Zecchi Toscana watercolours to paint it in my Laloran sketchbook and then finished it off with my Prismacolor coloured pencils.


Sometimes I make a portrait that I’m really happy with. This is one of those times. I love this portrait of Claudio. I feel like I got just the right combination of light and dark in the watercolour and then just the right amount of pencil marks to enhance it and not overwork it. That doesn’t happy often but when it does it’s good.

I painted this in my Laloran sketchbook with Zecchi Toscana watercolours and finished it with Prismacolor coloured pencils.


Some days I overwork my watercolours horribly and other days I manage to keep them light and restrained. This is one of those good days – so happy I managed to avoid any muddy overworking here. Possibly helped by Elene’s fabulous bone structure and that awesome blue eyeshadow!

I painted this in my Laloran sketchbook with my Zecchi watercolours and finished it with Prismacolor coloured pencils.